Pictures of the Day: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Posted Dec. 27, 2012, at 4:56 p.m.
A blind man walks past damaged cars in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections.
Ahmed Jadallah | Reuters
A blind man walks past damaged cars in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections.
A man sand skis in the desert near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, 932 miles from Riyadh, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Reuters
A man sand skis in the desert near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, 932 miles from Riyadh, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Clouds roll over destroyed homes, almost two months after superstorm Sandy caused damage, in Breezy Point in the Queens borough of New York City, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Lucas Jackson | Reuters
Clouds roll over destroyed homes, almost two months after superstorm Sandy caused damage, in Breezy Point in the Queens borough of New York City, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
U.S. Sen. Brian Emanuel Schatz (D-HI), who replaced the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, stands with his wife, Linda, while Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office during the re-enactment of his swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Mary Calvert | Reuters
U.S. Sen. Brian Emanuel Schatz (D-HI), who replaced the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, stands with his wife, Linda, while Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office during the re-enactment of his swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
A statue of late Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson is covered with snow during snowfall in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Chris Wattie | Reuters
A statue of late Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson is covered with snow during snowfall in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Jillian Rondeau and Tyson Rondeau of Tucson, Ariz., receive a check after their dog Oscar won the 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals dog race before the start of the 2012 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The race is a prelude event for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
Christopher Hanewinckel | USA TODAY Sports | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jillian Rondeau and Tyson Rondeau of Tucson, Ariz., receive a check after their dog Oscar won the 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals dog race before the start of the 2012 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The race is a prelude event for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
Researchers from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough of Breezy Point, New York, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday.
Lucas Jackson | Reuters
Researchers from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough of Breezy Point, New York, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday.

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