The wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., last June destroyed homes and killed 19 firefighters. Experts say expansion into wildfire-prone areas has created new challenges for firefighters. Andy Tobin/AP hide caption

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Women walk along on the street in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week. The country faces many changes next year, including a presidential election and the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces. There are also concerns that advances made by women over the past decade could be in jeopardy. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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A Bangladeshi worker participates in a protest outside a garment factory in Dhaka. A.M. Ahad/AP hide caption

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(Clockwise, from left)Yuanzai; Mei Huan; Happy Leopard; Mei Lun; Xing Bao; Bao Bao. (Clockwise, from left) Xinhua/Landov; Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta; Animal Press/Barcroft Media/Landov; Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta; EPA/Sergio Barrenechea/Landov; Abby Wood/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces that the city will demolish Turner Field after Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Reed says it was a hard decision but he thinks the city will be better for it. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Oregon is still using paper applications to enroll people in coverage under the Affordable Care Act. iStockphoto hide caption

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Children carry the body of a friend who was killed by shelling during heavy fighting between the Free Syrian Army and the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus earlier this year. Momahed Dimashkia/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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This summer, movie studios were up to their necks in big-budget blockbusters, including Disney's The Lone Ranger, which ended up a huge bomb. Peter Mountain/Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Superlow inflation means workers often don't see big raises and consumers may delay buying, thinking prices will drop some more. Kevork Djansezian/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Partiers celebrate marijuana legalization in Washington state at a pot party in Seattle earlier this month. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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On Tuesday, Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting where many analysts expect they will announce a reduction in the central bank's $85 billion monthly stimulus. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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A crowd forms a line around the block from the office of The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles on the first day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A polio worker vaccinates a child in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, in October. Arshad Arbab/EPA/Landov hide caption

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