From California's wildfires to mass shootings, and the migrant caravan to Donald Trump, AP reveals 2018's biggest news events in pictures(97 Pics)

A human tide of would-be Americans, rolling toward the border through Mexico. American rockets streaking across the darkness over Damascus. Students fleeing a gunman at a Florida high school, their hands raised in the air.
Associated Press photographers were there to record a world in constant motion in 2018. 
Some of it was huge, and destructive - lava pouring from a Filipino volcano, the leveling of Indonesian neighborhoods by an earthquake, the firefighters in a war with the deadly wildfires that raced across California. 
Some of it was human scaled, but no less epic - disgraced comedian Bill Cosby being led in handcuffs from a Pennsylvania correctional facility; an angry crowd carrying a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza.
But the AP was also there when the world stopped, at least for a moment. 
President Trump's hands grasp instructions on what to say to participants at a meeting on school shootings ('I hear you'), and dressed entirely in red, the Queen of Soul rests in her coffin. 
A father of a Parkland shooting victim attempts to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and girls weep in the aftermath of the rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead and countless hearts broken.  
Migrant caravan from Central America 
A large human train from the countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala have traveled north with the intent of seeking asylum in the U.S. leading to conflict and controversy between President Trump and his detractors on immigration policy 
Members of a U.S.-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Mexico The caravan made up of refugees from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) as well as Nicaragua left in October of 2018 fleeing violence and poverty in their region northward
Members of a U.S.-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Mexico The caravan made up of refugees from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) as well as Nicaragua left in October of 2018 fleeing violence and poverty in their region northward
The migrant caravan rests on a road between the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. The caravan was often brought up by President Trump and Republican politicians as an immediate and encroaching threat to the U.S. prior to the November midterm elections
The migrant caravan rests on a road between the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. The caravan was often brought up by President Trump and Republican politicians as an immediate and encroaching threat to the U.S. prior to the November midterm elections
Young men climb over a fence in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, as thousands of Central American migrants rush across the border towards Mexico on Oct. 19. Though Trump criticized Mexico for not doing enough to deter the caravans, Mexico's Interior Ministry said the country has sent thousands back to their countries of origin
Young men climb over a fence in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, as thousands of Central American migrants rush across the border towards Mexico on Oct. 19. Though Trump criticized Mexico for not doing enough to deter the caravans, Mexico's Interior Ministry said the country has sent thousands back to their countries of origin
A group of Central American migrants bound for the U.S. border wade together across the Suchiate River, which connects Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 29, 2018. An earlier group was able to cross the river on rafts - an option now blocked by Mexican Navy river and shore patrols 
A group of Central American migrants bound for the U.S. border wade together across the Suchiate River, which connects Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 29, 2018. An earlier group was able to cross the river on rafts - an option now blocked by Mexican Navy river and shore patrols 
A man from Honduras walks along the top of the border structure separating Mexico and the United States on Nov. 14, 2018, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of caravan members have camped in the Mexican city with sporadic conflicts between them and border patrol resulting in the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by U.S. authorities
A man from Honduras walks along the top of the border structure separating Mexico and the United States on Nov. 14, 2018, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of caravan members have camped in the Mexican city with sporadic conflicts between them and border patrol resulting in the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by U.S. authorities
Border Patrol agents, left, speak with two Central American migrants as they sit atop the border structure on Nov. 14. The leaderless caravan has largely stalled along the border settling down in Tijuana with few options remaining to them
Border Patrol agents, left, speak with two Central American migrants as they sit atop the border structure on Nov. 14. The leaderless caravan has largely stalled along the border settling down in Tijuana with few options remaining to them
Migrants walk amidst flooded tents after heavy rains poured down on a sports complex sheltering thousands of Central Americans in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 29, 2018. Aid workers and humanitarian organizations expressed concerns about the unsanitary conditions at the severely overcrowded facility, where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant 
Migrants walk amidst flooded tents after heavy rains poured down on a sports complex sheltering thousands of Central Americans in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 29, 2018. Aid workers and humanitarian organizations expressed concerns about the unsanitary conditions at the severely overcrowded facility, where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant 
A father and his 3-year-old son are detained in the back of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle on July 18, 2018, in San Luis, Ariz. In recent weeks, two young children in CBP custody have died raising numerous questions about the treatment of asylum seeking detainees and the kind of medical care they have been receiving
A father and his 3-year-old son are detained in the back of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle on July 18, 2018, in San Luis, Ariz. In recent weeks, two young children in CBP custody have died raising numerous questions about the treatment of asylum seeking detainees and the kind of medical care they have been receiving
People on the U.S. side of the border wave at those on the Mexico side from San Diego on Nov. 23, 2018. The Associated Press reported that in December 14,300 children were being detained by HHS, most in facilities with more than 100 kids
People on the U.S. side of the border wave at those on the Mexico side from San Diego on Nov. 23, 2018. The Associated Press reported that in December 14,300 children were being detained by HHS, most in facilities with more than 100 kids
Parkland School Shooting 
 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the scene of the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. with 17 people, 14 of them students, killed when a gunman went on a rampage.
On February 14, Valentine's Day, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz entered and murdered 14 students and three staff members. In this photo, parents wait for news of their loved ones after the mass shooting
On February 14, Valentine's Day, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz entered and murdered 14 students and three staff members. In this photo, parents wait for news of their loved ones after the mass shooting
In a scene that has played out often over the years in the U.S., students are seen here holding their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
In a scene that has played out often over the years in the U.S., students are seen here holding their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
Looking west toward the White House, people fill Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the 'March for Our Lives' rally in support of gun control on March 24, 2018. The rally was organized by survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, leading several of the the young former students to become recognized activists against gun violence
Looking west toward the White House, people fill Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the 'March for Our Lives' rally in support of gun control on March 24, 2018. The rally was organized by survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, leading several of the the young former students to become recognized activists against gun violence
The March for Our Lives rally was a catalyst for students walking out of school across the country to protest gun violence. Student seen here participate in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington on March 14
The March for Our Lives rally was a catalyst for students walking out of school across the country to protest gun violence. Student seen here participate in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington on March 14
The national dialogue sparked by the students following the Parkland massacre pushed President Trump to hold a listening session with students, parents and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students Carson Abt, right, and Julia Cordover, the school's student body president, are seen here with Trump
The national dialogue sparked by the students following the Parkland massacre pushed President Trump to hold a listening session with students, parents and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students Carson Abt, right, and Julia Cordover, the school's student body president, are seen here with Trump
The AP also caught a glimpse of Trump holding notes during a listening session with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and teachers at the White House with the last numbered bullet scripting the fact that he hears them
The AP also caught a glimpse of Trump holding notes during a listening session with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and teachers at the White House with the last numbered bullet scripting the fact that he hears them
The Parkland mass shooting incident crossed over with the contentious Supreme Court hearing of Brett Kavanaugh at one point when Fred Guttenberg, left, the father of Jamie Guttenberg, who was killed in the shooting attempted to shake hands with Kavanaugh, as he leaves for a lunch break during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 4. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand 
The Parkland mass shooting incident crossed over with the contentious Supreme Court hearing of Brett Kavanaugh at one point when Fred Guttenberg, left, the father of Jamie Guttenberg, who was killed in the shooting attempted to shake hands with Kavanaugh, as he leaves for a lunch break during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 4. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand 
Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination 
On July 9th,  Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, leading to a contentious nomination fight that saw a sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, seen standing with right hand raised, testified that Kavanaugh had attempted to force himself on her when they were teens to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27
On July 9th, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, leading to a contentious nomination fight that saw a sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, seen standing with right hand raised, testified that Kavanaugh had attempted to force himself on her when they were teens to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27
Brett Kavanaugh gave a heated, and at times, belligerent defense of himself denying all accusations as the only other person to testify regarding the misconduct claim. He would be approved by the Senate along party lines except one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who voted in support of the new Supreme Court justice
Brett Kavanaugh gave a heated, and at times, belligerent defense of himself denying all accusations as the only other person to testify regarding the misconduct claim. He would be approved by the Senate along party lines except one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who voted in support of the new Supreme Court justice
Syrian Civil War 
Surface to air missile fire lights up the sky over Damascus as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria early on April 14. Trump ordered the airstrikes in retaliation for Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. As the year ends, Trump declared mission accomplished in the civil war torn country ordering the withdrawal of troops
Surface to air missile fire lights up the sky over Damascus as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria early on April 14. Trump ordered the airstrikes in retaliation for Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. As the year ends, Trump declared mission accomplished in the civil war torn country ordering the withdrawal of troops
A Syrian soldier films the wreckage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center, which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad. but as 2018 draws to a close, Trump declaration led to the resignation of his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS
A Syrian soldier films the wreckage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center, which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad. but as 2018 draws to a close, Trump declaration led to the resignation of his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS
Saudi Arabia 
President  Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 20, 2018
Hessah al-Ajaji drives her car down busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on June 24, 2018, just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted 
Trump highlighta arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March and Hessah al-Ajaji drives her car down after midnight for the first time in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on June 24, just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted in positive developments for U.S.-Saudi relations before the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
A security guard passes a document to a colleague outside Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 15, nearly two weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the consulate. President Trump has been criticized for a lackluster response to accusation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had the dissident journalist tortured and killed
A security guard passes a document to a colleague outside Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 15, nearly two weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the consulate. President Trump has been criticized for a lackluster response to accusation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had the dissident journalist tortured and killed
In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, on Oct. 23. The meeting came just days after Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in what they claimed was a 'fistfight'
In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, on Oct. 23. The meeting came just days after Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in what they claimed was a 'fistfight'
A severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, in Hajjah, Yemen, on Oct. 1. The civil war in Yemen, that Saudi Arabia has participated in with bombing campaigns and a naval blockade, has created the world's largest humanitarian crisis
A severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, in Hajjah, Yemen, on Oct. 1. The civil war in Yemen, that Saudi Arabia has participated in with bombing campaigns and a naval blockade, has created the world's largest humanitarian crisis
The British Royals 
Largely, the British royal family celebrated 2018 with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, seen here, waving as she holds their baby boy to the family, the third child for Kate and Prince William and fifth in line to the British throne. wave as she holds their, at the time, unnamed newborn son outside St. Mary's Hospital in London on April 23. He would later be named Louis Arthur Charles
Largely, the British royal family celebrated 2018 with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, seen here, waving as she holds their baby boy to the family, the third child for Kate and Prince William and fifth in line to the British throne. wave as she holds their, at the time, unnamed newborn son outside St. Mary's Hospital in London on April 23. He would later be named Louis Arthur Charles
The wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle would be a departure for a number of reasons. The ceremony held on Saturday prevented it from being a bank holiday and the service itself was an inclusive, multicultural affair. The couple is shown here leaveing St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding on May 19
The wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle would be a departure for a number of reasons. The ceremony held on Saturday prevented it from being a bank holiday and the service itself was an inclusive, multicultural affair. The couple is shown here leaveing St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding on May 19
cright, and Jack Brooksbank look out from their carriage as they travel from St. George's Chapel to Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, England, near London, on Oct. 12, 2018 
The year saw a second royal wedding as well with Princess Eugenie of York, right, and Jack Brooksbank, a wine merchant  tying the knot on October 12. The couple is seen here looking out from their carriage as they travel from St. George's Chapel to Windsor Castle after their wedding
A gunman spouting anti-Semitic hate speech named Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27 killing 11 people. While the shooter had expressed hatred of President Trump, he also seemed to use his language about 'invading' immigrants that he blamed on Jews. Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, one of the shooting victims, passes their school
A gunman spouting anti-Semitic hate speech named Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27 killing 11 people. While the shooter had expressed hatred of President Trump, he also seemed to use his language about 'invading' immigrants that he blamed on Jews. Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, one of the shooting victims, passes their school
#MeToo 
In the era of the #MeToo hashtag bringing a campaign against sexual abuse and harassment of women to the fore, the seemingly unassailable Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault after years of rumors and accusations from dozens and dozens of women. Cosby, shown, is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pa., on Sept. 25
In the era of the #MeToo hashtag bringing a campaign against sexual abuse and harassment of women to the fore, the seemingly unassailable Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault after years of rumors and accusations from dozens and dozens of women. Cosby, shown, is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pa., on Sept. 25
Andrea Constand, left, reacts at a news conference with prosecutor Kristen Feden after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. A former basketball player from Canada, Constand claimed that he drugged and sexually assaulted her in January 2004, echoing charges that some 60 other women have made
Andrea Constand, left, reacts at a news conference with prosecutor Kristen Feden after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. A former basketball player from Canada, Constand claimed that he drugged and sexually assaulted her in January 2004, echoing charges that some 60 other women have made
This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Sept. 25, after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt calling it the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States
This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Sept. 25, after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt calling it the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States
Another sexual predator went to prison in 2018. Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Michigan State University sports-medicine and USA Gymnastics, abused more than 200 women in his time working with young girls and women.  Nassar received 40 to 125 years for three first degree criminal sexual abuse charges related to assaults at a gymnastics facility in Dimondale, Michigan, 60 years for three child pornography charges and between 40 to 175 years in Ingham County for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct 
Another sexual predator went to prison in 2018. Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Michigan State University sports-medicine and USA Gymnastics, abused more than 200 women in his time working with young girls and women.  Nassar received 40 to 125 years for three first degree criminal sexual abuse charges related to assaults at a gymnastics facility in Dimondale, Michigan, 60 years for three child pornography charges and between 40 to 175 years in Ingham County for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct 
Randall Margraves, father of three victims of Larry Nassar, was restrained by Eaton County Sheriff's deputies on February 2. Nassar's predatory acts were known to officials at the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnatics for some time leading to the passage of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act
Randall Margraves, father of three victims of Larry Nassar, was restrained by Eaton County Sheriff's deputies on February 2. Nassar's predatory acts were known to officials at the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnatics for some time leading to the passage of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act
Harvey Weinstein, center, enters State Supreme Court in New York on October 11. A year earlier, Weinstein was a catalyst in launching the #MeToo movement, which took off in October 2017 after reports in The New Yorker and The New York Times detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Like Cosby, his status in entertainment had rendered him almost untouchable
Harvey Weinstein, center, enters State Supreme Court in New York on October 11. A year earlier, Weinstein was a catalyst in launching the #MeToo movement, which took off in October 2017 after reports in The New Yorker and The New York Times detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Like Cosby, his status in entertainment had rendered him almost untouchable
Fires 
Devastating wildfires plagued California this year. A plane is seen dropping fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as the Holy Fire burned near homes on August 8. It would burn 23,136 acres and 18 structures
Devastating wildfires plagued California this year. A plane is seen dropping fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as the Holy Fire burned near homes on August 8. It would burn 23,136 acres and 18 structures
Embers fly above a firefighter hustling to control a backfire as the Delta Fire burns in the California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest on September 
Embers fly above a firefighter hustling to control a backfire as the Delta Fire burns in the California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest on September 6. The fire burned from September 5 until it was contained on October 7 after burning 63,311 acres
Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif., on November 9. The Camp Fire was California's deadliest and most destructive in its history. 153,336 acres were burned, more than 18,000 buildings were destroyed and 85 people were killed
Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif., on November 9. The Camp Fire was California's deadliest and most destructive in its history. 153,336 acres were burned, more than 18,000 buildings were destroyed and 85 people were killed
Firefighters push a car from a garage as a wildfire fire burns a home in Malibu, Calif., on November 9. President Trump would contend that bad forest management was behind fires that scientists maintain come from a number of factors including climate change
Firefighters push a car from a garage as a wildfire fire burns a home in Malibu, Calif., on November 9. President Trump would contend that bad forest management was behind fires that scientists maintain come from a number of factors including climate change
Denise Chester, who had to evacuate her home from the deadly Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on November 14. Chester, who didn't want to know yet whether her home survived, said 'I want to help. I don't want to shut down'
Denise Chester, who had to evacuate her home from the deadly Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on November 14. Chester, who didn't want to know yet whether her home survived, said 'I want to help. I don't want to shut down'
Ashes and debris are all that remain where houses once stood in Paradise, Calif., on November 15, after it was almost entirely destroyed in the Camp Fire.  38 people from Paradise alone died in the inferno
Ashes and debris are all that remain where houses once stood in Paradise, Calif., on November 15, after it was almost entirely destroyed in the Camp Fire.  38 people from Paradise alone died in the inferno
A different kind of fire engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 2,. The fire destroyed thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. Authorities have yet to say how the blaze started, but the fire became a symbol for many Brazilians of the endemic negligence and underfunding by successive governments
A different kind of fire engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 2,. The fire destroyed thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. Authorities have yet to say how the blaze started, but the fire became a symbol for many Brazilians of the endemic negligence and underfunding by successive governments
Floods 
Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C. on September 17. Florence slowed over the state for two days dropping torrential rain that caused billions in damages
Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C. on September 17. Florence slowed over the state for two days dropping torrential rain that caused billions in damages
Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sept. 16. The record flooding cost the state an estimated $12.7 billion in damages
Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sept. 16. The record flooding cost the state an estimated $12.7 billion in damages
U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers Samuel Knoeppel, center, and Randy Haba, bottom right, approach Willie Schubert on a stranded van in Pollocksville, N.C., on September 17, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence 
U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers Samuel Knoeppel, center, and Randy Haba, bottom right, approach Willie Schubert on a stranded van in Pollocksville, N.C., on September 17, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence 
Funerals 
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, lies in her casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit during a public visitation on August 28. The legendary recording artist, whose hits included 'Respect' and 'Natural Woman' died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, lies in her casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit during a public visitation on August 28. The legendary recording artist, whose hits included 'Respect' and 'Natural Woman' died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 
Visitors pay their respects as the casket of Reverend Billy Graham lies in honor at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on Feb. 28. Graham, a spiritual adviser to presidents and an evangelist who preached to millions, was considered one of the most influential Christian leaders of the previous century
Visitors pay their respects as the casket of Reverend Billy Graham lies in honor at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on Feb. 28. Graham, a spiritual adviser to presidents and an evangelist who preached to millions, was considered one of the most influential Christian leaders of the previous century
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., rests her head on his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Aug. 29. John McCain was a Navy pilot, former POW and longtime public servant who had a history of sometimes bucking his own political parties aims. McCain had a contentious relationship with Donald Trump before he died
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., rests her head on his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Aug. 29. John McCain was a Navy pilot, former POW and longtime public servant who had a history of sometimes bucking his own political parties aims. McCain had a contentious relationship with Donald Trump before he died
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston for the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21. Seated in the front row, from left, are former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Barack Obama and first lady Melania Trump. The guests would reunite for the passing of George H.W. Bush on November 30
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston for the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21. Seated in the front row, from left, are former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Barack Obama and first lady Melania Trump. The guests would reunite for the passing of George H.W. Bush on November 30
Natural Disasters 
Lava flows down the slopes of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines, seen from Legazpi city, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, on January 16
Lava flows down the slopes of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines, seen from Legazpi city, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, on January 16
A body is covered in volcanic ash spewed by the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in Escuintla, Guatemala, on June 4, 2018. The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing dozens as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash 
A body is covered in volcanic ash spewed by the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in Escuintla, Guatemala, on June 4, 2018. The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing dozens as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash 
Yoselin Rancho cries while carrying the remains of her best friend, Etelvina Charal, who died in the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, on June 10
Yoselin Rancho cries while carrying the remains of her best friend, Etelvina Charal, who died in the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, on June 10
Rescue workers search in El Rodeo, one of the hamlets in the disaster area near the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in Escuintla, Guatemala, on June 5, 2018. The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala killed scores as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash
Rescue workers search in El Rodeo, one of the hamlets in the disaster area near the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire,' in Escuintla, Guatemala, on June 5, 2018. The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala killed scores as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash
A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed, as the eye of Hurricane Michael passes over Panama City Beach, Fla., on Oct. 10. Hurricane Michael was the third strongest Atlantic storm ever to make landfall in the lower 48 U.S. states. It cause at least 60 deaths on its course through Central America into the U.S.
A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed, as the eye of Hurricane Michael passes over Panama City Beach, Fla., on Oct. 10. Hurricane Michael was the third strongest Atlantic storm ever to make landfall in the lower 48 U.S. states. It cause at least 60 deaths on its course through Central America into the U.S.
Rescue personnel search through debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., on Oct. 11. The powerful storm caused more than $14billion in damage
Rescue personnel search through debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., on Oct. 11. The powerful storm caused more than $14billion in damage
Earnest Sweet sits while his daughters Terri, 4, center, and Anna, 7, sleep at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School in Panama City Beach, Fla., in advance of Hurricane Michael. Panama City would suffer the worst damages from the storm in Florida
Earnest Sweet sits while his daughters Terri, 4, center, and Anna, 7, sleep at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School in Panama City Beach, Fla., in advance of Hurricane Michael. Panama City would suffer the worst damages from the storm in Florida
Devastation from Hurricane Michael is seen in this aerial photo over Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12
Devastation from Hurricane Michael is seen in this aerial photo over Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12
A man walks through the Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 2, 2018, four days after a massive earthquake struck the region
A man walks through the Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 2, 2018, four days after a massive earthquake struck the region
An Indonesian trooper stands beside a toppled mosque as recovery efforts continue at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6
An Indonesian trooper stands beside a toppled mosque as recovery efforts continue at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6
A doctor examines children at a makeshift hospital in Tanjung, Indonesia, on Lombok Island, on Aug. 6, 2018, a day after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island
A doctor examines children at a makeshift hospital in Tanjung, Indonesia, on Lombok Island, on Aug. 6, 2018, a day after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island
Israel and Palestine 
Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on March 30, 2018
Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on March 30, 2018
Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 4, 2018 
Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 4, 2018 
Palestinians hurl stones during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Oct. 5
Palestinians hurl stones during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Oct. 5
President Trump's Second Year 
A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocks a camera as a photojournalist attempts to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 30, 2018. 
A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocks a camera as a photojournalist attempts to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 30, 2018. 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2018, before Trump's speech during the September 11 Flight 93 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pa 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2018, before Trump's speech during the September 11 Flight 93 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pa 
Michael Cohen leaves Federal court in New York on Aug. 21, 2018, after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Michael Cohen leaves Federal court in New York on Aug. 21, 2018, after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, after speaking outside federal court in New York on April 16, 2018
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, after speaking outside federal court in New York on April 16, 2018
World leaders, from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, U.S. President  Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as part of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, which ended World War I, on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
World leaders, from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as part of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, which ended World War I, on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
U.S. President Trump, left, listens to British Prime Minister Theresa May during their meeting at Chequers in Buckinghamshire, England, on July 13, 2018
U.S. President Trump, left, listens to British Prime Minister Theresa May during their meeting at Chequers in Buckinghamshire, England, on July 13, 2018
U.S. President  Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018
U.S. President Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018
North Korea and South Korea 
President  Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018
President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018
South Korean Lee Keum-seom, 92, weeps with her North Korean son, Ri Sang Chol, 71, during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea on Aug. 20, 2018. Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean WarW
South Korean Lee Keum-seom, 92, weeps with her North Korean son, Ri Sang Chol, 71, during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea on Aug. 20, 2018. Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War
The Changing War on Drugs 
Krissy Calkins smokes a joint at a 'Wake and Bake' legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2018, the day Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace
Krissy Calkins smokes a joint at a 'Wake and Bake' legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2018, the day Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, talk during an event to announce new strategic actions to combat the opioid crisis at the Department of Justice's National Opioid Summit in Washington on Oct. 25, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, talk during an event to announce new strategic actions to combat the opioid crisis at the Department of Justice's National Opioid Summit in Washington on Oct. 25, 2018
Rise of Violent Demonstrations 
Pro independence demonstrators throw paint at Catalan police officers during clashes in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 29, 2018, as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security forces
Pro independence demonstrators throw paint at Catalan police officers during clashes in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 29, 2018, as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security forces
Police charge against protesters during a demonstration by Committees for the Defense of the Republic in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 10, 2018. The grassroots group organizes protests in Catalonia to press for their demand for independence
Police charge against protesters during a demonstration by Committees for the Defense of the Republic in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 10, 2018. The grassroots group organizes protests in Catalonia to press for their demand for independence
Historic Atrocities
A woman spreads incense over coffins holding the remains of 172 unidentified people who were discovered buried at what was once a military camp in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala, on June 20, 2018, the day before their formal burial at the same site where they were unearthed
A woman spreads incense over coffins holding the remains of 172 unidentified people who were discovered buried at what was once a military camp in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala, on June 20, 2018, the day before their formal burial at the same site where they were unearthed
A wounded man sits on the ground after explosions in central Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018, following a coordinated double suicide bombing
A wounded man sits on the ground after explosions in central Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018, following a coordinated double suicide bombing
Women in Congress 
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives at the Capitol for a close vote with her new daughter, Maile, bundled against the wind, in Washington on April 19, 2018. In an historic change in Senate rules, the lawmakers decided to allow babies of members on the floor during votes 
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives at the Capitol for a close vote with her new daughter, Maile, bundled against the wind, in Washington on April 19, 2018. In an historic change in Senate rules, the lawmakers decided to allow babies of members on the floor during votes 
Sydney Crawford, 84, left, of New York, and JoAnn Loulan, 70, of Portola Valley, Calif., cheer as election returns come in during a Democratic party election night event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Sydney Crawford, 84, left, of New York, and JoAnn Loulan, 70, of Portola Valley, Calif., cheer as election returns come in during a Democratic party election night event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Cold Case Solved 
Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, accused of being the Golden State Killer, stands in a Sacramento, Calif., jail court on May 29, 2018, as a judge weighs how much information to release about his arrest. DeAngelo is suspected in at least a dozen killings and roughly 50 rapes in the 1970s and '80s
Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, accused of being the Golden State Killer, stands in a Sacramento, Calif., jail court on May 29, 2018, as a judge weighs how much information to release about his arrest. DeAngelo is suspected in at least a dozen killings and roughly 50 rapes in the 1970s and '80s
Outgoing President Raul Castro raises his arms in celebration after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba on April 19, 2018. Castro passed Cuba's presidency to Diaz-Canel, putting the island's government in the hands of someone outside the Castro family for the first time in nearly six decades. Raul Castro remains head of the powerful Communist Party that oversees political and social activities 
Outgoing President Raul Castro raises his arms in celebration after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba on April 19, 2018. Castro passed Cuba's presidency to Diaz-Canel, putting the island's government in the hands of someone outside the Castro family for the first time in nearly six decades. Raul Castro remains head of the powerful Communist Party that oversees political and social activities 
Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, on March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas
Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, on March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas
Cars are blocked on the Morandi highway bridge after a large section of it collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Aug. 14, 2018, during a sudden and violent storm
Cars are blocked on the Morandi highway bridge after a large section of it collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Aug. 14, 2018, during a sudden and violent storm
Victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims in six Roman Catholic dioceses
Victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims in six Roman Catholic dioceses
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces that her Cabinet has agreed to a draft Brexit deal with the European Union after 'impassioned' debate, outside 10 Downing Street in London, on Nov. 14, 2018
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces that her Cabinet has agreed to a draft Brexit deal with the European Union after 'impassioned' debate, outside 10 Downing Street in London, on Nov. 14, 2018
Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, on March 1, 2018
Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, on March 1, 2018
Employees at the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, remove the U.S flag on March 31, 2018, after Russia announced it was closing the consulate and expelling more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans. The move was in retaliation for the wave of Western expulsions of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain 
Employees at the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, remove the U.S flag on March 31, 2018, after Russia announced it was closing the consulate and expelling more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans. The move was in retaliation for the wave of Western expulsions of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain 
Emergency personnel respond after a brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at Florida International University in Miami, crushing cars and killing several people, on March 15, 2018 
Emergency personnel respond after a brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at Florida International University in Miami, crushing cars and killing several people, on March 15, 2018 
Mourners pay their respects at the coffin of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana on Sept. 11, 2018. Annan died in Switzerland at age 80 
Mourners pay their respects at the coffin of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana on Sept. 11, 2018. Annan died in Switzerland at age 80 
A woman grieves during the funeral of Alirio Duran, 25, at the Municipal Cemetery of Valencia, Venezuela, on March 30, 2018. Duran was one of 68 victims who were killed in a police station fire
A woman grieves during the funeral of Alirio Duran, 25, at the Municipal Cemetery of Valencia, Venezuela, on March 30, 2018. Duran was one of 68 victims who were killed in a police station fire
Philippine National Police officers and employees react as their tent is toppled by the downwash of a hovering police helicopter performing a salute during the 117th Philippine National Police Service anniversary at Camp Crame in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, on Aug. 8, 2018
Philippine National Police officers and employees react as their tent is toppled by the downwash of a hovering police helicopter performing a salute during the 117th Philippine National Police Service anniversary at Camp Crame in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, on Aug. 8, 2018
Relatives of passengers on the crashed Lion Air jet check personal belongings retrieved from the waters where the airplane is believed to have crashed, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Oct. 31, 2018
Relatives of passengers on the crashed Lion Air jet check personal belongings retrieved from the waters where the airplane is believed to have crashed, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Oct. 31, 2018
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada, on April, 7, 2018, the morning after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, en route to Nipawin, crashed into a truck, killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada, on April, 7, 2018, the morning after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, en route to Nipawin, crashed into a truck, killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital
Local Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif, left, uses a megaphone inside a Starbucks on April 15, 2018, demanding the firing of the manager who called police on two black men who had entered the store, but didn't make a purchase, resulting in their arrest. The arrests were captured on video that quickly gained traction on social media
Local Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif, left, uses a megaphone inside a Starbucks on April 15, 2018, demanding the firing of the manager who called police on two black men who had entered the store, but didn't make a purchase, resulting in their arrest. The arrests were captured on video that quickly gained traction on social media
A zoo worker plays with a 5-month-old panda at the Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 26, 2018. The female panda, which has not yet been named, is the second offspring of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing, who have been on a 10-year loan to Malaysia from China since 2014


A zoo worker plays with a 5-month-old panda at the Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 26, 2018. The female panda, which has not yet been named, is the second offspring of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing, who have been on a 10-year loan to Malaysia from China since 2014
From California's wildfires to mass shootings, and the migrant caravan to Donald Trump, AP reveals 2018's biggest news events in pictures(97 Pics) From California's wildfires to mass shootings, and the migrant caravan to Donald Trump, AP reveals 2018's biggest news events in pictures(97 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:48 Rating: 5

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