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  • March 17: Emergency services workers remove the last of seven bodies from the rubble at the site of a crane collapse in the Manhattan borough of New York. Six construction workers and a woman in town for St. Patrick's Day were killed Saturday when the crane broke away from an apartment tower under construction and toppled like a tree onto buildings as far as a block away.
  • March 17: The Empire State Building is illuminated in green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New York.
  • March 17: James Carrol enjoys the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. This annual parade has been held for the past 247 years in honor of the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York.
  • March 17: Foreign Legion soldiers stand by the coffin of the last French World War I veteran, Lazare Ponticelli, at the Invalides in Paris. France honored its last World War I veteran, who died last week, and all the other 8.4 million Frenchmen who fought in the conflict a century ago that tore Europe apart.
  • March 17: In this image from NASA TV mission specialist Rick Linnehan holds an experiment that was being installed on the International Space Station during a space walk.
  • March 17: In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, Airman Jacob Larsen, holds 'Fod,' a screech owl discovered in the wheel well of an F/A 18 Hornet fighter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, at sea in the Persian Gulf. The owl was examined for injuries and given a solution of sugar water for mild dehydration, then taken ashore aboard a delivery aircraft during a scheduled flight and released. FOD is a Navy acronym for 'Foreign Object Damage' and refers to objects or debris found on a flight line or carrier flight deck that can be sucked into an aircraft engine intake and cause damage.
  • March 18: Italy's Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali perform their compulsory dance routine, the Argentine Tango, in the opening event of the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.
  • March 18: An Albanian light candles alongside the names of dead victims, in front of the government offices in Tirana to commemorate those killed in a series of massive explosions at an ammunition depot near the capital.
  • March 18: Police arrest a Tibetan protester in the front of the Chinese Embassy during a demonstration against China's crackdown in Lhasa Tibet, in New Delhi, India.
  • March 18: Workmen and firefighters gather near part of a collapsed crane on the East Side of Manhattan in New York.
  • March 18: A U.S. female soldier dressed in traditional Afghan clothing performs an Afghan National dance during a ceremony celebrating the upcoming Afghan New Year at a U.S. base in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • March 18: Boys collect steel from the U.N. burned car in front of the U.N. court compound in the northern Serb-dominated part of the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.
  • From left are Melissa, Emily and Nicole McIntire. Melissa and Emily from Virginia, who are selling on eBay a corn flake shaped like the state of Illinois, say the online auction Web site had canceled their listing, but the flake is back. The sisters say the Land of Lincoln twin they discovered in a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes still is available. The sisters said they are auctioning a coupon redeemable for it, instead of the cereal itself. Bidding early Wednesday was at $116.11.
  • March 18: Billowing clouds of black smoke and embers fill the afternoon sky near Radium Springs, N.M., as a wildfire engulfed an estimated 800 to 1,000 acres of brush and one home. Officials blocked off Highway 185 from Rincon to Radium Springs and announced a voluntary evacuation for the residents of Radium Springs, who were allowed back to their homes just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The cause of the blaze was unknown.
  • March 18: Marion County firefighters rescue 2-month-old foal Shooter from a septic tank at a farm in Citra, Fla. Using 'pinch bars,' firefighters broke through the concrete tank to rescue the animal, safely reuniting the baby with his mother, Reba.
  • March 18: Elephants walk through the streets of Manhattan on their way to Madison Square Garden in New York. The annual parade of elephants announces the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • March 18: Buses that act as the offices for NTR Canoe Livery lie underwater in Bolivar, Ohio, after the Tuscarawas River overflowed its banks.
  • March 19: Two of the Express Newspapers' titles are seen with front-page apologies to Kate and Gerry McCann for suggesting the couple were responsible for their daughter Madeleine's death, in London. The parents of Madeleine McCann on Wednesday accepted an apology and more than half a million pounds, or $1 million, in damages over tabloid newspaper stories suggesting they had caused their daughter's death. Madeleine vanished May 3, a few days before her fourth birthday, from a hotel room during a family vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region.
  • March 19: Presumptive Republican nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain listens to a rabbi's explanation during a visit to the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City. McCain left a note to God and recited prayers during his visit to Judaism's holiest site.
  • March 19: Police arrest an Iraq war demonstrator outside the Internal Revenue Service in Washington during a protest coinciding with the fifth year of the war in Iraq.
  • March 19: Traffic is diverted, left, along US Highway 60 after floodwaters spilled over a section of the roadway east of Springfield, Mo.
  • March 19: Panamanian anti-narcotics agents burn drugs in Panama City. Police destroyed 2.9 tons of cocaine, marijuana and heroin seized in drug operations during the last month.
  • March 19: Anjouan soldiers loyal to rebel leader Col. Mohamed Bacar search the scene of a crash landing of a French helicopter on the coast of Anjouan, Comoros. Anjouan officials were investigating the crash in which the three occupants escaped with minor injuries. Bacar seized control of the island after disputed elections in July.
  • March 19: A falla burns during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. Every year the people of Valencia celebrate the ancient 'Fallas' fiesta by burning several figures in the city at midnight on the night of the feast of Saint Joseph.
  • March 19: A Dornier 328 aircraft of the Cirrus airline sits in a protective barrier next to the runway at the airport in Mannheim, Germany. The aircraft slammed into the wall, ripping off part of a wing and losing an engine. Twenty-four passengers and three crew members were aboard the flight, which originated at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport.
  • March 20: A general view of a Chrism Mass, celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, white figure at center beneath Bernini's baldachin, inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Vatican Easter celebrations.
  • March 20: School children celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors, or Spring Festival, at Kumkum Vidhyalaya in Ahmadabad, India. Holi is officially celebrated on March 22.
  • March 20: In this photograph released by the president's office, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, places a wreath of flowers near the body of Arthur C. Clarke in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Clarke, 90, was a visionary science fiction writer who wrote ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future.
  • This undated photo released by her family shows Abigail Taylor. The family of the 6-year-old girl whose intestines were partially sucked out by a Minnesota swimming pool drain on June 29, 2006, says the child has died. Family attorney Bob Bennett says Abigail Taylor's parents were with her when she died Thursday evening at a Nebraska hospital.
  • March 21: Pakistani Muslims gather to celebrate the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, Prophet Muhammad's birthday, in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • March 21: Makana Gifford, 3, a pupil at the Calloway County Preschool in Murray, Ky., reacts after finding a hidden treasure during an Easter egg hunt at the school. Students in Teresa Gores’ class enjoyed searching for the eggs and then hiding them for other students. Rain caused this years Easter egg hunt to be held indoors.
  • March 21: Floodwaters from the Black River are seen south of Poplar Bluff, Mo. The Coon Island levee near Poplar Bluff broke around noon on Thursday, and authorities were preparing to conduct water rescues if necessary.
  • March 21: Heavy seas hit Tynemouth piers at Tynemouth beach, Tyne and Wear in the northeast of England. The British were struggling with unseasonably icy temperatures and forecasters were predicting snow in some areas of Europe over the Easter holiday period.
  • March 21: 'The Terrible,' a new generation nuclear-armed submarine, is seen during its inauguration by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, unseen, in Cherbourg, western France. Sarkozy announced a modest cut in France's nuclear arsenal to fewer than 300 warheads and urged China and the United States to commit to no more weapons tests.
  • March 21: Pakistani women carry water collected from a nearby well on the eve of 'World Water Day' on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 'Sanitation' is the theme for World Water Day 2008, which is celebrated each year on March 22.
  • March 21: The mastheads of the New York Post and Newsday are seen in this photo in New York. Media conglomerate Tribune Co. reported a $78 million fourth-quarter loss from continuing operations Thursday as it copes with the historic downturn in the newspaper industry. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell also confirmed that the company has begun a strategic review of assets as a report surfaced that News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch has made a bid for Tribune's Long Island-based Newsday.
  • March 21: Police officers work at the scene of a car bomb that exploded outside a police station in Calahorra, northern Spain. One officer was slightly injured in what appeared to be an attack by the Basque armed group ETA.
  • March 21: A woman gives her child milk during the Paro festival in Paro, 26 miles from the capital, Thimphu, Bhutan. Paro is an annual festival in which dances are preformed by monks as well as laymen. It is believed that one gains merits by attending this festival.
  • March 21: An Indonesian Hindu man steps on sharp sword during the Pangguni Uttiram day in Lubuk Pakam, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Pangguni Uttiram is a holiday for Hindus in North Sumatra where they clean their soul by piercing their bodies and tongues after fasting for a month.
  • March 21: Diggers prepare new graves at a graveyard dedicated to the Mahdi Army fighters killed in action in the past five years, outside Najaf, Iraq. Mahdi Army consists of fighters loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
  • March 21: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talk to the media in Dharamsala, India. Pelosi called on the world community to denounce China in the wake of its crackdown in Tibet, calling the crisis 'a challenge to the conscience of the world.'
  • March 22: An Indian girl with her face covered with colored powder looks on as she celebrates Holi, the spring festival of colors, in Calcutta, India.
  • March 22: A mother kisses her 17-year-old son, Masoud Ahmed, wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Kirkuk, Iraq. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed one civilian and wounded seven others including five policemen in central Kirkuk, police said.
  • March 22: Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin competes in a Men's 200m backstroke heat during the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • March 22: Young Boston Red Sox fans watch the players practicing before their pre-season exhibition baseball game against Japan's Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.
  • March 22: Turkish riot police disperse pro-Kurdish demonstrators in Van, eastern Turkey. Kurdish protesters chanting their support for separatist Kurdish guerillas clashed with police during the spring festival of Nowruz in eastern Turkey, near the Iranian border. Dozens were injured.

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