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Guard Britny Latham is a breakout star on a team that's nationally ranked — and a favorite for an NCAA tournament bid. Matt Kohashi/Gallaudet University Athletics hide caption

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Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi  prepares to hand the gavel to Speaker-elect John Boehner as the 112th Congress opens. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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