Pictures of the Day: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
Richard Drew | AP
Volunteers of America Santas are reflected in a fountain during their 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade, in New York on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. The donations they raise are used for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents.
Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press | AP
Milan Jagnesak and Vladimir Simik guide the Slovakia 1 bobsled down the track during the men's two-man bobsled World Cup event in Whistler, British Columbia, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
Brian Davies, The Register-Guard | AP
Black Friday shoppers pour into the Valley River Center mall for the Midnight Madness sale Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 in Eugene, Ore. For decades, stores have opened their doors in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. But this year, that changed when major chains from Target to Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving itself, turning the traditional busiest shopping day of the year into a two-day affair.
A Kashmiri Shiite mourner runs after he set himself on fire during a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. The Kashmiri man was protesting a police ban on religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city. Police said that clashes erupted when troops tried to stop groups of Shiite Muslims from gathering.
Mark Lennihan | AP
John Hardy (left) and his son, Liam, 13, visit the charred remains of his wife's parents home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed more than 100 homes in the oceanfront community during Superstorm Sandy.
Mark Humphrey | AP
A shopper looks at televisions at a Best Buy store, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Franklin, Tenn., after the store opened at midnight. Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner.
Tom Walsh | BDN
There are countless millions of pine trees in Maine, but this unique specimen seems to define the phrase "between a rock and a hard place." About 4 feet tall, it grows about 10 feet above ground level out of a sheer rock face of granite within the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, seemingly impervious to its spartan environment. Buy Photo
Posted Nov. 23, 2012, at 9:10 p.m.