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The media watches as a Space X falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 Satellite liftoff early Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 from the Cape Canaveral, Fla.,  Air Force Station.  The rocket carried the Asiasat-8 spacecraft which will support direct broadcasting, private networks and broadband connectivity for customers in China, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux)  NO SALES

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The media watches as a Space X falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 Satellite lifts off from the Cape Canaveral, Florida, Air Force Station. The rocket carried the Asiasat-8 spacecraft which will support direct broadcasting, private networks and broadband connectivity for customers in China, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Read more

A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California, USA. On the morning of 28 July, the fire had burned over 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) and was just 5% contained. More than 400 firefighters and several helicopters are battling the flames near Yosemite.

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The El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California, USA. On Monday morning the fire had burned over 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) and was just 5% contained

Lake Mead At Historic Low Levels As Drought Continues In Western US...LAKE MEAD, NRA, NV - JULY 17:  A boat sails on Lake Mead on July 17, 2014 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. Last week, North America's largest man-made reservoir dropped below 1,082 feet above sea level, the lowest it's been since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. A 14-year drought in the Southwestern United States and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River, in part due to cuts in the reservoir's annual allocation of water from Lake Powell, has left a white "bathtub ring" of mineral deposits left by higher water levels on the rocks around the lake as high as 130 feet. The National Park Service has been forced to close or extend boat launch ramps, and move entire marinas to try to keep up with the receding water levels.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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A boat sails on Lake Mead on July 17, 2014 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. Last week, North America’s largest man-made reservoir dropped below 1,082 feet above sea level, the lowest it’s been since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. A 14-year drought in the Southwestern United States and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River, in part due to cuts in the reservoir’s annual allocation of water from Lake Powell, has left a white “bathtub ring” of mineral deposits left by higher water levels on the rocks around the lake as high as 130 feet. Read more

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Gives Semiannual Monetary Policy Report To Senate Committee...WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15:  Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. Yellin delivered her "Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC. Ms Yellin delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. Read more

American League's Brian Dozier, of the Minnesota Twins, took the plate following a rain delay in the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Brian Mark Peterson)

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American League’s Brian Dozier, of the Minnesota Twins, took the plate following a rain delay in the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Minneapolis Read more

A woman from Brazil and a man from Argentina dance samba at the World Cup Fan Fest 2014, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The flood of foreign football fans, the vast majority of them men, has been a boon for the single ladies of Brazil, where a demographic imbalance means women outnumber men by more than 4 million nationally.

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A Brazilian woman and an Argentinian man samba at Fifa Fan Fest 2014 on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Argentina reached the World Cup final after beating Holland, while Brazil failed to make it through after losing to Germany

The sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, a day after the national soccer team's brutal and humiliating 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany. Pictured in center is Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most-visited landmarks. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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The sun rises over Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain on Wednesday, a day after Brazil’s national football team suffered a humiliating 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany Read more

University of Utah image of a map of the northern sky showing the "hot spot" where scientists detected an unusual concentration of high energy cosmic rays. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. A mysterious "hot spot" in the sky is emitting unusual numbers of powerful cosmic rays, say scientists. The discovery may shed new light on the origin of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, which still cannot be fully explained. The hot spot is centred two hand-widths below the "handle" of the Big Dipper, or Plough, an arrangement of seven stars within the Great Bear constellation.

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University of Utah image of a map of the northern sky showing the ‘hot spot’ where scientists say they are detecting an unusual concentration of high energy cosmic rays

A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino and Luxor hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada late July 7, 2014. Monsoon storms are forecast for the the rest of the week in the Nevada and Arizona states.  The Luxor Sky Beam can be seen shining into the sky from the top of the hotel's pyramid structure.

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A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monsoon storms are forecast for the rest of the week in Nevada and neighbouring Arizona.

A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro...A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro June 23, 2014. In a project called "On The Sidelines" Reuters photographers share pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Picture taken June 23. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 71 FOR PACKAGE 'ON THE SIDELINES AND TO THE FINAL'  TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'SIDELINES FINAL TOPCUP'

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A worker rappels from the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro’s Mount Corcovado, Brazil. Small sections of the famous monument’s head and right hand were chipped off in recent lightning strikes. Read more