Afghan trainer Col. Din Mohammad, standing in front of a Soviet-made helicopter, speaks to new group of Afghan pilots and air crews at the Air Force University in Kabul on Jan. 16, 2012. The Afghan air force has only a small number of planes, pilots and spare parts and is attempting to ramp up training before the departure of U.S. and NATO forces.
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One of the Afghan air force's C-130 cargo planes passes under the spray of a pair of fire trucks at Kabul airport last month. The U.S. officially transferred the first two of four C-130s to the Afghans.
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U..S Army Chief Warrant Officer Kyle Cheeseman mans the computer controls of the flight simulator during an Afghan air force training exercise in Kabul.
A gray C-130 Hercules flies low over the runway at Kabul airport. The four-engine cargo plane then climbs and banks to the left. Moments later, it lands and passes under the spray of two fire trucks before stopping in front of a crowd of officials.
This ceremony last month marked the official transfer of the first two C-130s from the U.S. to the Afghan air force.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., prepare to meet reporters on Capitol Hill on Oct. 17, after a breakfast meeting when the leaders of the bipartisan budget conference say they pledged to seek "common ground."
Twenty-nine lawmakers are supposed to come up with a long-term budget deal by mid-December. They meet again Wednesday around a conference table, led by two people who couldn't be more different: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Diners take part in the <a href="http://eatfeastly.com/meals/m/herbal-remedy-a-spring-picnic-adventure-on-the-far/">Herbal Remedy Picnic</a> event, a meal arranged through food sharing site Feastly, in Washington, D.C.
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Airbnb, the online apartment lending service, is just one of many services that have popped up in the "sharing economy" that let people lend out their unused assets or services for extra money.