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(L-R)Bub Burton, 9, Dakota Burton ,6, Bentley Burton, 2, Harlie Burton ,5, Alexis Burton, and Trey Burton, 4, sit in the back of their damaged SUV in front of their home in Spavinaw, Okla. Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes.


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Friends motion for a truck while Oxford High School student Braden Ray tries to keep his head high enough to breath as he attaches a chain to try and rescue a flooded van near Hale Street after heavy rains cause flooding in many locations of Oxford, Alabama.

Trent Penny/The Anniston Star/AP

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A man talks to customers while offering them a camel ride along Karachi's Clifton Beach.


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A devotee takes a holy bath as he offers prayers to the rising sun during the "Astami Snan" festival in the Brahmaputra river at Langalbandh, 20km from the capital Dhaka. Hindus in Bangladesh are celebrating "Astami Snan", a festival involving a holy bath ritual in the river, which they believe will wash away their sins.


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Girls wearing folk costumes participate in the Carnival Benghazi Capital of Culture 2013 in Benghazi.


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A visitor looks at the installation titled "mitten" by Katharina Hinsberg from Edith Wahlandt gallery at the Art Cologne fair in Cologne. Some 200 international exhibitors take part in the 47th Cologne Art fair.


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Workers look into a sinkhole caused by a broken water main in Chicago, Illinois. Heavy rains and flooding brought havoc to the Chicago area shutting major expressways, delaying commuter trains for hours, cancelling flights, flooding basements and closing dozens of suburban schools.


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A bird flies past a man looking out to sea as he walks his dog at sunrise on Sydney's Manly Beach.


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A model presents a hairstyle during the 7th international festival of hairdressing art, fashion and design called "Crystal Angel" in Kiev.


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A smashed car sits in front of an apartment complex destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, as firefighters conduct a search and rescue. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight.

LM Otero/AP

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Allison Petrone kneels at a makeshift memorial at the intersection near Boylston and Hereford Streets in Boston, Mass. that was set up to commemorate the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pertone's room mate was the gym teacher of 8 year old Martin Richard, one of the three people killed when two separate explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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