U.S. Army armored vehicles leave their base on May 28 after a handover ceremony northeast of Baghdad. The U.S. plans to have just 50,000 troops in Iraq by Aug. 31. But many Iraqis say the country the U.S. is leaving behind is hardly a success story.
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Denny of Franklin, Ind., trades headgear with an Afghan boy during a June 6 patrol in a village south of Kandahar. When Gen. David Petraeus takes command in Afghanistan, he will inherit unfinished military operations in Kandahar and Marjah.
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"A poem is such a one-on-one thing," says newly appointed poet laureate William S. Merwin. "You may have an audience, but still, everybody in the audience hears it individually."
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Night turned into day on July 9, 1962, when the U.S. government exploded a hydrogen bomb 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb that hit Hiroshima above Earth's atmosphere. This is a sunset you don't ever want to see.
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Mark Diaz, manager of Schrank's Smoke 'n Gun shop, displayed several handguns for sale at the store last year in Waukegan, Ill., north of Chicago. When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that most Americans can have a handgun in their homes for self-defense, it left Chicago officials scrambling to put together a new handgun law.
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