In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., second from left, standing with, from left, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, of Texas, listens to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House lashed out at Congress on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, a day after Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly overrode President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill. Susan Walsh / AP
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Director of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum Alex Rueger, center, stands next to the paintings “Congregation Leaving The Reformed Church of Nuenen,” left, and “Seascape at Scheveningen” by Vincent Van Gogh, during a press conference in Naples, Italy, on Friday.
The two paintings, which vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, were “considered among the artworks most searched for in the world, on the FBI’s list of the Top 10 art crimes,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said.
Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered the masterpieces hidden in a farmhouse near Castellammare di Stabia, where Italian police seized some $22 million worth of assets, including farmland, villas and apartments and a small airplane. Investigators contend those assets are linked to two Camorra drug kingpins, Mario Cerrone and Raffaele Imperiale, according to a statement by prosecutors.
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A "creuseur" descends into a tunnel at the mine in Congo. The tunnels are dug with hand tools and burrow deep underground. Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post
A FARC guerilla fighter from the southern bloc washes himself in a base camp. Colombians vote on a peace agreement with the guerrilla fighters Sunday after 52 years of fighting. Joao Pina / For The Washington Post
Richard Odgaard prays at his church, Harvest Bible Chapel in Grimes, Iowa, this month. A gay couple filed a civil rights complaint after Odgaard and his wife refused to rent a small chapel they once owned to the men for their wedding. The Odgaards settled and paid a penalty. George Etheredge / The New York Times
The Asian-American band the Slants, featuring, from left, Tyler Chen, Ken Shima, Simon “Young” Tam and Joe X Jiang, is at the center of a First Amendment challenge over the government’s refusal to register offensive trademarks. Anthony Pidgeon / Redferns via The Associated Press
In a photo provided by William Sun, structural damage is seen at the train station in Hoboken, New Jersey, after a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the station during the morning rush hour on Thursday. The crash caused an unknown number of injuries and witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding. William Sun via The Associated Press
A makeshift memorial sits at the base of the Pulse nightclub sign in Orlando, Florida, in June. The club was a location of a recent mass shooting. A recent study shows humans’ tendencies toward murder appear to be ancestral. John Raoux / The Associated Press file photo
The MiniMed 670G system features a drug pump, a sensor that measures blood sugar and a tube that delivers the insulin. Medtronic via The Associated Press
Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21 at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades. Tae-Gyun Kim / The Associated Press file photo
The Mette Maersk, loaded with 18,000 shipping containers, sits at APM Terminals in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in July. Much of the work once done by longshoremen is now automated here. Ilvy Njiokiktjien / The New York Times
Patrick Duijzers, a veteran longshoreman, has seen his union's ranks dwindle as automation eliminates the need for labor. "More global trade is a good thing if we get a piece of the cake," he said. "But that's the problem. We're not getting our piece of the cake." Ilvy Njiokiktjien / The New York Times
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Al Drago / The New York Times
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Kristin Streff/Lincoln Journal Star via AP
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. acknowledge the audience at a campaign stop at the University Of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. AP
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 South Carolina school Wednesday. 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 The Associated Press
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The ancient En-Gedi scroll, the oldest Pentateuchal scroll ever found in Hebrew outside the Dead Sea Scrolls, is shown.
Afghan children who fled their homes†in†eastern Nangarhar province, following threats from the Islamic State, are shown at a†temporary shelter in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 2015. (Noorullah Shirzada / AFP-Getty Image photo)
One man holds his fist up as others yell at police at the scene where a black man was shot by police earlier in El Cajon, California, near San Diego, on Tuesday. Hayne Palmour IV / The San Diego Union-Tribune via The Associated Press
A photo taken by the Rosetta spacecraft, taken at a distance of 45 miles, shows a false color image of the smooth region that connects the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft is to end its 12-year pursuit of the comet on Friday. European Space Agency via The New York Times
Vladimir Fomenko, in Biysk, Russia, owns a company that rents server space. He was recently identified by an American cybersecurity company, ThreatConnect, as the manager of an “information nexus” that was used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks on democratic processes in several countries, including the U.S. Brendan Hoffman / The New York Times
Porn actress Ana Foxxx adjusts her clothes before featuring in a Free Speech Coalition promotional video against California’s Proposition 60, which would require porn stars to wear condoms while filming at Kink.com headquarters in San Francisco. (Dai Sugano / Bay Area News Group photo)
From left: William Michael Dillon, Antoine Day, Eddie Lowery and Raymond Towler perform as the Exoneree Band, at a benefit in Cleveland, last month. The band comprises men from across the country who were wrongly convicted of crimes including murder and rape and served prison sentences before being exonerated. Dustin Franz / The New York Times
LEFT: Eve Lonnquist examines trees on her property with Logan Sander, a consulting forester, at her 160-acre family-owned forested property near Portland last month. Photos by Leah Nash / New York Times News Service
Clear-cut forests along Highway 30 near Portland. Leah Nash/The New York Times
Logan Sander, a consulting forester, uses an ecoPartners smartphone app to inventory trees. Lonnquist’s family makes some income off of logging, but she is considering entering the carbon offset market, too. Photos by Leah Nash / New York Times News Service
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton met at Hofstra University in New York state Monday for their first presidential debate. Locked in an exceedingly close White House race, the presidential rivals tangled — and often talked over one another — over each’s ability to take on challenges facing the country. New York Times News Service
Mohegan Chief Lynn Malerba, left, and Brian Cladoosby, president of National Congress of American Indians, cover President Barack Obama with a blanket at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference on Monday. “I’ve heard you. I have seen you. And I hope I’ve done right by you,” Obama told several hundred people attending the conference, primarily from the 567 federally recognized tribes that were invited to attend.
Obama said the U.S. has made significant progress improving conditions for Native Americans — citing the approval of clean-energy projects, investments in high-speed internet access and protection of sacred lands through national monument designations — but that it has more work to do.
Obama started the annual conference and has hosted it each year of his presidency. Before he spoke, Obama participated in a traditional honoring ceremony in which he donned this colorful robe and a conical hat. Obama described the ceremony as a moving reminder of “the great friendships that we’ve developed.” Obama emphasized efforts he said were aimed at ensuring federal agencies work with tribes “sovereign to sovereign.” He said the creation of the White House Council of Native American Affairs brought about a permanent institution with a long-term, Cabinet-level focus on Indian country. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press
Gloria Fortner, 13, says she values all of the influences of her parentage. Her father, Bruce Fortner, is a black pastor, and her mother, Florencia Velasco Fortner, is a Mexican immigrant who heads a nonprofit. Ting Shen / Dallas Morning News via Tribune News Service
Republicans watch the debate at Aspen Lakes Lodge in Sisters. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin
Democrats watch Hillary Clinton debate with Donald Trump at the Deschutes Democrats campaign office in Bend. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin
Iowa National Guard members walk past a local business covered in sandbags, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Residents are waiting anxiously as a quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in eight years. (Charlie Neibergall / AP photo)
A TV cameraman sets up during rehearsals for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sunday. (Julio Cortez / AP photo)
Alex Caicedo, an assistant team leader at a pizza restaurant, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in September. Caicedo is among the 3.5 million Americans who were able to raise their chins above the poverty line last year, according to new census data. Justin T. Gellerson / The New York Times
Patty Nece, who has progressive scoliosis and saw a doctor who attributed the pain to "obesity pain" before she was diagnosed, sits at her home in Alexandria, Virginia, in June. Lexey Swall / The New York Times
A security guard working at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, on Sunday places flowers at a makeshift memorial for the five victims killed in a shooting at the mall Friday.
The 20-year-old man suspected of killing the five with a rifle at a Macy’s makeup counter at the mall had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather, and was described by a neighbor as so “creepy, rude and obnoxious” that she kept a Taser by her front door.
As investigators tried to piece together information on Arcan Cetin, who was arrested Saturday evening after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, a picture emerged of a troubled young man. Court records show more than a half-dozen criminal cases in Island County alone since 2013.
Authorities said the gunman in the attack at the Burlington mall opened fire in the department store’s cosmetics department Friday night, killing a man and four females ranging from a teenager to a senior citizen. The killer then fled.
Cetin said nothing and appeared “zombie-like” when he was taken into custody on a sidewalk outside his apartment complex some 30 miles away in Oak Harbor by a sheriff’s officer who recognized him as the suspect in the rampage, authorities said.
Cetin immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey and is a legal permanent resident, officials said. The suspect is expected to make his first court appearance today.
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In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of Civil Defense removing a dead body from under the rubble after airstrikes hit in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Syrian government forces captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city as an ongoing wave of airstrikes destroyed more buildings. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP photo)
An aerial view shows the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in China on Sunday. The dish is made up of 4,450 triangular panels and has a collecting area of 2.1 million square feet. Chinatopix via The Associated Press
An image provided by Syrian anti-government group Aleppo 24 news shows damaged trucks carrying aid in Aleppo, Syria, last week. Aleppo 24 news via The Associated Press