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President Obama and his administration are pressuring Republicans to cancel the sequester cuts and replace them with tax increases and different spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is seen here in 2009. (The Washington Times)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls for U.S. special operations forces to stop activity in Wardak province after reports of “harassing, annoying … even murdering innocent people.” (Associated Press)

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against regional government-imposed austerity plans to restructure and part-privatize the health care sector in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 17.

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against regional government-imposed austerity plans to restructure and part-privatize the health care sector in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 17.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Lancaster, Pa., on Sept. 4. He strongly denied that he had any intention of taking away anyone's shotguns, rifles or handguns. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sanitation workers in a protective suits clean a street in the heart of the Skid Row district in downtown Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. The three-week cleanup that started this week will get rid of rats' nests, hypodermic needles, condoms, human excrement and other hazards. Weekly inspections will follow. A federal court injunction last year placed limits on the removal of unattended items, but doesn't prevent removal of items that pose health risks. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sanitation workers in a protective suits clean a street in the heart of the Skid Row district in downtown Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. The three-week cleanup that started this week will get rid of rats' nests, hypodermic needles, condoms, human excrement and other hazards. Weekly inspections will follow. A federal court injunction last year placed limits on the removal of unattended items, but doesn't prevent removal of items that pose health risks. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to the troops during a visit to Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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** FILE ** Millions of dollars already have been spent looking at fracking’s impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases, but many analysts believe there hasn’t been enough research to draw firm conclusions. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and his administration are pressuring Republicans to cancel the sequester cuts and replace them with tax increases and different spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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Carlos Maisonet, 73, receives a flu shot from Dr. Eva Berrios-Colon, a professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, during a visit to the faculty practice center at Brooklyn Hospital in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Carlos Maisonet, 73, receives a flu shot from Dr. Eva Berrios-Colon, a professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, during a visit to the faculty practice center at Brooklyn Hospital in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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French troops talk with Malian soldiers outside Bourem, in northern Mali, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Pascal Guyot, Pool)

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VA Secretary-designate Eric K. Shinseki will have to seek out new solutions for the health problems of an ever-growing population of veterans.

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**FILE** Lawrence Stallworth II (left), 20, of Cleveland, who was diagnosed with HIV at age 17, speaks July 22, 2012, on a youth panel at the International AIDS Conference in Washington. Stallworth learned he was infected with HIV at age 17, when he was a high-school senior, after a hospitalization. A black gay man, he's among one of the nation's highest-risk groups. (Associated Press)

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Nathaniel Donaker, 4, eats Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday. Commercials promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under government guidelines urging food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children. Under a proposal announced Thursday by several government agencies, companies would be urged to only market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats, sugars and sodium and contain specified healthy ingredients. (Associated Press)