An explosion from an Israeli air strike is seen on the outskirts of Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. Israel showed no signs of slowing its bruising 19-day-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, striking some 60 targets. One air strike hit an overcrowded cemetery, spreading body parts and rotting flesh over a wide area. The army said the air strike targeted a weapons cache hidden near the graveyard.
Lay Of The Land
Graphic provides an update of recent events in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Palestinian officials said Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, that the death toll had surpassed 1,000.
On Borrowed Time?
Gov. Rod Blagojevich presides over the Illinois Senate Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, in Springfield, Ill. Blagojevich is required to oversee the swearing-in of the Illinois Senate, which will decide whether to throw the two-term Democrat out of office after he was impeached by the House last week.
President-elect Barack Obama listens as Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., not shown, talk about their recent trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Obama's transition office in Washington.
Free On Bail
Bernard Madoff, center, leaves Federal Court Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, in New York. A judge allowed Madoff to remain free Wednesday, turning back an appeal by federal prosecutors. The judge said that prosecutors failed to make a compelling argument that Madoff's a flight risk or a danger to the community -- the two main requirements for bail decisions.
A protester holds a poster near police patrolling outside the meeting place of the VI World Meeting of Families in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. The meeting is organized by the Catholic Church and is being held in Mexico City Jan. 14-18.
A lone pedestrian walks past a 25-foot statue titled "God Bless America" by J. Steward Johnson, inspired by Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic," as it accumulates snow near the Chicago River on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. A blast of sub-freezing temperatures and snow storms continued to plague the upper Midwest and expanded into the Northeast Wednesday, accompanied by a biting wind.
Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker speaks during a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. A former transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, 27, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, 22-year-old Oscar Grant, while Grant was lying face down on a train platform. Grant and others had been pulled off a train after reports of a fight early New Year's Day.
An engineer of the FGSZ Ltd, Hungary's natural gas transporting company, turns a gas pipeline valve releasing natural gas from underground storage facilities for the country's capital at a gas receiving station in Vecses, east of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. A politically charged gas dispute has dramatically lowered supplies of gas to Europe and angered the European Union.
Taking The Plunge
Bode Miller of the United States starts his first downhill training run at the FIS Ski World Cup at the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009.