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When you serve in the military, says Jeremy Pierce, you "take an unpolished look at yourself and you know exactly how you are as a person."

Published on August 20, 2014

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Mark Pierce enlisted in the military in 1970, served in Vietnam and retired in 2010. Years later, his two sons also joined the armed forces.

Published on August 20, 2014

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A serving of Black Ivory Coffee at the five-star Anantara Golden Triangle hotel in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Blake Dinkin sources his Arabica beans from hill tribes in the north of Thailand. The drying process is long and the roasting process is precise.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Black Ivory Coffee workers sort coffee beans out of elephant dung.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. And the fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Detachments 1 and 2 of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 land at Naval Air Station North Island, Aug. 20, 2014.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad carry their weapons as they walk along a street in Mleiha, near the Damascus airport, during a tour organized by the Syrian government on Aug. 15.

Published on August 20, 2014

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A memorial of items sit in the middle of the road at the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. Any investigation into Brown's fatal shooting by a police officer is likely to take months.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Jules Rabin, 90, and his wife, Helen, 73, have been baking bread in their backyard oven for nearly 40 years.

Published on August 20, 2014

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The fieldstone covering of their wood-fired oven.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Rabin bread on a rock at the farmers market in Plainfield prior to setting up the table.

Published on August 20, 2014

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23. While the two countries are extremely close allies, they have exchanged criticism during the recent Israel-Hamas fighting in Gaza.

Published on August 20, 2014

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One of the chinchillas rescued by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Dr. Ransom with the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA examines one of the rescued chinchillas.

Published on August 20, 2014

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The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA brought the rescued chinchillas to their San Diego campus on Gaines Street.

Published on August 20, 2014

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The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA rescued 420 chinchillas from a ranch in Vista Tuesday.

Published on August 20, 2014

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One of the chinchillas rescued by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is examined.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Ashleena Roberts holds a reindeer for scale next to a pumpkin in the Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin contest.

Published on August 20, 2014

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Alaska grower Brittney Kauffman holds two zucchinis she entered in a giant vegetable competition in 2013. "Alaska is just a hotbed for gardening, believe it or not," says Alaska State Fair crops superintendent Kathy Liska. "Everybody thinks that we're always under ice — no!"

Published on August 20, 2014

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