Anirudh Sharma waves a sparkler above his head during a Diwali celebration Saturday night at the Shanthi Mandir in Columbia. The five-day holiday, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is one of the most important in the Hindu faith.
Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel bows his head in prayer with Pastor Mark Whitlock of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church after tying a thread around each others wrists as a symbol of unity during a "thread ceremony." The ceremony has held in the aftermath of an attack in Dallas that killed five police officers and multiple black men killed across the country by police.
Participants of the Hermosa Beach Iron Man on the 4th of July chug six-packs of beer as fast as they can after running down the beach and swimming back.
A fan in full zombie garb and makeup reaches out from the gates of Petco Park to try to scare passersby before The Walking Dead Escape experience during the Walker Stalker Fan Fest in San Diego.
Dede Sess of Laguna Woods, Calif. rolls a bocce ball, as seen reflected in her sunglasses, during the women's doubles bocce ball event during the Laguna Woods Village Games. More than 500 residents of the 55+ gated-community competed for medals in 26 events.
A bear stops traffic to let pedestrians cross along Ninth Street in Columbia, Mo., during the annual True/False documentary film festival.
JSerra student Antonino Vultaggio invites students to take selfies with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis and newly canonized St. Junipero Serra at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano. A group of JSerra students traveled to Washington D.C. during the pope's visit to attend St. Serra's canonization mass.
Allan Hernandez, 6, of Santa Ana contemplates his next step off the playground slide as American coots surround him at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana.
Lilly World, 2, plays with her grandmother Theresa Zielinski at this week's Thursday at the Harbor concert in Buffalo on Thursday. The weekly concert series has seen an increased success with it's change of venue from Lafayette Square to the Central Wharf.
Angie Cromwell visits with her husband Tim, on Wednesday at Rock Haven nursing home in Janesville. Tim Cromwell suffered a stroke more than a year ago that left him paralyzed. A rare neurological disorder known as locked-in syndrome has left him aware of his surroundings but able to communicate only by moving his eyes.
Sunny Hills High School water polo team walk to their locker room at half-time during a match against Troy in Fullerton, Calif.
Kiki jokes to her fellow ex-inmates that her hair has gotten ‘nappy’ while in jail. Released from prison on Friday, Kiki and others were escorted to the Greyhound Station in Columbia, Mo., by Missouri Department of Corrections officers to catch their respective buses home.
Dottie Mulkey, 74, walks through her damaged kitchen in Santa Ana after a December fire. Mulkey's homeowner's insurance had lapsed at the time of the blaze leaving her unable to restore her home.
Brothers Joey Kost, 5, left, and Lukas Kost, 2, of Waukesha, take a moment to look out over the beach after climbing a sand hill on the shore of Geneva Lake, Wednesday, June 19 in Fontana, Wis.
Doug Sayre, left, takes a moment while he helps his family load freshly harvested Maryland cigarette tobacco plants onto the back of his grandfather's trailer in Edgerton, Wis. The area, which is long known for producing chewing and pipe tobacco started growing cigarette tobacco for the first time this year. (Watch the audio slideshow, Edgerton Tobacco, under the multimedia section of the site to see the family at work.)
A haunted house actor invites visitors to The Empty Grave, a haunted house built in the former tire section of a Sears store in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Donavan White of Buffalo feeds french fries to the seagulls around the marina near the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Sunday, June 17, 2012.
Pamela Curtess, 5, of West Seneca, New York waits on the back steps of the Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo while her cousin has wedding photos taken.
Edgerton football assistant coach Erik Thompson instructs players during a drill before the start of the season
MU students and fans wave their hands to the "Missouri Waltz," Feb. 4, 2012 during ESPN's "College GameDay" before the Tiger's game against Kansas at Mizzou Arena. The two-hour show visits eight different campuses a season and broadcasts live from the court
Mater Dei senior Katie Lou Samuelson lifts herself up as Chaminade celebrates their victory over Mater Dei during the CIF-SS Open Division finals game at Azusa Pacific University. Mater Dei lost 64-63. Samuelson was named Gatorade's national girl's basketball player of the year in 2015.
Layla Risse and Asher Risse, 3, show each other their dirty feet while waiting for their father, one of the Perche Creek GutBuster competitors, on Saturday. The race began and ended at the Providence Access to Perche Creek.
Priests of the Diocese of Orange process into the church to bless the three new priests being ordained into the church at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove, Calif.
Hannah Johnson wipes away tears with her family at a memorial service for her sister, Sarah, who was killed in an explosion of the family's home in Wilson, New York, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.