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Large-format slideshows on special themes.

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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Deaths in 5 Southern states

Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 194 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise. The south is experiencing one of the deadliest outbreaks in nearly 40 years.

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Gulf oil spill: One year later

A year ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and setting off a massive gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico that caused untold environmental harm and economic hardship for the people who call the Gulf Coast their home.

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Texas Wildfires

One of the driest spells in Texas history has left most of the state in extreme drought, and wildfires in various parts of the state have burned more than 1,000 square miles of land in the past week.

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Lucky Friday rescue

Rescue crews continue to dig toward trapped miner, Larry Marek, at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Marek was trapped more than a mile underground after the roof of a tunnel where the Idaho miner was extracting silver-bearing ore collapsed.

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2011 Pulitzer winners for photography

The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes for photography were announced Monday, April 18, 2011. Los Angeles Times photographer Barbara Davidson wins the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and Washington Post photographers Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti, win the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

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Storms pound the South

Weekend storms ripped through North Carolina, killing at least 45 and leaving more than 130 serious injuries, 65 homes destroyed and another 600 significantly damaged by Sunday evening.

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150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. More than 600,000 soldiers and sailors died during the conflict. View a gallery of historical photos made available by the Library of Congress.

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Battered Japan

Three days after a massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami hit Japan’s east coast, the sufferers are faced with the challenge of survival.

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Japan’s crisis grows

Under threat of a nuclear reactor disaster on Japan’s devastated coast Sunday, March 13, 2011, the country begins to dig through the debris left from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

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Massive Japan earthquake

Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011, triggering a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

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