An auxiliary spillway, left, is shown under construction in 2010 at Folsom Dam in Folsom, California. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast 2,000 miles away, officials took it as a lesson for Folsom Dam and spent nearly $1 billion constructing the auxiliary spillway, which should be completed this year.
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A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA’s long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.
It was the first flight from NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago, and SpaceX’s first liftoff from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer.
The crowds at Kennedy Space Center watched eagerly as the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket took flight with a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. They got barely 10 seconds of viewing before clouds swallowed up the Falcon as it thundered skyward.
As an extra special treat, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after liftoff, a feat accomplished only twice before. Most of SpaceX’s eight successful booster landings — rocket recycling at its finest — have used ocean platforms. As they did during the shuttle era, sonic booms heralded Sunday’s return.
SpaceX employees at company flight headquarters in Southern California cheered as the 15-story booster landed upright at its designated parking spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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United States Vice President Mike Pence, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet for bilateral talks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Saturday. The annual weekend gathering is known for providing an open and informal platform to meet in close quarters.
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Tourists catch a ride in an Oldsmobile in Havana last year.
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A sign stands outside of the headquarters of Genentech in South San Francisco, California.
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A clay facial reconstruction gives an idea of what Kennewick Man may have looked like 9,000 years ago.
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Inspectors examine a sinkhole Saturday in Studio City, north of Los Angeles. Two vehicles fell into the 20-foot sinkhole on Friday night and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her car but was found standing on her overturned vehicle.
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President Donald Trump is seen in the cockpit of a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Friday during his visit to an assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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Penguins pack on a beach at Punta Tombo peninsula in Argentina’s Patagonia, on Friday. Drawn by an unusually abundant haul of sardines and anchovies, over a million penguins visited the peninsula during this year’s breeding season, a recent record number according to local officials.
Punta Tombo represents the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. The flightless birds come on shore in September and October and stay while the males and females take turns caring for their eggs and hunting for food.
The warm-weather birds breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as southwestern Brazil between March and September.
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The Stern School of Business at New York University. The college will offer more classes, broaden its allowance for transfer credits and advise students on creating schedules to finish in three years.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday in the East Room of the White House. “Tomorrow, they will say, ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press,’” Trump said. “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people.”
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A man hold the U.S and Mexico flags during a march and rally during an immigration protest Thursday in Austin, Texas. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school to demonstrate how important they are to America’s economy and its way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants.
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President Donald Trump listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/Washington Post photo)
In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump walks Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)
This image of closed circuit television footage from Monday shows a woman, left, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, who police say was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Star TV via AP)
Some patients are at greater risk of becoming chronic opioid users depending on who their doctor is.
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Stanley Bard, the longtime manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel in New York, greets Mia Hanson, a tenant, in 2007. Bard, whose nurturing of talented bohemian artists and tolerance of assorted deadbeats helped make the Chelsea an urban legend, died in Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday. He was 82.
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Reconstruction continues in a race to shore up the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam in California on Wednesday.
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Erosion caused when overflow water cascaded down the emergency spillway is seen, bottom, as water continues to flow down the main spillway, top, of the Oroville Dam on Monday in Oroville, California. Crews worked rapidly Tuesday to lower the reservoir and shore up an eroded emergency spillway in hopes of preventing flooding in the valley below. As the reservoir level fell, the authorities told nearly 200,000 people who had been evacuated from the area that they could return home. Kory Honea, the sheriff for Butte County, did not rule out the possibility of future evacuations if circumstances change at the dam, a 770-foot-high embankment along Lake Oroville in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. He said the area was still under an evacuation warning.
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Hayes Lewis, of Sayon Town, Liberia, relies on a battery-powered camping light -- what Liberians call a Chinese lantern -- when the electrical grid is down.
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El Sol owner Alfredo Solis, right, with sister Jessica Solis.
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Al Jarreau performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015. Jarreau died in a Los Angeles hospital Sunday.
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A South Korean man watches a news program showing photos published in a North Korean newspaper of the rogue nation’s missile launch Monday.
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Jakub Rybczynski, 39, left, originally from Poland, and Dianrong Wang, 73, center, originally from China, take the oath of United States citizenship during a ceremony this month in Boston. Hundreds of thousands of people become naturalized each year — the number was 654,949 in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Department of Homeland Security. That year, 3,415 renounced their U.S. citizenship.
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People light the flashes of their mobile phones in the colors of Romania’s flag during an anti-government protest in Bucharest, Romania, on Sunday. Exactly one week after the largest protests in a quarter of a century rocked the country, an estimated 70,000 demonstrators filled the square outside the main government building in Bucharest on Sunday evening, determined to show those in power that the crisis was far from over.
While significantly less than the half a million who took to the streets across the country the previous Sunday, the Bucharest demonstration was still a potent sign of the resilient unrest in the country and the loss of trust between the new government, only in office since the beginning of January, and a large sector of the population. Sunday was the 13th night in a row that protesters occupied Piata Victoriei — Victory Square — in Bucharest, after the government passed an emergency ordinance on Jan. 31 that effectively decriminalized some low-level corruption offenses, including cases of official misconduct in which the financial damage was less than 200,000 lei, or about $47,000. Protests have also taken place in more than 50 towns and cities across the country.
In the face of the large-scale backlash, the emergency ordinance was repealed a week ago, but that has not stopped protesters from demonstrating their anger. Many in the square on Sunday continued to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, as well as the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, among the highest political offices in the country.
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Kendra Curieo waits in traffic to evacuate Marysville, California, on Sunday. Thousands of residents of Marysville and other Northern California communities were told to leave their homes Sunday evening as an emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam could fail at any time unleashing flood waters from Lake Oroville, according to officials from the California Department of Water Resources. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Nursing home residents are fed at the Chinese restaurant Kaze no Oto in Yokohama, Japan, in January. Kaze no Oto is one of a few restaurants in Japan catering to an aging population, with meals for those who have difficulty chewing or swallowing.
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Rising temperatures have led to melting snow and rising water at the protest camp near the Dakota Access pipeline site in North Dakota. Many protesters are preparing to leave the camp.
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Donald Trump Jr., left, and his brother Eric are the new heads of the Trump Organization.
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Adele accepts the award for album of the year for “25” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.
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Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz showed up for a town hall in his home district in Utah last week to find hundreds of people lined up waiting to shout at him.
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Dr. Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service, uses maps and data from a radio collar worn by mountain lion P-22 to observe its travels in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.
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An illustration shows a concept for a remote-controlled, biologically inspired flying robot that can pollinate flowers, much like a bee.
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Men dressed as Princess Elsa from “Frozen” carry a third man as they dance during the Banda de Ipanema carnival “bloco” parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday. Merrymakers take to the streets in hundreds of open-air “bloco” parties ahead of Rio’s Carnival, the highlight of the year for many.
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Judge Neil Gorsuch meets with Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday. As gay rights clash with religious freedom in the courts, Gorsuch’s record on the issue is murky.
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A rainbow appears over the Feather River as water cascades down the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, on Friday.
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