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** FILE ** Former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin, pictured in 2007, has been stripped of his knighthood by the British government. (AP Photo /Danny Lawson, File)

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A real estate sign is displayed on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in front of a home in Little Rock, Ark. (Associated Press)

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Steve Schlegel, owner of Schlegel Bicycles, works on a bicycle in the shop's pro shop in Oklahoma City on Thursday. In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin says gradually cutting the top income-tax rate of 5.25 percent will make the state more attractive to businesses, help spur economic growth and ensure Oklahoma is competitive against neighboring states such as Texas. (Associated Press)

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is against a new European Union treaty designed to stop overspending. Of the 27 EU nations, Britain and the Czech Republic were the only two that did not agree Monday to sign the accord. (Associated Press)

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A customer leaves a Pep Boys auto-parts store in Hayward, Calif. The Pep Boys chain was founded more than 90 years ago. It has agreed to be taken private by the investment firm the Gores Group for about $791 million. (Associated Press)

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As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announces the results of the city's 2011 audit during a press conference at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, left, and Natwar M. Gandhi, chief financial officer of the District, sit behind a chart showing the history of the District's surplus and bond rating. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A customer leaves a Pep Boys auto parts store in Hayward, Calif., on Jan. 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Courtesy of Topps, here's the image that will appear on Michael Morse's trading card for the 2012 season.

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Jack Evans, chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue, listens to tesitmony during a public oversight hearing Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 on the matter of i-Gaming. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures as he campaigns at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Vincent Van Gogh dolls with removable ears are for sale in the gift shop for the Van Gogh Close Up exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 in Philadelphia. The exhibit opens February 1st. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden talks to workers of a Rochester company that has partnered with a local college, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Ali Vanderzanden, with Equality Maine, hugs a friend before a Thursday news conference at the Statehouse in Augusta, Maine, at which a bid to legalize gay marriage in Maine was launched. (Associated Press)

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Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi told the D.C. Council on Thursday that no laws were broken during the process to receive bids on a gaming contract with the city. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied Thursday that an embargo on Iranian oil and sanctions against the central bank would affect his country's economy, but he also said he is open to nuclear-program talks with the West. (Associated Press)

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Iran is in a currency crisis largely credited to Western sanctions. Its central bank announced Thursday an 8.5 percent devaluation of the currency, and Wednesday the president agreed to a dramatic interest rate increase.

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The Shakespeare Theatre Company runs a summer camp that teaches acting skills and culminates in a performance of Shakespearean scenes onstage. (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

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President Obama turns to wave Jan. 26, 2012, as he boards Air Force One departing Las Vegas after spending the night. He spoke about energy innovations and promoted alternative fuels that day at a United Parcel Service hub in Las Vegas (Associated Press)

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Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi told the D.C. Council Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, that no laws were broken during the RFP process to get bids for online gaming. The council held a public oversight hearing on the matter of i-Gaming on Thursday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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In this Jan. 25, 2012, photo, traders Thomas Kay, left, Marshall Ryan, center, and Robert McQuade work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets rose on Thursday, Jan. 26, after the U.S. Federal Reserve pledged to keep interest rates low until late 2014 to nurture the country's stubbornly slow economic recovery. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)