Smoke from the fires burning in the Napa Valley region hangs heavy in the air near Calistoga, California, last week.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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Hoping to recover jewelry, Cynthia Brown uses a colander to sift through the ashes of her burned home in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California, on Friday after being allowed to return. Fire investigators are doing plenty of sifting of their own to determine the fires’ cause.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, answers a question from reporter during a TV interview on the ballot counting of the parliamentary lower house election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Japanese media projected shortly after polls closed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition would win a clear majority in national elections. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Rachel Roberts stand with her two sons, Troy, 10, and Harrison, 2, and their dog Gizzy outside their house in Houston. Roberts put up the skeleton lawn decoration with the sign that reads “Waiting on FEMA” after waiting three weeks for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send someone to look at her flood-damaged home. “It’s very frustrating,” she said.
For many in Texas and Florida, getting help to recover from hurricanes Harvey and Irma remains a long, uncertain journey. Many residents interviewed nearly two months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and six weeks after Hurricane Irma hit Florida are still waiting for Federal Emergency Management Agency payments, fuming after the agency denied their applications for assistance and trying to resolve glitches and disputes that have slowed federal aid. One of the most significant problems is the backlog in FEMA deploying inspectors, which need to verify property damage for residents to be approved for aid.
(Scott Dalton/The New York Times)
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A server at Varietale, a hip coffee house that opened in Bogota in 2015, brews coffee using the siphon method. The shop is one of many that have sprouted up amid a coffee drinking revolution in Colombia, a top coffee producer.
(Washington Post photo/Anthony Faiola)
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Fields of coffee trees stand at the Cafe Granja La Esperanza farm in the town of Trujillo, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
(Juan Cristobal Cobo/Bloomberg)
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Carabinieri guard a 16th century statue of the archangel Michael which was recovered and returned to a church in Monteroduni, Italy, last month nearly two years after it was stolen. Italy’s 60,000 churches are a treasure trove of masterpieces and artifacts, and protecting them from theft is no easy task.
(Giovanni Cipriano/The New York Times)
A marching band leads a procession through the narrow streets of Monteroduni, Italy, to celebrate the return of a 16th century statue of the archangel Michael, the village’s patron saint.
(Giovanni Cipriano/The New York Times)
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a news conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Spanish government moved to activate a previously untapped constitutional article Saturday so it can take control of Catalonia, illustrating its determination to derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region. (AP Photo/Paul White)
photo by Victor J. Blue. A worker cuts down coffee trees damaged by the Roya coffee fungus to make way for new coffee plants near Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, on Feb. 8, 2013. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg
Casie Giroux, who manages farm at the Scribe Winery, tends to the garden Wednesday in Sonoma, California. Like many in the area, Giroux lived with friends after evacuating her home as a massive wildfire swept through the area last week.
(AP photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Julie Schlomer, her husband Ryan Schlomer and their children Alyssa Schlomer and Logan Schlomer, both 3, do an art project together after dinner at the Schlomer family’s home on n Lexington Park, Maryland. Julie Schlomer used a shared egg donor and in vitro fertilization to have the twins.
(Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
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Chris Slavin of Danvers, Massachusetts, is pictured with her 3-year-old service dog, Earle. Massachusetts is considering a bill that would crack down on people who misrepresent their pets as service dogs. Nineteen other states have adopted similar measures.
(Chris Slavin via Tribune News Service)
Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, kisses her husband’s casket during his funeral service at the Hollywood Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday. Sgt. Johnson was killed in an ambush by extremists in Niger on Oct. 4.
Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.
”We have to remember that one thing: that it wasn’t just one soldier who lost his life,” said Berchel Davis, a retired police officer who has six children in the military. He said the preacher and Rep. Frederica Wilson both made that a part of their talks. “That was a good gesture on everyone’s part.”
He and others said the fight between Trump and Wilson was never mentioned during the service.
Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia, were killed along with La David Johnson in Niger.
(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Protesters chant during Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida.
(Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)
Tanya Keith, of Des Moines, Iowa, and her daughter Iolana feed their chickens in the backyard of their home. The trend of raising backyard chickens is causing a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases. For Keith, the nine hens and a rooster that she keeps behind her home provide fresh eggs and lessons for her three children about where food comes from. But even as her kids collect eggs and help keep the six nesting boxes tidy, she warns them not get too affectionate.
(AP photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Activists with Planned Parenthood demonstrate in support of a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion, outside of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Kyle Grantham/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. President Donald Trump told the widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson who said she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone. (WPLG via AP)
Rodrigo Diaz Mejia climbs over a crushed car into what was a second-story apartment felled by the earthquake in the Portales Norte neighborhood of Mexico City on Wednesday. The 38-year-old mechanic who lives nearby said he ran to help rescue people trapped atop the buildings roofs on the day of the quake, Sept. 19, and has since been making risky trips into the ruptured structures to retrieve valuable possessions for displaced residents.
Recovery has been slow since the quake. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that thousands left homeless by the disaster still have nowhere to go. About 40 buildings collapsed in the quake but as many as 1,000 are so badly damaged they could be deemed uninhabitable.
(AP photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Five Stars Movement founder Beppe Grillo delivers his speech from the stage during a movement’s meeting in Rimini, Italy, last month. The anti-establishment political movement is known for spreading conspiracy theories, including those rejecting the science behind vaccines. Italian students are being taught to recognize fake news as political movements seek to benefit from it.
(Filippo Pruccoli/ANSA via AP, file)
A sign warning looters will be shot is seen on the chimney of a home destroyed by wildfires on Wednesday in Glen Ellen, California. Fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California.
(AP photo/Ben Margot)
Gail Orcutt counts her medication at the kitchen table in her home, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. President Donald Trump's recent announcement that he's ending health subsidies for moderate-income Americans injected further uncertainty into the future of the law championed by his predecessor, Barack Obama. But confusion over open enrollment is even more pronounced in Iowa, which is seeking federal permission for a first-in-the-nation revamp of the way it administers federally mandated health care coverage and who pays for it. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
In this Dec. 6, 2016 photo, Gord Downie speaks during a ceremony honoring him at the AFN Special Chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. Downie died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, "with his beloved children and family close by," the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speaks to the Associated Press about Hawaii's lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Honolulu. A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor." It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 17, 2017. From left: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Murray and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). (Al Drago/The New York Times)
Chinese President Xi Jinping bows before delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.
Xi proclaimed his nation’s prospects as bright but made a rare acknowledgment of severe economic challenges as he opened the ruling Communist Party’s twice-a-decade national congress. Among the grave issues Xi said were insufficiently addressed are a widening income gap and problems in employment, education, medical care and other areas.
Xi wields undisputed power and is expected to get a second five-year term as party leader at the gathering.
(AP photo/Ng Han Guan)
Joshua Boyle and son Jonah play in the garden at his parents house in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, last week. Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were held by the Taliban for years and their children born in captivity.
(Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press via AP)
Manuel Correa, a gardener, in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 16, 2017. At least 10 of the houses his crew tends were destroyed in the wildfires, and another 25 were evacuated; Correa and his crew have not worked for a week. “I’m worried about how we’ll manage; there are so many bills,” he said. (Bryan Meltz/The New York Times)
Cameron Mauritson, whose grapes supply some 60 different wineries, walks among his 350 acres of vines near Healdsburg, California, on Oct. 16, 2017. Even as fires still trouble California’s wine country, growers are reckoning with a new crisis: the potential departure of much of their work force. “To function, we have to be able to retain the immigrant workers in the area,” Mauritson said. (Bryan Meltz/The New York Times)
A vineyard near Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California, on Oct. 16, 2017. Even as fires still trouble California’s wine country, growers are reckoning with a new crisis: the potential departure of foreign-born agricultural workers, many of whom are undocumented and do not qualify for disaster aid. (Bryan Meltz/The New York Times)
Harvesting cabernet grapes at Mauritson Vineyards, near Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California, on Oct. 16, 2017. Even as fires still trouble California’s wine country, growers are reckoning with a new crisis: the potential departure of foreign-born agricultural workers, many of whom are undocumented and do not qualify for disaster aid. (Bryan Meltz/The New York Times)
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In this July 18, 2006, file photo, poet Richard Wilbur poses for a photo at his home in Cummington, Mass. Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, night in Belmont, Mass., with his family by his side, according to friend and fellow poet, Dana Gioia. (AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri, File)
A bedroom sits destroyed in Raqqa, Syria, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group. Though pockets of scattered resistance remained, the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia declared on Tuesday that Raqqa had been liberated.
(Ivor Prickett/The New York Times)
A defaced election poster of Sebastian Kurz, of the conservative Austrian People’s Party stands in front of the parliament in Vienna, Austria, on Monday.
Some absentee ballots must still be counted in Austria’s general elections, but the tally is not likely to substantially change results that have put 31-year old Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on track to become Europe’s youngest leader. Kurz, who has been outspoken on migrant issues and last year organized the shutdown of the Balkan refugee route, claimed victory after late results Monday.
(AP photo/Ronald Zak)
A house stands intact above one that was destroyed by wildfire near Atlas Peak Road Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Napa, Calif. State and local officials say they are trying to get people back into their homes, but they cautioned that it could take days and even weeks for neighborhoods hard hit by Northern California wildfires. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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An artist’s conception of a merger of two neutron stars.
(Robin Dienel, Carnegie Institution for Science via The Washington Post)
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A map of all the observatories involved in the detection. Yellow dots are gravitational wave detectors; blue are conventional telescopes.
(Caltech via The Washington Post)