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Devastating Floods in China

Rainstorms, that are said to be the worst in decades, have devastated areas of southwest China. Floodwaters have wiped away villages, caused landslides, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. There have been at least 50 deaths and many people are still missing.

Severe flooding in much of China has devastated villages and has forced much of the population to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images

Severe flooding in much of China has devastated villages and has forced much of the population to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Celebrating the Nation’s Birthday

Forth of July fireworks erupted in cities across the country as the US celebrated it’s 237th birthday.

Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol building on July 4, 2013. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol building on July 4, 2013. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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DOMA Struck Down

  • Couples and friends celebrate at the West Hartford, CT, home of Beth Kerrigan and Jody Mock, moments after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Kerrigan and Moss were the lead plaintiffs in the 2008 court case that led to the legalization of gay marriage in Connecticut. From left are Carol Buckheit, of Avon, Tracy Wilson and her wife State Senator Beth Bye, of West Hartford, Jamey Bell of Bloomfield, Jamie Mills of Middletown, and Beth Kerrigan. MICHAEL McANDREWS|mmcandrews@courant.com
  • Defense of Marriage Act plaintiff Edith "Edie" Windsor (L) celebrates with supporters in Manhattan following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the DOMA is unconstitutional, June 26, 2013, in New York City. It was the death of Windsor's life partner of 42 years, Thea Clara Spyer, which led to the case. The high court ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Same-sex couple Lori Bilella (C) and Renara Moreira (R) await results from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage at San Francisco City Hall ,June 26, 2013. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Sue Rochman (L) and Robin Romdalvik (R) stand with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik as they await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage at City Hall in San Francisco, June 26, 2013. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Tracey Hepner, the wife of U.S. Army General Tammy Smith, who is the first openly gay flag officer in the U.S. military, holds a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the court's ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional. The Court handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits, paving the way for same-sex marriage in California. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  • A man runs with the printed copy of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), outside the court in Washington, June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  • Gay rights activists celebrate outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, June 26, 2013. The Court on struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. AFP PHOTO/ANTONOV MLADEN /AFP/Getty Images ORG
  • Michael Knaapen (L) and his husband John Becker react moments after hearing the US Supreme Court ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage act was unconstitutional, outside the court in Washington DC. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. DOMA had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. AFP PHOTO/ANTONOV MLADEN /AFP/Getty Images
  • A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a pride flag in front of San Francisco City Hall before the announcement of the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage, June 26, 2013. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not be defended. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Elana Kessler (L) is embraced by friend Hannah Greenberg (R) as she speaks with her mother on the phone, on the steps of the US Supreme Court, while learning of favorable rulings issued by the court on same sex marriage cases, June 26, 2013. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • Plaintiff couple Paul Katami (L) and Jeff Zarillo speak to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court  ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Phyllis Lyon (C), half of the first same-sex couple to be married in San Francisco's 2008 gay marriages, is escorted by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom (L) and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. Lyon was widowed two months after she married Del Martin. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)