A thin line of smoke rises from burning funeral pyres on a rooftop of a temple at the flooded Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi, India, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. As the mighty Ganges River overflowed its banks this past week following heavy monsoon rains, large parts of the Hindu holy town of Varanasi were submerged by floodwaters, keeping away thousands of Hindu devotees. Varanasi is a pilgrim town that Hindus visit to take a dip in the holy Ganges. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

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Marquez Tolbert cries Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 as he listens in Atlanta to testimony in the trial of Martin Blackwell who is accused of pouring boiling water on him and his friend, Anthony Gooden, right, as they slept. The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against Blackwell, found guilty of throwing scalding water on the sleeping gay couple. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. Continue reading

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Filipino Muslims take a selfie photo as they gather at Rizal Park for Eid'l Fitr, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan in Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government. And yet the “Ugly American,” it would seem, isn't all bad. Americans are also seen from afar as generous tippers, friendly, uncomplicated, rich and the standard bearers of freedom, equality, creativity and technological power. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government. Continue reading

ADDING NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis)
FILE - This Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park officials say visitation has already grown by 11 percent this year and is on track to surpass 4 million visits. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday today with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park. Continue reading

In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, a researcher of the Thai Department of National Parks checks the quality of beehives before installing them around a perimeter of a  small farm in hopes of discouraging wild elephants from intruding on local properties in Pana, southeastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand.  To stop wild elephants rampaging through their crops, farmers are trying a pilot scheme run by the Thai Department of National Parks that is deploys bees as a new line of defense, exploiting elephants' documented fear of bee stings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Photos by Gemunu Amarasinghe

To stop wild elephants from rampaging through their produce, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, set off firecrackers and even switched their crops from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don’t relish much. Nothing worked, so the villagers decided on Plan Bee.
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