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The week in 36 photos
Meet the guardian of the galaxy
When a disaster of a mega-proportion hits a city - from a terror attack to a hurricane - there are procedures in place to deal with the aftermath. Suggest that the source of a serious humanitarian crisis could lie in outer space, however, and many will assume you are talking science fiction.
On the way to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons explorer is hurtling through space on its way to the outermost reaches of the solar system for a rendezvous with the small, icy "dwarf planet" of Pluto and its five moons.
Rosetta orbits comet
After a 10-year chase taking it billions of miles across the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft made history Wednesday as it became the first probe to rendezvous with a comet on its journey around the sun.
Drugs 'as American as apple pie'
Heroin use has surged in cities across the U.S. CNN joins Detective David Betz as he and a confidential informant work to get illegal drugs off the streets.
'It's just a very, very sad place'
How do parents of addicts help their children without enabling them? CNN's Kelly Wallace gets a painfully honest look at what it's like to be in this situation.
Adam's story: 63 pills a day
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.
Grandmother's hooked on heroin
Cynthia Scudo was a mother and a grandmother who worked full-time. But behind her all-American image was a dark secret that could have killed her.
Your brain on heroin
Sanjay Gupta explains what happens to your brain on opiates, the key ingredient in heroin and other powerful narcotics.
How to get help for addiction
Facing the reality that "I need help" and knowing where to actually get it are crucial initial steps for anyone battling prescription drug addiction. The process to recovery can be one ridden with pain, denial and shame.
Grieving family: 'Heart goes out' to girl
The grieving family of the Arizona instructor accidentally shot and killed by a girl learning to fire an Uzi expressed sympathy for the 9-year-old.
31 can't-miss American beaches
The crash of the waves on the shore, the sand beneath your toes and even the smell of suntan lotion are still calling.
Can levitating appliances take off?
Ger Jansen is puzzling about how to fit a windshield. His problem is not installing it in a car, but hanging the glass in thin air and keeping it hovering for a prolonged display.
Save a horse, be a cowboy
Luxury Nevada ranch doubles as preserve for wild mustangs.
Yazidi boy finds hope in U.S.
Azwan Elias arrived in America this summer filled with excitement and eagerness to learn. Everyone who knows him says he is wise beyond his 17 years, that he is destined to lead others in his restive homeland of Iraq.
NFL: Lifetime ban possible for domestic abuse
The NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative that calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.
Winston, No. 1 FSU dodge Okla. St in opener
Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State opened defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State.
Sam doesn't make Rams' 53-man roster
The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday.
Gurley, Dawgs run wild in 2nd, rout Clemson
Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three TDs, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia routed No. 16 Clemson, 45-21.
LSU pulls off 17-point rally to top Badgers
Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally for No. 13 LSU in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at NRG Stadium on Saturday night.
U.S. flogs Finland to open up FIBA campaign
As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.
Agent for waived WR Hill: Jets deserve blame
Stephen Hill's disappointing, two-year run with the New York Jets is over. The former second-round draft pick was waived Saturday, the team announced.
Source: Spurs, Clips join race to sign Allen
The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers are the latest elite teams to join the race to sign Ray Allen, ESPN.com has learned.
Saints cut veteran DB Bailey, WR Meachem
The Saints released future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and and both of the kickers they had in camp -- Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke -- while cutting down the roster to 53 players.
Hall sounds off as Meriweather appeal denied
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather lost his appeal and will serve his two-game suspension, the NFL announced Saturday.
Golson returns, has hand in 5 TDs as Irish roll
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson threw two TD passes and ran for three more in his return as No. 17 Fighting Irish rout Rice, 48-17
Real deal: Holyfield's son scores seven TDs
Elijah Holyfield, the son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield and one of the nation's best high school football players, scored seven touchdowns Friday in Woodward Academy's victory over Decatur.
Sims stays in as No. 2 Alabama tops WVU
Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama as the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia 33-23 Saturday.
Isner (42 aces) final U.S. male to fall at Open
Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.
Noles suspend Casher for academic issue
No. 1 Florida State has suspended defensive end/linebacker Chris Casher for the Seminoles' opener against Oklahoma State.