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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 22 - 29

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California blazing -- Flames consume trees as the Rim Fire burns out of control on August 21 in Buck Meadows, Calif. The blaze also threatened 2,500 homes near Yosemite National Park.

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An ancient dare, a dream, a demand, a tragic train, a cute critter, a Mediterranean splash, and more gripping images.