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President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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Students stand outside Penn State's Old Main building, protesting the handling of a child abuse scandal involving retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Fireflies Al di Meola & World Sinfonia 0:32

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String Quartet No. 3 "Old-Time"--v Mark O'Connor 0:25

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String Quartet No. 2 "Bluegrass"--iii Mark O'Connor 1:30

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Home for the Holidays The Bayfield Brass 0:12

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In February 1945, Hershel Williams was sent to Iwo Jima with a flamethrower unit. A week and a half later, all but 17 of the 279 members of his company had been killed or wounded. Nick Del Calzo/Courtesy Artisan Books hide caption

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Concerto in D Major for Trumpet & Orchestra: Adagio Arturo Sandoval / London Symphony Orchestra / Luis Haza 0:03

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Concerto in D Major for Trumpet & Orchestra: Allegro moderato Arturo Sandoval / London Symphony Orchestra / Luis Haza 1:30

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In California, prison inmates who have committed serious crimes and have been diagnosed with a major mental illness can be forced to serve their parole in a state hospital. At Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, there are more than 600 such patients. "As a group," says the hospital's director, "the mentally disordered offenders are the most aggressive." Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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I Want You Kings of Leon 0:30

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Costa Rican and U.S. Guard Coast members seized this semi-submersible which was carrying seven tons of cocaine. It is shown here at Costa Rica's Puntarenas Coast Guard headquarters on Sept. 17, 2008. Four Colombians were arrested. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Diego Rivera's fountain of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc is a pumping station in Mexico City's municipal water system. It fell into disrepair for some time, but has recently been restored. David Hiser/National Geographic hide caption

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Danza Brasilera David Russell 0:08

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Rumores de la Caleta David Russell 1:41

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Twelve Days of Christmas Béla Fleck & the Flecktones 0:28

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