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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 9 - 16

Bikers pose with the president, a feat of engineering fails in Italy, some very tall sunflowers and more.

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Image: Largest One Day Sheep Sale Takes Place In Lairg

Sheep sale

Rory Scott, 10, herds sheep for the annual sale of lambs on Aug. 14, 2018 in Lairg, Scotland.

One of the biggest one-day livestock markets in Europe, up to fifteen thousand sheep from all over the north of Scotland can be bought or sold at the Lairg market.

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Glacier fire

Visitors walk along the shore near Lake McDonald Lodge as the Howe Ridge Fire burns in Glacier National Park, Montana, on Aug. 12.

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Glacier National Park. Meanwhile, officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park Tuesday following a nearly three-week closure at the height of the summer season.

(National Park Service via AP
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Image: Ilhan Omar

A first for Somali-Americans

State Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrates with her children after she captured the Democratic nomination for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in Minneapolis, on Aug. 14.

As the nation's first Somali-American state legislator, Omar is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress to replace Rep. Keith Ellison. It puts another notch in the meteoric political rise of a woman who spent her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp and immigrated to the United States at age 12 before winning her seat in the state House in 2016.

Mark Vancleave / Star Tribune via AP
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Image: Turkey's Handmade Carpet Industry Continues To Grow.

Soaking up the sun

Workers lay carpets out to dry on Aug. 10 in Dosemealti, Turkey.

Handmade carpets, flat woven kilims and embroidered rugs from all over Turkey are sent to Dosemalti to be laid out in the sun to soften the colors and give them an antique look.

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Remembering the Queen of Soul

People place flowers at a makeshift memorial at the nameplate for singer Aretha Franklin outside Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York on Aug. 16.

Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul," known for powerful anthems like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died Thursday. She was 76 years old.

Photos: Aretha Franklin's life in pictures

Frank Franklin II / AP
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Image: Morandi Highway Bridge Collapse in Genoa, Italy

Genoa collapse

Rescue personnel respond at the scene after the Morandi Bridge collapsed on Aug. 14 in Genoa, Italy, killing 38 people. 

The bridge, which collapsed during a heavy downpour, was considered a feat of engineering innovation when it was built five decades ago, but it came to require constant maintenance over the years. Its design is now being investigated as a possible contributor to its stunning collapse.

Photos: Genoa bridge collapse

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Decades of abuse

Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their family members react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Aug. 14.

A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday revealed decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused "predator priests" as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal.

Matt Rourke / AP
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Image: Hajj Pilgrimage 2018

Preparing for pilgrimage

Pilgrims visit Hiraa cave at the top of Noor Mountain in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 15, ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage.

Around 2.5 million Muslims are expected to attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage, an act of faith required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

Mohammed Saber / EPA
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Image: Susan Bro gestures at the site where her daughter Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville

Charlottesville anniversary

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, raises her fist at the site where her daughter was killed on the one year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.

Heyer was killed when 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. allegedly drove his car into a crowd of protesters following a white nationalist rally.

Photos: Police and protesters out in force for Charlottesville anniversary

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Wildfire's path

Homes destroyed by a wildfire sit across the street from apparently unscathed homes in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, California, on Aug. 10.

Fire crews have made progress against the biggest blaze in California history but officials say the fire won't be fully contained until September.

Photos: Firefighters battle record-breaking wildfires across California

Michael Burke / AP
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Watching the floodwaters

People sit on the front porch in Benton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 13 as floodwaters fill the streets and flow around the home.

Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania, closing down a heavily traveled interstate and sending water into homes in the mountainous coal regions.

Jimmy May / Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP
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Image: A woman is concealed as she walks through a field of very tall sunflowers to cut some down in Ballygawley

Very tall sunflowers

Only the top of a woman's head is visible as she walks through a field of tall sunflowers in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland, on Aug. 12.

Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters
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Frankfurt bubbles

A street artist creates soap bubbles in front of Old St. Nicholas Church in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 12.

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Image: Chicago Cubs' David Bote reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning grand slam

Walk-off grand slam

David Bote of the Chicago Cubs leaps into the air as he rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals on Aug. 12 in Chicago. The Cubs won 4-3.

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Bikers for Trump

President Donald Trump stands in the rain with members of "Bikers for Trump" after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on Aug. 11 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Dozens of gleaming Harleys, Hondas and other motorcycles descended on the central New Jersey property for what had been billed as an outdoor photo-op with Trump.

Carolyn Kaster / AP
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Race to the sea

Just after hatching, a sea turtle strains to reach the waters of the Mediterranean Sea as the sun sets on Cyprus' protected Lara beach on Aug. 10.

Cyprus' green and loggerhead turtles have made a strong comeback thanks to pioneering conservation efforts stretching back decades, after being hunted to near extinction in the first half of the last century.

The Week in Pictures: Aug. 2 - 9 

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