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  • People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014. A powerful storm churned through northern California knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters.
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  • A contractor drags his bag out of a housing complex at forward operating base Gamberi, which remains part of the ongoing ‘Operation Resolute Support,’ in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, Dec. 11, 2014.
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  • A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, Portugal, Dec. 11, 2014. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011.
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  • An undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, Calif. Dec. 10, 2014. Police said more than 100 demonstrators marched in Berkeley, California, which has a history of social activism.
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  • A horse and driver take a lap on a snowy morning during training on the harness track at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Dec. 11, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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  • Copies of the French Civil Code are placed amongst a frieze on the Republic statue during a national protest against a government reform plan to deregulate the law profession in Paris, Dec. 10, 2014. The Macron bill, presented as "Law on Growth and Activity" plan, includes loosening of barriers to entry in highly regulated professions ranging from notaries to bailiffs.
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  • Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai, left, and Kailash Satyarthi wave from the balcony of Grand Hotel during a torchlight procession in their honor in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2014.
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  • Downtown Dallas is enveloped in a morning fog, Dec. 9, 2014. The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which delayed some flights in northern Texas.
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  • Waves crash against the promenade wall, Dec. 10, 2014, in Prestwick, Scotland.
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  • Tomas Garcilazo performs during the opening ceremonies before the start of the fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, Dec. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas.
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  • Filipinos maneuver over a damaged bridge in the typhoon-hit town of San Julian, Samar island, Philippines, Dec. 10, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the eastern coast of Samar Island destroying more than 30,000 homes, knocking out power and damaging some key infrastructures.
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  • Protesters rallying against police violence block both directions of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014.
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  • A man runs with a "toro encuetado," a structure resembling a bull and covered with exploding fireworks, as part of the celebrations in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in Managua, Nicaragua, Dec. 8, 2014. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint of Nicaragua.
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  • A member of the NGO Rio de Paz organizes crosses and photos and places them in the sand during a protest on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 9, 2014. One hundred and fifty-two black wooden crosses were planted on the sands of Copacabana beach in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro state between 2013 and 2014.
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  • Firefighters stand on lanes of the 110 freeway near smoldering hot spots of a large fire that consumed an apartment building under construction in Los Angeles, Dec. 8, 2014. The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots, with no reports of injuries or fatalities.
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  • Sydney residents run along the Darling Harbour boardwalk during the 2014 Variety Santa Fun Run on Dec. 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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  • Frederic Cesbron, right and Maxim Durand, walk on the street outside the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel Dec. 7, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill. Thousands of people were evacuated after a chlorine gas leak at the hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature and performance.
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  • Fans celebrate the 50th birthday of Brondby IF during the Danish Superliga match at Brondby Stadium, Dec. 7, 2014, in Denmark.
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  • This photo provided by Nancy Yuille shows a massive fire engulfing an apartment building construction site near downtown Los Angeles, Dec. 8, 2014. Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke.
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  • Visitors walk through Christmas lights at Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Dec. 6, 2014.
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  • A resident jumps as he watches strong waves from Typhoon Hagupit crash into shore in Legazpi, Philippines, Dec. 7, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power in coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650,000 people into shelters before it weakened.
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  • A man and a child walk in the snow at the destroyed war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, Donetsk, Ukraine, Dec. 7, 2014.
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  • Vitor Martins poses as he puts on his Santa outfit inside his house before a performance with children in Sao Caetano do Sul's town square, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 7, 2014. Martins has dressed as Santa Claus for fifteen years, and has 94 percent of his body covered in tattoos, with several in reference to Christmas.
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