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2012 pictures of the year

Firefighters look at the emerged side of the

Firefighters look at the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy. (Jan. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Here's a look at the pictures of the year for 2012.

Firefighters look at the emerged side of the
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Firefighters look at the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy. (Jan. 17, 2012)

A man rides a horse through a bonfire
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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, in honor of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals. (Jan 16, 2012)

Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look
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Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look like revered leader Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi arrive on a bus before attempting a world record in Kolkata, India. A total of 485 children took part in the rally ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi's death. (Jan. 29, 2012)

A woman pays her respects at a statue
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A woman pays her respects at a statue of longtime head football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death in State College, Pa. (Jan. 22, 2012)

The calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of
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The calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of the Quran turns a page at a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mohammad Saber Yaqoti Hussaini Khedri claims to have completed the giant copy of Islam's scripture in five years with help from his nine students. (Jan. 12, 2012)

Adele poses with her six trophies at the
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Adele poses with her six trophies at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Feb. 12, 2012)

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims
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Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 22 inches in height, walks near his home in Reemkholi village in Dang district, some 335 miles southwest of Kathmandu. (Feb. 21, 2012)

A man walks past an ice-covered car on
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A man walks past an ice-covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in Versoix, near Geneva. The death toll from the vicious cold snap across Europe has risen to more than 260, with the winter misery set to hit thousands more. (Feb. 5, 2012)

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves as she crosses a crowd of supporters while arriving for a political rally as part of her electoral campaign at a stadium in Pathein, west of Yangon. (Feb. 7, 2012)

A woman waits to hear about her sister,
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A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, has tears in his eyes at a massive rally of his supporters at Manezh square outside the Kremlin in Moscow. (March 4, 2012)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches to shake
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches to shake supporters' hands at his home in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat was due to report to a prison in Colorado to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (March 14, 2012)

Actor and activist George Clooney and his father,
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Actor and activist George Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney (center), are arrested for trespassing at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. (March 16, 2012)

A woman cries as she recovers from severe
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A woman cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian army shelled her house in Idlib in northern Syria. Her husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled. (March 10, 2012)

Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he
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Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire during a protest in New Delhi. (March 26, 2012)

Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky
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Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky at La Villette in Paris. Wei's work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. (March 20, 2012)

A bear that wandered into a dorm complex
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A bear that wandered into a dorm complex on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder falls from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials. University police spokesman Ryan Huff said the bear was likely 1 to 3 years old and weighed somewhere between 150 and 200 pounds. (April 26, 2012)

President Barack Obama does push-ups during basketball shooting
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President Barack Obama does push-ups during basketball shooting drills during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. (April 9, 2012)

North Koreans pay their respects in front of
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North Koreans pay their respects in front of two portraits, one of founding leader Kim Il-Sung (left) and the other of his son Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15, 2012. (April 9, 2012)

This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle
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This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flying near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. (April 27, 2012)

The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby
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The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, is displayed in Hong Kong. Lyuba, whose carcass is 42,000 years old, was found by a reindeer herder in Yamal Peninsula in Russia in 2007. (April 10, 2012)

A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south
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A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south of Dallas. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (April 3, 2012)

Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park
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Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific, to be seen in parts of the Western United States. (May 20, 2012)

A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy
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A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in Manhattan. (May 1, 2012)

Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco
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Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco de Mayan show at the Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Lucha Va Voom is a mixture of elements of lucha libre, or masked Mexican professional wrestling, with comedy and striptease. (May 4, 2012)

Elderly people lay on their beds after they
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Elderly people lay on their beds after they were evacuated from the nearby hospital in Mirandola in northern Italy. A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people, injured at least 200 and left 14,000 people homeless after it rocked a swath of northern Italy. (May 29, 2012)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kisses the hand
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kisses the hand of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on stage as British singers Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John and other performers look on after the jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in London. (June 4, 2012)

The Rev. Fabio Colindres speaks with a member
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The Rev. Fabio Colindres speaks with a member of Mara Salvatrucha gang during a Mass at the prison of Ciudad Barrios, east of San Salvador, El Salvador. (June 19, 2012)

A fully grown male wild leopard climbs a
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A fully grown male wild leopard climbs a net after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Haskhowa, India. The animal was rescued by the Sukna Forest rescue team from the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary. The team lowered a ladder and a net into the tank. (June 20, 2012)

Flanked by bodyguards, Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi salutes
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Flanked by bodyguards, Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi salutes tens of thousands of Egyptians he addressed in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square. (June 29, 2012)

Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a
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Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. He is the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls. (June 15, 2012)

Fire from Waldo Canyon moves into subdivisions and
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Fire from Waldo Canyon moves into subdivisions and destroys homes in Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 26, 2012)

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a
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Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him in 2011. (June 2, 2012)

A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he
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A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a beached vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, west of Karachi. (July 10, 2012)

Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy, the Venus
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Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London. (July 7, 2012)

A boy swims among the debris as he
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A boy swims among the debris as he tries to salvage belongings from destroyed homes hit after two barges smashed into an informal settler area in Manila after strong winds and rains from Tropical Storm Saola hit the capital. (July 30, 2012)

James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District
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James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and facing additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (July 23, 2012)

Visitors gather to view giant gushes of water
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Visitors gather to view giant gushes of water released from the Xiaolangdi dam in central China to clear up the sediment-laden Yellow River and to prevent localized flooding, in Jiyuan, Henan province. (July 6, 2012)

The Olympic rings light up the stadium during
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The Olympic rings light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 27, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes his family for a boat ride on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. (July 14, 2012)

Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as they
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Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as they exchange fire with regime forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (Aug. 22, 2012)

China's Zheng Tao celebrates breaking the world record
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China's Zheng Tao celebrates breaking the world record after winning the men's 100-meter backstroke event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre in east London. (Aug. 30, 2012)

A Syrian boy who was injured when a
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A Syrian boy who was injured when a shell fired by regime forces hit his house waits to be treated at a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (Aug. 24, 2012)

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama
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First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama hug after delivering remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state. (Aug. 15, 2012)

Residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La.,
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Residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La., as Hurricane Isaac staggered toward central Louisiana. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik makes a salute
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Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik makes a salute after arriving in the courtroom at a courthouse in Oslo. Breivik, who admitted killing 77 people in Norway in 2011, was declared sane and sentenced to prison for bomb and gun attacks. (Aug. 24, 2012)

A worker is seen partially submerged underwater as
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A worker is seen partially submerged underwater as he tries to repair a broken pipe in Caracas, Venezuela. (Sept. 26, 2012)

People run for cover as smoke rises from
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People run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, about 310 miles southwest of Chennai, India. (Sept. 5, 2012)

A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside
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A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo. (Sept. 18, 2012)

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Katherine, the
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Britain's Prince William and his wife, Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the local Solomon Islanders as they leave the airport aboard a truck decorated as canoe in Honiara. (Sept. 16, 2012)

President Barack Obama, right, is picked up off
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President Barack Obama, right, is picked up off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant, during an unannounced stop, in Fort Pierce, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers at
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Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers at Cruisers Diner during a campaign stop in Seaman, Ohio. The unidentified woman pulled her chair up close to the bench that Biden was seated on to speak to him. (Sept. 9, 2012)

South Korean special army soldiers demonstrate their martial
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South Korean special army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 64th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters, south of Seoul, South Korea. (Sept. 26, 2012)

South Korean pop sensation Psy, whose real name
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South Korean pop sensation Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, performs for fans at a promotion by the Sunrise breakfast television show in central Sydney, Australia. The 34-year-old Psy has rocketed to international fame with his song "Gangnam Style" and its much-imitated dance moves, which have gone viral on YouTube. (Oct. 17, 2012)

Seawater floods the Ground Zero construction site in
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Seawater floods the Ground Zero construction site in Manhattan. Superstorm Sandy forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (Oct. 29, 2012)

A crowd watches an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft
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A crowd watches an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force doing a flight demonstration of the Swiss air force over Axalp in the Bernese Oberland. (Oct. 11, 2012)

People crowd into a Chase Bank ATM kiosk
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People crowd into a Chase Bank ATM kiosk to charge phones and laptops at 40th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, one block north of where power has gone out after Hurricane Sandy roared through the region. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop,
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Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, operating under NATO-sponsored International Security Assistance Force, protect a wounded comrade from dust and smoke flares after an improvised explosive device blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, Afghanistan. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour
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Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Boulevard in Los Angeles. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Waves break in front of an amusement park
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Waves break in front of an amusement park wrecked by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Rising water, caused by superstorm Sandy, rushes into
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Rising water, caused by superstorm Sandy, rushes into a subterranean parking garage in Manhattan's Financial District. (Oct. 29, 2012)

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of
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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule to begin a giant leap from more than 24 miles up. Baumgartner shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever with a plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the desert in New Mexico. (Oct. 14, 2012)

A fireball rises as the Israeli air force
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A fireball rises as the Israeli air force carries out a raid over Gaza City. Israel's attack marked the fourth consecutive day of strikes against the Palestinians, who had been firing rockets into Israel. (Nov. 17, 2012)

A near-total solar eclipse is seen in Palm
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A near-total solar eclipse is seen in Palm Cove, Australia. Thousands gathered to view the solar eclipse, the first visible in Australia in a decade. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Residents carry their belongings after being let in
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Residents carry their belongings after being let in to visit their damaged homes for a day in Sea Bright, N.J. Sea Bright was devastated by superstorm Sandy, and officials allowed residents to return only for a day to salvage valuables from the debris. (Nov. 6, 2012)

A Palestinian woman is helped by a paramedic
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A Palestinian woman is helped by a paramedic out of her building, which was damaged during an Israeli air raid on a nearby sporting center in Gaza City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at the
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during his election night event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (Nov. 7, 2012)

A sea of crosses bearing pictures of British
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A sea of crosses bearing pictures of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan is placed in the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. (Nov. 8, 2012)

The family of a 5-year-old Afghan girl who
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The family of a 5-year-old Afghan girl who was allegedly raped by a 22-year-old man looks on as she lies in a hospital bed in Kaldar district of Balk Province of Mazar-i-Sharif. (Nov. 12, 2012)

Dr. Howard Goldsmith consoles his wife, Dr. Rosanna
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Dr. Howard Goldsmith consoles his wife, Dr. Rosanna Troia, while helping clean out the hurricane-battered home of her mother, Troia, in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Smoke rises during an explosion from a strike
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Smoke rises during an explosion from a strike by Israeli forces in Gaza City. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Pedestrians on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Pedestrians on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge try to view Lower Manhattan, much of which was darkened by power outages after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 1, 2012)

This aerial photo shows two homes that were
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This aerial photo shows two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion that sparked a huge fire and killed two people in Indianapolis. (Nov. 11, 2012)

U.S. President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife,
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U.S. President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife, first lady Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, from left, appears on stage on election night in Chicago, Ill. (Nov. 6, 2012)

A young man and woman enjoy swimming in
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A young man and woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. High tides flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas underwater. (Nov. 11, 2012)

In this photo provided by the White House,
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In this photo provided by the White House, Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office following their lunch. (Nov. 29, 2012)

A riot police officer is engulfed by flames
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A riot police officer is engulfed by flames from gas bombs thrown by protesters in front of the parliament during clashes in Athens. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get
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Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get a photo with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department prior to the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington. (Dec. 1, 2012)

Debris is viewed outside of destroyed homes in
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Debris is viewed outside of destroyed homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens more than a month after superstorm Sandy rolled through the New York area. (Dec. 4, 2012)

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