THE WEEK IN PICTURES

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    Aug. 16: From atop a hi-lo outside of Peabody's Restaurant, classic cars head southbound on Woodward Avenue during the annual Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Mich.

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    Aug. 16: Shiite pilgrims gather in front of the Shrine of Imam Abbas in Karbala, Iraq. A car bomb struck Shiite pilgrims boarding minibuses in Baghdad Saturday, killing at least six people as they were heading to the Shabaniyah festival in Karbala, which ends this weekend and marks the birth of Mohammed al-Mahdi, the 12th Shiite imam who disappeared in the 9th century.

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    Aug. 16: Firemen from the Memphis Fire Department cool down after fighting a second-story house fire that killed seven people in the Orange Mound community of Memphis, Tenn. Five children, a teenager and an adult were killed in a blaze on Saturday, fire officials said.

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    Aug. 16: Boys fight with watermelons during the annual watermelon festival in the village of Salmanovo, east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

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    Aug. 16: Fire brigade officers inspect a ruined house in the village of Kalina, near the town of Czestochowa, southern Poland. A tornado and heavy storms struck southern Poland overnight, killing three people and injuring 34.

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    Aug. 15: Actor Bill Murray, bottom, plays his air guitar as he makes a tandem jump with U.S. Army Golden Knights Staff Sgt. Joe Jones from 13,500 feet over Lake Michigan for the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago.

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    Aug. 15: Tom Lee, deputy Boston police superintendent, left, and Boston police's Bruce Holloway, center background, listen during a news conference at a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Boston. The FBI said Friday that it pulled fingerprints off decades-old immigration papers to identify the kidnapping suspect who calls himself Clark Rockefeller as a German man who came to the United States as a youth and later adopted several aliases.

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    Aug. 15: A U.S. construction crew fills the Smuggler's Gulch canyon near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, Calif. Scrapers and bulldozers began filling the deep canyon Friday to make way for a border fence in the southwestern corner of the continental United States after 12 years of planning, environmental reviews and legal challenges.

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    Aug. 15: Giant photographs of women cover the walls of homes in Providencia slum in Rio de Janeiro. A French photographer who identifies himself as JR is exhibiting portraits of women whose loved ones were killed by police as part of his project entitled ‘Women are Heroes.’

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    Aug. 15: As seen from air, a forest fire burns near Sacramento, Calif. Wildfires are projected to burn twice as much land across the West by late this century if the climate warms as expected, a conservation group said in a report. Warmer springs and longer summers since the mid-1980s already have resulted in a fourfold increase in the number of wildfires and a sixfold increase in the amount of land burned compared with the period between 1970 and 1986, according to the National Wildlife Federation report.

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    Aug. 15: A man stands in the road seeking help after a tree crashed on his vehicle, left, due to heavy rain and high winds produced by Tropical Storm Fay in Higuey, east of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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    Aug. 15: Dougout, the Little League mascot, escorts local Little Leaguers onto the field during opening ceremonies of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

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    May 22: Madonna arrives for the 2008 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit in Mougins, southern France. The Material Girl turned 50 on Saturday.

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    Aug. 15: A man walks in front of a huge blaze on a hill above the village of Xenies, Greece. The blaze broke out in the Pinia area of Peloponnese, which was ravaged last summer by huge wildfires that killed 66 people in southern Greece. Despite many days of strong wind and high temperatures this summer, Greece's fire-prone forests have escaped with relativity light damage.

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    Aug. 15: Nils Olav, an Edinburgh Zoo penguin and colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian King's Guard, an elite unit tasked with protecting the Norwegian royal family, inspects soldiers of his regiment as they visit him in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was presented with a medal. The original Nils Olav became an honorary member of the regiment in 1972, when a young lieutenant called Nils Egelien visited the penguins at the zoo, but died in the 1980s and was replaced by the current Nils Olav.

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    Aug. 15: Bulgarian Orthodox pilgrims try to touch the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary during a procession marking Virgin Mary's Day at Troyan's monastery, some 105 miles east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Every year thousands of believers take part in this procession to pray for good health.

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    Aug. 15: Actors dressed in Polish army historical costumes ride on horses during a military parade marking Polish Army Day, in Warsaw, Poland. The parade honored the 88th anniversary of a Polish victory against the Red Army.

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    Aug. 14: A dog races at London's Walthamstow’s greyhound stadium. The finish line is looming for the greyhounds of Walthamstow Stadium. The 75-year-old temple to the archetypical British sport of greyhound racing was to close on Saturday. A London landmark famed for its heady atmosphere and huge pink-and-green neon sign, the track has been frequented by everyone from Winston Churchill to Brad Pitt. Now it is closing after the owners agreed to sell the site to developers.

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    Aug. 14: Protesters dressed as Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, lead a march from the Paradise Pier Hotel to the main entrance of Disneyland during a demonstration protesting Disney's treatment of hotel workers in Anaheim, Calif. The arrests followed a march by hundreds of maids, cooks and dishwashers from three Disney hotels. The workers' contract expired in February, and their union says Disney's latest offer would make health care unaffordable and create an unfair two-tier wage system.

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    Aug. 14: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., body surfs at Sandy Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sen. Obama was in Hawaii for a vacation.

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    Aug. 14: Taiwanese people launch paper lanterns during the Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival in Keelung, Taipei County, Taiwan. Traditionally, activities to please the ghosts and spirits include preparing ritualistic offerings of food, burning Ghost money and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water. Releasing the paper lanterns signifies 'giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits.'

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    Aug. 14: Lightning streaks across the sky, lighting up the downtown buildings in Tucson, Ariz., and providing a light show just after midnight. The monsoon thunderstorm caused damage and a flash flood warning in Tucson.

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    Aug. 14: Workers place begonias into floral displays in the Grand' Place in Brussels. For three days thousands of begonias will cover the Grand' Place in Brussels in an event that is held every two years.

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    In this Oct. 11, 2001, file photo, famous chef, cookbook author and television show host Julia Child shares a laugh with students from her alma mater, Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Child shared a secret with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world: They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt. The secret came out Thursday of all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the United States' first centralized intelligence effort.

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    Aug. 14: A Chinese cleaning worker cycles past a burned taxi in Beijing. The taxi caught fire near a tourist site in Beijing on Wednesday but no injuries were reported, authorities said, amid heightened security in the Olympics host city after a traveler was killed in a recent attack.

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    Aug. 14: Dutch Edith van de Weterring, back, and Wilfred Stijger, front, work on their sand sculpture 'Life' during the International Sand Festival in Rorschach, Switzerland.

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    Aug. 13: Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Birmingham, Mich. McCain, who's arm is in a sling, was treated Wednesday for a 'minor sprain' after someone at a campaign event in Michigan vigorously shook her hand.

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    July 2007: In this image released by Oregon State University, a lionfish swims off Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas. The lionfish are rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region, it was reported on Wednesday. 'This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history,' said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecology expert who compared lionfish to a plague of locusts.

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    Aug. 13: People watch flames at the Riverwalk at Millennium luxury apartment development in Conshohocken, Pa. The newly built, unoccupied apartment building caught fire in suburban Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, leveling the structure and severely damaging several other occupied buildings in the complex.

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    Aug. 13: A police investigator leaves the Democratic Party of Arkansas headquarters in Little Rock after a gunman fired shots in the building. A man recently fired from a Target store barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters Wednesday and fatally shot the state party chairman, Bill Gwatney, before speeding off in his pickup. Police later shot and killed the suspect, Timothy Dale Johnson, after a 30-mile chase.

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    Sept. 2, 1995: Sandy Allen poses for a picture with Will Denk at the library in Shelbyville, Ind. The 7-foot-7 Allen, considered the world's tallest woman, died early Wednesday at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville. She was 53.

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    Aug. 13: Indian police try to remove the wreckage of a government car that was burnt by protesters in Srinagar, India. Riots erupted across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday as Muslims mourned 15 people killed in a day of bloody violence, as protests spread to other parts of India.

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    Aug. 13: Lebanese police inspect the scene next to a damaged bus in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. A bomb exploded near a bus carrying civilians and off-duty members of the military, killing nine, including seven soldiers, and wounding at least 10 others, security officials said. Suspicion fell on the possibility of Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic militants seeking revenge on the military.

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    Aug. 12: Dogs wait to be unloaded from a truck after arriving at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis. More than 360 animals, many of them emaciated, injured and suffering from mange and parasites, were rescued Tuesday at a southwest Missouri property where they were hoarded and bred, authorities said.

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    Aug. 12: Evan Pala, 8, shows his puncture wounds during an interview in Severville, Tenn., after a bear attacked him along LeConte Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Monday evening.

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    Aug. 12: Elvis and Priscilla Barbie dolls are displayed for sale at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., where they were unveiled. Brenda Moore, from Bentonville, Ark., was the winning bidder at $6,800.

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    Aug. 12: Firemen pour water over the burned wreckage of a smoldering small plane that crashed in the parking lot of a Supermarket in Easton, Mass. Three people were killed in the crash.

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    In this July 11 file photo, a humpback whale dives back under the water while feeding in a large group off Cape Cod near Provincetown, Mass. The humpback whale, nearly hunted into history four decades ago, is now on the 'road to recovery' and no longer considered at high risk of extinction, an environmental group said Tuesday.

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    Aug. 12: Paragliders start to fly during the international paraglide competition 'Sky Nomad Open 2008' near the town of Sopot, about 87 miles east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Competitors from Germany, Norway, Netherlands and Russia were taking part in the competition.

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    These undated images made from a surveillance video provided by the Longmont Colorado Police Department show a man claiming to be a police detective trying to get an adult novelty shop to give him free X-rated videos, saying he wanted to see if the performers were legally old enough, according to police reports. Police on Tuesday were searching for him.

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    Aug. 12: Hindu demonstrators cross the River Tawi as they protest the Jammu and Kashmir government for revoking a land transfer to a Hindu shrine in Jammu, India.

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    Aug. 11: Sara Baysinger of La Salle, Colo., sits with her 2-year-old son, Lane, and Cash, the family's 3-year-old German shepherd, at home. Cash stood guard over the body of her owner, Jake Baysinger, for up to six weeks after the man committed suicide on the remote northeastern Colorado plains, authorities said. His body was found Sunday on the Pawnee National Grasslands about 75 miles northeast of Denver. Cash was found beside him, thin and dehydrated.

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    Aug. 11: Workers attempt to remove the tractor-trailer that plunged into the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday, in Baltimore, Md. Police had reopened an eastbound lane on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Monday. The lane had been closed since Sunday, when the tractor-trailer crashed off of the bridge. The driver of the truck was killed, Maryland police said.

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    Aug. 11: Sgt. Greg Martin, an investigator with the Muskogee police department, looks over the remains of a small plane that crashed into a vacant lot in a residential area on the city's east side, killing one person, authorities said. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane is a fixed-wing, single-engine RV-6A model.

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    Aug. 11: Michael Phelps of the United States and his teammate Garret Weber-Gale, right, celebrate as their team wins the gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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    Aug. 11: Russian soldiers pass a burning house on the way to Tskhinvali, the capital of the Georgian breakaway enclave of South Ossetia. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered a halt to military action in Georgia.

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    Aug. 11: Storm clouds form over the skyline as a torrential rain storm moved through New York. At extreme right is the Empire State Building.

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