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Mothers dressed in yellow take part in a demonstration against racial inequality in Portland, Ore., in July. (Reuters)
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Mothers and fathers amid protesters during a demonstration in Portland in July. (Reuters)
Mothers dressed in yellow. (Reuters)
Mothers dressed in yellow. (Reuters)
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Crowds are expected at South Dakota's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. (AP)

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