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The Week in Pictures: Sept. 23 - 30

Wildfires threaten Northern California, Marlins mourn star pitcher, presidential debate brings record eyeballs, and more.


Algae changes the color of a salt lake divided by a road in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, China on Sept. 25, 2016.

Wei Liang / Reuters
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A Townville Elementary student looks out of the window of a school bus as she and her classmates are transported to Oakdale Baptist Church, following a shooting at the school in Townville, S.C. on Sept. 28. A teenager killed his father at his home Wednesday before going to the nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said.

Katie McLean / The Independent-Mail via AP
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Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29 in Hoboken, New Jersey. A commuter train from New York barreled into a New Jersey rail station without stopping and crashed during the Thursday morning rush hour, injuring more than 100 people and killing one, authorities said.

PHOTOS: Rush Hour Train Crashes into Hoboken Train Station

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Members of the marine wildlife conservation organization Sea Shepherd monitor the fuel tanker Burgos, as it continues to burn a day after it erupted in flames off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio, Mexico on Sept. 25. Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Pemex said in a statement Sunday that a team of international experts in putting out fires and transferring fuel has arrived to assist.

Felix Marquez / AP
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Jennifer Molleda looks at the blood speckled face of her husband, Alan Wakim, who had bullets whiz by his face after going through his windshield during a shooting that left multiple people injured and the shooter dead on Sept. 26 in Houston.

A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Nine people were injured during Monday morning's shootings on the street in front of a condo complex. Six were shot and three had eye injuries from flying glass. One person was in critical condition.

Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle via AP
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A man walks on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on Sept. 25. At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday.

With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center of the Old City.

Desperate residents describe horrific scenes in Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, with hospitals and underground shelters hit by indiscriminate airstrikes that the U.N. said may amount to a war crime.

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Wounded Syrian children wait to receive treatment at a hospital following a reported air strike on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on Sept. 29.

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A five-week-old female white Transvaal lion sleeps on the lap of keeper Aniko Herlicska at the Nyiregyhaza Zoo in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary on Sept. 27. The cub was taken into human care two weeks earlier after her mother's milk had dried up.

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First lady Michelle Obama, center, hugs former President George W. Bush, as President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush walk on stage at the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington on Sept. 24.

The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open.

The push for the museum began in 1915 with African-American Civil War veterans looking for a way to commemorate America's black experience. Former President George W. Bush signed the law authorizing the construction in 2003.

PHOTOS: 'We Are America': New African American History Museum Opens

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
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Members of the Miami Marlins gather around the number of star pitcher Jose Fernandez on the pitching mound after their game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on Sept. 28 in Miami. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident early Sunday at age 24.

Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later at 20. He went 38-17 in his four seasons with Miami, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and was twice an All-Star.

PHOTOS: Fernandez Remebered in Marlins' First Game Since Fatal Accident

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Firefighters attempt to save the Casa Loma fire station in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Loma Prieta, Calif. on Sept. 27. The Loma Prieta Fire has charred more than 1,000 acres and burned multiple structures in the area.

PHOTOS: Wildfire Chews Through California's Santa Cruz Mountains

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Firefighter A.J. Brown carries Mechelle Borgelin, as the baby's mother, Candice Council, is helped by other firefighters out of their flooded home, on Sept. 29, in Fayetteville, N.C. Communities around Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and as far north as the Raleigh suburbs braced for more heavy rain and flooding Thursday after downpours closed schools and threatened to burst a dam.

Andrew Craft / The Fayetteville Observer via AP
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A woman eats as she struggles with her umbrella against powerful gusts of wind generated by typhoon Megi across the the island in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept. 27.

The typhoon's bands of heavy rain and sustained winds of 100 miles per hour blanketed Taiwan on Tuesday as the eye of the storm made landfall on the east coast, before striking eastern China the next day.

PHOTOS: Deadly Typhoon Megi Blows Through Taiwan With High Winds and Floods

Chiang Ying-ying / AP
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Eight-year-old Samir from Somalia looks out of the window of the Astral rescue ship from the non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms, while others rest as they head towards the Italian island of Lampedusa in a storm of 35 knots after they were rescued at sea on Sept. 25. Libya with its 1,100 miles of coastline has become a hub of illegal immigration towards Europe in the absence of proper border controls in a country plunged into chaos.

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump walk away from their podiums at the conclusion of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Sept. 26.

In a combative opening debate, Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a "racist lie" about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington.

The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers.

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A church choir performs during the Meskel Festival at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sept. 26.

Orthodox priests lit a bonfire in the heart of the Ethiopian capital on Monday evening to mark the eve of Meskel, a festival to mark the finding of the cross of Jesus.

Dressed in his golden ceremonial robes, the head of Ethiopia's Christian Orthodox church delivered blessings to mark what the church believes was the discovery in the fourth century of the cross of Jesus by Queen Helena, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.

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North Korean students take part in a painting workshop in a park in Pyongyang on Sept. 27.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton touches the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres during his funeral ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on Sept. 30.

In an emotional eulogy, Clinton described Peres as a "wide champion of our common humanity."

Clinton was president when Peres negotiated a historic interim peace accord with the Palestinians in 1993. He recalled a meeting with Peres where Israeli and Arab children sang together John Lennon's "Imagine."

"He started life as Israel's brightest student, became its best teacher and ended up its biggest dreamer," said Clinton.

"He lived 93 years in a state of constant wonder over the unbelievable potential of all the rest of us to rise above our wounds, our resentments, our fears to make the most of today and claim the promise of tomorrow," he said.

PHOTOS: World Dignitaries Honor Shimon Peres at Funeral

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U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One prior to departure from Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia on Sept. 28, as he travels to Fort Lee to speak with troops.

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