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Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, Calif. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case that pits California's right to run its prisons against the Constitution's guarantee that individuals behind bars have a right to minimally basic medical care.
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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon (left) starts a wind turbine that will help power the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun. Officials will spend the next two weeks debating how to mobilize money to cope with climate change as temperatures climb, ice melts and seas rise.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in September. Amos, now the Marine Corps' top officer, told Congress earlier this month that "don't ask, don't tell" should remain the law of the land.
Megan Lindsey (right) and her friend Alexandria Bodfish at soccer camp at University of Notre Dame. Megan, 14, suffered concussions twice this fall while playing soccer.
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Volunteers packed into a room during a petition-drive training session in Cairo. Mohamed ElBaradei's National Association for Change movement has gathered 900,000 signatures on a petition to amend the constitution and end the stranglehold President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party has over elections.
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Four of the seven lion cubs (Panthera leo) recently born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Lions boast a special form of sister and brotherly alliance: sisters stay together all their lives in prides, and brothers form coalitions to conquer other prides.
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Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, and Flynn, a wanted man voiced by Zachary Levi, encounter many an adventure as they journey through the kingdom. Rapunzel wants to reach a festival, but doesn't realize she might also find true love.
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A Chinese family coaxes their son to pose in a "little emperor" costume at a park in Beijing last year. China introduced its one-child policy for urban Chinese in 1976, resulting in a generation of sibling-less offspring.
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Daphne Beal (right) and her sister Cecily, who is developmentally disabled and legally blind. Daphne says that when they're together, they revert to the things they've done since they were kids.
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