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Then-Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell talking with family members in between television interviews in September. O'Donnell was subjected to ridicule after a clip surfaced from an appearance years ago on comic Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect show where she mentions dabbling in witchcraft. Rob Carr/AP hide caption

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John Ridley's Top 7 'Nontroversies' Of 2010

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Swati embroidery is being revived "one stitch at a time" in the vocational institution established in a wing of Ahmed Zeb's home in Saidu Sharif, the old capital of Swat. The princess has taught hundreds of women "to stand up, avoid charity, [and] earn with dignity." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Princess Revives Swati Culture One Stitch At A Time

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives the presidential decree to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his second term during a ceremony in August 2009. Since that time, a political fissure has emerged within Iran's conservative camp, threatening possible open conflict between the two men. AP/Office of the Supreme Leader hide caption

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Iran Spat Pits President Against Supreme Leader

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Wafaa Bilal implanted a webcam in the back of his head. The camera is taking a picture a minute for a year, and the images are being streamed live at Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art. Wafaa Bilal hide caption

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A Surgically Implanted Camera And More At New Arab Art Museum

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Lobbyist Niira Radia was questioned by the government in New Delhi in November. India's income tax department had tapped her phone, looking for evidence of alleged tax evasion and money laundering. She denies wrongdoing. AP hide caption

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Scandal Threatens India's Economic Growth

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The hallucinogenic mushroom Amanita muscaria. Harvard biologist Donald Pfister claims that both people and reindeer ate the mushrooms. "Reindeers flying -- are they flying, or are your senses telling you they're flying because you're hallucinating?" he says. John Tann/flickr hide caption

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Did 'Shrooms Send Santa And His Reindeer Flying?

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Swedish police officers patrol a street in central Stockholm, near where a suicide bomber killed himself two days earlier, on Dec. 11. Jonathan Nackstrand /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Human Factor' Proves Key Obstacle To Terrorism

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