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Mexican soldiers stand guard behind communication radios seized from alleged drug cartel members in Veracruz, Mexico, Nov. 23. Lucas Castro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico Busts Drug Cartels' Private Phone Networks

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The U.S. Capitol is seen above in 2009 as senators worked late into the night on legislation. The light signifying that Congress is in session may remain on this holiday season as well, since House Republicans have said they will remain in a pro-forma session. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments

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The angsty Mavis (Charlize Theron), a teen-fiction writer, plots to save her high-school beau from what she believes is a too-mundane married life in Young Adult. Phillip V. Caruso/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Two Takes, Light And Dark, On The Unexpected Life

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