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Big Brutus is the world's largest electric shovel. It stands 16 stories high amid the fields of rural southeast Kansas. The coal strip mine it helped clear of rock and dirt has long been shut down, and Brutus has been turned into a museum.
A lighthouse built in 1858 stands on Loggerhead Key, Fla., an uninhabited tropical island. Artists Paula Sprenger and Carter McCormick participated in a monthlong artist residency here.
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American Margaux Isaksen smiles during the women's fencing in the Modern Pentathlon on Aug. 19 at the Rio Olympics. She finished fourth in London in 2012 and 20th in Rio. "It makes you feel sort of worthless," Isaksen says of her performance. She calls this current period a "post-Olympic depression."
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Gabriella Szucs of Hungary battles with Courtney Mathewson of the U.S. during the women's water polo semifinal match on Wednesday. The U.S. won, 14-10, to advance to the gold medal game against Italy on Friday.
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