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She first became famous on reality TV, stealing the show on Miami Ink and then nabbing her own series, L.A. Ink. But now, tattoo artist Kat Von D may be best known for her personal life -- specifically, for the fact that she plans to marry Jesse James, the infamously philandering ex-husband of Hollywood good girl Sandra Bullock, in summer 2011. Before what promises to be the most ink-heavy wedding ever, get to know the bride in photos. The owner of a very popular L.A. shop called High Voltage Tattoo, Kat Von D -- whose birth name is either Katherine Drachenberg or Katherine von Drachenberg (she's said both in interviews) -- has countless tattoos herself. They include portraits, band logos, nods to her Mexican heritage, and more.

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In Afghanistan -- as in military conflicts going back centuries -- dogs play myriad roles, from companions and pets to scouts and, increasingly, living, breathing land mine and IED (improvised explosive device) detectors. Sgt. John Barton of the 4th Brigade of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division greets his platoon's pet dog, Ray-Ray, at combat outpost Impala in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. Corporal Dave Heyhoe, of the British Army Theatre Military Working Dog Support Unit, and his dog Treo and Royal Army Veterinary Corp Lance Cpl. Marianne Hay, and her arms and explosive search dog, Leanna, rest in the village of Segera, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Marines of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, give cereal to a stray puppy in northern Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

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A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air. In today's sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex. We've come a long way since hot-air balloons came in one shape: round. Now when we take to the skies in our ponderously slow-moving, brightly festooned dirigibles, we do it in style. And we even get in a little patriotism, like this Stars and Stripes balloon in New Jersey in 2008.

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A glimpse of daily life through the lenses of photographers of the Associated Press. Indonesian dancers perform during Cultural Art performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, May 8, 2010. A Hindu holy man and a woman return after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Friday, May 7, 2010. A young Chinese girl plays with a Chinese flag while standing in an alley of Houhai district in Beijing, Thursday, May 6, 2010.

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Several famous boxing fans flew to Las Vegas on May 1, 2010, for one of the most anticipated welterweight fights in recent memory: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley. Everyone from Will Smith to Mariah Carey to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger watched Mayweather rally back from a round 2 scare to defeat Mosley in a unanimous decision. See the celebrity spectators in the crowd. Will Smith pays his respects to boxing's greatest, whom he played in a 2001 biopic.

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