Photos: The Week in Pictures: June 17 - 24

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  1. Splish splash

    Daniel Stwalley enjoys the cool water from Founders Fountain on June 23 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

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  2. Fiery night

    Homes in the Wupatki Estates subdivision are bathed in light from a wildfire consuming the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks in this 30-second time exposure image. The fire just north of Flagstaff, Ariz., has burned more than 14,000 acres. (Jake Bacon / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Birds of a feather

    A group of young brown pelicans wait in a holding pen to be cleaned by volunteers at the Fort Jackson International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras, La., on June 20. Members of the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research team work to clean birds covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and spill. (Daniel Beltra / Greenpeace via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Another storm brewing

    Main Street Casino staff members watch a second thunderstorm approach after having just survived a tornado in Billings, Mont., on June 20. Buildings were heavily damaged after the tornado touched down near the corner of Main Street and Lake Elmo Drive. The tornado destroyed a vacant arena that the day before held thousands of people watching an Indoor Football League game. (Larry Mayer / Billings Gazette via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Gotcha, or not

    Milivoje Novakovic of Slovenia is challenged by Gareth Barry of England during a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Michael Regan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. In the aftermath

    Spc. Christian Hoffman of Sanford, Fla., a medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, listens for the heartbeat of a gravely wounded man after a civilian truck hit a buried mine intended for foreign troops, on June 21 in Khushi Khona, Afghanistan. (Chris Hondros / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Web of wires

    An Iraqi electrician checks the wires leading to a block of flats, which are all connected to a generator that runs when the national power grid is down, in Baghdad's Karrada district on June 23. A wave of protests has swept across Iraq against the frequent power cuts, leading to the resignation of the Iraqi minister of electricity. (Ali Abbas / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Surreal scene

    Portable toilets stand on the beach as a beachgoer plays with her dog in the waters of Dauphin Island, Ala. on June 21. The portable bathrooms are for oil cleanup crews as they work to defend the coast against oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  9. Last kiss

    A woman kisses the shrouded body of her 4-year-old niece, Zainab, who was killed in a Baghdad suicide bombing, as relatives prepare for her burial in the Shiite city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, on June 21. The child was killed along with her mother, father and sister. (Alaa al-Marjani / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Lighting up the sky

    This NASA image, released on June 21, shows the aurora australis, or the southern lights, as observed from the International Space Station on May 29. (NASA / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Summer surge

    Gracie Duson, 11, screams as she roars down the water slide at the Colonial Park Pool on the first day of summer, June 21, in Houston.

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  12. Death by firing squad

    Four bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair in the execution chamber at the Utah State Prison after Ronnie Lee Gardner was put to death by firing squad in Drape, Utah, on June 18. Gardner, convicted of aggravated murder in 1985, became just the third person to be executed this way in more than three decades. (Trent Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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