House Speaker John Boehner, surrounded by Republican House members, speaks during a news conference in Washington last week. The House initially rejected a plan to extend a tax cut for two months to buy time for talks on a full-year renewal. It later compromised — a rare event in 2011. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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A driver uses a cellphone in Maine, which has laws that ban people under 18 from using cellphones behind the wheel and bar all drivers from texting. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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This photo released by Iran's Revolutionary Guards purports to show the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone that went down earlier this month in Iran. Sepahnews/AP hide caption

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Virginia Tech police officers console one another Thursday as they move toward the scene where a fellow police officer was killed in a parking lot on the campus of Virginia Tech. Don Petersen/AP hide caption

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Relatives comfort an Afghan man outside a Kabul hospital where victims of Tuesday's suicide bombing were taken. A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers marking a holy day in the Afghan capital. Ahmad Jamshid/AP hide caption

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Chinese women walk past a billboard showing a box full of gold coins and jewelry, outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Thursday. Chinese leaders are scrambling to shore up flagging economic growth as exports weaken, abruptly reversing course after they spent two years struggling to cool an overheated expansion and surging inflation. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Passengers check in at an American Airlines ticketing counter at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Tuesday. American's parent company, AMR, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to cut costs and unload massive debt. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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A Pakistani boy holds a dagger before a placard reading "Who is terrorist, America" during a rally Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, to condemn NATO helicopter attacks on Pakistani troops. Despite new tensions that have arisen from the raid, some observers say the U.S. and Pakistan have little choice but to continue to work together. K.M.Chaudary/AP hide caption

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Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup in Foley Square after New York City police in riot gear removed the protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday. The evacuation followed similar moves in Oakland, Calif., and Portland, Ore. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers an address to Italy's Senate in December 2010. Berlusconi, whose political survival skills are legendary, promised to step down after the Senate approved an austerity package. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbled during Wednesday night's Republican presidential candidate in Auburn Hills, Mich., at one point seeking help from Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX). Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Amy Barnes protests as police move in to clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration the first weekend in November. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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