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Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Center during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome. L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images hide caption

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This week scientists announced they have reproduced the genome of an extinct amphibian, the gastric brooding frog. Auscape/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Friday that he has reversed his stance against same-sex marriage. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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Van Cliburn accepts flowers from the audience in the Moscow Conservatory in April 1958, after a performance during the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, which he won. Courtesy Van Cliburn Foundation/AP hide caption

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French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira speaks to the French National Assembly on Jan. 29, the first day of debate on the government project to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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Hans Massaquoi told his story in Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany. The former managing editor of Ebony magazine died on his 87th birthday last Saturday. Matthew P. D'Agostino/AP hide caption

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It costs more than a penny to make a penny, and more than a dime to make a nickel. Would it make better business sense to simply round up? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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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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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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