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Sturgis, a prairie town on the westernmost edge of South Dakota, claims only 6,000 permanent residents… The town swells to nearly a half million for the first week of August every summer during the famous motorcycle rally. At the end of the 2008 rally, 66 marriage licenses had been issued, 3 rally-related deaths occurred, millions of t-shirts had been sold, the South Dakota economy claimed $10.5 million in rally-related sales, and 543 tons of garbage were hauled away. These are just a few faces of another Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in America’s heartland.

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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China. Freight trains are readied at the railroad shunting yard in Maschen, Germany on September 23, 2012. Parts of old locomotives are seen in the train cemetery in Uyuni, near a salt flat some 290 miles south of La Paz on November 5, 2012. These locomotives and freight cars were part of Bolivia's first railway network that carried minerals between Uyuni and Antofagasta, Chile, nearly a century ago.

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After blue and yellow it’s red’s turn to shine. A volunteers sets up candles in the shape of the African continent as part of a demonstration entitled Africa needs medicine now at the parliament square in Berne, Switzerland December 1, 2005. The event was organized by the AIDS Hilfe Schweiz (Swiss AIDS Aid) and other charity organisations to show a sign of solidarity with HIV/AIDS patients. Rage and remorse marked World AIDS Day in Africa on Thursday as the continent worst hit by the global crisis remembered millions of deaths in a pandemic that even new drug treatments are doing little to slow. A riot policeman holds his shield after a protester threw paint during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens January 10, 2007. Thousands of teachers, students and public servants across the country staged a one-day strike to protest against government plans to reform higher education and introduce private universities. An Indian boy heaps red chillies into a pile to be made into powder at a farm in the village of Kadi on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 25, 2004. Chilli powder is used in many parts of Indian kitchens and more than 2,600,000 Kg (5,732,012 pounds) are exported to the U.S., United Kingdom and gulf countries, farmers and dealers said.

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From the titans of high technology to teenagers armed with iPads, millions of people around the world mourned digital-gadget genius Steve Jobs as a man whose wizardry transformed their lives in big ways and small. Google, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft -- corporate giants that have all been bruised in dustups with Jobs' baby, the technology prodigy Apple -- put their rivalries aside Thursday to remember the man behind the iconic products that define his generation: the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad. Fans for whom the Apple brand became a near-religion grasped for comparisons to history's great innovators, as well as its celebrities, to honor the man they credit with putting thousands of songs and the Internet in their pockets. In this Jan. 15, 2008, file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. A message is written on the window of the Apple Store in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

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Summer weather brings people together outside to enjoy music festivals, county fairs, carnivals and religious observations. I've gathered here some recent images of these celebrations, including a flaming horseman in Kyrgyzstan, Bastille Day in France, a German fun park inside a former nuclear power plant, and much more. A girl on her father's shoulders looks through a maze of sunflowers growing in a field during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on July 24, 2011. A total of some 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer festival, an annual draw for the small town. A monk wearing a mask performs a dance on the first day of two-day festival in Hemis Gompa, 45 km (28 miles) southeast of Leh, on July 10, 2011. The Hemis Gompa is the oldest and biggest monastery in Ladakh. The annual festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Lamaism (an off-shoot of Buddhism) in the eighth century. The two-day festival is marked by ritual dancing in which dancers wear masks representing deities and evil spirits. Roy Johnson, from Etna, California, rides Strawberry Alley for a score of 68, placing him 4th after Thursday night's July 28, 2011 rides at the Last Chance Rodeo in Helena Montana.

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The crazy thing about all of the different innovative housing ideas that we show is how design is so affected by the rules. So in America you can design a shed or a recreational vehicle (why so many tiny houses are on chassis) or a mobile home or a trailer or a park model or a HUD home. All of these are subject to different building codes and more importantly, to different zoning bylaws that determine where they can go. It is much the same in the UK, with the difference that where in America, trailers are considered somewhat downmarket, there they are called Caravans. They can be quite upscale and wonderful, like this one at Brockloch bothy, built by Sam Booth of ECHO.

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July 16, after a pipeline explosion that led to the leakage of oil into the sea, the Chinese authorities closed the main port in the north of Dalian. W miejscu tym znajduja sie – nalezace do najwiekszych w Chinach – rezerwy ropy. In this place are - of the largest in China - oil reserves. Chinskie sluzby morskie staraja sie zebrac plame ropy zajmujaca prawie 50 km2 . Chinese maritime professionals strive to gather the oil stain dedicated nearly 50 km2. Wedlug wladz, do Morza Zóltego przedostalo sie 1500 ton ropy. According to the authorities, escaped into the Yellow Sea with more than 1,500 tonnes of oil. Z pozarem, do którego doszlo po wybuchu w piatek wieczorem, przez ponad 15 godz. The fire, which took place after the outbreak on Friday evening, over 15 hours. walczylo kilka tysiecy strazaków. Several thousand firefighters fought. Tymczasem w USA, wedlug informacji przedstawicieli koncernu BP, udalo sie opanowac wyciek ropy do Zatoki Meksykanskiej (doszlo do niej w wyniku eksplozji z 20 kwietnia 2010 na platformie Deepwater Horizon). Meanwhile in the U.S., according to representatives of the BP group, was curbed oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico (it was a result of the explosion of 20 April 2010 on the platform of the Deepwater Horizon). Koncern BP poinformowal, ze wyciek ropy do Zatoki Meksykanskiej kosztowal juz firme 3,95 mld USD, co obejmuje powstrzymanie wycieku, oczyszczanie wód zatoki oraz odszkodowania przekazane mieszkancom nadbrzeznych stanów i wladzom federalnym. BP said that spill oil into the Gulf of Mexico has already cost the company 3.95 billion USD, which includes halting the leak, clean waters of the bay and the compensation provided residents of coastal states and federal authorities. The water valve and hoses connected to fire him. Activist in costume holding a globe of death bathed in oil. An American flag hangs in the spot oil off the coast of Alabama.

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Kidnapping Central American migrants who cross Mexico on their way north is one of the latest rackets of organized-crime groups. Neighbors and relatives mourn the husband of Marlene, center. He was killed in a brutal August 2010 attack by the criminal group Zetas. Jose Castro, from Honduras, walks across the ‘arrocera’ in Chiapas, an area where migrants are often robbed and attacked by criminals. Just this year, more than 4,000 immigrants have been rescued by Mexican security forces from their captors. People cross the Suchiate River on a raft. Many migrants cross this river, which separates Guatemala and Mexico, on their way to the U.S.

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