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An untested procedure to plug the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to be working, officials said Thursday, but new estimates from scientists showed the spill has already surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought. The fallout from the spill has stretched all the way to Washington, where the head of the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday. Even using the most conservative estimate, the new numbers mean the leak has grown to nearly 19 million gallons over the past five weeks, surpassing the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, which at about 11 million gallons had been the nation's worst spill. Under the highest Gulf spill estimate, nearly 39 million gallons may have leaked, enough to fill 30 school gymnasiums. A researcher surveys oil floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of La., Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Reporter Anderson Cooper is reflected in oil filled water during a tour of areas where oil has come ashore May 26, 2010 in Blind Bay, La. BP crews clean oil off of the beach at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Monday, May 24, 2010. Oil was first spotted here on Wednesday, May 12.

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This impressive collection of pictures taken by Joshua Lambus, in Hawaii reveals the colourful creatures that are just a few centimetres in size. They are found in water more than 7,000ft deep, off the coast of Kailua-Kona. Among the 'colour x-ray' style images are pictures of rare squids, jellyfish and shrimp. Joshua Lambus said: "The colours they produce are the naturally reflected colours of their pigmentation." Joshua became a minor celebrity after he photographed a tiny octopus, called a tremoctopus - only the second time the animal had been captured on camera. Joshua Lambus has now been on more than 400 'blackwater' dives. He adds that: "The lack of light and reference is the closest thing I could imagine to being in space."

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On Thursday, the Thai soldiers in clashes with members of the opposition movement "red shirts" in the center of Bangkok, 30 people were killed and 232 wounded. Uliczne protesty ubogich mieszkanców trwaja w Bangkoku od polowy marca. Street protests by poor people is underway in Bangkok since mid-March. Demonstranci domagaja sie, by premier Abhisit Vejjajiva natychmiast ustapil ze stanowiska. The demonstrators demanded that the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva immediately resigned. Domagaja sie równiez rozwiazania parlamentu i przedterminowych wyborów. They demand the dissolution of parliament and early elections. Przedstawiciele „czerwonych koszul” zapowiedzieli, ze gotowi sa do rozpoczecia rozmów, jezeli mediatorami beda przedstawiciele Organizacji Narodów Zjednoczonych. Representatives of the "red shirts" have announced that they are ready to start talks, where mediators will be representatives of the United Nations. Rzecznik rzadu odrzucil ten postulat, wskazujac, iz mediacje ONZ nie maja sensu w odniesieniu do wewnetrznych spraw suwerennego panstwa. Government spokesman rejected this request, stating that the UN mediation does not make sense in relation to the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an annual auto show held in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center. Approximately 4500 journalists from over 60 countries are attending the NAIAS, which features more than 30 worldwide debuts of vehicles by automotive manufacturers from around the world. Porsche unveils the new 918 sports car during the first press preview day at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Ferrari 458 Italia sits on display at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA, 10 January 2011. The Tesla Roadster electric sports car on display during the first press preview day.

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It’s not a commonplace thing to visit a sanctum sanctorum – McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a months, and some of us even more often; but have they ever thought of how all these burgers are made? Want to find out? You are welcomed inside. Near the staff entrance we were met by the director of a restaurant on Baumanskaya station, Aleksander Ostroukhov, and he lead us to his room (a tiny one, to tell you the truth) right away. Then we were asked to put on boot covers and special caps (they look almost like shower caps.) Feels strange, but you can make an effort. Now Alexander is going to reveal a secret of how to cook a sandwich from McDonald’s. Let it be Royal De Luxe.

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2010 has been the deadliest year yet for coalition troops in Afghanistan, with 709 troops killed, 497 of those from the U.S. American officials have spoken of a fragile progress, with a possible small drawdown of troops starting next summer, keeping 2014 as the goal date for Afghans to take control. The United Nations released a report saying that more than 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed and more than 3,800 injured in the first 10 months of 2010, with 76% of these casualties being caused by "anti-government elements". The report also shows deaths and injuries caused by "pro-government forces" (U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan army and police) accounted for 12% of civilian casualties, an 18% drop from the same time period last year. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. Brig. Gen. William "Tim" Crosby presents a flag to Kitaira Jarvis, 11, daughter of Army Sgt. Barry Jarvis, 36, at Deer Creek Baptist Church in Tell City, Indiana on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. Jarvis, a member of the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, was one of six soldiers killed on Nov. 29 in Afghanistan when a rogue Afghan border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. Spc. Charles Moore, left, of Angleton, Texas, along with Spc Andrew Vanderhaeghen of Rochester, Minnesota, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 return fire upon a sudden attack by Taliban on Combat Outpost Badel in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border on Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. Door Gunner Petty Officer Richard Symonds of the Royal Navy wears a Santa Claus outfit as he delivers mail and presents to troops around Helmand province.

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The sunny South shore of the island of Kauai (known as the “Garden Isle”) in the tropical state of Hawaii in the United States is home to Poipu Beach. Poipu Beach is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 10 beaches due to its pristine white sands, swaying palm trees, and sparkling blue waters. The activities to be enjoyed in the area are seemingly endless and include kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding and ATV tours. There are also two 18-hole golf courses. The classic beach is popular for weddings and honeymoons. There is a large variety of accommodation in the area, including the exceptional Villas at Poipu Kai. The Villas at Poipu Kai is a new boutique condominium resort with 3-4 bedroom poolside villas, 2-4 bedroom garden villas, and a stunning private home on the villas property.

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Every June, college journalists gather in San Francisco to compete in the Hearst National Championship, a competition that tests photography, writing, radio, television and multimedia skills. Participants are given a short period of time, 48 hours, to produce a story on a topic that may or may not be of their choosing. There is pressure to find a decent story quickly and edit effectively. Two Los Angeles Times interns, Susannah Kay and Julia Wall, competed this year, winning first and second place in photography and multimedia respectively. Drag queen Shela Magana, 28, strikes a pose onstage at Esta Noche, the only Latino gay club in San Francisco. Magana, originally from Mechoacan, Mexico, immigrated to San Francisco in 2000 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the city. "Famous Wayne," 56, takes a break from shining shoes on Market Street in San Francisco, where he has been working for the last 35 years. Wayne, a local celebrity, moved from Ethiopia to the United States when he was only a few months old to be with his father, who was in the Marines. Naoki Onodera, 32, sits amid piles of donations at the Community Thrift Store on Valencia Street in San Francisco. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Onodera immigrated to the United States when he was 23 to see more of the world. "When I first arrived in the U.S., it was Independence Day," Onodera said. "It was a really sunny, bright day, and everyone was drunk walking on the street. I was pretty impressed."

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