Photos of the day - July 21, 2014

A relative show the photograph of a couple killed a guest house collapsed in India –– Santa Clauses jump as they dance around the Christmas tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen during the Annual World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen –– A Hindu devotee takes holy dip as she collects holy water from the Bagmati river during the Bol Bom pilgrimage in India –– Nicolas Limbach of Germany celebrates the victory after competing the Men’s Team Sabre final match at the World Fencing Championships in Russia –– People surround a refrigerator wagon as monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and members of a forensic team inspect the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17… are just a few of the photos of the day for July 21, 2014.

(Photos by EPA/Sanjeev Gupta, EPA/David Leth Williams, AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, REUTERS/Grigory Dukor, REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

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Anniversary of the famous Scopes “Monkey” trial

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

In the Scopes case, high school biology teacher John Scopes was charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution in violation of a state law championed by William Jennings Bryan.

The 11-day trial was broadcast live on the radio, a first for that medium, and it generated an enormous amount of national attention. The noted journalist H.L. Mencken covered the affair, coining the phrase “monkey trial” and other terms that became part of the trial’s lore.

It took the jury nine minutes to convict Scopes. The judge fined Scopes $100, and the ACLU said it would appeal the decision. (National Constitution Center)

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Photos of the day - July 20, 2014

A Bosnian Muslim woman, cries by the caskets of her relative in the village of Kozarac, Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa crashes with his car in the first corner after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix and Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victim’s body in a bag at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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James Garner 1928-2014

Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday.

Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home, according to police.

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Photos of the day - July 19, 2014

Volunteers wade across the lagoon at dawn to gather flamingo chicks and place them inside a corral at the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve in southern Spain, a protester points her finger towards the Bangalore police chief during a protest in Bangalore, India and members of the Ukrainian Emergency Ministry carry a body at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Photographer Carolyn Kaster

Carolyn Kaster began her career as a freelance photojournalist and joined the AP staff in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2003. She is currently based in Washington, DC.

For the AP, Kaster has created video essays and stills for various national assignments, including hurricanes in the Carolina’s and Texas, the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John McCain and Michael Jackson’s death and funeral.

Kaster has won multiple awards for her work including first place for 2013 Pictures of the Year International Campaign Single and first place at the 2012 Atlanta Photojournalism seminar. (AP)

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Photos of the day - July 18, 2014

A tourist poses for photographs as he plays in the mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea –– Francesco Molinari of Italy hits a shot from a green-side bunker on the 18th green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in England –– Israeli tanks on the move outside the northern Gaza Strip –– A pack of riders cycles by during the 197.5km 13th stage of the Tour de France –– People arrange candles to offer prayers for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17… are just a few of the photos of the day for July 18, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji, Richard Heathcote/R&A via Getty Images, REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun, REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier, AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

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Soviet Ghosts, photographs by Rebecca Litchfield

The Soviet Union Abandoned: A Communist Empire in Decay

Only the most intrepid urban explorers cross the tattered ruins of the old Iron Curtain to endure the excessive bureaucracy, military paranoia and freezing winds of the East to hunt for the ghosts of an empire. Rebecca Litchfield is one who couldn’t resist the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union.

Time and again she risked radiation exposure, experienced arrest and interrogation, and was accused of espionage while collecting the stunning photography contained in Soviet Ghosts. “Not many explorers travel to Russia,” she explains, “where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. There are serious consequences for getting caught. We managed to stay hidden for all of the trip, we maximised our stealthiness, ducking and diving into bushes and sneaking past sleeping security. But on day three our good fortune ran out as we visited a top secret radar installation. After walking through the forest, mosquitos attacking us from all directions, we saw the radar and made our way towards it, but just metres away suddenly we were joined by military and they weren’t happy…” (Yahoo News)

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Ukraine

A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine’s president said the jet may have been shot down.
Malaysia Airlines said it had “lost contact” with the Boeing passenger liner, which Ukrainian officials said had come down in a rebel-held zone in the Donetsk region. (AFP)

(Photos by REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

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Photos of the day - July 17, 2014

A mother with her child is silhouetted as she visits the graves of Greek and Cypriot soldiers killed in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus –– belongings are strewn about in a building in the Gaza Strip, that police said was damaged by an overnight Israeli air strike that took place before a five-hour humanitarian truce –– a woman stands with placard reading ‘Putin murderer’ during commemoration of the victims of Malaysia Airlines plane accident in eastern Ukraine –– Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten on his horse Groep Verdi competes during the CHIO horse show in Germany … are just a few of the photos of the day for July 17, 2014.

(Photos by EPA/Katia Christodoulou, REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly, EPA/Roman Pilipey, EPA/Uwe Anspach)

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