Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, (second right), walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, (second left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, on Tuesday. Schalit returned home from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.
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Palestinian prisoners cross from Egypt into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after they were released from Israeli jails in a landmark prisoner swap.
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Shalit's parents, Aviva (center) and Noam (right) Shalit, prepare to board a helicopter in their home of Mitzpe Hila to reunite with their son.
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People in Mitzpe Hila watch the first televised images of the 25-year-old Shalit, who doctors said shows signs of malnutrition, following his release.
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A Palestinian prisoner is held aloft in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He was one of 477 freed Tuesday, with 550 more to be freed in several months.
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Supporters of Shalit celebrate in Mitzpe Hila. The Israeli tank crewman was captured in 2006 during a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants.
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A convoy of Israeli Prison Service buses arrives at Israel's Ofer prison in the early morning hours to transport Palestinians prisoners.
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A Palestinian prisoner hugs relatives after arriving in Mukata following her release in Ramallah. A total of 27 women were set free Tuesday.
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<p>Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (center) salutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) after arriving by helicopter at the Tel Nof airbase near Tel Aviv on Tuesday.</p>
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<p>Palestinians celebrate the release of prisoners in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A total of 477 Palestinians were freed Tuesday, with 550 more slated to be released in two months.</p>
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Thousands of people jammed the tiny hometown of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday to celebrate his arrival after more than five years in the captivity of Hamas militants.
Shalit was freed hours earlier in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in the most lopsided prisoner swap in Israel's history.
<p>During an Occupy Chicago demonstration at the Bank of America building in Chicago, Kaye Gamble holds a sign protesting corporate greed.</p>
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<p>In <em>The Price of Civilization</em>, Jeffrey Sachs examines how America might be able to return to prosperity.</p>
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The Occupy Wall Street movement has been criticized for lacking focus — but its main slogan seems to be resonating. That slogan, "We are the 99 percent," highlights the issue of income disparity. It's something economist Jeffrey Sachs has been tracking for a long time.
The top 1 percent of U.S. households now take about a quarter of all income, according to Sachs. And wages for the average American male peaked in 1973, he says.
<p>On the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in May, David Liquori (right) talks with passersby. </p>
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Mark your calendars: The world is ending on Oct. 21.
This announcement comes from Harold Camping, the doomsday prophet who said Judgment Day would come on May 21, 2011. On that day, a rolling earthquake was supposed to devastate the world. True believers would join Jesus in heaven. Unbelievers would be tormented for the next five months.
So, when May 21 came and nothing happened, Camping had some explaining to do. Two days later, Camping, the head of Family Radio Network, announced he had been right about the date of God's wrath — just not the method.
Members of the United Auto Workers finish voting Tuesday on a new contract with automaker Ford that would mean nearly 6,000 new jobs in U.S. Ford and the UAW both say it's a good deal for the company and its union employees, but many workers remain unconvinced
In its 87 years, Ford's Chicago assembly plant, which is on the city's South Side, has made an array of Fords from to the Model A to the Model T to the latest Ford Taurus.
Orlando Mendoza, who has worked at Ford for 19 years, says he opposes the proposed contract.
<p>With his bus in the background, President Barack Obama greets people outside of Mast General Store in Boone, N.C., Monday. Obama is on a three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act. </p>
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<p>President Barack Obama chats with people after ordering his lunch at Countryside Barbecue in Marion, N.C., Monday, during the first day of his three-day American Jobs Act bus tour to discuss jobs and the economy.</p>
President Obama is drawing sharp contrasts between his jobs plan and the ideas put forward by Republicans in Congress as he continues his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. That may not bring his jobs plan any closer to passing, but it does help frame the argument for the 2012 election.
Obama is urging Congress to pass his jobs bill piece by piece if necessary. And the piece he was highlighting Monday night in an overheated high school gym in Millers Creek, N.C., would use federal tax dollars to help local governments keep teachers and other employees on the payroll.