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Soldiers in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) place a small American flag before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves during the annual Flags-In ceremony in advance of Memorial Day to honor the nation's fallen members of the military in Arlington Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Olivier Douliery / MCT

A worker looks at the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. A truck carrying an oversize load struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and vehicles into the Skagit River on Thursday evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

L.A. King Mike Richards and San Jose Shark Tommy Wingels scuffle in the first period in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

San Jose Sharks players scramble as teammate TJ Galiardi collides with Kings defenseman Matt Greene during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Carol Stark, right, of Fullerton, is reunited with Cordine McMurray of Detroit, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war for five years, seven months and 23 days, after Stark kept his POW bracelet since 1968 and had always wanted to meet McMurray, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. The gathering commemorated the 40th anniversary of their return to U.S. soil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Anna Loughridge takes her cousin Cade Mackenzie, 4, into the surf off Redondo Beach, just south of the pier. Heal the Bay released its annual Beach Report Card, grading the south side of the Redondo Beach Pier a "C" in summer, "F" in winter and an "F" in wet weather, year-round, for water quality levels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A Moore, Okla., police officer walks through a debris field in the Oklahoma City suburb. The town was hit by an EF5 tornado on Monday that killed at least 24 people including seven children at Tower Plaza Elementary School.


In this long exposure, candlelight flows around the standing Buddha statue at Buddha Monthon in Nakhon Pathom as Buddhist worshippers circle it to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day. Visakha Bucha is a commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha Gautama.


An Indian man bathes in an industrial waste-foam polluted section of the Yamuna River, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Yamuna river, holy to Hindus, traverses various urban centers like Delhi, Mathura and Agra.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

An Orangutan Information Centre staff member holds an 18-month-old orangutan they just confiscated from someone who owned it illegally. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra island are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binsar Bakkara / Associated Press

A man, partly seen, enters a recycle bin to collect paper in Madrid. Financial markets around the world were roiled Thursday after Japanese stocks suffered their biggest reverse since the tsunami that hit the country more than two years ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andres Kudacki / Associated Press

Ukrainian students heckle as they bathe in a fountain during a traditional gathering of school graduates on Independence Square in Kiev as they mark "Last Ring," celebrating the day they leave school.


Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, center right, and Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem, center left, conduct a religion service while marking the Day of St. Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic alphabet, inside the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Square, in the Kremlin in Moscow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated Press

A white lion cub at Circus Krone in Darmstadt. Circus Krone has introduced six baby lions, four white and two brown. They were born two weeks ago.


Digital art is projected on the facade of the Fiesp building in Sao Paulo during the "Brazil-Germany: Cultures Connected" exhibition as part of the year of Germany in Brazil. Conceived by German and Brazilian artists, the exhibition of lights and colors aims to explore the possibilities of integrating digital art in public space.


An Israeli boy looks at "wounds" inflicted on dolls arranged in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. The installation, which was on display for two days, consisted of almost 1,000 dolls, all of which showed signs of "abuse" and was presented by ELI, the Israeli Assn. for the Protection of the Child, in order to raise awareness of child abuse.


California Fish and Wildlife warden J.C. Healy restrains a bear that he tranquilized after it roamed through a Sun Valley neighborhood for more than an hour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

He's won the race to be the next mayor of L.A., but Eric Garcetti is still kissing babies after a news conference in Echo Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Thomas Cheval of Birmingham High celebrates after winning the high jump and clearing 6 feet, 8 inches at the City Section track and field championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Banning High's Guillermo Gonzalez warms up under the moon before competing in the pole vault at the City Section track and field championships at Birmingham High School.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Peter Morales joins other striking UC Irvine Medical Center patient care workers as they rally in front of the hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Lightning flashes through the sky during a thunderstorm as tornado survivors search for salvageable items from their devastated homes.


Spanish matador Ivan Fandino is gored by a bull at Las Ventas bullring during the San Isidro Feria.


Pakistani security officials investigate at the site of a bomb attack on the outskirts of Quetta. A bomb planted in a rickshaw tore through a vehicle used by security forces, killing at least 12 people, police said.


Players take shelter from hail as play is suspended during the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship regional qualifier at Hindhead Golf Club.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Bardens / Getty Images

A street performer wearing a Spider-Man outfit waits for tourists at the main square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andres Kudacki / Associated Press

Pakistani vendors, selling fruits and food outside a hospital in Islamabad, use lamps to light their carts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Young women in wheelchairs and their partners perform in the Miss Independence 2013 beauty contest.


A photo taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station shows the Pavlof volcano erupting in Alaska. The volcano blasted lava into the air and spewed an ash cloud 20,000 feet high. When the photo was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano.


Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaks to supporters as his wife, Amy Wakeland, offers an encouraging pat at the Hollywood Palladium on Tuesday night. Garcetti took 54% of the vote compared with 46% for opponent Wendy Greuel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel greets supporters during an election-night gathering at the old Pacific Stock Exchange in downtown. Opponent Eric Garcetti took 54% of the vote compared with 46% for Greuel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Workers at the City Elections Division Services Center unload boxes of ballots and polling station supplies from trucks at Piper Tech Building in downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

An American flag is seen amid the debris of a tornado-devastated home. Families returned to a blasted moonscape after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City on Monday, killing at least 24 people.


A photograph taken with a fisheye lens shows a windsurfer jumping over a wave off the south peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa.


A member of the FEMEN feminist activist group is arrested by police officers after she took part in a protest action inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris regarding the suicide of a far-right acitivist inside the cathedral the previous day.


An anti-bullfighting activist of the AnimaNaturalis organization protests half-naked covered with fake blood in Palma de Mallorca. The placard says "Torture is not culture."


A young mandrill named Tacari in its enclosure at a zoo in eastern Germany.


Pop singer Pink performs during her The Truth About Love Tour in Zurich, Switzerland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Walter Bieri / Associated Press

Grease-painted ecologists participate in a protest in Moscow against the development of the Elansky nickel field in the Voronezh region of Russia.


A Syrian activist is silhouetted through the Syrian revolution flag during a protest against the participation of Hezbollah members in fighting in the Syrian town of Qusair, at the Martyrs Square in Beirut.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

Some 25,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem participated in one of the community's biggest weddings of the past few years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

A woman eats at a fast-food restaurant in Shanghai. China's top court recently announced its first ever detailed guidelines for the punishment of food-safety related crimes after a string of complaints including supplying meat from animals which died of illness, selling food with excessive amounts of chemical additives and falsely advertising food products.


An Indian man bathes his water buffalos at Sangam on a hot day in Allahabad.


Dalton Sprading, right, hands a gun to his uncle Roger Craft on Tuesday as he salvages items from his tornado-ravaged home. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

As dawn breaks, storm clouds roll over a destroyed neighborhood a day after the tornado hit.


Marcelo Nuno Aceves, 59, casts his ballot for Eric Garcetti at the Hollenbeck Park Recreation Center in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles as the city voted to elect a new mayor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, left, talks with Angela Duran, 82, at Philippe The Original on Monday, a day before voters cast ballots.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Eric Garcetti, right, talks to passenger Teruh Taylor, left, aboard the Expo Line during a "Whistle Stop" tour as the media cover his last day of campaigning Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Poll worker Barry Copilow hangs an American flag outside of the polling station at Allesandro Elementary School on election day for city mayor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Robotic Dragons team members Marco Mendieta, 10, second from left, Anika Le, 9, Kimi Chen, 10, and Eddie Banda, 10, win a heat in the LEGO Sumo contest during the annual Robot Expo at the Fairplex. All are in the fourth grade at Collegewood Elementary in Walnut, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser walks to the locker room last week after warming up before taking on the Sharks in Game Two of the NHL Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center. The Kings are leading 2-1 as they gear up for Tuesday's Game Four.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters take cover from dust and smoke kicked up by a helicopter as it lands atop a canyon where a small brush fire burns above DeBell Golf Course.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Athletes compete in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase during the IAAF World Challenge competition in China's National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press

A women rides her horse past blooming rapeseed fields.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / DPA

An Indian policeman looks out from an armored vehicle toward where separatists were planning to hold a rally. A shutdown was called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders. Shops, educational institutions and business establishments were closed, and public transportation halted, as protesters clashed with police.


Rescuers prepare to move a body found in a sinkhole. Five people were killed when a 33-foot-wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate.


The seventh annual Cultural Day at the Grove brought out performers representing L.A.'s sister cities on Sunday. The Niari Dance Ensemble from the Valley brought groups to represent Yerevan, Armenia. Niari volunteer Margaret Nalbandian puts makeup on Aline Nagarian as Nareen Arkian looks on.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People gather on the Trocadero Square in front of the Eiffel Tower on a rainy day in Paris.


French matador Juan Leal is gored by a bull on Sunday during the Nimes Pentecost Feria in Nimes, France.


Benfica's Oscar Cardozo, from Paraguay, hangs on to the goal bar after missing a chance to score during their Portuguese league last round soccer match with Moreirense on Sunday, at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon. Benfica won the match 3-1 but lost the championship to FC Porto by one point.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armando Franca / Associated Press

A participant jumps into a puddle of mud during the so-called Dirty Pig Festival in Hergisdorf,Germany. The people of Hergisdorf use the annual event to banish the winter season. The puddle jumpers (the Dreckschweine) play the winter, participants dressed in white act as the summer. The participants in white use whips to force the puddle jumpers away, so that summer wins over winter.


St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, right, tags Milwaukee Brewers' Norichika Aoki out at home after Aoki was caught stealing home during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday in St. Louis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberson / AP

Devotees are showered with perfumed water during the end of the Urs festival, at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, India. Thousands of Sufi devotees from different parts of India travel to the shrine for the annual festival, marking the death anniversary of the saint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Deepak Sharma / Asscoaited Press

A female hostage is evacuated by Israeli security forces following a bank robbery that escalated into a hostage situation in the Israeli city of Beersheva. Four people were killed and three others wounded in a botched bank heist in southern Israel, which ended when a robber who had held a hostage shot himself dead, police said.


Alli Christian, left, helps Jessica Wilkinson as she looks for her dog Bella after Wilkinson returned to find her home near 156th street and Franklin Road destroyed by a tornado Sunday in Norman, Okla.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Sisney / The Oklahoman

An Iraqi woman passes by the scene of a car bomb attack in the Kamaliyah neighborhood, a predominantly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad. A wave of car bombings across Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods and in the southern city of Basra killed and wounded dozens of people, police said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Asscoaited Press

Children play in front of a decorated house wall in Saint-Louis, Senegal, on Sunday. Saint-Louis, once the capital of colonial French West Africa, hosted the 21st edition of its annual Jazz Festival from Wednesday to Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Asscoaited Press

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Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

The eyes of the world were focused on Moore, Okla., where a huge tornado roared through an Oklahoma City suburb Monday, leaving a devastating path of destruction in its wake. More photos

In Washington state, a portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon collapsed. A truck carrying an oversize load struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the river on Thursday evening.

Elsewhere, soldiers in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place a small American flag at more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery during the annual Flags-In ceremony in advance of Memorial Day, honoring the fallen members of the nation’s military; a bear is tranquilized after it roamed through a Southern California neighborhood for more than an hour on Wednesday morning; a member of the FEMEN feminist activist group is arrested by police officers after she took part in a protest inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris; and some 25,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews participate in one of the biggest weddings in recent years in Jerusalem.

Add stops in India, Thailand, Kiev, Moscow, Germany and Tel Aviv to round out the report.

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