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Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers that slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

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After the 1917 revolution, Russia's new rulers debated what to do with the crown jewels. This 1925 photo shows the collection. However, a 1922 album at the U.S. Geological Survey includes photos of four items that are not described in the official 1925 inventory. www.usgs.gov hide caption

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels

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Joseph Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, delivers his victory speech on Nov. 6 in Newton, Mass. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP hide caption

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Massachusetts Freshman Brings Kennedys Back To Capitol Hill

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Republican strategist Karl Rove, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, is arguing for continued secrecy for the new class of million-dollar political donors. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Conservatives Invoke NAACP Case In Fight For Secret Donors

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Street signs in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, are rare. The few that exist are in disrepair, like the one above. Two entrepreneurs are looking to change that and improve navigation in the city. Dina Temple-Raston hide caption

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Street Signs Intended To Give Pakistani City New Direction

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Commentator Bonny Wolf expects Asian cuisine such as kimchi fried rice to become even more popular in 2013. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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On Your Plate In 2013, Expect Kimchi And Good-For-You Greens

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Alt.Latino listeners named Mexican singer Carla Morrison one of 2012's best Latin Alternative musicians. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs That Rocked 2012: Alt.Latino's Listener Picks

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