The Week in Pictures: April 24 - May 1

Twisters terrorize, Churchill Downs gets a downpour, a not-very-little piggy goes down a well and more.

. Embers fly off burning trees following a wind-driven wildfire in the mountain area near Rancho Cucamonga late on April 30, 2014. The blaze erupted around 8 a.m. in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest and by Wednesday afternoon had burned 1,000 acres of brush, forcing the evacuation of about 1,500 homes. Stuart Palley / EPA

. A mother carries her children as their house burns during a fire in a residential slum in Manila, Philippines, on April 29. The fire left more than 30 families homeless and three residents injured, according to the Manila Fire Department. Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA

. A row of lightly-damaged houses faces destroyed homes in a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood April 28, the day after a tornado struck the town.

The half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the Little Rock suburbs. Twisters or powerful straight-line winds were blamed in at least 17 deaths Sunday — 15 in Arkansas. Danny Johnston / AP

. Kevin Barnes searches the remains of his home on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss., on April 29. Tupelo was one of the hardest-hit areas in a two-day outbreak of twisters and other violent weather that pulverized homes from the Midwest to the Deep South. Thomas Graning / AP

. Exercise rider Abel Flores takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Tapiture for a morning workout in the rain at Churchill Downs on April 28 in Louisville, Ky. Garry Jones / AP

. Firefighters work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown in Lynchburg, Va., on April 30. Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time, but officials said there were no injuries. Steve Helber / AP

. Sumaira Wani, widow of Zia-Ul-Haq, mourns by the body of her husband during his funeral in Hirpora, north of Srinagar, India, on April 25. Zia, an Indian poll official was killed soon after voting for the ongoing general elections, when suspected rebels shot him and wounded four others in an attack on a bus in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. Dar Yasin / AP

. Prospectors work at the open-pit Djoubissi gold mine, north of Bambari, Central African Republic, on April 24. Emmanuel Braun / Reuters

. A Palestinian boy practices his parkour skills at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on April 27. Mohammed Salem / Reuters

. A rapeseed field blossoms near Muencheberg, eastern Germany, on April 29. Patrick Pleul / AFP - Getty Images

. A Ukrainian policeman walks past pro-Russian activists blocking the entrance to a television station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 27. Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. Baz Ratner / Reuters

. A member of the Victims' Mortgage Platform shouts while being carried away by riot police officers as he tried to prevent the eviction of Veronica Carro, 51, in Parla, Spain, on April 30. Carro, a former gardener and concierge at Parla's townhall, has resided in the apartment with her 14-year-old daughter Rocio for the past 5 years. She's been unemployed for the last 3 years and could not afford to pay a protected rent of 370 euros a month ($513) to Lazora, a private investor company who bought her house from the City Hall Housing and Land Company (EMVS). Lazora demanded their eviction. Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

. Firefighters pull a pig as they try to rescue it from a well at a pig farm in eastern China's Zhejiang province on April 25. Seven local firefighters successfully rescued the 661-pound pig, local media reported.

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