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Although consumer spending is up, consumer confidence is at its worst since March 2009, at the height of the recession.

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Libyan Transitional National Council fighters said Moammar Gadhafi was captured Thursday in this graffitti-filled culvert in Sirte.

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The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, speaks to the press in Annapolis, Md., in 2007. The U.S. government said Tuesday that elements in the Iranian military plotted to kill the ambassador.

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Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Tom Gjelten

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Steve Jobs speaks announces the new iPhone OS4 software in Cupertino, Calif., in 2010.

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U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said (center) was the first foreign ruler to visit Iran after the 2009 re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right). Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Disguised members of the "hacktivist" group called Anonymous took to the streets of Los Angeles in March 2008 to protest near buildings associated with the Church of Scientology. Similar demonstrations were held in cities mainly in the U.S. and Europe. Chris Weeks/AP hide caption

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Downtown San Diego is dark after a massive blackout hit Southern California on Thursday. Approximately 1.5 million residents from Southern Orange County to Northern Baja were without power. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images hide caption

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