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U.N. forces try to calm the crowd outside an election center in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au Prince, on Dec. 9. Supporters of Michel Martelly, who failed to qualify for an election runoff in results announced by Haitian electoral authorities, took to the streets of Haiti's capital in three days of unrest last week to contest the election results. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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39 Clues protagonist Dan Cahill (above) comes from the world's most powerful family -- but doesn't know why. Readers help Dan and his sister Amy search for the 39 clues that will reveal the mysterious source of their family's power. Scholastic hide caption

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"Nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," President Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an Oval Office interview on Thursday. Pete Souza/White House hide caption

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A truck loaded with flowers and strawberries crosses the Gaza Strip's Rafah border into Egypt on Nov. 28 after Israel granted special approval for the export of a small amount of Palestinian products from the Gaza Strip to Europe. Sealed off from the outside world, Gaza's farmers are entering their fourth year of export restrictions, imposed by Israel after the Islamist Hamas party took control of the impoverished strip. Said Khatib /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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British soldier, adventurer and author Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), known as Lawrence Of Arabia, joined the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I and was instrumental in the conquest of Palestine. The photo was taken in 1918. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Chicago Housing Authority has been gradually moving residents out and tearing down the high rises at Cabrini-Green, seen here in 2005, and other public housing developments in the city. The move ends what many call a troubled era of public housing policy. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Supporters of Proposition 8, the California measure that restricts legal marriage to heterosexual couples, stand between opponents of the measure in San Francisco in August. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals begins deliberations Monday on the legality of same-sex marriage in the state. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Ted Olson, who served as President George W. Bush's solicitor general, is now one of the lead lawyers trying to overturn California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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