The Week in Pictures: May 8 - 15

Wildfires heat up SoCal, a Washington icon reopens, Caroline Kennedy suits up in Fukushima, rescued sea turtles return home and more.

A miner reacts after being exposed to toxic gas while searching for co-workers who remain trapped underground on May 14, 2014 after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in Manisa, Turkey, killed at least 282 people.

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A woman reacts as she searches for her relatives while rescuers carry out dead miners on May 14 in Manisa, Turkey.

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A man flees erupting flames as a house on Skimmer Court is engulfed by the Poinsettia Fire on May 14 in Carlsbad, Calif. Twenty-two housing units were destroyed and 400 acres were burned in the fast-moving Carlsbad blaze, fueled by record heat, high winds and dry conditions. At least four other fires advanced in nearby communities.

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A backyard bounce house was swept high into the air by strong winds, leaving two boys hospitalized but in stable condition after falling about 20 feet in upstate New York on May 12.

Flags flutter during the re-opening ceremony for the Washington Monument in Washington on May 12. The monument was closed in 2011 after it suffered widespread damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake along the East Coast.

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Wearing a protective suit and a mask, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, listens to Naohiro Masuda, an executive of Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), during her visit to the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima on May 14. Kennedy pledged U.S. support for the clean-up at the nuclear power plant on Wednesday after her first visit to the site.

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An Indian Muslim voter waits in line to vote at a polling station on May 12 in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections on Monday, with ballot counting set to begin on May 16.

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Sea turtles crawl before being returned to the ocean on a beach in Bali, Indonesia, on May 14. With the help of tourists, Bali police released about a dozen turtles which they seized last month from illegal poachers.

Firdia Lisnawati / AP

A young member of the choir "Sinfonia por el Peru" vomits before performing with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez at Lima's National Theatre on May 13. The choir is a social project created by Florez to promote music among children from low-income households as a tool to become better people and overtake adversity, according to the project.

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat reacts to winning Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets in the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 14 in Miami, Fla.

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Prospectors work at an open-pit at the Ndassima gold mine, near Djoubissi, Central African Republic, on May 9.

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A woman walks past a burning shop in the Maskuf market in the Old City of Homs in Syria on May 12. Syrians streamed back into the ruins of the city on May 10, picking through the remains of their homes and trying to come to terms with the destruction.

The influx came a day after the last rebel holdouts left the area under an evacuation deal that handed the Old City back to the government, granting it a symbolic victory.

Rebel forces were in the besieged Old City for nearly two years and regime troops shelled the area almost daily before the deal.

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A boy named Johan tied his father's raincoat around himself while playing in the front yard of their temporary home after it had stopped raining at a mining camp in La Pampa, Peru, on May 5.

Peru's government declared all informal mining illegal on April 19 and began a crackdown. In La Pampa, miners fear they are next. People in La Pampa say that if the authorities eradicate their livelihood, it must make good on promises to provide employment alternatives.

This image was received by NBC News on May 11.

Rodrigo Abd / AP

A member of the Secret Service stands guard while President Barack Obama speaks at a Walmart on May 9 in Mountain View, Calif. Obama praised measures taken by his administration to develop solar energy in the United States, despite attacks and setbacks from his Republican opponents.

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