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Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba for five years, arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The US and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old enemy.
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Dr. Joe Wallace, right, uses a pressure washer to cut years of algae growth off the Eye Spy statues at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida.
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Residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia
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Democratic US Senate candidate Bruce Braley (L) hugs volunteer Pat Halferty during a campaign stop at the Lynn Count Democratic HQ on November 3 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Polls put Braley neck-and-neck with Republican Joni Ernst and the Iowa result could decide which party controls the Senate
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Members of the National Guard watch from a small hilltop two blocks away from protesters in Ferguson, Missouri
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as the National Guard announces its withdrawal from the town as calm descends following two weeks of often violent clashes
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman
Tear gas rains down on a woman standing with her arms raised after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson policeman in Missouri.
Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York on Wednesday
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A Fifa official tests the pitch as rain pours down before the group G World Cup football match between the US and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil