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Kent Williams, owner of New Fishall Bait Company, looks into the mouth of a 1,323.5-pound Mako shark at the company's headquarters in Gardena, Calif., on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Jason Johnston of Texas caught the potentially record-setting 1,323-pound shark off Huntington Beach on Monday after a 2 1/2-hour battle, the Orange County Register reported. "I've hunted lions and brown bears, but I've never experienced anything like this," said Jason Johnston of Texas, who caught the 1,323-pound shark off Huntington Beach on Monday after a 2 1/2-hour battle, "It felt like I had a one-ton diesel truck at the end of the line, and it wasn't budging." If the catch is confirmed and meets conditions, it would exceed the 1,221-pound record mako catch made in July 2001 off the coast of Chatham, Mass., said Jack Vitek, world records coordinator for the Florida-based International Game Fish Association. It takes about two months for the association to verify domestic catches

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The Powerhouse Fire grew to 19,500 acres in northern Los Angeles County after a hot and windy Saturday, burning structures and prompting evacuations in rugged areas between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. At least five homes have burned in the blaze, said Los Angeles County Fire spokesman Keith Mora. Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire at the Angeles National Forest, with the fire now having destroyed several homes near Lake Hughes, California on June 1.

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EPECUEN, Argentina A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires. Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina's golden age, the same trains that carried grain to the outside world brought visitors from the capital to relax in Epecuen's saltwater baths and spas. Buildings lie in ruins. Epecuen was once home to 1,500 residents before it started flooding on November 10, 1985. After heavy rains the lake Epecuen burst its banks. Then a particularly heavy rainstorm followed a series of wet winters, and the lake overflowed its banks on Nov. 10, 1985. Water burst through a retaining wall and spilled into the lakeside streets. People fled with what they could, and within days their homes were submerged under nearly 33 feet of corrosive saltwater. It only took 20 days for the town to submerge beneath almost 10 meters of water, forcing everybody to leave. Now the water has mostly receded, exposing what looks like a scene from a movie about the end of the world. The town hasn't been rebuilt, but it has become a tourist destination again, for people willing to drive at least six hours from Buenos Aires to get here, along 340 miles of narrow country roads.

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Artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt throws paint into the flow of air coming from the engine of a Flexjet-owned Learjet 40 XR to create a painting on canvas at Signature Flight Support on April 30, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Von Anhalt, who is associated with the Jet Art Group, created the distinctive paintings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Learjet.

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Women arrived for auditions at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday to compete for a spot with the Rockettes in New York City. In order to be considered, dancers must be at least 18 years old, measure at a height between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 1/2 inches without their heels on. The dancers must also be proficient in numerous dance styles, including jazz, tap and ballet. The women who make it through the extremely tough competition and land a spot with the legendary dance group will perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 30 this year.

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Protestors clash with Turkish riot police during the May Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police and protesters clashed in central Istanbul on May 1 after authorities moved to prohibit traditional Labour Day rallies at Taksim Square. Police used water cannons and tear gas against the demonstrators near Taksim Square. Witnesses reported clashes in several neighbourhoods in the area. Filipino activists and workers burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and US Uncle Sam during a protest rally marking International Labor Day outside the gate of Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, on May 1. Thousands of Filipino workers hold Labor Day protests in Manila calling on Philippines President Benigno Aquino III for an immediate wage hike due to increasing cost of living. An elderly Russian Stalinist stands in front of a column of demonstrators with a portrait of Stalin during a traditional May Day communist demonstration, in Moscow, Russia. People from around the world are marking May 1 (May Day) as International Labour Day.

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The first gay couple granted a civil union in Colorado said their vows before hundreds of people early Wednesday morning at a downtown Denver municipal building, where eager couples and members of the public gathered to celebrate the first legal unions. The new law legalizing civil unions took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and both Denver and Boulder began issuing licenses immediately. Fran and Anna Simon were the first to receive a civil union certificate. Wearing the white wedding dresses they wore at their commitment ceremony seven years ago and joined by their five-year-old son Jeremy, Fran and Anna received their license from a clerk at 12:02 a.m., following an expectant countdown to midnight led by other couples. Minutes later they were joined in a ceremony officiated by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

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The U.K.'s national weather service the Met Office says Saturday's temperature reached 85.8 F (29.9 C) at Gravesend in southeast England. That is the highest October temperature since records began a century ago, beating the previous high of 84.9 F (29.4 C) reached on Oct. 4, 1985. The average maximum temperature for early October is about 59 F (15 C). People boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, central London, on October 1. A woman eats fish and chips on the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England. Crowds of sun seekers fill the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England.

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