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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center right) walks across the apron with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (center left), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, after arriving in Baghdad on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Mr. Panetta was participating in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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The Capitals' Tomas Vokoun has allowed some soft goals in recent games, including this tap-in by Toronto's Phil Kessel on Dec. 9. (Associated Press)

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The Capitals' Tomas Vokoun has allowed some soft goals in recent games, including this tap-in by Toronto's Phil Kessel on Dec. 9. (Associated Press)

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"I don't really care about efforts; I care about results," says political consultant Dave Carney, who gives campaign contractors small monthly payouts and bonuses if they win. (Associated Press)

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Dr. Ken Neil, a Virginia Beach-area dentist, is rewarded with a hefty rockfish for braving the cold.

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**FILE** Sen. John McCain (center), Arizona Republican and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, flanked by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (left), Arizona Republican, and fellow committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, speaks Dec. 14, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill to announce an effort to replace the defense sequester mandated as a result of the supercommittee's failure. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta presents Purple Hearts to personnel of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Task Force Blackhawks at a forward operating base in Sharana, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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A New York judge said in ruling on a petition seeking to relax FDA rules on the morning-after pill that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could be added as a defendant. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to military personnel during his visit to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti on Tuesday. Mr. Panetta arrived in Afghanistan later in the day. He will also visit Iraq, Libya and Turkey. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (center) walks to his vehicle after being greeted by Ryan Crocker (right), U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Gen. John Allen upon his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan on Dec., 13, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Kevin Lunsman, a kidnapped American teenage boy, talks Dec. 10, 2011, to Filipino soldiers inside the Philippine military compound in Zamboanga City, Philippines, following his escape from suspected al Qaeda-linked militants. (Associated Press)

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Workers prepare for lunch Dec. 7, 2011, in the kitchen at the Palio D'Asti restaurant in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks Dec. 10, 2011, during a GOP presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter (83) is mobbed by teammates after catching the winning touchdown Sunday at Cincinnati. (Associated Press)

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Robert Griffin III has said he will wait until after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 to announce his plans. (Associated Press)

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APTOPIX Republicans D_Lea.jpg

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talk during a break in the Republican presidential debate on Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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People help carry a patient out of a hospital after it caught fire in Kolkata, India, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The fire swept through the hospital early Friday, sending emergency workers scrambling to evacuate patients and medical staff from the smoke-filled building, officials said. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

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Jamie Radtke, Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate (left), talks with supporter Tommy Moser (center) of Rockingham County, Va., at a protest outside a debate between Tim Kaine and George Allen. Third-party candidates were excluded from participating in the debate in Richmond on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A group of Tea Party activists and supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke (R) protest outside a debate between Former Virginia governors and current U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R), which third party candidates were excluded from participating at the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Barbara Orbison, then 18, with her husband, Roy Orbison, in 1969. Mrs. Orbison, 60, died from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, the 23rd anniversary of her husband's death. She devoted herself since the 1980s to maintaining his legacy.