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Mangled steel and incinerated fire trucks destined for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum are now being stored at Hangar 17 at JFK Airport. Here’s a look at the artifacts. Hangar 17 at the JFK Airport is temporary home for artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that will eventually reside at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Partially incinerated vehicles include police cruisers and a fire truck, shown here. A New York City taxi cab with a collapsed roof. The mangled facade that stood directly above and below where American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center, known as the “North Tower Impact Steel.” A damaged fire truck.

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Early Saturday, a locomotive pulling a 72-car freight train full of crude oil from North Dakota was parked for the night 11 km west of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the engineer checking into a nearby hotel. Sometime shortly after, the unattended train began to roll away, toward Lac-Megantic -- investigators are still looking for the cause. The crude oil cars, rolling downhill, broke free of the locomotives and picked up speed, derailing at a curve in the center of Lac-Megantic, a lakeside town of about 6,000 people. Six massive explosions followed, sending up huge fireballs and setting dozens of buildings ablaze. Thousands were evacuated, and so far, five deaths have been confirmed. Authorities worry the toll will climb much higher, as more than 40 residents are still listed as missing. Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac-Megantic was destroyed after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 2,000 people. Destruction in Lac-Megantic cuts from the railyard to the waterfront, following a derailment and fire on July 6, 2013.

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Kandahar Role 3 Hospital is one of the most advanced hospitals in Afghanistan, recently moved into a modern, custom-built fortified building on the sprawling airbase that serves as the nerve center for the NATO military effort in southwestern Afghanistan. . Anne Lear (C), the head nurse at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital, comforts a soldier as he arrives after being wounded on the battlefield June 18, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. The hospital, one of the most advanced in the country, recently moved into a new fortified building on the sprawling airbase that serves as the nerve center for the NATO military effort in southwestern Afghanistan. Lt. Stacy Syrstad of Barbeau, Michigan looks back at the trauma bay after several U.S. casulties arrived at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital June 18, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. The hospital, one of the most advanced in the country, recently moved into a modern, custom-built fortified building on the sprawling airbase that serves as the nerve center for the NATO military effort in southwestern Afghanistan. A medic removes the dirt-and-blood caked boots and equipment belonging to a wounded U.S. soldier from under a gurney in the trauma bay at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital.

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The Windy City, Chi-Town, The City That Works, whatever you want to call it, Chicago has a charm and appealing allure to it that other cities aspire to emulate. Home to over 3 million residents, Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois in the Midwestern United States. It ranks in the top ten of the world’s most powerful Global Finance Centers and it is the third largest city in the USA. Visitors flock to Chicago for its rich cultural offerings: the city is abound with famous jazz clubs, theaters, symphonies, and of course the Chicago cubs baseball team. The architecture of Chicago is also a main attraction. The city was rebuilt in an impressive way after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which decimated the city. Today, Chicago is home to the Willis Tower, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, both of which appear on the list of the 10 Tallest Buildings in the World. Also notable are the various sculptures about Chicago, including the Cloud Gate, known locally as “the bean”, a reflective bean-shaped orb located within “the loop” in Chicago. Chicago is incredibly accessible, and its O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world. Because of this accessibility, Chicago is the third largest convention center in the United States.

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It’s been a couple of days since President Barack Obama announced to the world that a US Navy SEALS team had killed Osama Bin Laden in his Pakistani hide out. Time for a review. The Situation Room, the compound and the reactions to Osama’s death from around the world. New EXCLUSIVE images from inside the Osama Bin Laden compound after the SEALS raid added at the bottom. WARNING: Some are gruesome and show dead people. A policeman stands guard outside the main gate of the compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad May 3, 2011. Bin Laden lived for the past five to six years in the compound deep inside Pakistan where the al Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. forces, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser said on Tuesday. Bin Laden, who was living in Afghanistan before a 2001 U.S.-led invasion helped topple its Taliban regime, was holed up in a compound in the military garrison town of Abbottabad in Pakistan before Sunday's operation to kill him. U.S. President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House May 1, 2011. Picture taken May 1, 2011. U.S. soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade watch a television reporting on the death of Osama Bin Laden at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan May 2, 2011.

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Ryan Hizon, 22, was recently killed in Afghanistan. A Los Angeles resident since his teens, he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, nor were his parents. But under a program that allows the families of soldiers killed in action to quickly become citizens, his parents were given a final gift from their son. It's a bittersweet day for Rachel Santiago as she looks at a photograph of her son, Army Spc. Ryan Hizon, in his bedroom in Glassell Park. He was killed by an improvised explosive device Feb. 28 in Afghanistan. On this day his parents will be sworn in as U.S. citizens. A gold star hangs at the home of the family of Army Spc. Ryan Hizon in Glassell Park. After the immigration ceremony and lunch, the family drove to Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, where they visited the grave of Ryan Hizon. His father, Rodolfo Hizon Jr., bent down to tap the grave twice. Then it was Rachel Santiago's turn. Every time Ryan Hizon would leave the house, his father would touch him.

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Residents of the area scorched by the Fourmile Canyon Fire are returning home for the first time since they were evacuated on Monday, September 6th with a warning to be alert to hazards that continue to lurk there. Power lines and poles are down, fire hot spots remain, roads are damaged, phone, water and electricity are unavailable in some areas, abandoned mine shafts have been exposed and some continue to smolder, said Boulder County spokeswoman Barb Halpin. “If they are fortunate enough to have a home standing there are some health and safety issues for them to be aware of,” she said. The fire in the hills west of Boulder that began on Labor Day destroyed 169 structures and forced the evacuation of over 3,000 people. Firefighters have extinguished most active fire within the area, but much of the ground remains hot to the touch. Firefighters continue to rake hot spots to assure they don’t flare up in the future. Tom and Anna Neuer barely escaped the flames surrounding their Gold Hill home after watching their neighbors' homes go up in flames. The two are sure that their home is also gone. Anna covers her face with her hands after Tom mentions the new solar panels that were just installed on their roof that she had not yet thought about. Tom describes driving their van on the left through flames as they made their way down the road away from their home. A sign for firefighters attached to an truck near an old barn along 51st street near the Boulder Reservoir send a heartfelt message out to crews battling the Fourmile Canyon Fire on its fourth day. Over 700 firefighters currently deployed on this fire are staging at the Boulder Reservoir. Multiple agencies from Boulder County including Nederland Fire, Lefthand Fire and Gold Hill Fire responded to a wildland fire in Emerson Gulch near Gold Hill. Crews worked through the night doing initial attack in homes in the Gold Hill area as well as Colorado Mountain Ranch.

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A week after a 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami leveled large swaths of northeastern Japan, effects of the disaster are still rippling across the country and the world. Misery of the victims continues unabated, as shelter, food, water, and fuel have become dear. A nuclear facility crisis has both troops and workers scrambling to keep the situation from getting worse, while foreign governments are urging their citizens to evacuate. A man checks lists of evacuees at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata March 18. A man collects water from a canal in the tsunami-devastated town of Otsuchi on March 18. People cook outside their home in the tsunami-damaged town of Otsuchi.

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