Pictures of the Day: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
South Koreans watch a news report about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on TV screens at the Yongsan Electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Kim Jong Il's death after 17 years as leader was announced Monday by state television two days after he died. He was 69.
Ahn Young-joon | AP
South Koreans watch a news report about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on TV screens at the Yongsan Electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Kim Jong Il's death after 17 years as leader was announced Monday by state television two days after he died. He was 69.
Northbound traffic on I-25 approaches Santa Fe, N.M. in a single file as snow accumulates on the road, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 as a winter storm hit the area. New Mexico state police say a winter storm is shutting highways and causing difficult driving across northern New Mexico. Los Alamos National Laboratory and a number of schools have closed as the storm moves across New Mexico and into the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and parts of Kansas and Colorado.
Dean Hanson, The Albuquerque Journal | AP
Northbound traffic on I-25 approaches Santa Fe, N.M. in a single file as snow accumulates on the road, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 as a winter storm hit the area. New Mexico state police say a winter storm is shutting highways and causing difficult driving across northern New Mexico. Los Alamos National Laboratory and a number of schools have closed as the storm moves across New Mexico and into the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and parts of Kansas and Colorado.
Residents retrieve their household items from their house which landed on a concrete fence of a mansion Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in southern Philippines. Tropical storm Washi blew away Monday after devastating the southern Philippines with flash floods that killed hundreds of people as they slept and turned two coastal cities into a muddy wasteland filled with overturned cars and uprooted trees.
Bullit Marquez | AP
Residents retrieve their household items from their house which landed on a concrete fence of a mansion Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in southern Philippines. Tropical storm Washi blew away Monday after devastating the southern Philippines with flash floods that killed hundreds of people as they slept and turned two coastal cities into a muddy wasteland filled with overturned cars and uprooted trees.
Police officers fill the the streets and an elevated Long Island Railroad station as the funeral procession for New York Police Department Officer Peter Figoski passes by in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12.
Seth Wenig | AP
Police officers fill the the streets and an elevated Long Island Railroad station as the funeral procession for New York Police Department Officer Peter Figoski passes by in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12.
Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning death of their leader Kim Jong Il on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim died on Saturday, Dec. 17, North Korean state media announced Monday.
Kyodo News | AP
Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning death of their leader Kim Jong Il on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim died on Saturday, Dec. 17, North Korean state media announced Monday.
Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The zoo announced a $4.5 million gift Monday to fund its giant panda reproduction program for five more years. Donator and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is also co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, said in a news conference, "There are probably 10 million species on the face of the earth, and I doubt that any one of those species is more popular and more beloved than the giant panda. Hopefully this will result in more pandas being born here," he said.
Susan Walsh | AP
Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The zoo announced a $4.5 million gift Monday to fund its giant panda reproduction program for five more years. Donator and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is also co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, said in a news conference, "There are probably 10 million species on the face of the earth, and I doubt that any one of those species is more popular and more beloved than the giant panda. Hopefully this will result in more pandas being born here," he said.

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