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Graduation season is well underway, with kindergartners, high schoolers, college seniors and graduate students alike donning caps and gowns to celebrate their achievement. With their diplomas, graduates also get words of wisdom from a commencement speakers and a good excuse to celebrate. -- Lloyd Young ( 31 photos total)
US Naval Academy graduates throw their hats at the conclusion of their commencement and commission ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 24 in Annapolis, Md. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)     

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A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. Another series of deadly tornados swept across Oklahoma injuring hundreds and causing multiple fatalities including a team of storm chasers. Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a gun battle between [...]

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BOXED IN
BOXED IN: Protesters rallied against Spain’s economic crisis and its high jobless rate at the Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid Sunday. The Popular Party trounced the Socialists in local elections Sunday. (Pedro Armestre/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TRACING HIS ROOTS
TRACING HIS ROOTS: President Barack Obama jokingly swung a hurley, a stick used in the sport of hurling, as Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny looked on in Dublin Monday. Mr. Obama, whose great-great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side is Irish, is on a four-nation European tour. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

SAFETY CHECK
SAFETY CHECK: A U.S. Marine secured wrist restraints on a detainee arrested in an operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Monday. (Massoud Hossaini/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

WINDSHIELD WIPER
WINDSHIELD WIPER: A man cleaned ash from the erupting Grimsvötn volcano off his car in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland, Monday. Icelandair Group said if there are no more eruptions, the country’s main Keflavik International Airport will reopen and flights will be back on schedule Tuesday. (Vilheldm Gunnarsson/European Pressphoto Agency)

PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION
PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION: Lynn Mosley carefully stepped over downed power lines in Minneapolis Monday. A tornado that ripped a path from suburban St. Louis Park, Minn., through north Minneapolis killed one person and injured at least 29. (Jerry Holt/The Star Tribune via Associated Press)

EXHUMED
EXHUMED: Authorities carried the coffin of former Chilean President Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, Monday. The deposed leader’s remains were exhumed for an autopsy to determine whether he committed suicide or was assassinated during the 1973 military coup that ousted him. (Ian Salas/European Pressphoto Agency)

BEACH PATROL
BEACH PATROL: Mounted police patrolled a beach near beachgoers Monday ahead of the G8 summit in Deauville, France. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

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A deadly spring continued in the American South and Midwest as more tornadoes cut swaths of destruction through Missouri and Minnesota. The death toll in Joplin, Mo. was near 100 and expected to rise. As much as 30 percent of the town was damaged. In Minneapolis, a tornado killed one resident as it caused heavy damage and led to school closures and a curfew. The death toll from 2011 tornadoes stands now at 455, the deadliest year for tornados since 1953. -- Lane Turner (24 photos total)
Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. May 22. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses. (Mike Gullett/AP)

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