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In this Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 photo, Eric Venner takes shelter under an umbrella as he walks in front of a mural on Holman Street in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)
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Reed sprouts are covered with thick ice at lake Zwischenahner Meer ind Bad Zwischenahn, northern Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. After a period of relatively mild weather a cold spell has reached central and eastern Europe. (AP Photo/dapd, David Hecker)
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Seagulls fly in front of the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Residents of Giglio are growing increasingly worried about threats to the environment and the future of the Italian island as bad weather again forced suspension of the recovery operation of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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A model's make up picture is stuck to a mirror backstage during the Autumn/Winter Madrid's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in Madrid, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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African_Goddess

People carry a statue of Iemanja, the African Goddess of the sea, during a ritual honoring her in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
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A man views icicles on a window in Uzice 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, authorities announced Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122. .(AP Photo)
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A Chola poses for pictures during an event to elect carnival characters known as Chuta, Pepino and Chola in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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Colombia_Bomb

Residents and police rush to the site where a bomb exploded outside a police station in Tumaco on Colombia's southern Pacific coast, Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012. Police Gen. Rodolfo Palomino said that at least five people were killed and 20 wounded and blamed the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for the attack. (AP Photo/Victor Manuel Correa, Diario del Sur)
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An Indian disaster response worker and others gather around derailed cars of a passenger train following an accident at Sathi Sarapa village near Gauhati, India, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. A railway official said the train hit a bulldozer and derailed at an unmanned crossing in the north-eastern Indian state. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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In a photo from Jan. 29, 2012, fisherman look through their ice holes during the Jig It Ice Fishing Extravaganza held at the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in Escanaba, Mich. Jason M. Pepin, of Escanaba, was the only fisherman to catch a fish during the competition. The small perch weighed only 4.5 ounces but netted Pepin the first place prize of $3,000 cash. (AP Photo/Daily Press, Jenny Lancour)
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An unidentified woman throws flour on French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, Francois Hollande, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. The woman ran to the side of the podium where Socialist Francois Hollande stood on Wednesday to sign a "social contract" in favor of housing for all. (AP Photo/SZG) FRANCE OUT
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An Egyptian man walks by a graffiti that reads, "pride and dignity, No SCAF," on a wall on a road that leads to the protest camp in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Egyptians cast their ballots on Sunday for the upper house of parliament, a largely consultative body with limited powers. SCAF stands for Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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A tribal Indian dancer from Gujarat waits before performing at the opening of the Surajkund Fair in Faridabad, Haryana, just outside New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. The fair is held for two weeks and features culture and crafts from all of India's states, its South Asian neighbors and other countries in the world. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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A model displays an Autum/Winter design by Jesus Del Pozo during the Madrid's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in Madrid, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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In this Jan. 24, 2012 photo, one of Jim and Donita Clark's four Capuchin monkeys chats inside her cage in the family's RV at an undisclosed location near the Louisiana Border in Texas. Even in their Texas hideout, the Clarks are terrified that wildlife agents from their home state of Louisiana will descend on their motorhome and seize the four Capuchin monkeys they've reared for 10 years. Exotic animal owners like them say wildlife agents have been cracking down in Louisiana and around the country after high-profile cases of exotic animals getting loose or attacking people. At least six states have also banned the ownership of wild animals since 2005, and Congress is also mulling tighter restrictions. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Meerkats huddle together as it rains at the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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A heating plant is seen on a winter's morning in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, as temperatures of minus 21 degree Celsius (minus 5.8 degree Fahrenheit) hit the Belarusian capital. The death toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 71 Wednesday, most of them homeless people. Temperatures dropped to minus 30 C (minus 22 F) in some regions, causing power outages and traffic chaos and prompting authorities to close schools and nurseries. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Cameron Turnnidge, three, of Canon City, Colo., looks past a election sign just before Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign rally at the Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
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Debris and wreckage lie along the highway after a multi-vehicle accident that killed at least nine people, on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Authorities were still trying to determine what caused the pileup on the highway, which had been closed for a time because of the mixture of fog and heavy smoke from a brush fire. At least five cars and six tractor-trailers were involved, and some burst into flame. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
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A warm covered pug dog strolls on a street in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on a cold winter Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Germany faces freezing temperatures coming from Russia down to minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Maggie, a baby reticulated giraffe, is nuzzled by an adult giraffe at the Oakland Zoo Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. Weighing in at eighty pounds and seventy-two inches, Maggie is the first female giraffe born at the Zoo in nearly a decade. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Bosnian Redzo Beganovic breaks up ice on the surface of a frozen lake to get water for animals, near Tuzla, 130 kms north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Central and eastern Europe are experiencing a severe and snowy cold snap with temperatures in Bosnia plummeting to lows of minus 10 Celsius causing misery to Bosnians whose economy, 14 years after Bosnia's devastating 1992-95 war, is still a wreck.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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A man walks as snow and frozen wind billows cross the region, in Roncesvalles, northern Spain, Thursday Feb. 2, 2012. A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero. (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos)
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A woman protects herself from the cold wind during Saint Blas Day, a day when people buy sweets blessed to protect their health, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday Feb. 3, 2012, A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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In this undated photo provided by Sandia National Laboratories, a time exposure, a light-emitting diode, or LED, attached to a self-guided bullet at Sandia National Laboratories shows a bright path during a nighttime field test. The New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories announced Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012 that its engineers have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target more than a mile away. According to Sandia Labs engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. Officials say it can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air. (AP Photo/Sandia National Laboratories)
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A man wrapped in a sleeping bag during near-freezing temperatures walks past a graffiti-covered wall in central Athens, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. An International Monetary Fund debt inspector said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday that negotiations for landmark debt deals with Greece will be concluded in a "matter of days" but pressed the recession-hit country to lower employment costs and even slash the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Spanish_designer_Margarita

A model wears a creation by Spanish designer Margarita Freire during the International Flamenco Fashion Show in Seville, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
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Thuringian_Forest

Tourist ski in the Thuringian Forest near Oberhof, central Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Germany faces a heavy winter with snow and temperatures plummeting to minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look like the late Mahatma Gandhi arrive on a bus before attempting a world record in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Local non-government organizations put on the event and a total of 485 children took part in the rally ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi's death which falls on January 30th. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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In this photo released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI sets a white dove free at the end of the Angelus prayer from his window overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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We_must_resist

In this photo taken Jan. 31, 2012, a man pushes a cart with goods to recycle past a graffiti that reads in Portuguese "We must resist" in the Favela do Metro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Residents of communities like Metro, located on the surroundings of the Maracana stadium, are being pushed out of their homes to make way for new roads, Olympic venues, and other projects as part of preparations to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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A woman looks out of a window covered in frost on a bus in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, authorities said Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Italian harbor workers stand near a lighthouse at the entrance of the port of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, as in the background lays on its side the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Bad weather conditions forced the temporary suspension of the recovery operation of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia. The ship contains about 500,000 gallons (2,400 tons) of heavy fuel and other pollutants, and fears are growing that those pollutants could spill out, damaging a pristine environment that is home to dolphins, whales and other marine life. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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A worker carries Bahujan Samaj Party flags to be put up at the venue of a rally where Mayawati , the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh will speak, at Faizabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. India's biggest state, Uttar Pradesh, will be choosing its state assembly in elections starting next week. Mayawati, a former school teacher and leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, who uses only one name, has risen to the upper rungs of India's political landscape by tapping into the enormous voting base of dalits, who are at the bottom of Hinduism's caste structure. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Protesters from the Ngobe-Bugle tribe block a road during a protest in El Vigui, Panama, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Members of the Indian tribe blocked roads in two provinces on the border with Costa Rica in a dispute over mineral exploitation on their lands. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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Tough_Guy_event

Competitor cross an obstacle at the annual Tough Guy event, Perton, England, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Tough Guy claims to be the world's most demanding one-day survival ordeal. First staged in 1986, it has been widely described as "the toughest race in the world", with up to one-third of the starters failing to finish in a typical year.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
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