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An Amtrak train bound for New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, leaving at least six people dead and more than a hundred injured, officials said. The train appeared to go off the tracks while going into a turn about 9:30 p.m., according to the Associated Press, one of whose own staff members happened to be on board.


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An effort to take the peace, serenity and perhaps the monotony out of wedding photos has brought a hot trend that incorporates some slightly dark humor: wedding party attack photos. Beginning with Quinn Miller’s image of a Tyrannosaurus Rex crashing a wedding party’s photo op, the fad is gaining in popularity among newlyweds. Even the Galactic Empire enjoys a good photobomb. Inspired by the viral image of a dinosaur attacking a wedding party, admitted “Star Wars” nerds Danielle and Tony Lombardo of Little Blue Lemon Photography made Imperial AT-AT walkers the uninvited guests at the wedding of Leslie Seiler and Paul Kingston. Danielle and Tony photographed their son’s AT-AT toy in their studio, recreating the same lighting conditions of the wedding photo, and meticulously stitched the two photos together. In another photo, Mr. Stay Puft, the marshmallow man from the movie “Ghostbusters,” paid a surprise visit to a wedding party in Ontario, Canada.


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The Battle of Gettysburg was bloody and brutal. It ended three days after it started, on July 3, 1863, leaving almost 50,000 casualties strewn across the Pennsylvania fields. The northern advance of the Confederate Army, led by General Lee, had come to a halt due to miscalculations and was now in retreat thanks to the military skill of Union General Meade. President Abraham Lincoln would visit the battlefield five months later to give his famed Gettysburg Address and to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the legacy of Gettysburg would live on, in cycloramas and re-enactments, history texts and documentaries. The American Civil War was one of the first wars depicted in photographs, not paintings. Mathew Brady and his team of 17 assistants crisscrossed the battlefields with portable darkrooms, capturing the actors of war and the aftermath of fighting. Below, on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, are images from the small Pennsylvania town that many historians say was the turning point of the Civil War.


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Miguel Medina, a photographer for Agence-France Presse, visited Latakia, a northern province of Syria in April, 2013. He had the opportunity to spend several nights with members of the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam brigade, and was permitted to make formal portraits of the fighters at a training session during their downtime . The portraits show the faces of men who are local citizens of the area, and who joined the brigade to defend their homes and neighborhoods. Al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam is a part of the Free Syrian Army, a coalition of rebel groups that are fighting government forces with the help of more experienced foreign fighters. Abu Fares a decorator and member of the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam brigade poses for a picture on April 25, 2013. Abu Baker, a 19-year-old handyman and member of the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam brigade, poses for a picture on April 24, 2013. Abu Musaab, 37, electrician and member of the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam brigade poses for a picture on April 24, 2013.


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Takayuki Maekawa, one of Japan’s rising wildlife photography stars recently was awarded the grand prize in the first Nikkei National Geographic photo prize. Since 2000, Maekawa has traveled around the world to capture wildlife in its unabashed beauty. In Japan, and throughout Asia, Africa and North America, he has worked in extreme weather conditions to photograph polar bears, eagles, monkeys, elephants and lions. His art-like images capture moments of tranquility as well as the elegance of wildlife. They bridge emotional connections between the viewer and the animals being photographed. The following is a selection of an upcoming exhibition of Maekawa’s work. All photos are copyright Takayuki Maekawa and courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.


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