Looking back: 16 iconic photos from the 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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Haunting photos show wildfire as frightening backdrop to golf game

Harrowing photos out of Washington this week show golfers playing their rounds as the devastating Eagle Creek wildfire burns in the distance.

The photos, taken by Reuters photographer Kristi McCluer at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington, give a glimpse into the devastation the fire has wreaked on the Northwest.

The blaze began outside of Portland, Oregon, earlier this week but has engulfed over 10,000 acres, including across the river into Washington. As of Tuesday, it is one of 81 wildfires currently affecting the United States.

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The first self-portrait in 1893 may have marked the beginning of the selfie phenomenon

Selfies may have taken over social media over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re a new thing.

Technically speaking, one of the earliest known photographs of a person also qualifies as the first selfie. In 1839, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took a photo of himself using the daguerrotype method — a slow process that allowed him to set up the camera and then run to pose.

Photographer Joseph Byron took the self-portrait to a new level with handheld cameras in 1909.

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Village grapples with church bell emblazoned with Nazi insignia

As is the case with many structures in post-war Germany, one church is realizing it still has a connection to the Nazi party.

The Jakobskirche village church in the small town of Herxheim am Berg holds a bell that created controversy after it was discovered to be emblazoned with Nazi insignia.

The church is 1,000 years old and thus was standing throughout the country’s dark period during World War II and the Holocaust. The bell was reportedly added to the church in 1934.

The bell was found to bear a swastika under the phrase “All for the Fatherland, Adolf Hitler.”

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MLB umpire in town for a game saves woman’s life in Pittsburgh

An MLB umpire who was simply in town to work a baseball game this week ended up saving a life.

John Tumpane, an official for the current Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays series, was crossing Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on Wednesday when he saw a woman climb over the bridge’s railing.

“Obviously, that grabbed my attention,” the 34-year-old explained in an interview prior to Wednesday night’s game.

The woman reportedly told Tumpane she wanted to get a better view of the city from that side of the bridge, but he could tell something else was going through her mind.

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Honoring Pulse: Portraits commemorate one-year anniversary of nightclub shooting

The mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, was the worst mass shooting and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ community in the history of the United States.

One year later, the wounds of the community and those who lost loved ones are still healing. The shooting, which was considered a terrorist attack and hate crime, killed 49 people and injured 58 more.

Pulse was a well-known gay bar and dance club in Orlando’s LGBTQ community. The attack occurred during the venue’s Latin Night event — in a city where Hispanics make up roughly 30% of all residents, including the fastest growing Puerto Rican population in the country.

To commemorate and honor the anniversary of the attack, which extensively affected Hispanics and members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Dear World released a series of portraits of Pulse survivors, family members, friends and first responders.

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‘Butterfly babies’ live life with skin as fragile as butterfly wings

Three times a week, nine-year-old Ella Murray sits in the bath, soaking off all the bandages that cover her small body. Once the dressings are off, Ella’s mother immediately replaces them with fresh ones, concealing the many wounds that cover her daughter’s skin.

Ella was born with a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB, which has caused her to have extremely delicate and sensitive skin which is prone to breaking. Kids with EB are often called ‘butterfly children’ or ‘butterfly babies’ because the condition makes their skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wing.

Brett Kopelan, the director of the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America (DEBRA), has called EB “the worst disease you’ve never heard of.”

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17 things you won’t believe are named after people

Many items you utilize every day have recognizable names, but we don’t always stop to think about where those names came from.

Things we use daily, like Tupperware, ballpoint pens and jacuzzis, are all actually named for the person who created them. The popular workout Pilates is also named after its inventor.

Even some more frightening items, including guillotines and one specific type of rifle, carry their creator’s name as their own.

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Looking back at the beaches of Normandy on D-Day: June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, the world was forever changed.

World War II had already been raging around the globe for four years when the planning for Operation Neptune — what we now know as “D-Day” — began in 1943.

Operation Neptune was part of the larger Operation Overlord, the Allies’ undertaking to invade Western Europe and free the nations from the control of Nazi Germany.

After intense and successful deception of the Axis forces, both operations began on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, with the storming of France’s Normandy shore.

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Israel hosts its own version of Nevada’s famous Burning Man festival

In the Negev Desert in southern Israel every June, a familiar scene takes place — thousands of revelers flock to the arid land for a five-day festival of music, art and self expression.

The event, called Midburn, is Israel’s take on the famous Burning Man festival held annually in Nevada. It’s the only event of its kind that is held in the Middle East.

Midburn is generally planned around the Hebrew holiday of Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks. This year’s festival began on May 28 and lasted until June 2.

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