Law enforcement personnel near the scene of the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a man is said to be holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver. Philip Sears /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Hadiya Pendleton. Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune /MCT /Landov hide caption

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Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Looking for work: In Birmingham, Ala., last summer, Jessica McQueen (left) and Ashley Abramson were among those filling out applications at a jobs fair. Joe Songer /Birmingham News /Landov hide caption

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Fill out an application for a loan, and your wage history may go places you didn't expect. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly at Wednesday's Senate hearing about gun violence. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Neil Heslin brought a framed photo of himself and his son Jesse (when the boy was an infant) to Monday's hearing in Hartford, Conn. The 6-year-old was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December's shooting. Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant /MCT /Landov hide caption

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Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at his confirmation hearing last week. Zhang Jun /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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