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Giraffes prepare to be weighed and measured during the ZSL London Zoo's annual weigh-in  in London, England. The height and mass of every animal in the zoo, of which there are over 16,000, needs to be recorded. The measurements are collated in the Zoological Information Management System, from which zoologists can use the data to compare information on thousands of endangered species.

Giraffes prepare to be weighed and measured during the ZSL London Zoo’s annual weigh-in in London, England.

Sand sculptor Meredith Corson, of Sanding Ovations, Treasure Island, works on the landscaping in front of a sand sculpted White House near the Bilmar Beach Resort. Corson and her partner Dan Doubleday, are sculpting both the White House and the Lincoln Memorial near the Bilmar for the upcoming Republican National Convention. Delegates from both North Dakota and Connecticut are staying at the Bilmar beginning Sunday. "We left the front door open because we don't know yet who will occupying the house come January," said Corson. Both structures are made with 40 tons of construction sand trucked in from Davenport, Fl., according to Corson. "The weather's been a challenge all week, but we'll survive, she said.

Sand sculptor Meredith Corson, of Sanding Ovations, Treasure Island, works on the landscaping in front of a sand sculpted White House near the Bilmar Beach Resort.

First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at the Holiday Park Gym and met with kids involved in the Life Sports Fitness program. The visit was just before her rally Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium.

First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at the Holiday Park Gym and met with kids involved in the Life Sports Fitness program. The visit was just before her rally Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium.

A picture taken on July 19, 2012 shows a Nepalese farmer walking past rice paddy fields at Khokana village on the outskirts of Kathmandu.  Scientists on August 22, 2012 said they had developed a strain of rice that grows well in soils that lack the nutrient phosphorus, a feat that could boost crop yields for some farmers by as much as a fifth.

A picture taken on July 19, 2012 shows a Nepalese farmer walking past rice paddy fields at Khokana village on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Federal policemen escort a group of prisoners toward a plane bound for an undisclosed location at the Morelia's internacional aiport in Morelia, Mexico. Some 200 inmates serving federal sentences were transferred to federal prisons during an operation by the Secretary of Public Security (SSP), local media reported.

Federal policemen escort a group of prisoners toward a plane bound for an undisclosed location at the Morelia’s internacional aiport in Morelia, Mexico. Some 200 inmates serving federal sentences were transferred to federal prisons during an operation by the Secretary of Public Security (SSP), local media reported.

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