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THIS WEEK: The moon rises in its waning period over the New York City skyline seen from West Orange, N.J., Sunday, April 5. Photo: Associated Press/Julio Cortez

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A lunar eclipse is seen behind a bunch of balloons in Chennai, India, Saturday, April 4. (Arun Sankar K)

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Pope Francis salutes as he arrives for an Easter mass, in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5. (Alessandra Tarantino)

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A child sleeps on her mother’s shoulder during the service at the Our Lady of Consolation Church, which was attacked with grenades by militants almost three years ago, in Garissa, Kenya, Sunday, April 5. Easter Sunday’s ceremony was laden with emotion for the several hundred members of Garissa’s Christian minority, which is fearful following the recent attack on Garissa University College by al-Shabab, a Somalia-based Islamic extremist group, who singled out Christians for killing, though al-Shabab has a long record of killing Muslims over the years. (Ben Curtis)
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Youths kiss as they wait for a pillow fight to begin at a central square in Athens, on Sunday, April 5. Pillow fight events are taking place in many cities around the world to mark a so-called “International Pillow Fight Day”. (Yorgos Karahalis)
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announces the start of his presidential campaign as the audience cheers, Tuesday, April 7, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that “we have come to take our country back.” (Carolyn Kaster)
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Rich Baranowski, left, and Tracy Hardy vote in Ferguson’s municipal election Tuesday, April 7, in Ferguson, Mo. Three of the six city council seats are up for grabs in the St. Louis County town where 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer in August. (Jeff Roberson)
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker reacts as he gets a buzz cut during a fundraising drive at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, Mass., Tuesday, April 7, in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Baker joined more than 500 company employees who shaved their heads to raise more than $3.5 million for cancer research. (Elise Amendola)
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Seattle police Officer Matt Chase, right, talks to a woman sitting under a blanket in a downtown Seattle park, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The area they patrol has been the source of many referrals to a first-of-its-kind program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, aimed at keeping low-level drug offenders and prostitutes out of jail and receiving services for housing, counseling and job training. A study released Wednesday, April 8,by the University of Washington found encouraging signs of the program’s effectiveness, and other cities are hoping to start programs of their own. (Ted S. Warren)
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Demonstrators pause for a moment of silence to protest the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police office after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (Chuck Burton)
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The Mockingbird Players perform “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in Monroeville, Ala. on Wednesday, April 8. From left are Caroline Williamson, 10, as”Scout,” Jeff Brock as “Atticus Finch”, John Farish as “Jim Finch” and Andrew Nettles as “Dill Harris.” Each spring, volunteers join together annually to perform a stage version of Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” on the courthouse lawn in Monroeville, Ala. Yet the play may eventually be coming to an end. Organizers haven’t been able to obtain rights to produce the play beyond. (Sharon Steinmann)
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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard, second from left, speaks alongside Carlos Arredondo, left, Laurie Scher, second from right, and Mike Ward, Wednesday, April 8, outside federal court in Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother. (Steven Senne)
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Smoke billows from a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 8. A state-run broadcaster in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has sent a navy destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen amid a Saudi-led airstrike campaign. (Hani Mohammed)
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Godzilla’s head is unveiled as the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward during its awards ceremony in Tokyo Thursday, April 9. The giant Godzilla head towering 52-meters (171 feet) above ground level was unveiled Thursday at an office of Toho, the studio behind the 1954 original. (Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Confederate re-enactors march back to camp after a re-enactment of the Battle of Appomattox Court House as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House in Appomattox, Va., Thursday, April 9. The battle was the final battle of the army of Confederate General Robert E. Lee before his surrender to Union troops. (Steve Helber)
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A woman sits in a private collective taxi, decorated with Cuban and U.S. flags, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 9. President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will soon remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, boosting hopes for improved ties as he prepared for a historic encounter with Cuban President Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas taking place in Panama. (Desmond Boylan)
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Police search a building on the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters campus for an armed man who, according to a fire official, shot a security guard at a gate to the facility in Suitland, Md., Thursday, April 9. (Cliff Owen)
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A customer tries on an Apple Watch at an Apple Store in Hong Kong Friday, April 10. From Beijing to Paris to San Francisco, the Apple Watch made its debut Friday. Customers were invited to try them on in stores and order them online. (Kin Cheung)
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People walk into the south portal of Yucca Mountain during a congressional tour Thursday, April 9, near Mercury, Nev. Several members of Congress toured the proposed radioactive waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. (John Locher)
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In this photo provided by Emily Mains, a tornado is viewed near Pearl Street from a home in the Kennedy’s subdivision in Kirkland, Ill., on Thursday, April 9. One person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale, James Joseph with the Illinois Department of Emergency Management said. (Emily Mains)

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