Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) vote to approve a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons during a meeting September 27, 2013 at UN headquarters in New YorkThe landmark resolution passed by a unanimous vote on Friday.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

Linda Emmet, the daughter of musician Irving Berlin, plays on her father's piano at the Red Star Line museum in Antwerp, Belgium on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The newly opened museum tells the universal story of migration based on the stories of actual Red Star Line passengers. Between 1873 and 1934, the Belgian shipping company Red Star Line transported approximately 2 million people from Antwerp to New York, many in pursuit of the 'American Dream'. Among the two million Europeans who traveled to America on the Red Star Line was a five year old boy from Russia. The boy’s name was Israel ‘Izzy’ Beilin. He would grow up to gain world-wide fame as Irving Berlin with songs like 'White Christmas', 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and 'There's No Business Like Show Business'. The piano was donated to the museum by the family. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — In today's world of cruise ship travel, it is easy to forget how life-changing boarding a steamer once was.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., right, arrive for the Senate to vote on a bill to fund the government, but stripped of the defund "Obamacare" language, as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money in three days. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Balkanized Republicans are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. The Democratic-led Senate was ready Friday to approve legislation to keep the U.S. government running, but disputes with the Republican-run lower chamber of Congress ensured that the battle would spill over into the weekend, as a potential shutdown hurtles closer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. The mail would still be delivered and Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue to flow. But vacationers would be turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

President Barack Obama gestures while making a statement regarding the budget fight in Congress and foreign policy challenges, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The president said the debt ceiling breach far worse than a government shutdown and would effectively shutter economy. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)The Iranian president makes contact with the White House.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

In this Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013 photo, a 22-year-old patient, with a surgical made extra nose out of his rib cartilage and implanted under the skin of his forehead, rests at Fujian Medical University Union Hospital, in Fuzhou city, in southeast China's Fujian province. A surgeon in China said he has constructed the extra nose to prepare for a transplant in probably the first operation of its kind. Surgeon Guo Zhihui at the hospital spent nine months cultivating the graft for the man whose nose was damaged. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — A surgeon in China says he has constructed an extra nose out of a man's rib cartilage and implanted it under the skin of his forehead to prepare for a transplant in probably the first operation of its kind.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

This 2013 photo released by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Denver. Denver, who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants baseball game in San Francisco, was the son of one of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said two people were in custody, and one of them will face homicide charges. (AP Photo/Mendocino County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in San Francisco say a suspect arrested in the stabbing death of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after a Giants-Dodgers game has been released from jail.


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

Cindy Meneghin, right, kisses her partner Maureen Kilian, both from Butler, N.J., during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Meneghin has been with Kilian for 39 years. Judge Mary Jacobson ruled it legal for gay couples to marry in the state beginning Oct. 21, 2013. The ruling comes after a group of gay marriage supporters sued the state in July, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of a law that blocked the federal government from granting benefits to gay couples. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)A judge's ruling Friday that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry will not be the last word on the issue after Gov. Chris Christie's administration said it would appeal to a higher court.


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Packs of Barilla pasta are seen in the kitchen of a restaurant in RomeBy Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. and international gay rights supporters called on Friday for a boycott of Italian pasta maker Barilla, whose chairman said he would never feature a gay family in its advertising. The comments sparked a firestorm of protest on social media and resulted in online petitions in English, German and Italian, including one by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. A MoveOn.org petition started by Beth Allen, a Takoma Park, Maryland, mother of two and a lesbian, garnered 85,000 signatures by Friday evening. …


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Lorenzo on September 28th, 2013

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi , center left, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center right, vote on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2 1/2-year conflict. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2 1/2-year conflict.


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