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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shirley Temple started performing in films when she was just 3 years old. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years

Shirley Temple starred in reliably formulaic movies — a little girl loses a parent, but unlocks the iron hearts of those around her with smiles and song.

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China's National Stadium, right, and National Aquatics Center, cost half a billion dollars to build and struggle to attract visitors. Greg Baker/AP hide caption

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Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on Sunday night. Larry Busacca/Getty Images hide caption

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman leaves a sports arena after a practice session for North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang in December 2013. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Rapp (left) and Adam Pascal perform a scene from the New York Theatre Workshop production of Rent in 1996. Joan Marcus/AP hide caption

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Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu raise their fists in 1990, one day after Mandela was released from jail. Walter Dhladhla /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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More than 100 Haitians were rescued this week after their crowded sailboat capsized. At least 30 more were reported dead. U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images hide caption

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The first family watches John F. Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington, D.C., three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. AP hide caption

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On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation is inviting anyone to submit their own 272-word essay. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pew Internet and American Life Project survey also found 23 percent of online daters found a spouse or long-term partner that way. hide caption

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Absolut's new vodka features crowd-sourced artwork. hide caption

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An Ohio judge ruled that Donald Miller is legally dead — despite the fact that he is very much alive. hide caption

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The government shutdown began Tuesday, after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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