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Day 4 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. Today we visit the state of Texas, where photographers captured images of industrialized waterfronts, small town daily life, impoverished neighborhoods, ranch workers, fun at the beach, and more. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary goal of documenting adverse effects of modern life on the environment, but photographers were also encouraged to record the daily life of ordinary people, capturing a broad snapshot of America. Come back tomorrow for part 5 of Documerica Week, when we head northwest.

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Ralph Lauren is best known for his fashion designs and lines, but in the classic car world he is also known as an avid collectors of some fine specimens of beautiful automobiles. During the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection these vintage cars are shown to the public for the first time. I’m very jealous of the man in the cars department. Visitors look at vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. The dashboard of a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. A Ferrari 250 LM, 1964, vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011.

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On assignment with writer Elizabeth Rubin for Tablet Magazine, New York-based photographer Gillian Laub traveled to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank to produce a series of portraits of teenage girls, all students and former students of an Orthodox religious school called Ma’ale Levona. The work appears as part of a searing report on the teenage believers who could reshape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. As Rubin writes, the girls, who live on one of the front lines of that conflict, are being taught to become “a new kind of girl—smitten with God, righteous, ideological, ready to fight and procreate for the cause of restoring biblical Israel.” The challenge for Laub was to convey each girl’s defiance, strength, and determination, mixed with their youthful vulnerability. “After all,” she says, “they were still teenagers, but they viewed themselves as warriors. I also wanted to show the land, the idyllic landscape, that is the root of this ongoing conflict.”

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In a region where governments are swollen with foreign currency reserves and inflation remains relatively tame, Vietnam is an island of economic instability. The country’s economy is still growing at 7 percent a year, but double-digit price increases for food and other essentials are punishing the working class and contributed to a top credit rating agency’s recent decision to downgrade the country’s sovereign debt. Vietnam’s currency is consistently falling below the official exchange rates, creating a thriving black market for gold and dollars. And one of the country’s largest state-owned companies is all but insolvent, brought down by debts that are the equivalent of more than 4 percent of the country’s total output. Hammer and sickle flags are still flying here as Ho Chi Minh City, the seemingly irrepressible bastion of Vietnamese capitalism, closes the Communist Party’s National Congress, an event held every five years to chart the course of a country that has witnessed an economic miracle in recent decades. “We are on the edge; there’s not a lot of room for mistakes,” said Le Anh Tuan, head of research at Dragon Capital, an investment company here. “The Vietnam story will depend much on how much the government understands the root of the problem and can fix it.” The problems, say many businesspeople and economists, are rooted in Vietnam’s continued heavy reliance on state-run companies despite the country’s opening to more private enterprise, which has expanded rapidly and profitably. For years the government considered its vast network of state-run companies as the vanguard of the economy, large conglomerates that the Communist Party could use to steer the country toward prosperity.

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A look at daily life as viewed by photojournalists working for the Associated Press and its member newspapers. Fairgoers take a spin on one of the many rides provided by Butler Entertainment at the California State Fair on July 14, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. A Child walks on a shadow casted on the floor at a shopping mall in Beijing, China. A cow looks out a window at the alpine dairy Bindalm near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, July 11, 2013. The alpine dairy is run by the Josef and Elisabeth Wurm family. Each year they work on the alpine farm from June to September and produce milk and cheese. They sell the products to visitors, hikers and mountain bikers.

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New Zealand, home to some 4.3 million residents, is currently hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the largest sporting event ever held in the island nation. Citizens of Christchurch are still recovering from the February earthquake, with some returning to their homes and parts of the business district being rebuilt. In August, the Winter Games NZ were held on several mountaintops and other venues, featuring skiing, snowboarding, and more. Runners in Dunedin tackled the "Steepest Race in the World," and groups of rugby fans organized a male-female naked match. Collected below are photographs of some of these events and more from all around New Zealand over the past few months. A naked rugby player from the Nude Blacks tries to stop a player from the Spanish team Las Conquistadoras, before the Rugby World Cup match between England and Argentina, in Dunedin September 10, 2011. A shark bell stands on the ready on the beach of Saint Clair, near Dunedin, on September 21, 2011. Competitors take part in the traditional "Steepest Race in the World" on Baldwin street in Dunedin, on September 18, 2011. Baldwin street is the world's steepest street, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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The Dakar Rally roared out of Buenos Aires with a ceremonial parade of hundreds of vehicles departing from its famed Obelisk on Saturday, Jan. 1. The 16-day trek takes drivers 5,903 miles across northern Argentina, through the Andes, the Atacama Desert of Chile and back to the Argentine capital. Officials listed a record 430 official starters, up from the 362 who were enrolled last year. The actual number starting the race is always lower. This year's route goes northwest from Buenos Aires, with the racers crossing into Chile. Racers then head north through the Atacama Desert then to the Arica in the far north of Chile, on the border with Peru. The race then turns south and crosses back into Argentina on Jan. 12. It ends on Jan. 16 in Buenos Aires. The rally was always held in Europe and Africa until the 2008 race was canceled because of fears of terrorism. It was moved to South America the next year. The rally is run in the middle of the South American summer, a highlight for school children on vacation. BMW car driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret, both from France, compete during the second stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Cordoba and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. Volkswagen's driver Giniel De Villiers, from South Africa, and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz, from Germany, compete in the third stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between San Miguel de Tucuman and Jujuy, Argentina. Mitsubishi's driver Guilherme Spinelli and co-driver Youssef Haddad, both from Brazil, compete during the fourth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Jujuy, Argentina, and Calama, Chile.

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Fall’s season colors the world with every imaginable autumn color from God’s masterstroke of palette and brush. During fall, the beauty of nature is like a dreamworld, a fantasy. We encourage you to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. You only live once and there is something about being out in nature that can balance a person and put their problems into perspective. We hope you enjoy these fantastic photos of autumn, sprinkled with inspirational quotes and words of wisdom. We love these pics!

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