Former Democratic Rep. Lindy Claiborne Boggs attends the Distinguished Service Award ceremony at the Capitol in May 2006 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama delivered remarks on the Trayvon Martin case from the White House briefing room Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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From the Toronto Islands, one of many real-life Toronto locales in Robert Rotenberg's legal thrillers, visitors have a clear view of the city's skyline. Sean Dawsean/via Flickr hide caption

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The Iwo Jima Memorial, on the Virginia side of the Potomac River overlooking Washington, D.C., is one of many capital landmarks that do double duty as crime scenes in the novels of author Mike Lawson. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Born in 1812, English writer Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago on Feb. 7. Rischgitz/Getty Images hide caption

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Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, has served time for kidnapping, been accused of murder and cheated on her fifth and sixth husband, Travis, with his brother, Jackson — who later became Kane's 10th husband. Ron Tom/ABC hide caption

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On This Day In History ... : Masterpiece Classic's Upstairs Downstairs sequel picks up six years after the original series left off, with a new family — and a nearly new cast of servants — moving into the house at 165 Eaton Pl., London. Jane Hilton/BBC/Masterpiece hide caption

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Darriel and Shelby Burnett. Shelby says she was unaware of what was going on in the country until she began watching Fox News. Now the government has "awakened a sleeping giant" in the Tea Party, she says. Tom Bullock/NPR hide caption

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A red sun sets over the Sun Valley Resort ski area near Sun Valley, Idaho, where author Ridley Pearson sets his Walt Fleming thriller series. Elaine Thompson/AP Images hide caption

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Elizabeth Marvel as Louisa May Alcott, who loved to run. Liane Brandon hide caption

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