Cattle use a tree for shade near Canadian, Texas, in late July, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees. A severe drought has caused shortages of grass, hay and water in most of Texas, forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought.
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Susan Edwards, manager of Austin Wildlife Rescue, holds a juvenile raccoon. The raccoon should be twice its size by now. But because of the drought, "the water sources are so poor, the mother's milk" lacked essential nutrients, Edwards said.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng is a big deal in Asia, but not in the U.S., despite having won five majors. She's learning English, in part to connect more with Americans and feel more comfortable on the golf course.
A buyer tests a Motorola Droid phone in this photo from January. Google purchased Motorola for $12.5 billion, gearing up in a patent war that has seen corporations try to pummel their competitors.
A convoy of Walmart trucks waited to enter New Orleans on Sept. 1, 2005, after the city was battered by Hurricane Katrina. Government agencies said the massive storm taught them that big-box retailers need to be an integral part of hurricane preparation and relief efforts.
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Climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner sits with her husband, Ralf Dujmovits, in this file photo from 2009. This week, Kaltenbrunner became the first woman to climb all of the world's 14 tallest peaks without using supplementary oxygen.