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A shot of the Arizona wildfires taken from NBC online.

Nineteen members of an elite firefighting crew were killed as fire raced through a forest northwest of Phoenix, making the Arizona wildfires the deadliest in decades. About 200 homes were destroyed in Yarnell and Glen Isla, south of Prescott, by a fast-moving fire sparked by lightning and fed by gusting winds and dry grass. Read more»

Mexican authorities have arrested the father-in-law of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, striking a personal blow to Mexico's most-wanted man.Ines Coronel Barreras was captured by federal police in a house in Agua Prieta, Sonora, "without taking a single shot." Read more»

James Holmes

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered a guilty plea in return for a life sentence rather than the death penalty. Read more»

Amateur video showing Mark Kelly, the ex-astronaut husband of Gabrielle Giffords, pulling a dog off a baby sea lion at a California beach over the weekend, has been posted on YouTube. Read more»

Earlier this month, Giffords and Kelly returned to the scene of the Jan. 8 massacre to call for universal background checks.

The owner of a Tucson gun store has canceled the sale of an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle by Mark Kelly, the ex-astronaut husband of Gabrielle Giffords, because he did not plan to keep the gun for personal use. Read more» 1

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a fish farm.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was recently the target of an assassination attempt, South Korean intelligence has said. Read more»

North Korea severed its hotline with Seoul and confirmed its decision to scrap the armistice that ended the Korean War on Monday, as South Korean and U.S. troops launched a joint military exercise. Read more»

A policeman in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

Mexican security forces abducted and murdered dozens of people over the past six years in the name of the drug wars on cartels, according to Human Rights Watch. Further, the U.S.-based rights group said, Mexico has failed to properly investigate human rights abuses committed by its own security forces. Read more»

A Predator UAV on display at Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, 2010.

U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have killed as many as 15 people, including a top pro-Islamabad Taliban warlord with links to Al Qaeda. Read more»

An SUV with an armored rear door, in a Canadian government photo.

The sales of armored cars in Mexico were up 10 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to the Mexican Automotive Armour Association. The most popular armored vehicles were Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe SUVs, sold mostly to private parties. Read more»

Police traded grocery store gift cards for more than 1,300 guns in Los Angeles on Wednesday as part of an annual buyback program which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brought forward this year in response to the deadly shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Read more»

A Japanese tree nymph butterfly, July 8.

Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns has created mutant butterflies, researchers in Japan have said. Scientists say they've detected an increase in mutations in leg, antennae and wing shape among butterflies. Read more»

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, Britain's highest court ruled Wednesday. Read more»

One in five adults in the United States suffered from mental illnesses in 2010, with women and people aged 18-25 disproportionately afflicted, according to a government report. Read more»

Eastman Kodak Co., which brought photography to the masses with the first hand-held camera — the $1 Brownie Camera — almost a century ago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York on Thursday. Read more»

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