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These picture taken on June 2, 2014 show graves at the US cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer in northwestern France ahead of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

No effort has been spared to ensure this year’s ceremonies are a fitting tribute to the 156,000-plus troops who waded or parachuted onto French soil on June 6, 1944, approximately 4,500 of whom were dead by the day’s end.

Arlington National Cemetery

In honor of the fallen, roses have been laid on top of tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery. (Brian Yaklyvich/CNN)

 

The Photo of the Day comes from the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

 

 

500-year-old mystery: Wreck off Haiti may be Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria

(Courtesy Brandon Clifford)

We’ll begin with a very exciting Photo of the Day – Can you guess what it is? (Hint: ‘In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.’)

Pictured is what could potentially be the wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ flagship from his first voyage to the Americas.

The shipwreck was found off the coast of Haiti. If the claim is confirmed, it would go down as one of the most significant underwater archaeological discoveries ever.

Read more HERE

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A US Military Honor Guard participates in the re-opening ceremony at the Washington Monument May 12, 2014 Washington, DC. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Our Photo of the Day is from the base of the Washington Monument. Fresh off a $15 million, nearly three-year repair job, the monument officially reopens today.

One of Washington’s most popular sites, the 555-foot obelisk has been closed since a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in August 2011 caused more than 150 cracks in the structure.

Ticketed public tours will start at 12 p.m. CT Monday. Tickets for Monday will be available at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge on a first-come basis. Tickets for tours on future dates have been available since April 16 at the park service’s reservation page, www.recreation.gov.

Climate Change 2014

It’s hard to believe just 3 months ago many people across the U.S. were hunkered down due to snow and ice. But the extreme weather endured this year was no fluke – this morning the White House released the 2014 National Climate Assessment – and in short, the climate change is already upon us.

Predictions for the future include rising sea levels, more frequent droughts, and a rash of wildfires.

Yikes.

The White House assures “urgent action” will be taken in creating a sustainable future for the next generation.

Cinco de Mayo

(Photo Credit: Ian Llyod Neubauer/CNNGo)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Is it time for one of these yet…

 

Here’s some quick facts about today:

  • Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May.
  • The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped.
  • Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day from Spain, which occurred in 1810 and is celebrated on September 16.
  • In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is observed with political speeches and battle reenactments.

 

Lightning in the Pensacola Sky

(credit: James Amerson/CNN iReport)

 

The Photo of the Day is… you guessed it, weather.

CNN iReporter James Amerson captured extreme lightning in the Pensacola sky, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Pensacola got an estimated 20.47 inches of rain over the two days of the storm, the National Weather Service said. Hopefully these spring “showers” will bring May flowers!

 

Flooding in Pensacola

More than a foot of rain causes flooding in Pensacola, Florida. (credit: Randy Hamilton/iReport)

 

Floodwaters are rising in Florida – streets have been turned into rivers as people remain trapped in their attics.

This wave of severe storms claimed yet another life, bringing the total to 36 people who have died over the past three days.  And it’s not over yet, severe thunderstorms are expected to roar across the southeastern United States again today, bringing with them a risk of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

holy bible survives tornado

A The Holy Bible survived the tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi after storms wreaked havoc Monday April 28, 2014. (credit: William Walker/CNN)

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