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BIG BIRD -- An airman walks through the fuselage of a C-130N Hercules transport plane in a hangar Tuesday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The Pentagon, in a cost-cutting move, is proposing to retire 65 of the big aircraft nationwide. Twelve of them operate from the base. Story and another photo on Page B1.

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YUCK FACTOR -- Health Sciences Charter School students react Tuesday as they are shown preserved tissue samples during a tour of the pathology lab in Kenmore Mercy Hospital as part of a Medical Academy of Science and Health Camp program. From left, they are Gloria Haynes, 14; Destini Burruss, 15; and Janasia Peay, 14.

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HIGH HOPES -- Rusty Shackleford launches a kite into the air Tuesday in Washington's McPherson Square, where the Occupy DC protesters are camped out a few blocks away from the National Mall.

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Derek Gee/Buffalo News

CAN THIS BE WINTER? -- Ashley Graczyk, of Buffalo, pursues a warm weather pastime Tuesday as she takes in the view of the Niagara River and the Peace Bridge from the end of the Bird Island Pier in Broderick Park. Official high for the day was an unseasonably balmy 52 degrees.