Photos: Pomp and chainsaws for the cutting of the US Capitol Christmas tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree cutting ceremony began with securing lines to the crane. 

An 88-feet tall white spruce is on its way to the nation's capital today after a ceremony and cutting on Thursday in northern Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Photographer Matthew McLaughlin was there to capture the scene.

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The Survivors: Portraits of Liberians who recovered

Nancy Paye, 20, who sells dry goods in an outdoor market, said she likely contracted Ebola from a friend, who died in her care. 

The Ebola virus has a 70 percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization. However, survivors develop immunity to the strain that sickened them.

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Photos: Skateboard art highlights the macabre and mysterious

Jenny Bookler and Lindsay Nohl 

At Light Grey Art Lab, gallery shows are often collaborative group projects. The four-member team develops a show concept, then invites designers from around the world to submit their artistic interpretations. Their upcoming show, Skate or Die, is inspired by the dark aesthetic of the skateboard subculture.

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Ebola: Photos of the response in Liberia, the US and beyond

In Liberia: Workers ready a new Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Ebola treatment center near Monrovia, Liberia. The facility initially had 120 beds. 

While Liberia remains at the heart of the Ebola crisis, media coverage increasingly includes other parts of the world. See what some of the response looks like.

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Photos: As store closes, shoppers scramble for last bargains

Choosing Bears colors 

As Roberts Shoe Store closes after 77 years in business, some customers are angry and others are sad. The scramble by others to find bargains and special deals while the doors are still open is a story all its own.

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Photos: Packers trounce Vikings, 42-10

The Vikings' Chandler Harnish (8) warms up before Minnesota's game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. 

Under pressure much of the night, Minnesota could rarely get anything going through the air until late with the game well in hand.

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