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A man smashes a stop sign through the windows of a business in downtown Huntington Beach following the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing contest finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz is hoisted off the sand as he celebrates his win at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay Z perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Ray Gerish, a floor hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

USA head coach Juergen Klinsmann, right, celebrates after his team won the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final match against Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago. The USA team won the match and the championship.


Pope Francis hosts a dinner with a group of young people in the Archbishop's Palace St. Joaquim in Rio de Janeiro.


Several lightning strikes illuminate the evening sky in Berlin.


Fireworks light up the sky during the third day of the ninth edition of the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium.


Rescuers prepare the coffins of victims of a bus crash on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy. At least 36 people were killed and several more injured after a coach carrying pilgrims plunged off a motorway flyover in southern Italy, rescue services said.


Pip Andersen, a professional freerunner and parkour expert, somersaults on the roof of the Eden's Rainforest Biome in St Austell, England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Supporters of Zimbabwe's prime minister sit in a tree during an election rally in Harare. Zimbabweans go to the polls on Wednesday to choose between veteran President Robert Mugabe and longtime rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.


A man eats a meal from a table set in the river along the bank of the Han River during a hot summer day in Wuhan, China.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

An Indian Hindu devotee dressed as the Hindu Goddess MahaKali performs in the street during the Bonalu festival in Secunderabad. The Goddess Kali is honored mostly by women during Bonalu festival by offerings of food and dancing.


A traditional boat moors during sunset at a beach in the Kuta area of resort island Bali. The beauty of Bali draws thousands of tourists every month, making tourism the main income source for its residents.


San Diego Padres' Chris Denorfia gets the victory bath from Nick Hundley, right, and Rene Rivera while being interviewed by television reporter Kelly Crull after his two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Padres a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game in San Diego on Monday, July 29.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press

Missy Franklin competes during the Swimming Women's 100m Backstroke Semifinal 2 on day ten of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on July 29 in Barcelona, Spain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Rose / Getty Images Europe

Cesilie Carlton of the U.S. competes in the Women's 20m High Diving during the 15th FINA World Championships at a harbor in Barcelona, Spain, on July 30.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Quinn Rooney / Getty Images Europe

Firefighters continue to work a fire at a Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, Florida, on Tuesday, July 30. Explosions lit up the sky for miles as thousands of propane canisters burned and detonated late Monday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Benitez / Orlando Sentinel

Royal Thai Navy personnel clean up a beach from a major oil slick on Ao Phrao beach on the popular tourist island island of Ko Samet on July 30, after a pipeline leak.


A relative breaks down after a mass funeral July 30 for the 38 people killed in Italy on Sunday, when a coach bus plunged off a viaduct near Naples. The coach rammed several cars after failing to break on a bend, smashing through a crash barrier and off the viaduct to plunge almost 100 feet down. It is the worst such crash in western Europe in the last decade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP

Rescue workers inspect the scene of a train collision in Granges-pres-Marnand in western Switzerland on Tuesday, July 30. A train driver was killed in the accident, with several passengers injured.


Jody Erickson, of Kent, Wash., watches the Colockum Tarps fire from her beach chair on Monday, July 29. The fire is estimated at 15,000 acres in size.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World

A Romanian police helicopter lifts the wreck of a civilian helicopter from the waters of a small lake, in a village northwest from Bucharest on July 30. The helicopter crashed into the lake the evening before, killing a Romanian businessman and a German family. The businessman's secretary escaped alive.


A Zimbabwean on his way to work passes posters of President Robert Mugabe in Harare on July 30. In Tuesday's election, Mugabe may extend his 33-year grip on power.


A woman hugs a terracotta warrior at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an, in central China's Shaanxi province on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Thousands of terracotta soldiers that were buried in the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shihuang, who ruled China between 221-210 B.C., are displayed in Xi'an.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated Press

Mutt Lilly runs across a field in the English Gardens with a frisbee in her mouth in Munich, Germany, July 30.


Pedestrians are reminded of the riot after the U.S. Open of Surfing as they pass by a damaged newspaper stand in Huntington Beach on Monday morning, July 29.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

The Dodgers' Skip Schumaker, right, welcomes teammate Andre Ethier home after Ethier scored the winning run on Mark Ellis' single with two out in the bottom of the the ninth inning Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Junior lifeguards sprint into the water at the start of the 34th annual Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Stud Ironman on Tuesday. The competition consists of four miles of running and two miles of swimming, awarding those who finish in under two hours with a T-shirt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

It's wall-to-wall people Saturday at a water park in Suining, in China's Sichuan province, which has been in the grip of a heatwave along with several other provinces. Temperatures were forecast to top 106 degrees on Tuesday.


A surfer rides on a wave in the Eisbach River in the English Garden in downtown Munich.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated Press

A school of sardines swirls around a diver during a demonstration at the Coex Aquarium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

Afghan children play on a swing near a cemetery in Kabul. The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan grew by almost 25% in the first half of this year as Afghan forces assumed more responsibility for the nation’s security, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday.


Muslim women mourn the martyr Hazrat Ali, cousin of prophet Muhammad, on the 21st day of Ramadan at the Hazratbal Shrine. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where the devout refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated Press

A man stands near a Syrian military tank outside the Khaled bin Walid mosque in the Khalidiyah district of Homs. The Syrian government announced Monday the capture of Khaldiyeh, a key rebel district in Syria's third-largest city and a symbol of the revolt against President Bashar Assad.


Sunrise as photographed by NASA flight engineer Karen L. Nyberg on Tuesday aboard the International Space Station in Earth orbit. As the space station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, traveling at about 17,500 miles per hour, the ISS crew sees about 16 sunrises and sunsets daily.


Brazil's Marcelo Bastos skates off the vert ramp during practice for the X Games at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic soars through the air while competing in the men's 27-meter high dive at the FINA World Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Vilma the polar bear shakes off water in its outdoor enclosure at a zoo.


A boy plays in a water fountain in central London, where temperatures are in the high 80s.


Tourists at the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nuggett Falls.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

A worker performs some duties on a freight train carrying coal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated Press

At an international hot-air balloon festival in eastern France, more than 400 balloons take off in an attempt to set a world record for collective launching.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexandre Marchi / L'est Republicain

A fire burns at the ecological reserve near the Puerto Madero neighborhood, a few blocks from the political and financial center of Argentina's capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press

A firefighter is silhouetted against the glow of flames from a forest fire burning in north-central Portugal. A government spokesman said about a half-million acres of forest have been burnt by wildfires in this year following months of severe drought.


A man runs carrying a "toro encuetado" -- a mobile fireworks display fashioned in the shape of a bull -- during a procession in honor of Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Esteban Felix / Associated Press

A wakeboarder turns a flip on a lake in Duisburg as Germans coped with temperatures above 100 degrees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated Press

Cyprus' Alexandre Bakhtiarov dives into the pool at the start of a men's 100-meter butterfly heat at the swimming world championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

An Army team removes the remains of Army Spc. Nicholas Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, Calif., from a military transport at Dover Air Force Base. The Defense Department said Burley died Tuesday in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cliff Owen / Associated Press

Pouch-shaped mammatus clouds move over the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair after a round of thunderstorms passed through the area Thursday. Mammatus clouds are most often associated with severe storms.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Cihelka / Free Lance-Star

Victim Michelle Knight speaks during the sentencing phase of Ariel Castro's kidnapping and sexual abuse trial. Castro, sitting at the defense table in an orange jumpsuit, pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges and will spend the rest of his life in prison. “I spent 11 years in hell," Knight told Castro. "Now your hell is just beginning."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A ruling-party lawmaker dumps water on an opponent during a melee on the floor of the Taiwanese legislature that also saw punches exchanged ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated island of 23 million people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

A man identified as a former Russian paratrooper is detained by police after he allegedly attacked a gay rights activist who was holding a one-man protest of Russia's new anti-gay laws.


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