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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. Gathered here are images of rails in our lives, the third post in an occasional series on transport, following Automobiles and Pedal power. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China on October 23, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters)     

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Seemingly strange weather patterns continue to break high and low temperature records. The same patterns spawned an early tornado season in the midwestern United States and brought late season snowstorms to the west. Record snow falls and frigid temperatures characterized a particularly difficult winter across Europe with many deaths attributed to the conditions. Signs of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere (which began officially with the Vernal Equinox - March 20 - when the hours of day are approximately equal to the hours of night) like trees blossoming and flowers blooming, the shedding of winter coats and the desire of anyone -who has spent an all too long winter season indoors - to venture outside to soak up the sun. -- Paula Nelson (45 photos total)
Cherry blossoms of the Japanese Yoshino variety bloom along the Tidal Basin, March 19, 2012, in Washington, DC, with the Jefferson Memorial to the rear. This season celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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FROLICKING
FROLICKING: Children played as seawater hit walls on a beach in East Timor Thursday. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

SAVING AMMO
SAVING AMMO: A soldier grabbed ammunition after a fire, sparked by the use of cannon fire, erupted during a training exercise in central Portugal Thursday. (Paulo Cunha/European Pressphoto Agency)

DRAMA IN THE SKIES
DRAMA IN THE SKIES: A sky diver’s parachute got tangled after he left a formation in Moscow Thursday. The experienced sky diver was able to cut away his twisted canopy and deploy his reserve parachute, landing safely. A fellow sky diver captured the incident. (National News/Zuma Press)

FLEEING HOME
FLEEING HOME: A Syrian refugee celebrated as he got closer to friends waiting at the border in Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday. Officials said more than 1,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to at least 14,700. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)

RICE RESERVES
RICE RESERVES: Workers stacked rice at a warehouse owned by Indonesia’s state procurement agency in Makassar, Indonesia, Thursday. (Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters)

FACING A WALL
FACING A WALL: Alleged terrorists stood beside explosive devices after they were captured by Afghan National Security Forces members in Herat province, Afghanistan, Thursday. (Sardar/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

PARK SLUMBER
PARK SLUMBER: A man slept with a newspaper on his face in the grass in a London park Thursday. (Carl Court/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )

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ALL SAINTS DAY
ALL SAINTS DAY: A boy painted part of a tomb in an ‘apartment style’ public cemetery in Navotas city, north of Manila, in the Philippines on Monday. The majority of Filipinos are Catholic and observe All Saint’s Day on Nov. 1, with visits to the cemetery to offer prayers for the dead. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

CARRYING A COMRADE
CARRYING A COMRADE: A severely wounded U.S. Marine was carried by his comrades to a helicopter to be airlifted in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Monday. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

WET WAIT
WET WAIT: A man took a nap at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

SEVEN BILLION
SEVEN BILLION: A newborn baby slept in the arms of her mother at a Community Health Center in Mall, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Monday. The world’s population will reach seven billion on Oct. 31, according to projections by the United Nations. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

HOT BATH
HOT BATH: More than 14,000 people across Chongqing, China, took hot spring baths at the same time Sunday, breaking the record of 10,121 people previously set by Hubei Province. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

READY FOR RIOTS
READY FOR RIOTS: A French policeman carried a mock protester as he trained on the eve of an anti-G20 demonstration in Nice on Monday. The G20 leaders will gather in Cannes on Nov. 3-4. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

ON THE WAY TO WORK
ON THE WAY TO WORK: Commuters stood at the open doorway of a suburban train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai on Monday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

IN TEARS
IN TEARS: A victim of 1984 Sikh riots wept in front of Delhi police barricades as she participated in a protest in New Delhi on Monday. (Anindito Mukherjee/EPA)

LIGHTING UP
LIGHTING UP: A man lit a ‘bidi’ — an Indian leaf cigarette — at a logging mill on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on Monday.. (Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)

CHURCH CAMP
CHURCH CAMP: A clergyman talked on his phone as he stood amid tents outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Monday. The head of St. Paul’s Cathedral resigned over the church’s handling of Occupy London protesters camped out on its doorstep. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

RAIN, RAIN
RAIN, RAIN: Kiara Thompson sat outside her Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home after floodwaters rose to about a foot deep early Monday. The weather service said up to 12 inches of rain has fallen in Fort Lauderdale in the past three days. (J Pat Carter/Associated Press)

DOWNED TREES
DOWNED TREES: Trees damaged by Saturday’s snowstorm were roped off at the edge of Central Park in New York City on Monday. A group that manages Central Park has estimated that the park may lose up to 1,000 trees because of the weekend snowstorm. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

SUN AND COLOR
SUN AND COLOR: A pedestrian walked in the Sauvabelin forest in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday. (Laurent Gillieron/EPA)

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There are many forms of protest, many ways to express an objection to particular events, situations, policies, and even people.  Protests can also take many forms - from individual statements to mass demonstrations - both peaceful and violent. In the last 30 days, there have been numerous protests across the globe in many countries.  The following post is a collection of only some of those protests, but the images convey a gamut of emotions as citizens stand up for their political, economic, religious and lifestyle rights.  -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)
As protesters sleep in Zuccotti Park, N.Y. police officers receive instructions. A group of activists calling themselves Occupy Wall Street targeted the Financial District for more than a week of demonstrations in late September. The group said they sought to bring attention to corporate malfeasance, social inequality, and the yawning gap in income between America's rich and poor. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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WASHED AWAY
WASHED AWAY: Billy Stinson and his daughter, Erin, sat on the steps where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, N.C., Sunday. Hurricane Irene destroyed the cottage, which was built in 1903 and was on the National Register of Historic Places. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BIONIC MAN
BIONIC MAN: South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, right, and American Greg Nixon competed in the Men’s 400-meter semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Monday. Mr. Pistorius failed to qualify for a spot in the final. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

RECOVERED
RECOVERED: Rescuers carried a body from tons of garbage in Baguio, Philippines, Monday. The trash piled up when a retaining wall collapsed, killing at least four people and damaging homes amid Typhoon Nanmadol. At least 12 people were killed in the Philippines. The typhoon then hit Taiwan. (Reuters)

TRAIN OVER WATER
TRAIN OVER WATER: A passenger train passed over railway tracks after heavy rainfall in Mumbai Monday. (Punit Paranjpe/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MINI SUB
MINI SUB: An assistant tested a miniature submarine made by Zhang Wuyi, a farmer and inventor, in Moshui Lake in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Monday. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

COP AT CARNIVAL
COP AT CARNIVAL: A performer danced with a police officer at the Notting Hill Carnival in London Monday. (Carl Court/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BIG WAVE
BIG WAVE: Hawaii’s Bruce Irons competed at the Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupo’o, Tahiti, Sunday. (Zuma Press)

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PINK PILGRIMS
PINK PILGRIMS: Pilgrims stood in the Quema River as they went Thursday to the shrine of El Rocio in Seville, Spain. Every spring hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at the shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during a festival that combines religious fervor and festive color. (Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters)

STRAIGHT UP
STRAIGHT UP: A police officer held a truncheon behind his back in front of protesters in Valencia, Spain, Thursday. A Spanish official says demonstrators protesting bleak economic prospects and corrupt politicians clashed with police in Valencia and eight police were hurt. (Gabriel Gallo/Associated Press)

BOMB BLAST
BOMB BLAST: A man injured in a bomb blast in Matani, Pakistan, rested at a hospital in Peshawar Thursday. The blast hit a passenger vehicle, killing four people, including a woman and a child, the Peshawar police chief said. (Mohammad Sajjad/Associated Press)

VOLCANO FALLOUT
VOLCANO FALLOUT: Two women rested as a man wiped the floor Thursday at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires, where flights were cancelled or delayed due to an ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile. (Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press)

SEA ACCIDENT
SEA ACCIDENT: A boy looked at a dead fin whale that washed up in Atlantic Beach, New York, Wednesday. Scientists performed a necropsy Thursday on the whale, and determined that it likely had been hit by a ship. (Kirk Condyles/Zuma Press)

FROM THE SKY
FROM THE SKY: A U.S. Marine went to pick up food supplies that were dropped off from a plane using small parachutes outside Forward Operating Base Edi in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday. The smoke is from burning parachutes the Marines destroy after they reach the ground. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

FLEEING FIRE
FLEEING FIRE: An emergency vehicle traveled along highway 60 in Springerville, Ariz., Thursday through smoke from the Wallow Fire. The growing forest fire has forced thousands from their homes and threatens transmission lines that supply electricity as far east as Texas. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

EARLY RELEASE
EARLY RELEASE: Prisoners were processed to leave the Muwaqar Rehabilitation and Correction Center Thursday in Muwaqar, Jordan, Thursday. The government announced earlier this week that nearly 8,000 prisoners will be freed under the general pardon law and 6,000 cases that are being seen by courts will be annulled. (Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

YOUNG REFUGEES
YOUNG REFUGEES: Syrian children posed at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi Thursday. More than 2,400 people have crossed Turkey’s borders fleeing violence in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

MORE MURDERS
MORE MURDERS: The bodies of five dead men were lined up by police and forensic workers after they were found on a highway on the outskirts of Morelia, Mexico, Wednesday. The bodies of 21 men, showing bullet wounds and signs of torture, were found in multiple locations with messages saying that the men had been killed for being thieves and rapists, according to local media. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)

SALEH STABLE
SALEH STABLE: Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh kissed his portrait as they celebrated news that Mr. Saleh’s health is stable after he was wounded in a rocket attack on his compound nearly a week ago and flown to Saudi Arabia for urgent medical treatment. (Mohammed Al-Sayaghi/Associated Press)

UNCLAIMED COFFINS
UNCLAIMED COFFINS: An Egyptian woman lay flowers on the flag-draped coffins of 19 unidentified victims, who were killed during the Egyptian uprising but whose remains were never claimed, during a mass funeral at Al-Sayida Nafisa mosque in Cairo Thursday. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

HOT HOT HEAT
HOT HOT HEAT: An art installation of a melting fan was displayed in a subway station Thursday in Atlanta. While relief was in sight after one more day of sweltering temperatures in the Northeast, the South was forecast to stay hotter than usual at least through the end of the week. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

AFTER YOU
AFTER YOU: A series of images shows Larry, the Downing Street cat, being let in to 10 Downing Street in London Thursday. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

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