Making headlines this week

Making headlines this week

IT HAPPENED THIS WEEK: The moon rises in the sky as seen through the Four Towers or C.T.B.A. (Cuatro Torres Business Area), one of the main symbols of Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 11. Photo: Associated Press/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

A look at the week’s biggest newsmakers and the stories you won’t soon forget.

Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Saturday, Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media during a news conference and bill signing that authorizes New York City to lower their speed limit, Saturday, Aug. 9, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Afghanistan’s security forces search the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 10. An Afghan official says that several civilians have been killed in the suicide bombing targeting a NATO convoy moving through the capital, Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, far right, and his teammates celebrate Pujols’ 19th inning walk-off home run in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets take off for mission in Iraq from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf, Monday, Aug. 11. U.S. military officials said American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles Sunday that were part of an Islamic State group convoy moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the northeastern Iraqi city of Irbil. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charity organization at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 12. In the camps here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve an escape route to tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries dropped food and water to the starving members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, the Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them, a sign of how Syria’s Kurds, like Iraq’s, are using the region’s conflicts to establish their own rule. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades died Monday in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 75 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pope Francis arrives in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14. The Pontiff arrived Thursday on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off a plane onto a red carpet and greeting the president, local Catholics and grieving relatives. During his five-day visit, Francis plans to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage a vibrant and growing local church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The casket of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., is taken from a hearse before being carried into South Lewis Central School before a funeral on Thursday, Aug. 14, in Turin, N.Y. Ward died after being struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s car during a race last weekend at a dirt track in western New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Bob Marriott holds a large photo of his daughter Elizabeth “Lizzy” Marriott as he looks at Seth Mazzaglia, seated left, during a sentencing hearing in Strafford County Superior Court, Thursday, Aug. 14, in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted of killing Elizabeth Marriott and was sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Fans pass by a floral arrangement at Lauren Bacall’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday Aug. 13. Bacall, the wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart, a Tony Award-winning actress, a National Book Award-winning author, a giant of fashion died Tuesday Aug. 12. She was 89. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

Army 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, kneels by the casket of his father, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, on Thursday, Aug. 14, in Arlington, Va. Greene was killed when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on ISAF troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals. He is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America’s post-9/11 wars. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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