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Spaniards Snap Up Holiday Hams, Even After Cancer Warning

Ham is the most popular family gift at Christmastime in Spain. And some Spaniards are feeling defiant after the World Health Organization's warning that processed meats are linked to cancer.

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Obama Insists Climate Deal Will Outlast GOP 'Climate Denial'

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During a Dec. 5 protest against new highway fees in Moscow, a Russian Communist Party supporter stood in front of a banner with portraits of wealthy businessmen including billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, far left. Rotenberg's son, Igor Rotenberg, controls the business operating the new road fee system. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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In A Rare Protest, Russian Truckers Rally Against Putin's Highway Tax

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Spaniards Snap Up Holiday Hams, Even After Cancer Warning

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Hillary Clinton appears at a Democratic National Committee event in October. Her joint fundraising committee with the DNC can ask a single donor for 135 times as much money as her campaign alone. Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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How Hillary Clinton Could Ask A Single Donor For Over $700,000

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Homeless veterans face an uphill climb — and not simply because of the tight housing markets in cities. Even if they've found open properties, and have the rental checks to pay for them, some landlords are still reluctant to accept them. Heiko Kueverling /iStockphoto hide caption

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Homeless Veterans Face Challenges Beyond The Rental Check

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Players on Monmouth University's bench have created over-the-top choreographed celebrations for plays. Here, Tyler Robinson pretends to be dead, while teammates Louie Pillari, Dan Pillari and Greg Noack react in horror. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Shtick On The Sidelines: College Basketball's Most Famous Bench

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Will Smith plays neuropathologist and Nigerian immigrant Bennet Omalu in Concussion. He says the role was exhilarating: "You know, Will Smith with a Nigerian accent could go really, really wrong." Melinda Sue Gordon/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Actor (And Football Dad) Will Smith On Playing The 'Concussion' Doctor

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