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Northern_Lights

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are seen near the city of Tromsoe, northern Norway, late Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Stargazers were out in force in northern Europe on Tuesday, hoping to be awed by a spectacular showing of northern lights after the most powerful solar storm in six years. (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway, Rune Stoltz Bertinussen) NORWAY OUT
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Costa_Concordia_lays

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 and made available on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia lays on its starboard side after it ran aground off the coast of the Isola del Giglio island, Italy, gashing open the hull and forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to the nearby Isola del Giglio island. About 1,000 Italian passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and about 1,000 crew members. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Modesti)
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African_Cup_of_Nations

A Niger fan reacts during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match Gabon against Niger at Stade De L'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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paramilitary_soldiers

Indian paramilitary soldiers march during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. India is marking its 62nd Republic Day with military parades across the country. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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Association_of_Surfing

In this photo provided by the Association of Surfing Professionals, Ellie-Jean Coffey, of Australia, competes in the Billabong World Junior Championship Gold Coast surfing competition in Burleigh Heads, Australia, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Association of Surfing Professionals, Matt Dunbar)
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Zikim_beach

A kite surfer enjoys the wind on the Zikim beach, near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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Blake_Williamson

Blake Williamson, of Jacksonville, Fla., spends time as the sun sets playing his guitar along River Road in San Marco in Jacksonville, Fla., before heading off to classes to become a firefighter Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)
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brazil_airport

People walk in Santos Dummont airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012. Demand for flights in Brazil has nearly tripled in the past decade, authorities said Tuesday, straining a system that is under pressure to prepare for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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central_San_Antonio

Lightning streaks across the sky in north central San Antonio as a line of thunderstorms moves through the Hill Country area early Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Rainstorms and strong winds across parts of Texas have left thousands of people without electricity. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, John Davenport) (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News) MAGS OUT, RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT
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downtown_Sofia

A man walks during heavy snowfall in downtown Sofia, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. For two days blizzards have hit the Balkans and parts of eastern and central Europe with as much as three meters (10 feet) of snow at a time.(AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
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evergreen_bush

In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 photo, an evergreen bush on Spokane's South Hill sheds its icicles as temperatures rise above freezing. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT
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Festival_in_Ghent

Spectators look at a light projection on a shopping mall during the Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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floor_in_Port_au_Prince

A young man exercises at the entrance of his house as his dog lies on the floor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Gelsenkirchen

A baboon sits in the sun at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Italy_Cruise_Aground

In this undated photo released by the Italian Navy, scuba divers inspect the Costa Concordia cruise ship grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. A large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled Costa Concordia on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Actual pumping of the oil isn't expected to begin until Saturday, but officials from the Dutch shipwreck salvage firm Smit were seen on the bow of the Concordia and in the waters nearby making preparations to remove the fuel, while the search for missing passengers continues. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)
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Health_Department_official

A Health Department official wearing protective gear culls a bird at a poultry farm after bird flu virus was detected, in Lembucherra area near Agartala, India, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. More than 2,000 birds were culled in Agartala in the north eastern Indian state of Tripura after reports of deaths of poultry birds in the area, blood samples were collected examined and H5 strain of avian influenza virus was found, according to the local agency Press trust of India. (AP Photo/Sushanta Das)
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Holocaust_surviver

Holocaust surviver Eva Szirtes looks for names of her relatives on a memorial wall holding the engraved names of tens of thousands of Hungarian Holocaust victims in the Holocaust Memorial Center during the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. The remembrance day marks the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps 67 years ago. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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Jan_Brewer_points

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said: "He was a little disturbed about my book." Brewer recently published a book, "Scorpions for Breakfast," something of a memoir of her years growing up and defends her signing of Arizona's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes. Obama was objecting to Brewer's description of a meeting he and Brewer had at the White House, where she described Obama as lecturing her. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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Lawmakers_from

Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot's Movement cover their faces with masks as they protest against ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, during a parliament session, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, after the Polish government signed the agreement. Poland's plans to sign ACTA sparked attacks on Polish government websites and street protests in several Polish cities this week. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
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Lycabettus_Hill

A rainbow is seen over Lycabettus Hill, after heavy rainfall in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Bank negotiators are due to return to Athens on Thursday in an bid to clinch a 100 billion euro debt-reduction deal with Greece, seen as important to easing concerns in the troubled eurozone. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
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Paul_Cook

Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, both of Madison, do their best to rescue a sinking shanty from Lake Mendota off the shore of Mendota Park in the Town of Westport, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The shanty, used for the men's casual ice hockey group called "The Iceholers," began sinking due to a recent thaw and then froze in place. Anderson and Cook said they planned to use a system of lumber framing and come-alongs to hoist the shanty out of the water, suspending it until the ice refroze underneath it. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)
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penguin_looks

Seen through glass, a penguin looks out of the water in a pool in the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Piskaryovskoye_Cemetery

A woman grieves near an eternal flame at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, as she marks the 68th anniversary of the battle that broke the Siege of Leningrad. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people perished during the 900-day siege. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Rescue_workers

Rescue workers stand by as others dig through the debris where three building collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Jan. 26, 2012. A 20-story building collapsed in Rio's center Wednesday evening, causing the collapse of other two smaller ones. By Thursday afternoon rescuers had pulled three bodies from the rubble and 21 people remained missing. Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes said a structural problem may have caused the building to collapse, however officials were still investigating the cause. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Sultana_Mumith

Sultana Mumith snaps a photo of a swimming shark during a visit to the Dallas World Aquarium in downtown Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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the_Sao_Paulo

A model wears a creation by Joao Pimenta during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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The_Shard

A view of The Shard, a newly-constructed high-rise building in London, seen through an outdoor art installation, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Passengers stepping out of London Bridge station cannot help but crane their necks to gaze at the jagged tower under construction: The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union and looks like a slice of glass balanced on the edge of the financial district. When the tower opens next year, visitors to the observation deck will see helicopters fly by at eye level and take in the metropolis all the way to the distant north Downs Hills. The structure designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano dwarfs nearby landmarks like Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral . (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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wears_a_creation

A model wears a creation from "Who" during a 080 Barcelona fashion show in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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young_biathletes

In a photo taken Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, young biathletes take a practice run next to metal sculptures on the on the Sean McCabe Memorial Ski Trail behind Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop, Wash., before a competition. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)
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