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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.
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The US flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half mast as ordered by President Barack Obama, following the fatal shootings on Monday at the Washington Naval Yard
Floodwater shoots out of a sewer in Manitou Springs, Colorado, as storms continue to hit the Waldo Canyon area of the US.
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The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky in New York on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center, creating two vertical columns of light
A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York’s Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
A girl plants some of the 3,000 flags placed in memory of the lives lost in the September 11 2001 attacks, at a park in Winnetka, Illinois, US
Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Wednesday. Manning was sentenced for 35 years for his part in the WikiLeaks affair
Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary
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Dockhands at a Potomac River boathouse in Washington pull rental kayaks from river at the end of the day.
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Police officers push back a protester on the 10 Freeway after demonstrators, angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman, stop traffic on the highway, in Los Angeles, California
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US Independence day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and National Monument in Washington, DC on Thursday night
Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday.
Mya McNeal looks for her mother, US Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan on Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia
Firefighter Jesus Acosta holds a candle during a vigil and memorial gathering in Prescott, Arizona, US, for 19 colleagues who died in the Yarnell Hill fire, a wildfire caused by record heat and erratic winds. The victims were members of an elite “hotshot” unit and was the biggest loss of firefighters’ lives since the September 11 attacks and the most from a US wildfire in 80 years
Confetti falls on police officers on Tuesday during the graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class at Barclays Centre in New York.
A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Arizona in the US. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire, which killed 19 members of his crew near the town, was moving fast, fueled by hot, dry conditions.
Barack Obama, US president, waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin on Wednesday
A Marine on Tuesday closes the door to Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, on the south lawn of the White House, Washington. Mr Obama is travelling to the New Jersey shore to survey rebuilding efforts in areas affected by last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Michelle Obama, the US first lady, meets sixth graders from Willow Springs elementary school in Fairfax, Virginia, during a surprise visit to Decatur House, a historic building in Washington, on Wednesday. Decatur House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, which received a $1m grant from American Express to preserve its slave quarters and fund educational programming