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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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Taking the Stairs Instead of the Elevator Sickoakes
Oceans on Hold Sickoakes
Yoake No Uta Eastern Youth
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Spaniards Snap Up Holiday Hams, Even After Cancer Warning

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H-A-M Jay-Z & Kanye West
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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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March of the Archetypes Dan Cray
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Intravenous Pete Robbins

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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Solipsist Kaki King
Ingots Kaki King

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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Ole Fat Jon
624 Part 2 Fat Jon
Pas Trop Pas Tropes Esmerine
My Mamma Pinned a Rose on Me Esmerine
Sun Will Set Zoe Keating

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

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Just the Two of Us [Instrumental] Will Smith
Sincere Sunset (Nujabes Tribute) Abstrakt Idea
Done For Taylor McFerrin
All In Flying Lotus
Joy to the World Desert Wind
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Desert Wind
Souvlaki Space Station Slowdive

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