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In February 1945, Hershel Williams was sent to Iwo Jima with a flamethrower unit. A week and a half later, all but 17 of the 279 members of his company had been killed or wounded. Nick Del Calzo/Courtesy Artisan Books hide caption

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Concerto in D Major for Trumpet & Orchestra: Adagio Arturo Sandoval / London Symphony Orchestra / Luis Haza
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In California, prison inmates who have committed serious crimes and have been diagnosed with a major mental illness can be forced to serve their parole in a state hospital. At Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, there are more than 600 such patients. "As a group," says the hospital's director, "the mentally disordered offenders are the most aggressive." Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Costa Rican and U.S. Guard Coast members seized this semi-submersible which was carrying seven tons of cocaine. It is shown here at Costa Rica's Puntarenas Coast Guard headquarters on Sept. 17, 2008. Four Colombians were arrested. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Diego Rivera's fountain of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc is a pumping station in Mexico City's municipal water system. It fell into disrepair for some time, but has recently been restored. David Hiser/National Geographic hide caption

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