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Despite many items on the chopping block, Congress' 2014 year-end defense spending bill maintains funding for the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, which President Obama vowed to close as part of his 2008 campaign promises. (associated press)

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In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2014, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. House passes defense bill backing Obama's expansion of military operations against extremists (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Passage of a defense bill would put an official stamp on the contentious debate over how and where to recognize World War I by authorizing sculptural and landscape changes to Pershing Park, named for WWI Gen. John J. Pershing, so it can honor American soldiers who fought in the 1914-1918 war. (Washington Times)

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry led a meeting of the global coalition to counter the Islamic State militant group at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. When Iraq pleaded for help in its fight against the Sunni extremists, France agreed to provide more military assistance. (Associated Press)

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A group of anti-Muslim protesters carrying signs that read "Ban Islam" and "Islam Wants No Peace!" gathered outside of Kennesaw City Hall as the council voted 4-1 against a Muslim group's request to rent a retail space in the city to be used as a mosque. (11 Alive News)

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During the Chicago Bears 1985-86 Super Bowl championship season, Jim McMahon became notorious for his headbands after the league fined him for displaying an Adidas logo in violation of rules that prohibited players from displaying corporate logos. During the Super Bowl, the "funky QB" wore a headband with the phrase POW-MIA to raise awareness of prisoners of war and "JDF-CURE" for juvenile diabetes.

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In 2004, Carlos Delgado, then of the Toronto Blue Jays, drew jeers in some parks after he decided he would remain in the dugout during the playing of "God Bless America," a tradition that began in Major League stadiums after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Delgado objected to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and used the gesture to protest the war. (AP Photo/Jim Rogash)

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Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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National Edition News cover for December 3, 2014 - Syria refugees go hungry as wealthy nations fail to deliver millions in promised aid: A Syrian refugee woman and her son peel potatoes outside their tent, at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese Town of Al-Faour near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Syrian refugees in Lebanon reacted with panic Tuesday to news that the U.N. was suspending aid to 1.7 million refugees due to lack of funds a decision officials said threatens to starve thousands of families and add pressure on already strained hosting countries. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Lebanon currently hosts over 1.1 million refugees of the Syrian civil war, which equates to about a quarter of all people living within the country. Cutbacks in aid by the U.N., partly due to donor nations not coming through with promised funds, threatens to starve many such refugees. (associated press)

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Cut off: Syrian refugees in Lebanon panicked at news the U.N. was suspending aid to 1.7 million refugees due to lack of funds, a decision officials say threatens to starve thousands of families and add pressure on hosting countries. (associated press)

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Refugees on the transport Gen. W.C. Langfitt are seen as it docked in New York, July 12, 1955. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

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President Barack Obama listens as Dr. Nancy Sullivan, Senior Investigator; Chief, Biodefense Research Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a NIH tour of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The Singapore Armed Forces conduct military exercises. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Ministry of Defense)

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Businesses were left in piles of rubble in the aftermath of violence and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, on the night of Nov. 24. Associated Press photo

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An Iraqi soldier secures an area from a helicopter near Baquba, the capital of Iraq's Diyala province, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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An Iraqi Army helicopter flies over the city of Baquba, the capital of Iraq's Diyala province, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Protest organizer Derrick Robinson is arrested during clashes with police outside a St. Louis Rams football game Sunday. (associated press)

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The A-10 Warthog has the capability to fly low enough so its crew can detect friendly forces on the ground, preventing tragedies like the one in June when a B-1B dropped a 500-pound bomb onto U.S. soldiers protecting a helicopter landing zone in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, Nigerian police inspect the site of an explosion in Kano, Nigeria. Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. Hundreds gathered to listen to a sermon in the region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)