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FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012, file photo, Tyler Perry smiles on stage at the BET Awards, in Los Angeles. Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, they'll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first "Black Men in Hollywood" dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee and filmmaker Perry, who will host the event. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012, file photo, Tyler Perry smiles on stage at the BET Awards, in Los Angeles. Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, they'll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first "Black Men in Hollywood" dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee and filmmaker Perry, who will host the event. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

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Best combat rifles of all time

A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.

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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.

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A Christmas tree comes to the Capitol

The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas was lit on Tuesday. The tree arrived by flatbed truck from Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, on Nov. 21 and was set in the ground on the West Lawn.

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Gadget Geek's Cyber Monday Picks #3

Home- and money-saving gadgets: Don’t think that because everyone is always on the go, or just having fun that this “homebody” doesn’t have a list of gadgets for you that will help around the house and help you save some money. By Jason Hull