Photos of the Week: 9/12 - 9/19

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Photos of the Week: 9/12 - 9/19
The New York Giants take the field against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Ron Antonelli, Getty Images)
A protestor holds a smoke bomb during a demonstration outside the President Palace in Kiev, on September 17, 2014. Activists from far-right nationalist movements protested against the adoption on September 16, of laws that give extra self-rule powers to some rebel-held territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions on eastern Ukraine. (Genya Savilov, AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up as he greets military personnel at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The president was briefed by commanders at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) regarding the terrorist threat posed by ISIS. (Grant Jefferies, Bradenton Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Code Pink for Peace organizer Medea Benjamin (C) protests against U.S. military action in Iraq as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Senators questioned the top military and civilian leaders about the threat posed by the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
Pedestrians and motor vehicles are submerged in standing water during Typhoon Kalmaegi on September 16, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan province of China. Typhoon Kalmaegi met with astronomic tide, which led to a maximum tidal level of 4.37m on Tuesday. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A woman waits in one of two Liberian Ministry of Health ambulances parked outside the Redemption Transfer Center (an old hospital converted to an intake center for Ebola patients) waiting with patients in the poor neighborhood of Monrovia that locals call 'New Kru Town on Monday September 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Health care workers are overwhelm with new patients since the Ebola outbreak. Liberians have been living under extreme conditions as the Ebola virus worsens. (Michel du Cille, The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jim Murphy, a lawmaker for the Labour party, center, reacts with fellow anti-independence Better Together campaigners as they celebrate their 'no' win in the Scottish independence referendum, in Glasgow, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil. (Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0124 -- Pictured: (l-r) Barbra Streisand and host Jimmy Fallon sing a duet on September 15, 2014 -- (Douglas Gorenstein, NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) is mobbed after closing out the ninth inning to win the division against the Atlanta Braves at Turner field on September 16, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. (Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post via Getty Images)
People move a fallen tree to clear up the road during typhoon Kalmaegi on September 16, 2014 in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province of China. Typhoon Kalmaegi his Zhanjiang on Tuesday. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty)
Lightnings strike during an evening thunderstorm on September 16, 2014 in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. (Hector Retamal, AFP/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Devin Hester #17 of the Atlanta Falcons returns a punt for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham, Getty Images)
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., waits in the staff seating area for the start of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call/Getty)


Rescue workers in Oregon responded to a sensational calamity on Thursday when they arrived to see a semi-tractor trailer dangling off the side of a bridge, the Associated Press reported. The truck's driver was cited with careless driving and failing to stay in his lane, according to the AP. The crash resulted in roughly 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaking into the Umpqua River, and it sent the driver to the hospital with minor injuries.

As we head into the last full weekend of summer, take a moment to look back at the past week in photos.

We are entering one of the greatest times of the year for sports, as Major League Baseball's playoff bracket is taking shape and the NFL is now in full swing. The Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were among the baseball teams to clinch a playoff berth this week. Also, the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL had a record-setting night in their win over Tampa Bay during Thursday Night Football.

Many of the most stunning photos this week came from the severe weather around the world, with Hurricane Odile hitting Mexico, and Pakistan and India experiencing serious flooding. A typhoon hit the south of China, while wildfires continued to burn in California.

In entertainment news, legendary singer Barbra Streisand made her first appearance on the Tonight Show in more than 50 years to promote her new album, which was released on Tuesday.

Scotland's vote whether to dissolve its 307-year alliance with the United Kingdom was also in the spotlight, as well as protests in the Ukraine and in Washington, D.C., and the continuing fight against the Ebola virus.

Check back next week to see the best sports, news and entertainment photos from the first days of fall.
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