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Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
A wing walker and aerobatic pilot killed in a fiery crash at an Ohio air show practiced their performance the previous day and reported no mechanical problems with the plane, according to preliminary report released Thursday by federal investigators.
As many in this Old West town used the Independence Day celebration to honor 19 fallen firefighters, bereaved families began speaking more publically of their loved ones.
A blaze that erupted early Thursday at a central Pennsylvania home killed four people, including two children, and left three other residents critically injured, authorities said. Investigators believe unattended food caused the fire.
One moment 18-year-old Lizzie Moore was eating pancakes and talking to fellow staff at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park. The next she heard a cracking sound and screams and looked up to see the top of a tree coming crashing toward her.
Eight boaters missing off the coast of Honduras have been rescued.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Horace Evers was setting up a command post in Munich with other Allied soldiers in the final days of World War II when he stumbled across sheets of Adolf Hitler's personal stationery in the dictator's abandoned apartment.
Extravagant displays of Fourth of July fireworks lit up the skies around the nation, including 19 single bursts in Arizona to remember the firefighters killed in a wildfire, the Statue of Liberty reopened eight months after it was shuttered by Superstorm Sandy, and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.
Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.
Five people were injured when two slow-moving trains on a sight-seeing tour of a pineapple plantation collided in central Oahu.
Police in a central Oklahoma city say they plan to interview the father who accidentally ran over and killed his 8-year-old son during a Fourth of July parade.
The FBI on Wednesday investigated an incident that took place aboard a passenger flight that landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The Washington State Patrol says an apparently intoxicated 14-year-old boy led a trooper on a short car chase before crashing into four vehicles.
A former jail guard pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she had sex behind bars with an inmate convicted of gunning down two police officers in cold blood - a man her lawyer says she still cares about and who fathered her baby boy, named Justus.
A Boston man has pleaded not guilty to making a fake claim of nearly $2.2 million to the main compensation fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
The North Carolina Senate gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation adding new restrictions for abortions in North Carolina, even as hundreds of angry protesters descended on the legislature to express their displeasure.
An Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and wanted to join the state police was killed early Wednesday in a double shooting at a home he was visiting.
A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
A toddler was hospitalized following a pit bull attack in South Florida.
Statements that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes made to police shortly after his arrest should be admissible at his trial even though he didn't have an attorney present, prosecutors argued Wednesday.
Four adults were injured and one remained unaccounted for after a large oak tree fell Wednesday at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. No children were hurt.
On college campuses across the United States, the eternal optimism of youth has been throttled out by a fear of crushing student debt. That's certainly the case in Oregon, where the cost of tuition has soared as public funding for higher education has declined.
A panel of federal judges refused Wednesday to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by the end of the year.
A panel of federal judges Wednesday refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional prison inmates by the end of the year.
The City Council has approved a temporary moratorium on setting up recreational marijuana businesses inside the city.