Abbi Mendoza, 8, and her sister Anahi, 21, share an umbrella during a visit to Chinatown near downtown Los Angeles on Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The TimesLink
Crushow Herring passes a balloon to his son, Artiest, 7, and friends and family so they can release them in honor of his 36th birthday during a party at Gladys Park in the heart of skid row.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles TimesLink
Youngsters beat the heat in a swimming hole at Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. It will be mostly sunny in the L.A. Basin on Tuesday, with a high of 89 in downtown L.A.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles TimesLink
Ana Diaz and her son Jonathan relax together in their hammock tied between a couple of trees at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills on Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TimesLink
Avery McGlinchey, 10, left, and her sister Riley, 15, of San Francisco try to stay upright while playing in water balls during Huntington Beach's Pier Plaza Festival on Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Chang / Huntington Beach IndependentLink
Gray Fisher, left, of California Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Network and Oscar Romero of Stop Mass Incarceration Network join a group of about 75 demonstrators Monday in front of the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los Angeles for a rally in support of Pelican Bay State Prison inmates who are on a hunger strike in protest of conditions at the facility.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles TimesLink
Glen Rypinsky paints the view of the 110 Freeway looking south from the Sunset Boulevard overpass toward downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Rypinsky, a teacher at San Antonio Elementary School in Huntington Park, paints as a hobby.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TimesLink
Prison inmates, in orange suits, help Kern County firefighter Chris Oliver, right, mop up a 300-acre brush fire just north of Lebec in Kern County on Monday. Residents who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes. The fire started Sunday afternoon, ignited by a faulty catalytic converter on a passing vehicle on Interstate 5.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles TimesLink
Matias Salmenaho, 26, stands perfectly still while axes being juggled by his fellow performers fly past his head as the Canadian circus company Cirque Alfonse opens its "Timber!" show at the Southbank Centre in London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW COWIE / AFPLink
A protestor leans into the spray from a police water cannon during clashes on Istiklal Avenue. Turkish riot police also used rubber bullets and tear gas to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of deadly unrest that engulfed the country last month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFPLink
A polar bear shakes the water from his head while taking a dip at the Berlin zoo, where temperatures in the 80s were forecast Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MATTHIAS BALK / DPALink
Residents rush to save what they can after a car bomb exploded in Beirut's southern suburb of Bir al-Abed, a stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement. Television news and a military source said 15 people were wounded.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: - / AFPLink
An Israeli security guard peers through a hole knocked in part of a wall connected to Israel's controversial separation barrier by Palestinian youth in the Abu Dis neighorbood.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABBAS MOMANI / AFPLink
A train sits stranded on the tracks in Toronto, where flooding caused by severe thunderstorms shut down the city's subways, cut power to 300,000 residents and caused Porter Airlines to cancel all flights out of the downtown airport Monday evening.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Winston Neutel / Canadian PressLink
Mourners at a park in Jiangshan in China's eastern Zhejiang province release sky lanterns in memory of the two teenage girls from Jiangshan who were killed in a plane crash Saturday in San Francisco.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / AFPLink
A worker takes a sample from the oil-fouled Chaudire River near Lac-Megantic two days after a massive explosion caused by a runaway oil tanker train derailment flattened part of the small town and released the crude into the water. The death toll has risen to 13 and dozens more remain missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEEVE DUGUAY / AFPLink
Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery in the Bodh Gaya pilgrimage site in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, where nine bombs set by terrorists exploded within a 30-minute span Sunday, wounding two people. One man has been detained and two others were being sought.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Bhandari / Associated PressLink
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