A November demonstration against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Designated Secrets Bill drew thousands of protesters. The Japanese Parliament has since passed the law, under which people convicted of leaking classified information will face five to 10 years in prison. Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency/Landov hide caption

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Vitamin E has been associated with increased risk of death in some studies, but it may also delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease. iStockphoto hide caption

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Chris and Sara Guerre are among a growing number of farmers who have made the choice to rent land to farm instead of buy because of increasing property values. Zac Visco for NPR hide caption

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Students at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity. Laura A. Oda/MCT/Landov hide caption

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg displays a confiscated AR-15 assault rifle in East Harlem as District Attorney Cy Vance (right) looks on during a news conference in October 2012 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate the new year. Dubai's glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A variety of Puerto Rican rums placed on a bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in September 2012. A rum tax rebate that sent nearly $200 million to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2013 is due to expire at midnight on Dec. 31. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt. Daniel Zwerdling/NPR hide caption

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NHL Winter Classic hockey game seat pads are displayed at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor ahead of the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process? Victor Bezrukov/Flickr.com hide caption

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