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              FILE- In this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with famous Russian musician Yuri Bashmet on his 60th birthday, at the Kremlin in Moscow.

    FILE- In this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with famous Russian musician Yuri Bashmet on his 60th birthday, at the Kremlin in Moscow.

    Posted: 2/3/2013 2:58:57 AM EST
    FILE- In this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with famous Russian musician Yuri Bashmet on his 60th birthday, at the Kremlin in Moscow. When famed viola player Yuri Bashmet declared that he "adored" President Vladimir Putin, he stirred little controversy in a country where classical musicians have often curried favor with the political elite. But political drama spilled into the orchestra pit last month when Bashmet refused to condemn a new law prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children, and in response the beloved singer Sergei Nikitin canceled his appearance at a concert celebrating the violist’s 60th birthday. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)
  •  - Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton appears in a Super Bowl 2013 advertisement for Mercedes-Benz

    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton appears in a Super Bowl 2013 advertisement for Mercedes-Benz

    Posted: 2/1/2013 2:09:14 PM EST
    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton appears in a Super Bowl 2013 advertisement for Mercedes-Benz in this undated Mercedes Benz-USA handout photo. Advertisers whose commercials created a swirl of controversy for their products recorded the first points in this year's Super Bowl, winning the battle for eyeballs that's become nearly as important as the one the teams will play in New Orleans. REUTERS/Mercedes-Benz USA/Handout
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              FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2011, file photo, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Crime and Terrorism subcommittee hearing on t

    FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2011, file photo, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Crime and Terrorism subcommittee hearing on t

    Posted: 1/30/2013 12:13:21 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2011, file photo, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Crime and Terrorism subcommittee hearing on the controversial “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives facilitated the transfer of guns to violent drug cartels in Mexico. In a final response to his critics, Breuer is defending his record on a pair of the defining issues of his four-year tenure _ the absence of prosecutions against Wall Street executives and his conduct in the controversy over a botched arms-trafficking investigation in Arizona. Breuer addressed the issues Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in announcing he is stepping down after running a Justice Department division with 440 attorneys, a $174 million annual budget and a mandate to bring wrongdoers to account in some of the nation's most high-profile criminal cases. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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              In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) reacts to his slam dunk during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one

    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) reacts to his slam dunk during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one

    Posted: 12/8/2012 2:03:27 PM EST
    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) reacts to his slam dunk during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA's executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Laura Stoecker) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT
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              In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng waits for the ball at the free throw line during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley,

    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng waits for the ball at the free throw line during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley,

    Posted: 12/8/2012 2:03:27 PM EST
    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng waits for the ball at the free throw line during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Deng is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA's executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Laura Stoecker) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT
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              In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng, center, maneuvers around Hinckley-Big Rock's Nick Gentry, left, under the hoop in a high school basketball game in Hi

    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng, center, maneuvers around Hinckley-Big Rock's Nick Gentry, left, under the hoop in a high school basketball game in Hi

    Posted: 12/8/2012 2:03:27 PM EST
    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Mangisto Deng, center, maneuvers around Hinckley-Big Rock's Nick Gentry, left, under the hoop in a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Deng is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA's executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Laura Stoecker)
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              In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) shoots over Hinckley-Big Rock's Mitch Ruh during a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four

    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) shoots over Hinckley-Big Rock's Mitch Ruh during a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four

    Posted: 12/8/2012 2:03:27 PM EST
    In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School's Makur Puou (32) shoots over Hinckley-Big Rock's Mitch Ruh during a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves at center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA's executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Laura Stoecker) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT
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              Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust walks out of the BBC headquarters to give a media interviews in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday t

    Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust walks out of the BBC headquarters to give a media interviews in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday t

    Posted: 11/12/2012 7:23:26 AM EST
    Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust walks out of the BBC headquarters to give a media interviews in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations. Chris Patten vowed to restore confidence and trust in the BBC, which is reeling from the resignation of George Entwistle and the scandals prompting his ouster. Entwistle resigned Saturday night amid a storm of controversy after a news program wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal, deepening a crisis sparked by revelations it decided not to air similar allegations against one of its own stars.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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              A television crew set up for alive transmission outside the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a r

    A television crew set up for alive transmission outside the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a r

    Posted: 11/11/2012 2:58:35 PM EST
    A television crew set up for alive transmission outside the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations. Chris Patten vowed to restore confidence and trust in the BBC, which is reeling from the resignation of George Entwistle and the scandals prompting his ouster. Entwistle resigned Saturday night amid a storm of controversy after a news program wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal, deepening a crisis sparked by revelations it decided not to air similar allegations against one of its own stars.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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              Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust prepares to give a media interview outside the headquarters of the BBC in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body sai

    Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust prepares to give a media interview outside the headquarters of the BBC in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body sai

    Posted: 11/11/2012 2:58:35 PM EST
    Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust prepares to give a media interview outside the headquarters of the BBC in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations. Chris Patten vowed to restore confidence and trust in the BBC, which is reeling from the resignation of George Entwistle and the scandals prompting his ouster. Entwistle resigned Saturday night amid a storm of controversy after a news program wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal, deepening a crisis sparked by revelations it decided not to air similar allegations against one of its own stars.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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              A general view of the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignat

    A general view of the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignat

    Posted: 11/11/2012 2:58:34 PM EST
    A general view of the BBC headquarters in London, Sunday, Nov, 11, 2012. The head of the BBC's governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations. Chris Patten vowed to restore confidence and trust in the BBC, which is reeling from the resignation of George Entwistle and the scandals prompting his ouster. Entwistle resigned Saturday night amid a storm of controversy after a news program wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal, deepening a crisis sparked by revelations it decided not to air similar allegations against one of its own stars.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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              FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012 file photo, port workers walk past the three-masted ARA Libertad, a symbol of Argentina's navy, as it lies docked at the port in Tema, outside Accra, Ghana.

    FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012 file photo, port workers walk past the three-masted ARA Libertad, a symbol of Argentina's navy, as it lies docked at the port in Tema, outside Accra, Ghana.

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:18:32 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012 file photo, port workers walk past the three-masted ARA Libertad, a symbol of Argentina's navy, as it lies docked at the port in Tema, outside Accra, Ghana. Sailors aboard the navy sailing ship seized in a billion-dollar international debt controversy brandished weapons to block Ghanaian officials from moving the vessel to a less busy dock, an official of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority said Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo, File)
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:37 PM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The graffiti reads, "no God but God," " God is great," and "Muhammad is the Prophet." Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to make comments on the killing of U.S. embassy

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to make comments on the killing of U.S. embassy

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:37 PM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to make comments on the killing of U.S. embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya, during an appearance in Jacksonville, Fla. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:35 PM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Ameri

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Ameri

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:33 PM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)
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              FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, an empty bullet casing lies on the ground near one of the burned cars at the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four American

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, an empty bullet casing lies on the ground near one of the burned cars at the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four American

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:32 PM EST
    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, an empty bullet casing lies on the ground near one of the burned cars at the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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              FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man explains that the bloodstains on the column are from one the American staff members who grabbed the edge of the column w

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man explains that the bloodstains on the column are from one the American staff members who grabbed the edge of the column w

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:30 PM EST
    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man explains that the bloodstains on the column are from one the American staff members who grabbed the edge of the column while he was evacuated, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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              FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Ste

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Ste

    Posted: 10/27/2012 6:13:29 PM EST
    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident. They corroborate the conclusion largely reached by American officials that it was a planned militant assault. But they also suggest the militants may have used a film controversy as a cover for the attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)
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              French President Francois Hollande speaks during the opening session of the Francophonie Summit, in Congo, Kinshasa, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Hollande is taking part in a summit of Fren

    French President Francois Hollande speaks during the opening session of the Francophonie Summit, in Congo, Kinshasa, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Hollande is taking part in a summit of Fren

    Posted: 10/13/2012 12:23:35 PM EST
    French President Francois Hollande speaks during the opening session of the Francophonie Summit, in Congo, Kinshasa, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Hollande is taking part in a summit of French-speaking countries, after months of controversy surrounding his visit to the vast Central African nation. He initially threatened not to attend but ultimately confirmed his participation in July, saying he wants to break away from the traditional paternalistic ways of France toward Africa. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)