Take a 360-degree view from One World Trade Center

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A special issue of TIME magazine with panoramic images from the tallest building in the Western hemisphere hits stands today. It’s the culmination of a year-long project surrounding the new World Trade Center.

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Niagara Falls stuns in sub-freezing temps

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A partially frozen Niagara Falls is seen on the American side during sub freezing temperatures in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Sunday.

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East Coasters swoon over dramatic Wednesday morning fog photos

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Dense fog caused a headache for commuters along parts of the East Coast Wednesday morning, but many were inspired to document the phenomenon in photos posted on social media.

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Waterfall freezes solid in frigid New York

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How cold was it? Cold enough to freeze solid the Salmon River Falls in upstate New York.

NBC News’ Katy Tur reports from the banks of the Oswego River

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The bird mummies of Natron: Lake’s waters petrify animals that fall in

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Wildlife photographer Nick Brandt used the corpses littering the Tanzanian lake shores as posed models for a haunting new series of photographs.

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Photographer captures electrifying images from rim of the Grand Canyon

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Using long exposures, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies. 

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Rainbow colors: San Francisco City Hall marks historic gay marriage court rulings

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Rainbow-colored lights illuminated City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday evening after the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court handed significant victories to gay rights advocates in both cases, but fell short of issuing a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.  — Reuters

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Lightning strikes the Willis Tower in Chicago

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Tornado watches and warnings stretched over the Midwest on Wednesday night as a massive storm system menaced the biggest cities of the Midwest, pushing tornadoes, extraordinary winds and heavy rain — and perhaps even a derecho, an explosive wind pattern that’s like a hurricane on land.

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Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma

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Briarwood Elementary School, bottom right in Oklahoma City, Okla. before  and after the tornado hit on May 20.

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'The World at Night' can be brightly beautiful – but there's a dark side, too

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Are the images featured in The World at Night’s annual “Earth and Sky” photography contest meant to celebrate the wonders of the night sky, or draw attention to the worries about the night sky? They’re meant to do both, says astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi.

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'Tallest' building in the West? Symbolic One World Trade Center aspires with spire

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Surrounded by sacred ground, destined to become a Big Apple icon and watched with hope by an entire nation, the dazzling new skyscraper that will reshape New York’s skyline is one step closer to completion.

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American flag flies at half-staff Monday at the U.S. Capitol for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.

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Utah copper mine suspends operations after large landslide

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The Kennecott Copper Bingham Canyon Mine sits quiet after a landslide on April 11, 2013, in Bingham Canyon, Utah. Kennecott has suspended mining inside one of the world’s deepest open pits as geologists assess a landslide the company says it anticipated for months.

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Bolt from the blue: Lightning strikes St. Peter’s after pope’s announcement

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Lightning strikes St. Peter’s basilica during a storm in the Vatican City on Feb. 11, 2013, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.

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Inauguration Day sunrise

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