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In this Aug. 2009 photo released by Louisiana State University, a frog sits on a U.S. dime in this photo taken by Louisiana State University herpetologist Christopher Austin near the Amau River in Papua, New Guinea. The species was claimed as the worlds smallest vertebrate on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Austin was studying the areas rich biodiversity when he and graduate student Eric Rittmeyer found the frog, which they named Paedophyryne amauensis for the village of Amau. The frog out-tinied a Sumatran carp identified in 2006. Its discovery was reported Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE. (AP Photo/Louisiana State University, Christopher Austin)
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Riot police shield to keep from a molotov cocktail thrown at them by residents during a violent demolition in San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012. Several residents and police as well as demolition crew were injured as residents resisted the demolition of their houses which allegedly was effected to pave the way for the development of the prime property such as the building of a new city hall, a shopping mall and condominiums. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Italy's biker Claudio Pederzoli races his Yamaha during the 11th stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Arica, Chile and Arequipa, Peru, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

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Firefighters from Pine Brook and Parsippany unfurl a large American Flag outside St. Peter The Apostle Church in Parsippany, N.J., as they prepare for the funeral of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, early Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Alex DeCroce, 75, the top Republican in the Assembly, collapsed and died as the 214th legislative session came to an end Monday night. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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A dressed monkey sits at a roadside to earn money from passers-by for his owner in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday, Jan 13, 2012. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
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A surfer takes advantage of summer like weather and a high surf as he maneuvers through waves as the sun sets Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Encinitas, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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A full moon sets behind a car waiting for the traffic light at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and State College Boulevard in Fullerton, Calif. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
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M.D. Anderson's Houston Main Building is imploded Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Houston. Opened in 1952, the 20-story building was the regional headquarters for Prudential Insurance Company. Prudential sold the building in 1975. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Nick de la Torre) MANDATORY CREDIT
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In this photo provided by Maritime New Zealand, half of the cargo ship Rena is partially submerged on a reef near Tauranga, New Zealand, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The 774-foot (236-meter) vessel split in two over the weekend amid heavy seas and now the stern section is slipping from the Astrolabe reef and sinking. (AP Photo/Maritime New Zealand) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A volunteer feeds a seal a herring at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. Storms that have lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals, some so young their umbilical cords are still attached, wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes. An existing Pieterburen seal rehabilitation and research center (SRRC) near the northern city of Groningen has been so inundated with pups and older seals in recent weeks it has erected a temporary tent to house them while they are nurtured back to health before being returned to the wild. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Models parade creations from the New Order fall-winter fashion collection at Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Romanian firefighters spray water over a smouldering partly collapsed tower of an 18th century built church in Bucharest, Romania, early Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The Saint Pantelimon church was badly affected by a fire that allegedly started from a faulty power line according to local media, but nobody was injured. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Kansas Statehouse is silhouetted as the sun sets in the distance Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas legislature opened it's 2012 session earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A man plays a guitar in the earthquake damaged Cathedral as people visit different areas of the city where people were killed during the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. Haitians are marking the second anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which according to government officials killed 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. More than 500,000 are still in temporary settlement camps. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In this photo provided by Maritime New Zealand, half of the cargo ship Rena sinks on a reef near Tauranga, New Zealand, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The 774-foot (236-meter) vessel split in two over the weekend amid heavy seas and now the stern section is slipping from the Astrolabe reef and sinking. (AP Photo/Maritime New Zealand, Graeme Brown) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A man jogs to work at sunrise past the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. The Serpentine is the venue for some of the London 2012 Olympic Games events such as the Triathlon and Open Water swimming. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Indian soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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Supermodel and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen pours water on a newly planted tree during a tree-planting ceremony at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Bundchen attended a tree-planting ceremony and gave a press conference in the context of the "UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All", at the end of her five-day visit to Kenya where she visited small-scale sustainable energy solutions projects ranging from micro-hydro and wind to bio-gas and fuel-efficient stoves, according to UNEP. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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In a Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 photo, a firefighter retreats down a ladder as the moon rises over a strip mall fire in Silverdale, Wash. (AP Photo/The Kitsap Sun, Steve Zugschwerdt) MANDATORY CREDIT
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The BMW i8 Concept, center, is on display at the BMW exhibit during the first day of press previews at the North American International Auto Show Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in Detroit. The cars on the left are the 335i and on the right is the 228i. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Bryan Mitchell) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT
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In this Thursday January 5, 2012, photo, from left, Steven Ceulemans with the Birmingham Business Alliance, Dennis Leonard, Business Development Consultant for the UAB Research Foundation, and Joel Dobbs with UAB School of Business, right, look at a 3D demonstration in the 3D VisCube, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in Birmingham, Al. UAB's new initiative aims to commercialize UAB research. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT;
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This Jan. 5, 2012 photo, shows the George Eastman Memorial, where Eastman's ashes rest in an urn beneath the central stone, is closed to the public. Eastman Kodak Co. said Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, it has realigned and simplified its business structure in an effort to cut costs, create shareholder value and accelerate its long-drawn-out digital transformation. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
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A surfer bails off his board while riding a large wave just south of the Huntington Beach Pier, Friday Jan. 6, 2012 in Huntington Beach, Calif. High surf will pound Southern California and the Central Coast into the weekend with breakers topping a dozen feet in some places. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
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Biathletes shoot during the women's 12.5 km mass start competition at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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Historical re-enactors dressed as Russian imperial soldiers from the French Invasion of Russia of 1812 fire a cannon during celebrations to mark the Russian Orthodox Christmas in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians who rely on the old Julian calendar rather than the 16th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics and Protestants and commonly used in secular life around the world. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A 1980's mural depicting Nicaragua's re-elected President Daniel Ortega adorns a stadium wall in Esteli, Nicaragua, Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. The one-time Sandinista revolutionary, Ortega will be sworn in for a third term at Tuesday's presidential inauguration in Managua. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Juan Perez, supporter of Nicaragua's re-elected President Daniel Ortega, holds his bicycle decorated with flags of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN, the country's ruling party in Tipitapa, on the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. The one-time Sandinista revolutionary, Ortega will be sworn in for a third term Tuesday. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Dan Gray heads out to join other surfers at Sandy Beach to catch a ride Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Sitka, Alaska. About a dozen surfers were at the beach in the storm-driven surf. Waves as high as 23 feet were measured at the Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy on Monday. Water temperature was around 44 degrees F, about 10 degrees F warmer than air temperature. (AP Photo/Daily Sitka Sentinel, James Poulson)
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A motorist makes her way to the service road after she was stranded in the Southbound lane of Loop 288 north of the I-610 exit Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Houston. City roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents, including at least five schools, were without electricity Monday after powerful thunderstorms ploughed through the area prompting a tornado warning and dumping several inches of rain and hail on the drought-stricken region. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty) MANDATORY CREDIT
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An audience member applauds as Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses a gathering during a campaign stop in Hudson, N.H., Monday Jan. 9, 2012. At right is the shadow of Callista Gingrich, wife of the candidate. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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In this photo provided by the US Coast Guard, the cutter Healy, left, breaks ice around the Russian tanker Renda in the Bering Sea Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska. The two vessels departed Dutch Harbor for Nome on Jan. 3, 2012, to deliver more than 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)
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Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium celebrates winning her semifinal match against Shahar Peer of Israel at the Hobart International tennis tournament in Hobart, Australia, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Jupe)
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Scaffoldings frame the bronze statue of Pope John Paul II by Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi, as its restoration started in Rome, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Rainaldi was criticized by the Vatican for creating a sculpture of Pope John Paul II that some mockingly say looks more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved late pontiff. The sculptor recently agreed to carry out changes decided upon by a committee of art experts, culture officials and scholars. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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A skier performs during the jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Ski World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, eastern France, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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With an arrow that went completely through its breast, a Canada goose takes off from a sandbar in Percival Cove across from Capitol Lake Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)
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A blanket of fog rests over downtown Roanoke, Va., as seen from Mill Mountain, Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Eric Brady)
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In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, an employee of Rome's Zoo holding a small crocodile meets with Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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An audience members takes a photo of President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, Chicago. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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Lip gloss is applied to a model backstage before the start of the Acquastudio fall-winter fashion collection at Fashion Rio 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Sun City, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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People walk on Plaza del Castillo Square as the fog envelops the city, last night, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Mohammad Saber Yaqoti Hussaini Khedri, second right, the calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of the holy Quran turns a page at a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Hussaini Khedri claims to have completed the writing of the world's biggest copy of Islam's holy Quran in 5 years along with his nine students with the financial support of a well- known figure Afghan Sayed Mansoor Nadri. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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Italy's biker Alessandro Botturi races his KTM in the 11th stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Arica, Chile and Arequipa, Peru, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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Dave Bronson sweeps snow of the wing of a friend's plane on Lake Hood as another big snow fall hit the Anchorage, Alaska area on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Anchorage has received an official 81.3 inches of snow at the airport measuring station as of Tuesday. Meteorologist Shaun Baines said that makes it the snowiest period for Anchorage since records have been kept. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)
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A boy takes a break from his drum lessons at the Danilo Perez Foundation music school in Panama City, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. The Central American capital will host the ninth edition of the Panama Jazz Festival from Jan. 16 to 21. Panamanian Grammy winning pianist Perez is also the founder and artistic director of the festival that this year will honor saxophonist Carlos Garnett. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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A shrouded man depicts a dead person during a memorial service for those who died in the 2010 earthquake, at the mass grave site in Titanyen, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. Haitians are marking the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake with church services throughout the country on what is a national holiday of remembrance. The government has said the disaster killed 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. More than 500,000 are still in temporary settlement camps. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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An industry affiliate tries out the Sensics 3D SmartGoggles headset at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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A whooping crane flies over the Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Fulton, Texas, Dec. 17, 2011. Scientists are concerned a devastating drought could hurt the recovery of the 300 endangered whooping cranes that winter in Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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A young Indian girl is given her first polio vaccination at a health camp organized by the Rotary Club in conjunction with UNICEF and the WHO, in Moradabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. India will celebrate a full year since its last reported case of polio on Friday, a major victory in a global eradication effort that appeared to be stalled just a few years ago. If no previously undisclosed cases of the crippling disease are discovered across the country, India will no longer be considered to be polio endemic, leaving only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria on that list. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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