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getty images photographs More than 2.5 million people have been driven into refugee camps as a result of the Sudanese government's scorched-earth policy in the troubled Darfur region. The policy has flattened villages and killed about 300,000 people.

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** FILE ** Brazilian sailors recover debris from the missing Air France Airbus jet in the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009 in this photo released by the Brazilian air force. (AP Photo)

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North Korea's spent nuclear fuel rods, kept in a cooling pond, are seen at the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon. (Yonhap News Agency via Associated Press/File)

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Credit-card stickers announce a variety of options for charging the cost of a visit to a bowling alley in Palo Alto, Calif.

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** FILE ** D.C. firefighters (from top) Lt. Brian Alston, Ryan Doyle, Greg Smith and Shawn Welch attempt to drain the entrance area of a flooded residence in the Adams Morgan area in this 2009 file photo.

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**FILE** This Monday, May 22, 2006 file photo provided by Mary Sage shows a polar bear watching a whaling crew off shore near Barrow, Alaska. Polar bears were declared as a threatened species by the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 saying polar bears must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mary Sage, Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage) ** NO SALES **

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Former Vice President Al Gore testifies on climate change before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday. He threw his support behind the pending climate-change-prevention bill. (ALLISON SHELLEY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES) ** FILE **

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"Earth" is a movie composed of re-edited clips from the 11-part BBC/Discovery Channel miniseries "Planet Earth." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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A woman holds palm fronds and a Bible during Palm Sunday celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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U.S. NAVY The USS Chung-Hoon sails the Gulf of Mexico during her builder's sea trials in 2004. Last week, the destroyer came to the aid of a U.S. ocean surveillance ship being harassed by Chinese vessels in the South China Sea.

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** FILE ** Van Jones focused on green jobs, enterprise and innovation as a special adviser on the Council on Environmental Quality.

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Pylons carry electrical power lines from a California Department of Power and Water generating plant in Long Beach. The stimulus bill signed by President Obama in mid-February includes $11 billion for improvements to the national power transmission grid - an investment many policymakers label as an essential component of increasing green energy and efficiency. (Bloomberg News)

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** FILE ** A South Korean army officer stands guard at the Inter-Korean Transit Office in Paju, South Korea, near North Korea's border city of Kaesong, on Sunday, March 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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**FILE** In this photo from Oct. 2, 2000, Anna Nicole Smith (right) smiles as she walks to the courthouse with her attorney Howard K. Stern in Houston.

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**FILE** Natalie Theys, 19, environmental student at Connecticut College, and thousands of young leaders from across the country rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand that President Obama and Congress pass bold federal climate and energy legislation in 2009 that will dramatically reduce carbon emissions and create millions of green jobs. (The Washington Times)

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detain a group of men on National Wildlife Refuge land outside of Sasabe, Ariz., in 2006. Environmental concerns have limited the range of patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

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Elkhart, Indiana, was where President Obama announced his economic stimulus package, which helped the area recover its business of making gas-guzzling recreational vehicles. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This photo released by the Fars News Agency claims to show an Iranian satellite launching rocket named "Safir-2," translated in English as "Ambassador-2," carrying the satellite "Omid," or "Hope" in English, photographed at launch at an undisclosed location on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Iran has successfully sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, the country's president announced Tuesday, claiming a significant step in an ambitious space program that has worried many international observers.

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1,727 solar panels cover the rooftop of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The off-grid system covers 24,196 square feet to power the sports complex and a theater. (Getty Images)

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Memorial Bridge and Roosevelt Bridge, which link Virginia and the District, are among those that will be closed on Inauguration Day. Authorities are asking people to use public transportation, as drivers in the city will face restrictions, including street closures. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)