Petri Volanen / Shutterstock As Lieutenant Gordon Ambelas tore through the burning Brooklyn high-rise in search of victims last July, he fought back not only smoke and flames, but junk. The apartment's resident had stashed piles of trophies, luggage, and other trinkets around his home. “You could walk in, but you couldn't turn," one neighbor said.
The Baghdad funeral procession for Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, who was killed in a car bombing in Najaf (David Guttenfelder / AP) After the bomb blast, the sky rained dried fruit, nuts, and candy. It was shortly after noon on August 29, 2003, outside the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq.