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Rockets, mud and phalluses: all in a day's praying for the farmers of Laos
In central Laos dozens of loud explosions pockmark the sky as men dressed in female clothing wielding large wooden phalluses dance, while others lubricated by the local rice whiskey simply roll in the mud.
 
Injured snowboarder helps other brain injury survivors
A near-fatal halfpipe crash while training for the 2010 Olympics ended Kevin Pearce's snowboarding career and changed his life forever. Six years later, Pearce, 28, continues to cope with his traumatic brain injury that he will carry with him for the rest of his life and he's helping other survivors do the same.
 
Purists fight to revive Myanmar's ancient chess game
Gripping a monkey-faced chess piece, Thein Zaw swipes his hand across the chequerboard and topples an advancing demon, demonstrating an ancient form of the game that Myanmar traditionalists are battling to revive.
 
Tipping point
Cirilo Pacco, 80, asks for a tip after being photographed, in Paru Paru community, Cusco region, Peru, Thursday, May 26.
 
Chad Braverman is an early riser -- you have to be to keep ahead as America's top sex toy magnate, overseeing production of tens of thousands of "pleasure products" a week.
 
There's the port industry -- and then there's Dirk Niepoort. He's cerebral and thoughtful, funny and self-deprecating. He's the inspiration for many of the up-and-coming young winemakers in the Douro Valley, ...............
 
Water you looking at?
Indian children smile as they carry drinking water in plastic bags at an agricultural field in Allahabad, India, Saturday, May 28. Agriculture is the main livelihood of about 60 percent of India's 1.2 billion people.
 
Hawaii's Hanauma Bay named best beach in America
When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as "Toilet Bowl" and "Witch's Brew," you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii's Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state's calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
 
Alaysia Carr, 9, spins around as she dances under a fountain-like spray of water coming from a busted-open fire hydrant as dozens of neighborhood children and families flock to cool off. The hydrant sprayed the streets at the intersection of E.
 
US spelling bee champs include youngest ever
The words were tougher. The final rounds lasted longer. The result was the same.
 
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