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Unfinished subdivisions like this one in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz., have led urban planners to suggest "smart decline" strategies that sometimes even dismantle existing infrastructure. Laura Segall/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As many as 5,000 private security contractors will be protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq. The U.S. Embassy compound (above) and several consulates will have about 15,000 workers, making it the largest diplomatic operation abroad. Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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South Korean soldiers face a North Korean soldier standing at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on Thursday. North Korea's neighbors are reassessing their policies following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Wally Santana/AP hide caption

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A teaching assistant pushes a cart of books as he prepares for the first day of school at Caprock Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, in August. State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion from education this school year — one of the largest cuts in state history — and over 12,000 teachers and support staff have been laid off. LM Otero/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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In a rare mass protest, thousands of people from the besieged village of Wukan, China, gather to demonstrate against what they say are illegal land seizures by the government. The villagers accuse local officials of selling 6.5 square miles of their land to boost government revenues. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with the title character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is the second iconic character that actor Daniel Craig (right, with Christopher Plummer) has tackled in the space of a half-decade. Sony/Columbia hide caption

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