American surfer Garrett "GMAC" McNamara rides what could be, if confirmed, the biggest wave conquered in history as a crowd watches Monday in Nazare, Portugal. To Mane/Barcroft Media /Landov hide caption

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Timbuktu was once considered so remote that the Paris-based Societe de Geographie offered 10,000 francs to the first non-Muslim to reach the city and report back. Chris Kocek/iStockphoto hide caption

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A female Israeli soldier runs during an urban warfare exercise at an army training facility near Zeelim, Israel, on June 19, 2008. Ed Ou/AP hide caption

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George Washington referred to "that Almighty Being" during his inaugural address in 1789. "God" didn't show up in an inaugural speech until more than three decades later. AP hide caption

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A picture taken with a mobile phone earlier this month purportedly shows Islamist insurgents in Gao, Mali. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A police officer holds an assault weapon turned in during a gun buyback in the Van Nuys area of north Los Angeles on Dec. 26. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man enters a UBS bank in Hong Kong last month. The Swiss banking giant agreed in 2009 to identify the names of its U.S. account holders, part of a push by banking regulators to make it harder to hide income. Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House late Tuesday evening. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police conducts a news briefing Saturday in Newtown, Conn. The strategy for dealing with the wave of news media in Newtown echoes that of some past tragedies, experts say. Jason DeCrow/AP hide caption

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