If you live in the Northeast, this has been a wacky winter: It has been deathly cold in Eastern Europe, as flowers bloom in New York City and temperatures rise to the high 40s and even 50s.
I went in search of flowers in bloom and was not disappointed. There were bushes of red camellias, and gorgeous yellow flowering Adonis. Kristin Schleiter is the acting director of outdoor gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. She took me to an outdoor test garden.
Aw Muhammad, a resident of a refugee camp in western Kabul, pulls back a shade as one of his six surviving children looks out on the snow. Afghanistan is suffering one of its harshest winters in many years.
Kabul's fourth snowstorm in the past month brought children out to play across the city, including those in the Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the western part of the capital.
Many of the children in the camp don't remember any other life outside of this mud-brick shantytown. Most of their parents fled the southern province of Helmand when the war heated up there four years ago.
The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. This photo was taken from the bridge of the aircraft carrier and shows U.S. aircraft parked on its flight deck. In the background, a U.S. destroyer patrols.
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A helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln hovers over an Iranian patrol ship during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.
The dispute over Iran's nuclear program has again rocked oil markets. And Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 34 miles wide yet serves as the passageway for 20 percent of the world's oil.
This is not a new drama. In fact, it was a recurring issue in the 1980s. Still, there's been relatively little activity among Gulf oil producers to find alternative routes to get their oil to market.
Miu Miu, a Chihuahua, poses for photographers at a fashion show held before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
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Mia, a Doberman, sits in the backstage area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden Tuesday. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese launched a defense of the breed, featured in his movie <em>Hugo</em>, in a recent editorial.
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Uggie, a Jack Russell terrier, pauses during a visit to the Empire State Building last month. The dog won a Golden Collar award for his film work Monday.
The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is under way, and that means dogs are being pampered, brushed and cajoled to walk before the event's judges. First held in 1877, the Westminster show claims to be second only to the Kentucky Derby in terms of continuously held sporting events.
Wed. 2/15 10p: Recorded at the Outpost Performance Space as part of AMP Concerts series Concerts and Conversation, the beloved troubadour talked in depth about his creative process, his early career and how his new CD Mesabi was created.
Wed. 2/15 11a: They rise out of the horizon, giant factories spewing gases into the air and the surrounding communities. Coal-fired generating stations on the Navajo Nation and Moapa Indian Reservation in Nevada are believed to be contributing to the illness of residents who live by these plants.