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Picture stories

Large-format slideshows on special themes.

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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Nebula: NASA photos

Over the years NASA has released various photos of Nebulae, clouds of gas and dust where stars are formed. Many of the photos were taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

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Jr. Lilac Parade 2011

Elementary and middle school bands, drill units, youth organizations, dance groups, and other clubs marched through the wind and rain in the 60th running of the Jr. Lilac Parade on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This year’s theme was six decades of celebration.

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Obama visits ground zero

Marking Osama bin Laden’s death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York’s ground zero and declared to the city and the world, “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”

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Osama bin Laden is dead

Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

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