Flooding in Phoenix

Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists and a small trailer park was evacuated.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of the metro area and north of the city where up to 8 inches of rain has fallen in some of the mountainous regions along the interstate.

The storms are expected to affect a large area of the state throughout the day. (AP)

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Photos of the day - August 19, 2014

A Palestinian boy fleeing with his family from their house in the Shejaia neighborhood, looks out of a car window in the east of Gaza City, a view of the renovated banquet hall of Moritzburg Castle in Moritzburg, Germany, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPAReuters)

Pictures made from keys

This quirky collection of photos proves that a little imagination is the key to a good a picture. By simply using a collection of keys and a strip of chalk, photographer, Stanislav Aristov, 32, is able to re-create everyday scenes and objects.

Inspired by a fictional civilization known as the Key Masters from Russian sci-fi novel, Spectrum. Stanislav wanted to show that even the simplest of items can help change your view on the world.

After acquiring a large selection of keys from friends and family as well as local charity shops, Stanislav then went about scrawling anything from a key shaped rain drops to a key-eyed crab. (Caters News)

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Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200
STORY: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. Read the full story »
GRAPHIC: Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of August 19, 2014. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan/WHO)
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Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200

STORY: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. Read the full story »

GRAPHIC: Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of August 19, 2014. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan/WHO)

PHOTOS: Ebola outbreak in West Africa »

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Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests

The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades. (AP)

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Injuries continue in Hindu festival of Janmashtami celebrations after India’s Supreme Court ruling

Youngsters in Mumbai form a human pyramid to break the “Dahi handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, the festival that celebrates the birth of child-god Krishna. The pyramids are formed to honor Krishna’s effort to steal butter. The celebrations on Monday were the first after the Supreme Court set an age limit for participants. It said last week that only youths 12 or older could form the human pyramids, after children were injured in past years. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, EPA/Divyakant Solanki, AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Photos of the day - August 18, 2014

Workers hang outside the clock face as they clean the Big Ben clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, a dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Indonesia and Katinka Hosszu competes in the 400m Medley Preliminary at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 in Berlin are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Alabama hunters haul in 1,000-pound alligator

A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday, August 16th, during the state’s alligator hunting season.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the gator at 15 feet, but weighing it posed a challenge.

The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators. So they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

Photos by Sharon Steinmann/AP/Al.com

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