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A firefighter battling the King Fire watches a backfire burn along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

A firefighter at California's King Fire watches a backfire burn.

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Sergeant Jackson rested in the living room while his platoon searched the rest of the house for a suspected insurgent. They found nothing suspicious, and the commander assumed he had received bad intelligence. Most of the raids I witnessed were dry holes. Before leaving, the commanding officer would occasionally compensate for damage by pressing a wad of soiled dinars or dollars into wary hands. Usually the platoon would leave without an apology to continue searching for their target, or return to base before insurgents had the chance to organize and attack. RAWA. IRAQ. 2006. ONE TIME USE ONLY. (Peter van Agtmael)

Images of combat’s toll, at home and abroad

Photographer Peter van Agtmael documents the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in his book “Disco Night Sept 11.”

A honey bee, which beekeepers said was an Italian honey bee mixed with an Africanized honey bee, flies near the headlamp of a truck transferring bee colonies to pollinate crops in Columbia Falls, Maine June 22, 2014. Over recent years, bees have been dying at a rate the U.S. government says is economically unsustainable. Honey bees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of the food consumed by Americans, including apples, watermelons and beans. A lawsuit has now been filed by environmental groups in the United States seeking an injunction restricting the approval of a controversial class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or 'neonics'. These pesticides have become a subject of scrutiny in Europe and the United States as concern has mounted that they harm honeybees and other pollinators. Picture taken June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE) ATTENTION EDITORS PICTURE 06 OF 17 FOR PACKAGE 'POLLINATION FOR THE NATION' SEARCH 'ADREES HONEY BEE' FOR ALL IMAGES

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