Pictures of the Day: Friday, August 24, 2012

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 5:40 p.m.
Children look out at the beach as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches in Barahona, Dominican Republic on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Isaac strengthened slightly as it spun toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, but seemed unlikely to gain enough steam early Friday to strike the island of Hispaniola as a hurricane. The storm's failure to gain the kind of strength in the Caribbean that forecasters initially projected made it more likely that Isaac won't become a hurricane until it enters the Gulf of Mexico, said Eric Blake, a forecaster with U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Ricardo Arduengo | AP
Children look out at the beach as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches in Barahona, Dominican Republic on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Isaac strengthened slightly as it spun toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, but seemed unlikely to gain enough steam early Friday to strike the island of Hispaniola as a hurricane. The storm's failure to gain the kind of strength in the Caribbean that forecasters initially projected made it more likely that Isaac won't become a hurricane until it enters the Gulf of Mexico, said Eric Blake, a forecaster with U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Cars pass through fog rising over the Passagassawakeag River on the Memorial Bridge in Belfast on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Tom Groening | BDN
Cars pass through fog rising over the Passagassawakeag River on the Memorial Bridge in Belfast on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Buy Photo
Bystanders and a police officer stand on Fifth Avenue to view the scene after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. At least four people were shot on Friday morning and the gunman was dead, New York City officials said. A witness said the gunman was firing indiscriminately. Police said as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many were hit by bullets. A law enforcement official said the shooting was related to a workplace dispute. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Mark Lennihan | AP
Bystanders and a police officer stand on Fifth Avenue to view the scene after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. At least four people were shot on Friday morning and the gunman was dead, New York City officials said. A witness said the gunman was firing indiscriminately. Police said as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many were hit by bullets. A law enforcement official said the shooting was related to a workplace dispute. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
A Yoruba woman worships to appease the goddess of the Osun river and other spirits in Osogbo, Nigeria on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims, but they say one cannot pray to enough gods in a country overwhelmed by grinding poverty, rampant ethnic violence and the ravages of AIDS and malaria.
Sunday Alamba | AP
A Yoruba woman worships to appease the goddess of the Osun river and other spirits in Osogbo, Nigeria on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims, but they say one cannot pray to enough gods in a country overwhelmed by grinding poverty, rampant ethnic violence and the ravages of AIDS and malaria.
Youngsters spray each other with water pistols during an event organized by a radio station in Bucharest, Romania on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Large areas of Romania affected by a heat wave that causes road and rail traffic disruptions with temperatures going above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Vadim Ghirda | AP
Youngsters spray each other with water pistols during an event organized by a radio station in Bucharest, Romania on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Large areas of Romania affected by a heat wave that causes road and rail traffic disruptions with temperatures going above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Muslim woman holding an umbrella walks past a giant Malaysian national flag in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Malaysia will celebrate its 55th National Day on Aug. 31.
Lai Seng Sin | AP
A Muslim woman holding an umbrella walks past a giant Malaysian national flag in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Malaysia will celebrate its 55th National Day on Aug. 31.
People mourn the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, outside the national palace, the official residence of the prime minister, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Thousands gathered outside the entrance to the palace to grieve, four days after Zenawi died of an unknown illness. A government spokesman said Thursday that Meles will be buried on Sept. 2.
Rebecca Blackwell | AP
People mourn the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, outside the national palace, the official residence of the prime minister, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Thousands gathered outside the entrance to the palace to grieve, four days after Zenawi died of an unknown illness. A government spokesman said Thursday that Meles will be buried on Sept. 2.

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