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The photo that touched many hearts: New York City Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo gives a shoeless man a pair of boots on a frigid night last month. Jennifer Foster/NYPD via Facebook hide caption

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The satirical news source The Onion named North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un 2012's Sexiest Man Alive. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks to constituents in Chicago in 2009. Jackson resigned from Congress on Wednesday, following a hospitalization and an investigation into misuse of campaign funds. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Food Network star Guy Fieri just opened a new restaurant in Times Square. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells isn't a fan, so why did he eat there in the first place? Jeff Christensen/AP hide caption

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From left, Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) await President Obama's State of the Union address in January 2011, when a bipartisan seating arrangement symbolically suggested a more cooperative spirit among lawmakers. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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First responders rescue flood-stranded people from a sodden neighborhood in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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Frank Tanabe votes via absentee ballot with the help of his daughter, Barbara (left) and wife, Setsuko, in Honolulu on Oct. 17. He died the following week. Irene Tanabe/AP hide caption

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British pirate radio broadcaster Paddy Roy Bates with his wife, Joan, and daughter, Penny, in 1966. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Voters cast their ballots during early voting in Bowling Green, Ohio. Early voting began Oct. 2 in the battleground state, five weeks before Election Day on November 6. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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James Hoffa was last seen in the parking lot of a Detroit restaurant in 1975 CT/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to pilot a hang glider to lead a flock of cranes to their winter habitat. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In recent years the word "curate" has been plucked out of museums and become ubiquitous. hide caption

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