US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
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The sun’s rays strike the rocky coast of Acadia National Park, Maine, on Thursday morning. A federal budget-related delay has pushed back the opening of many of the park’s seasonal facilities until May 17. Acadia saw a 5% funding cut of it’s $7.8m budget on March 1. The cut represented the National Park Service’s share of federal sequestration.
President Barack Obama stands with, from second from left, former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Thursday.
President Barack Obama heads to Boston to mourn victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. No arrests have been made in connection with Monday’s twin bombings near the finish line of the race, which sent metal fragments and nails into a crowd of runners and spectators, killing three people and wounding 180.
Miller, a Transit Police dog, watches commuters at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions in Boston. Miller, a Transit Police dog with the Massachusetts Transportation Authority Explosives Detection Unit, watches as commuters enter the subway system at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013.
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Volunteers place grave markers on the National Mall in Washington on April 11 2013. More than 3,300 crosses, stars of David and other religious symbols were planted to remember those affected by gun violence. Clergy from Newtown, Connecticut, will lead a 24-hour vigil to urge the House of Congress to pass tougher gun laws.
US President Barack Obama reveals the budget in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 10 2013 in Washington DC. To his right is Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Mr Obama’s budget plan for 2014 is in many ways an academic exercise, given that it has no chance of being fully enacted in Washington as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already passed rival budgets.