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The Kyoto Animation Studio in Kyoto, Japan, was set ablaze on Thursday morning, killing 33 and injuring more than 30 others before the fire was put out on Friday morning. The suspect believed to be behind the arson has is being treated for burns. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Former NSA contractor Harold Martin III pleaded guilty in March after he was accused of a massive theft of classified government information. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Acting Chief of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan says he doesn't expect the asylum rule announced this week to be in place for very long. Shuran Huang/NPR hide caption

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Acting Head Of Customs And Border Protection Says New Asylum Rule In 'Pilot' Phase

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The small bird was believed to have gone extinct, but after a bumper crop of beech seeds this year, conservationists estimate the orange-fronted parakeet population has likely doubled. Department of Conservation hide caption

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Department of Conservation

Massachusetts prosecutors dropped criminal charges against actor Kevin Spacey on Wednesday. The Oscar winner was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a restaurant in 2016. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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The 65-year-old man — unnamed by police — tried to smuggle a more than a pound of cocaine under his toupee. He was caught by Spain's National Police shortly after disembarking from a flight arriving in Barcelona from Bogota, Colombia, in June. Spanish National Police via Reuters hide caption

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Spanish National Police via Reuters

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he will not step down following the publication of private chat messages laden with misogynist and homophobic language. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Native Hawaiians have objected to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for years. On Monday, about 300 protesters arrived to block workers from accessing the site on a mountain believed to be sacred land. TMT via AP hide caption

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TMT via AP

Mississippi Rep. Robert Foster declined to be interviewed in an all-day ride-along by a female journalist unless she brought a man along for the trip. The reporter, Larrison Campbell, refused. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Rogelio V. Solis/AP

The University of Texas-Austin announced Tuesday it is offering full tuition scholarships to in-state undergraduates whose families make $65,000 or less a year. Jon Herskovitz/Reuters hide caption

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On Tuesday, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that President Trump cannot block people he disagrees with from his Twitter account. Above, Trump's Twitter feed is seen on June 27. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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Australian student Alek Sigley gestures as he arrives at the airport in Beijing on Thursday. The 29-year-old vanished in Pyongyang more than a week ago. Emily Wang/AP hide caption

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