The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by 34,000, Angela Merkel gets a headache, banks are up to no good (again) and tragedy strikes Colorado moviegoers. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures.
In this undated photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a large supply of vials, pills and other medical supplies seized by the FBI in a drug diversion scheme are shown in the FBI’s evidence room in New York. Prosecutors say that the scheme cheated Medicaid out of hundreds of millions of dollars by buying mountains of HIV medications and other drugs from down-and-out Medicaid recipients in New York City, then marketing the pills to pharmacies that dispensed them to unsuspecting consumers, authorities said Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/FBI, Matthew Coleman)
Irene Dorner, president and chief executive officer of HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and HSBC North America Holdings, Inc., testifies before the permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing, “U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History,” Tuesday, July 17, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
In this Tuesday, July 17, 2012, file photo, business employment specialist Linda Reynolds, right, helps job searcher D’Andre Preston at WorkSource Oregon in Tualatin, Ore. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose by 34,000 last week, a figure that may have been skewed higher by seasonal factors. Applications for benefits increased to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, July 19, 2012. The gain followed a drop of 24,000 the previous week and was the biggest jump since April 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)