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A worker with the architect of the Capitol cuts ropes that were tying down the branches of a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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A worker with the architect of the Capitol cuts ropes that were tying down the branches of a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Workers with the architect of the Capitol erect a 65-foot Sierra white fir from California's Stanislaus National Forest that will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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David Barfield checks the drought-stricken saplings at his Christmas tree farm in New Caney, Texas. Only a handful of the 500 saplings he planted have survived this year's drought and summer heat wave. (Associated Press)

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David Barfield checks a dying tree Nov. 8, 2011, at his Christmas tree farm in New Caney, Texas. This year's historic drought has killed thousands of trees on Barfield’s farm and across Texas and Oklahoma. (Associated Press)

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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (U.S. Marshals Service via Associated Press)

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Eric John King was convicted of fatally shooting two men at a Phoenix convenience store two days after Christmas in 1989. (Associated Press)

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Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers will now play against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Riders dressed as soldiers of the Russian army in the times of the Russian- France 1812 war perform during Russia Orthodox Christmas celebrations in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics and Protestants and commonly used in secular life around the world. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Russian believers attend an Orthodox Christmas service at Christ The Savior Cathedral in Moscow, late Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, Russia and other Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics and Protestants and commonly used in secular life around the world. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

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** FILE ** Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, foreground, crosses himself as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service in the XIX century church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Turginovo village, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

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The Rev. Gabriel Weller distributes incense from the altar at the beginning of service for Russian Orthodox Christmas at All Saints Of North America Russian Orthodox Church in Middlebrook, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/The Daily News Leader, Pat Jarrett