A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot in San Marcos, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out in Southern California during another day of a sweltering heat
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Philip Triplett recovers an American flag from the destroyed home of a family friend after it was hit by a tornado in Louisville, Mississippi. A string of deadly tornadoes tore through the region beginning on Monday, leaving more than two dozen dead.
Debris from an RV lot is strewn around in Mayflower, Arkansas. A storm system that killed more than 20 people continued its march across a large swath of the US southeast on Tuesday, packing baseball-sized hail, damaging winds and the threat of more tornadoes.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia hits a shot on the second hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia
US First Lady Michelle Obama performs t’ai chi with students from the Chengdu No 7 High School in Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Michelle Obama arrived in China last week with her mother and daughters to start a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange.
A man wraps up against the cold in downtown Albany, New York, as bitterly cold temperatures returned bringing up to six inches of snow and ice to the state capital
A couple and a child look at a 50-foot snowman named “Granddaddy” in Gilman, Minnesota. The snowman began to take shape earlier this winter when farmer Greg Novak needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses
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A performer greets arrivals to the 41st Annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Centre in National Harbor, Maryland, USA
A morning commuter walks through the snow in the US city of Philadelphia, on Thursday
A snow plow clears downtown lanes on Interstate 75/85 during a winter storm on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Team USA huddles around the net before the game against Switzerland during the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Sochi, Russia
US President Barack Obama endorses the National Day of Prayer by attending the celebratory breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday
A man walks past a sculpture covered by a light dusting of snow in the US city of Baltimore
North America has been hit by the coldest temperatures in decades after a a polar vortex led to extreme weather conditions. In Baltimore, temperatures remain well below freezing, with ice forming on buildings, cars and roads.
Visitors walk through the holiday lights display “ZooLights” at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.
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Protesters chained together block the entrance of an immigrant detention centre on Tuesday in Elizabeth, New Jersey. A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups marked international Human Rights Day by staging the civil disobedience action at the Elizabeth Detention Center where eight protesters were arrested by police. Organisers said the event was designed to draw attention to the continued mass deportations of undocumented immigrants by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Congress’s inability to pass immigration reform.
A commuter waits for a train during a snowstorm in Philadelphia, US
A shopper rests in the shoe section of Macy’s Herald Square store in New York on Black Friday, the US’s busiest shopping day of the year
A Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West in New York during a Thanksgiving parade