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Rupert, a 7-month-old Dachshund, licks the face of volunteer Patrick Ashton, dressed as Santa Claus, during a fundraising event for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter at a Petsmart location on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Shenandoah, Texas. Pet owners brought their animals for a chance to pose for a photograph with Santa Claus with half the proceeds of photo sales going to support the shelter. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Eric S. Swist)
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Comet_Lovejoy

In this image provided by NASA the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/NASA, Dan Burbank)
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A wave brakes on the stranded TK Bremen cargo ship on a beach at Erdeven, near Lorient, France, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. High winds beached a cargo ship off France's Atlantic coast Thursday, as some 220 tons of fuel in its hold threatened to leak onto the local beach. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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An Indian street vendor selling Santa Claus masks waits for customers ahead of Christmas on a road in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Dec.23, 2011. Christmas day is observed as a national holiday in India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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ALTERNATIVE CROP LON816 - People watch the sunrise at the northern Winter Solstice celebration at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. The omens are good that 2012 will be an excellent year, a druid said today, after the sun shone on Stonehenge during a dawn ceremony to mark the winter solstice. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks, believed to be thousands of years old. . (AP Photo/Tim Ireland/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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A man looks through a camera while sitting on a roof across the street from an apartment fire in the Western Addition area in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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In this Dec. 22, 2011 night photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Koreans pay respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
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bear_cub_Siku

In this photo taken Dec. 8. 2011, the polar bear cub Siku is seen at Skandinavisk Dyrepark in Djursland, Denmark. A Danish zoo says a month-old polar bear cub has been taken into care since its mother failed to produce enough milk to feed him. Scandinavian Wildlife Park manager Frank Vigh-Larsen says Siku, now weighing 112 ounces (3,200 grams)_ against 49 ounces (1,800 grams) at birth _ was doing "really fine." (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Skandinavisk Dyrepark) DENMARK OUT
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: A Seal investigates Christmas toys at Taronga Zoo on December 21, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Animals received Christmas themed enrichment foods as part of the Zoo's regular program to encourage the animals to forage for food and help improve hunting abilities. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Maria de Los Angeles Castro, right, and Carlos Alberto Jimenez dance tango during "The Great National Milonga," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A performer uses the mirror of an auto rickshaw as he applies make up on prior to a street performance entitled "Ritual Cyborg" (Cyborg Rites) choreographed by Indonesian artist Sabil during Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: A Sumatran Tiger cub investigates a wrapped Christmas present at Taronga Zoo on December 21, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Animals received Christmas themed enrichment foods as part of the Zoo's regular program to encourage the animals to forage for food and help improve hunting abilities. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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A child walks in the background past a lamppost covered in hoar frost on top of the Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Tino Edelmann of Germany soars through the air during the Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Seefeld, Austria, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Children dressed as angels wait to perform in a Christmas Nativity at Trinidad neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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Clouds are seen after the sunset at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Firefighters stand on a ladder as smoke from a five-alarm fire that broke out in a warehouse covers a building, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Elizabeth, N.J. It could be days before firefighters can extinguish a stubborn fire that started a day earlier, according to authorities. Elizabeth Fire Director Onofrio Vitullo says the blaze likely started with a car fire inside a body shop in the former Burry Biscuits warehouse on Wednesday afternoon. The building is divided into smaller businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: The flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate left the capitol after passing a compromise bill extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployement benefits but Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said he expects the House will vote to move the legislation into conference, esentially halting the law's progress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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A seal plays with a new toy it found amongst treats left around a make shift snowman, center back, during festive celebrations at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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A tree photographed on a snow-covered field during sunrise near Memmingen, southern Germany, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/dapd/Sebastian Widmann)
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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich listens to a question during a campaign stop at Al-Jon manufacturing in Ottumwa, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Erin Brady holds Heidi Cantrell as she waves an American flag while waiting for her father, Spc. Matthew Cantrell, to return with other members of the 511th Engineer Company, 305th Quartermaster Company, and 372nd Transportation Company at Campbell Army Airfield at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. The soldiers were the last members 101st Airborne to return from deployment in Iraq. (AP Photo/The Leaf-Chronicle, Robert Smith)
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Malecon_in_Havana

In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 photo, a boy jumps into the water at the Malecon in Havana.Just about anywhere else in the world, it would be a playground for the wealthy, diners in four-star restaurants and tourists willing to spend hundreds of dollars a night for a million-dollar view. But along the seafront boulevard, many buildings are dank, labyrinthine tenements bursting four or five times beyond capacity, plagued by mold and reeking of backed-up sewer drains. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) PART OF A 16-PICTURE PACKAGE BY JAVIER GALEANO
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Mexico_Landfill_Closing

A boy drinks a soda among garbage at the landfill Bordo Poniente on the outskirts of Mexico City, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Mexico City will close one of the world's largest dumps by Dec. 31 and will instead turn the garbage from millions of people into reusable materials and energy, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced Monday. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
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Mother_Dolores

In this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 photo, Mother Dolores Hart pets a cat at the Abbey of Regina Laudis monastery in Bethlehem, Conn. Mother Dolores, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss, is praying for a Christmas miracle. She walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem. Now she finds herself back in the spotlight, but this time it's all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll. The former brass factory that houses Mother Dolores and about 40 other nuns cloistered at the Abbey of Regina Laudis needs millions of dollars in renovations to meet fire and safety codes, add an elevator and make handicap accessibility upgrades. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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A Pakistani horse owner tries to control his horse while he waits for customers at Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Laser beams creating the image of a large lit Hanukkah menorah are projected on the Hiriya landfill, a former waste disposal site, now called the Ariel Sharon Park, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on the second eve of Hanukkah, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. The Jewish festival of light, an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, started Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Ritual_Cyborg

A fire eater performs in a street performance entitled "Ritual Cyborg" (Cyborg Rites) choreographed by Indonesian artist Sabil during Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Referees watch the ski jumpers during the Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Seefeld, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Starlings come home to roost on Brighton's Old Pier as the sun sets on December 21, 2011 in Brighton, England. Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A Syrian solider flashes the victory sign as he is thrown in the air during a rally at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Muzaffar Salman)
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo, villagers watch a ship that sank while carrying asylum seekers, after it was dragged to shore in Jember, East Java, Indonesia. The heavily overloaded vessel, with about 250 men, women and children fleeing economic and political hardship in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, was carrying twice its capacity when it was slammed by a towering wave. (AP Photo)
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Children talk to a Santa Claus sponsored by a bank at Alemao complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The sponsor bank also distributed toys to needy children of the shantytown as part of Christmas celebrations. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The zoo announced a $4.5 million gift Monday to fund its giant panda reproduction program for five more years. Donator and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is also co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, said in a news conference, "There are probably 10 million species on the face of the earth, and I doubt that any one of those species is more popular and more beloved than the giant panda." "Hopefully this will result in more pandas being born here," he said. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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New York Police Department graduates toss their gloves at the conclusion of ceremonies in New York's Madison Square Garden, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly presided over the graduation ceremony Thursday for 1,519 new police officers. The graduates have completed more than six months of training at New York City's Police Academy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: A Western lowland Gorilla is seen with her daughter Kipenzi at Taronga Zoo on December 21, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Animals received Christmas themed enrichment foods as part of the Zoo's regular program to encourage the animals to forage for food and help improve hunting abilities. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Christmas_swimming

Participants to the 73rd edition of the annual Christmas swimming prepare to jump into the lake of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. More than one thousand men and women swam the 125-meters at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva where the water temperature was about 5.2 degrees C (41.36 degrees F). (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
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