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A plane drops fire retardant over the Lebec brushfire on the south side as the fire burns east along a ridge. Forecasters say a slight rise in humidity combined with triple-digit temperatures will cause dangerously high heat index readings in valley and mountain areas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Evacuated residents watch the sun behind the smoke from the fire near the Kern County line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Long Island Rail Road employees work on the train tracks at the Jamaica station in Queens. An electrical fire Monday in a switching tower had halted train service for four hours and disrupted the evening commute. The LIRR said it could take several days to repair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

Recently installed wind turbines generate electricity in the shadow of Drax, Europe's biggest coal-fired power station. The Rusholme wind farm will generate 24 megawatts when fully operational. The Drax power plant creates 3,960 megawatts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

The great tusker of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) carrying the scared tooth relic of Lord Buddha stands at the entrance during the Esala Perahera — the Festival of the Tooth. The festival is one of the biggest Buddhist celebrations in Sri Lanka during which devotees pray for rain to cultivate their crops. The festival features a nightly procession of dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians and elephants.


Santa Barbara County fire fighters search the site where a heavily loaded gravel truck lost its brakes and smashed into a home Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010, killing a man, woman and child, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Keith D. Cullom / Associated Press

Prince Nikolaos of Greece looks over the bay from the rooftop of the Poseidon Hotel on the island of Spetses. The small Greek Island, three hours from Athens, is gearing up for the wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana Blatnik on Wednesday. Royals from all over Europe and the world are expected to attend the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The damaged facade of a branch of the photographic store Snappy Snaps in the Hampstead area of London, following allegations that it was crashed into by singer George Michael. Michael appeared in court on Tuesday charged with driving under the influence of drugs following the incident in the early hours of Sunday July 4. "Wham!" is the name of the pop duo that led to Michael's rise to fame as a singer in the 1980s.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

Traffic is jammed on National Highway 207 in Wanquan county in north China's Hebei province. The traffic jam on the Hebei sections of Beijing-Tibet Expressway and nearby Highway 207 and Highway 110 eased a bit today after nine days of queuing up to 100 kilometers west of Beijing due to road maintenance and truck drivers unwillingness to detour.


Tail wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed in Yichun, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The aircraft with 96 people on board overshot a runway on landing at a new airport late on Tuesday, bursting into flames and killing 43 people in the nation's worst air disaster in many years.


A body surfer braves a huge wave at the Wedge, off Newport Beach, caused by large south swell that hit Southern California beaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Qiu Bo of China warms up before the men's 10-meter platform-diving finals at the Youth Olympic Games, being held in Singapore. He won the gold medal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

A fire ship hoses down an iceberg to make it melt near an oil rig operated by Britain's Cairn Energy. Tugs and fire ships surround the area to head off icebergs near the drilling sites. Cairn announced Tuesday it had found gas off the west coast of Greenland. Greenpeace has warned such a discovery could spur a damaging rush for hydrocarbons in fragile Arctic waters.


Armored tanks with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force fire tracer bullets at targets during a nighttime training session near Mt. Fuji in Gotemba, Japan.


Marines transfer the remains of Sgt. Jason D. Calo at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Calo, of Fayette, Ky., was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Ruark / Associated Press

A competitor throws a small sack using her feet during the Jiabao event, Chinese for "clamping sack," at the eighth Ethnic Minorities Traditional Games in Beijing. Jiabao involves competitors throwing a small sack over a net using only their feet, scoring points by getting their sacks as deep into their opponent's court as they can.


A Nepalese Hindu Brahmin (priest) waits for devotees on the occasion of the Janai Purnima Festival, also known as Rakshya Bandhan, at the Pashupatinath Temple in Katmandu


Sri Lankan fire dancers perform outside the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the city of Kandy.


Nepalese soldiers and villagers gather at the crash site of a small plane in which 14 people died in the village of Shikharpur. Officials blamed the crash, in which four Americans died, on bad weather.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nepalese Army

Somali government soldiers drag the body of a Shabab militant killed during fights south of Mogadishu.


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