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Children play basketball at a park near blighted row houses in Baltimore, Monday, April 1, 2013. Baltimore is far from the worst American city for poverty, but it faces all the problems of cities where vast numbers of the poor now live. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s, while $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month are expected to begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide.

Patrick Semansky/AP

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A banner is painted on the field in preparation for the the Toronto Blue Jays home opener as they face the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

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A fan of the late Hong Kong canto-pop star Leslie Cheung cries during a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong April 1, 2013. Exhibitions, concerts and tribute events are held in Hong Kong to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Cheung, who leapt to his death from a hotel on April 1, 2003.


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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is pictured in a multiple exposure pitch against the Kansas City Royals during their MLB American League baseball game in Chicago April 1, 2013. The White Sox won the game 1-0.


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Danny Del Toro, also know as "Dodger Elvis," revs up the fans during the Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Mark J. Terrill/AP

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A participant attends a street carnival marking the end of Easter celebrations at Tafawa Balewa square in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos April 1, 2013.


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Special effects installer Andrew Nicholls installs a misting system in, around and under a large stainless steel wave-shaped sculpture titled 'Exhale' by California artist Mikyoung Kim, Monday, April 1, 2013. Nicholls was in the first of three days of installation of a sophisticated misting system that will become an interactive part of the sculpture with passersby on Franklin Street Plaza, a prominent street level feature of the nearly completed 140 West Franklin development in downtown Chapel Hill, N.C.

Harry Lynch/AP

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Players from Canada take part in a practice session ahead of the IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Ottawa April 1, 2013. The tournament will be held from April 2-9.


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A vendor eats as she waits for customers at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, April 1, 2013. Two people in Shanghai, one of China's largest cities, died this month after contracting a strain of avian influenza that had never been passed to humans before, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.


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A New York Mets fan waits to ride the escalator at CitiField before the New York Mets opening day MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in New York, April 1, 2013.


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In this photograph made with multiple exposures in camera, Canada's Frank Dancevic, of Niagara Falls, Ont., returns the ball during practice for a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Italy in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday April 1, 2013. The quarterfinal begins Friday in Vancouver.


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U.S. President Barack Obama consoles Donovan Frazier, 5, who lost during his easter egg roll event during in the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2013.


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