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ArtFest 2011

Over 140 artisans from around the Inland Northwest set up for ArtFest 2011 in Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition on Friday, June 3, 2011. ArtFest runs through Sunday, June 5, 2011.

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Donorschoose.org

Seventh grade teacher Maureen Howard is among dozens of teachers in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area who have turned to the online educational charity organization donorschoose.org as school budgets have tightened.

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Tornadoes hit Massachusetts

Residents of 18 communities in central and western Massachusetts woke to widespread damage Thursday, a day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence and caused the state’s first tornado-related deaths in 16 years.

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Saving sturgeon in Romania

Environmentalists are trying to head off a European Union plan to deepen shipping channels that they fear could eliminate the last shallows where the sturgeon deposit their eggs - dooming the fish to vanish in its last stronghold in Europe.

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Angel of Route 66

Angel Delgadillo, 84, has witnessed the rise and fall of America’s most historic byway and gets credit for helping it rise again as Historic Route 66. Telling his story and the road’s has become his life’s work. Delgadillo was the driving force behind the formation of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, which lobbied the state to dedicate U.S. 66 as “Historic Route 66.”

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Sudanese fleeing region of Abyei

Tens of thousands of Sudanese are fleeing from the contested north-south border region of Abyei, and the top U.S. official in the region warned Friday of a humanitarian crisis over the north’s invasion.

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Sports celebrations

View a slide show of celebrations in various sporting events from around the world on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. From a Dodgers game to the Indian Premier League cricket, all these photos showcase the rush and excitement of sports excellence.

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Pledge to protect elephants

Representatives of eight countries with large wild elephant populations pledged Tuesday to eradicate poaching of the animals and smuggling of ivory to ensure their survival for future generations. Environment ministers or officials from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Botswana, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania attended the meeting in New Delhi.

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Grimsvotn volcano erupts

The Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier about 120 miles (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Reykjavik, Iceland began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004.

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Peregrine falcon banding

Officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission gathered the falcon chicks to give them a check up and apply bands to their legs, and then return them to the nest in Pittsburgh. The peregrine falcon is listed on Pennsylvania endangered species, and the program monitoring the birds nesting has been in effect since since 2002.

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Mississippi flooding

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said there are more than 4,800 people displaced in Mississippi due to flooding, with more than 2,000 of them in Vicksburg and surrounding areas in Warren County. MEMA Spokesman Jeff Rent said more than 6,000 people in Mississippi could be displaced before the flood is over.

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