John Roos, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, waves to journalists Aug. 19 after his arrival at Narita Airport, outside Tokyo. The new ruling party, the Democratic Party of Japan, has traditionally opposed what it calls Japan's subservience to the United States and criticized the U.S. military presence in the country. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters work a fire threatening houses in the La Cresenta section of Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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An Afghan security officer guards ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 29, 2009. Now, the country's Electoral Complaints Commission is investigating hundreds formal complaints of fraud. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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