Memorial Day 1945 was a somber time for most Americans, and 70 years later it still carries with it a special poignancy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been dead just over a month, and while the war in Europe had concluded, it was too early to begin celebrating victory over the Axis powers. The fighting in the Pacific, where the battle for Okinawa had begun in April and would last through most of June, was still taking a heavy toll.
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In a photo, a man holds a handwritten sign identifying a dead dolphin lying on a Louisiana beach. Researchers have snapped many such photos, trying to figure out what killed an unusually high number of the sea mammals in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
James Holmes' parents, Robert and Arlene, sit in court quietly, staring straight ahead, faces solemn but blank. They talk to nobody and show no emotion -- even while families on the other side of the courtroom sob and wipe away tears.
Halt! A pedestrian flagged down a motorist fleeing California police Friday evening by calmly stepping in front of his car. The chase ended, when police cuffed the man behind the wheel -- and the man who stopped him.