Guido the Racing Italian Sausage in action during Game Two of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

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A final blessing: Pope Benedict XVI as he blessed those gathered outside his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on Thursday. He's not expected to make any more public appearances. Tony Gentile /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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President Obama reached out to touch the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks during Wednesday's dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was behind the president. Jason Reed/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, as he was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Pentagon. His wife, Lilibet, held the Bible. Michael L. Rhodes, the Pentagon's director of administration and management, administered the oath. MC1 Chad J. McNeeley/Office of the Secretary of Defense hide caption

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Pope Benedict XVI as he arrived on the altar in St. Peter's Square Wednesday for his last general audience. Gabriel Bouys /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his wife Elaine Chao at last summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa. Mike Thelier /UPI /Landov hide caption

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