A NYPD policeman (R) reacts next to people protesting against the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, at midtown Manhattan in New York December 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury decision not to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed unarmed black man Garner with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday, and the U.S. Justice Department said it would investigate the incident
The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday
A clown sits on a park bench at sunrise before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning
A protester takes refuge from snowfall while sitting outside the Ferguson Police Station in Missouri. The streets of Ferguson, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two nights of racially charged unrest following a U.S. grand jury decision to clear a white policeman over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
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A homeless man sits under a sign giving directions to the White House at the entrance of the McPherson Metro Station in Washington DC
Amanda Ashe of Oakland, left, ‘faces off’ with a police officer during the second night of demonstrations in Emeryville, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
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Dr. Joe Wallace, right, uses a pressure washer to cut years of algae growth off the Eye Spy statues at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida.
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Residents attempt to remove deep snow from a rooftop in Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. Record snowfall over 24 hours closed a 100-mile section of the New York State Thruway as well as other main roads around Buffalo
A blue herring walks along the beach at sunset in Orange Beach Alabama.
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An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa
Tyler Lewis practises Parkour in downtown Seattle, Washington. Parkour originated in France in the 1980s as military obstacle course training and has now become a recognised sport
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Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on Friday in New York City
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, capturing control of the Senate from the Democrats
The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf’s rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York Pennsylvania.
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Residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia
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Democratic US Senate candidate Bruce Braley (L) hugs volunteer Pat Halferty during a campaign stop at the Lynn Count Democratic HQ on November 3 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Polls put Braley neck-and-neck with Republican Joni Ernst and the Iowa result could decide which party controls the Senate
Daredevil Nik Wallenda performs his blindfolded walk along a tightrope between two skyscrapers suspended 500 feet (152.4 meters) above the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois.
Mariachi musician Moises Rivera, 60, waits for a gig in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, home to many Mexican and Central American migrants, in California.
People frolic beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California. The pier, which will soon celebrate its 100th year, has been the setting for films such as The Sting, Forrest Gump and Iron Man.
Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. The resort island chain of Bermuda braced on Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge