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The Villa Aurora, a palace in Rome housing the only mural by Caravaggio and at the center of a messy legal battle between a Texas-born princess and the sons of her late husband, an Italian prince, will go up for auction on Jan. 18. Laurent Emmanuel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An epic inheritance fight will soon cost a Texas-born princess her 16th century villa

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Journalist takes images of pictures of Anne Frank at the renovated Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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An employee of Sotheby's Dubai presents a 555.55 Carat Black Diamond called "The Enigma" on Monday that will be auctioned at Sotheby's Dubai gallery, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, as part of the March on Washington. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Read Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech in its entirety

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A law enforcement vehicle sits in front of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on January 16, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas. All four people who were held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue have been safely released after more than 10 hours of being held captive by a gunman Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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A medical worker puts on a mask before entering a negative pressure room with a COVID-19 patient in the ICU ward at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., this month Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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More Vaxxed People Are Acting As If They're 'Done' With The Pandemic. Should They?

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From center left to right: Yolanda Renee King, Arndrea Waters King and Martin Luther King III, lead the annual D.C. Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge for Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Arab politician, leader of the United Arab list, Mansour Abbas, discusses with President Reuven Rivlin on who might form the next coalition government, at the president's residence in Jerusalem, April 5, 2021. Abir Sultan/AP File Photo hide caption

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COVID-19 rapid tests are distributed in Brooklyn in late December. Self-tests are in short supply in many parts of the country. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus, sits on a bench as pedestrians walk outside Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Greece, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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Jessica Gerson-Neeves and her wife have been mired in a standoff for weeks with their three cats over a Vitamix blender. Jessica Gerson-Neeves hide caption

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This image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga. Japan Meteorology Agency via AP hide caption

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Members of the Supreme Court: Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Erin Schaff/New York Times/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court justices aren't 'scorpions,' but not happy campers either

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