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In Friday’s Pictures in the News, Filipinos brave strong winds blowing rubbish in Manila, Indian soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso wears a wig in a slalom race, and Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops as a tear gas canister flies overhead during a weekly protest against the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, near Nablus, the West Bank. There’s more.

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connected with more than 50 fires. The series of fires set the last four days has left residents of West Hollywood and Hollywood on edge. Many of the fires were set within blocks of each other;  most were  started in cars, carports and trash cans, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

Police said calls started coming in shortly after midnight with reports of car fires in West Hollywood. Flames consumed three vehicles near Sunset Boulevard and Curson Avenue, and several apartment buildings were damaged as flames spread from the burning cars to the structures.

The suspected arson incidents included the former home of the  late rock star Jim Morrison, police said. It took 56 firefighters 35 minutes to put out that fire, authorities said.

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Philip Toczylowski, of Philadelphia, sits by his son’s grave with a trumpet at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, a day after the Pentagon declared an end to the war in Iraq. Toczylowski says that he plays taps every time he visits the grave of his son, Army Major Jeffrey Philip [...]

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Los Angeles Times photographers took to the street as triple-digit temperatures hit the region and a heat alert was declared in Los Angeles County.

The high temperature on Thursday was 105 in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank, and downtown Los Angeles topped out at 90 degrees. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier recorded a high of 71 degrees while Ventura was 75.

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