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A composite photo shows a firework exploding on the clothing of a mannequin in Hamburg, Germany, 27 December 2012. The fire department is showing the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

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The clothing of a mannequin is ablaze from an exploded firework in Hamburg, Germany, 27 December 2012.

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  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

  • Hamburg's fire department in Germany shows the danger of fireworks shortly before New Year's.

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A ring-tailed lemur (L, Lemur catta) sniffs at a tomato frog (Dyscophus antongilii) during an animal inventory at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. During the annual inventory, all animals are counted, weighed and measured

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Storm clouds are pictured during the round 13 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Patersons Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Perth, Australia.

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An Israeli Boeing AH-64 Apache longbow helicopter launches anti-missile flares during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots at the Hatzerim air force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on December 27, 2012.

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Englishman Al Morgan, 81, regained consciousness three weeks after suffering a stroke, but spoke only Welsh, a language he had not heard for more than seventy years. Mr Morgan, from Bath, Somerset, had to teach himself English again, In the meantime, long-suffering wife Yvonne acted as his translator, because she speaks some of the Celtic language.

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An office building is demolished to make way for a redevelopment project in Haikou, in southern China's Hainan province. The 63 meter (206 foot) tall building was built in 1996 and functioned as the headquarters of Hainan Airlines.

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii

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  • Fiscal Cliff Crisis Forces President Obama To Cut Short Christmas Holiday

    HONOLULU, HAWAII - DECEMBER 26: US President Barack Obama greets Pacific Fleet Commander Cecil D. Haney before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on December 26, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The president, who was spending a traditional Christmas holiday with his family in Hawaii, has been forced to cut his Christmas break short by the fiscal cliff crisis. (Photo by Kent Nishimura - Pool/Getty Images)

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    President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama walks past the presidential limousine to greet base visitors and personnel before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, after spending Christmas with his family in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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    President Barack Obama greets base visitors and personnel before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, after spending Christmas with his family in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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    President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, en route to Washington. With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes off the so called fiscal cliff, the president is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama waves to base peronnel before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, after spending Christmas with his family in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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    President Barack Obama greets base visitors and personnel before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, after spending Christmas with his family in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One to return to Washington, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, after spending Christmas with his family in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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A picture of the moon taken on a iPhone on a clear Christmas night

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Fans pose in fancy dress in the stands before the match

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While the Dawn spacecraft is visiting the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, NASA Glenn has been developing the next generation of ion thrusters for future missions. NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has developed a 7-kilowatt ion thruster that can provide the capabilities needed in the future. An ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, but does so at higher specific impulse (or higher exhaust velocities), which means that an ion thruster has a fuel efficiency of 10-12 times greater than a chemical thruster. The higher the rocket's specific impulse (fuel efficiency), the farther the spacecraft can go with a given amount of fuel. Given that an ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, it needs to operate in excess of 10,000 hours to slowly accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to reach the asteroid belt or beyond. The NEXT ion thruster has been operated for over 43,000 hours, which for rocket scientists means that the thruster has processed over 770 kilograms of xenon propellant and can provide 30 million-newton-seconds of total impulse to the spacecraft. This demonstrated performance permits future science spacecraft to travel to varied destinations, such as extended tours of multi-asteroids, comets, and outer planets and their moons.

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"Atlantis" carved by Sandis Kondis and Sue McGrew at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, December 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28.

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  • "The Dead Sea" carved by Susanne Ruseler at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

  • A sand sculture at the Under the Sea exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

  • A sand sculture at the Under the Sea exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

  • "Poseiden" carved by Martijn Rijerse and Hanneke Supply at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

  • Patrons admire sculptures at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

  • "Atlantis" carved by Sandis Kondis and Sue McGrew at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition in Frankston south of Melbourne, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The exhibition which features from work from artists from all over the globe runs until April 28. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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A CRH high-speed train leaves the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, China. The world's longest high-speed rail route linking Beijing and Guangzhou started operation on Wednesday. Running at an average speed of 300 kilometers per hour, the 2,298-kilometer new route will cut the travel time between Beijing and Guangzhou from more than 20 hours to around eight

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  • In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 photo, a high-speed train heads for Beijing on the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway in Changsha, in central China's Hunan province. China on Wednesday opened the world's longest high-speed rail line that more than halves the time required to travel from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in southern China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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    The high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou runs into Xuchang East Station in Xuchang, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A conductor stands beside the high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou at a train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A passenger takes a photo with the high speed train before boarding on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou runs into Xuchang East Station in Xuchang, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The train driver of the high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou looks through the front window in Zhengzhou train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A member of security stands guard at a entrance of a platform for a high-speed train at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The train driver of the high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou looks through the front window in Zhengzhou train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The train driver of the high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou takes a rest in Zhengzhou train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A conductor gives out a booklet to a passenger on the high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou at a train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou stops at a train station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou waits to start its journey in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A conductor takes a photo of a passenger beside the high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou as it waits to start off in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A cleaner rides a tricycle past a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou waits to start off in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou waits to begin its journey in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou awaits to its journey in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Train stewardesses make their way at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A stewardess walks inside a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Journalists gathers beside the high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou as it waits to start off in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A passenger looks out of the high speed train of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou as it waits to start off in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China started service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A stewardess walks inside a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A stewardess stands at the entrance of a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A cleaner walks past a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a high-speed train G802 leaves for Beijing from Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Xiao) NO SALES

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a high-speed train G90 leaves for Beijing from the Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhu, Zhao Peng) NO SALES

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a bullet train G80 leaves for Beijing from the Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Yehua) NO SALES

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    A stewardess walks past a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, at the Beijing west railway station in Beijing on December 26, 2012. China on December 26 started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a bullet train passes over Yongdinghe Bridge in Beijing Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiao Hongtao) NO SALES

  • In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 photo, a high-speed train runs on the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway line in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province. China on Wednesday opened the world's longest high-speed rail line that more than halves the time required to travel from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in southern China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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Chris Brown and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, The Lakers won 100-94

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown watch the action during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown watch the action during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna(C) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna(R) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) speaks to Chris Brown during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna(C) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) shares a few words with Chris Brown during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown (L) attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown (L) attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) shares a few words with Chris Brown during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BASKET-US-LAKERS-KNICKS

    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown watch the action during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna (R) speaks to Chris Brown during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna(C) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Recording artists Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • BASKET-US-LAKERS-KNICKS

    Rihanna(C) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BASKET-US-LAKERS-KNICKS

    Rihanna(R) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chris Brown, Rihanna

    Entertainers Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • BASKET-US-LAKERS-KNICKS

    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown watch the action during an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BASKET-US-LAKERS-KNICKS

    Rihanna (R) and Chris Brown attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chris Brown, Rihanna

    Entertainers Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Chris Brown, Rihanna

    Entertainers Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Chris Brown, Rihanna

    Entertainers Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Chris Brown, Rihanna

    Entertainers Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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obama christmas

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks while First Lady Michelle Obama listens as they visited military personnel eating Christmas Dinner at Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The president and his family spend the Christmas holiday in Hawaii, Obama's birthplace

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  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama visits with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks as he and first lady Michelle Obama, not seen, arrive to visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks as first lady Michelle Obama listens during a visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks as first lady Michelle Obama listens during a visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama visits with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are applauded as they visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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The home of Ted and Cindy Williams shows the fury of the Christmas day storm that hit the McNeill, Miss. The home fondly called "the mansion" by some neighbors lost the roof, attic, front bedroom suite, and living room structurally. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation

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  • A tree blown over by a storm sits in the home of Martha Cavin in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. According to Centreville Police Chief Jimmy Ray Reese, Cavin had to be cut out from her home. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital to treat a gash to her head. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Friends and family members file past the destroyed living room of the William's home in McNeill, Miss., that was struck by severe weather Christmas day in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. The three story house was heavily damaged by the storm causing this collapsed living room wall, the complete loss of their daughter's second story bedroom suite and the entire third floor. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Cindy Williams

    Cindy Williams speaks on the cell phone while taking a break from looking for family possessions at the back of her storm damaged home in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. The three story house was heavily damaged by the storm, with both a collapsed living room wall and complete loss of her daughter's second story bedroom suite and the entire third floor. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Ted Williams

    Ted Williams places a box of kitchen utensils on a stack of recovered items as friends help him pack up the remains of his family's home that was struck by severe weather Christmas day in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. The three story house was heavily damaged by the storm causing this collapsed living room wall, the complete loss of their daughter's second story bedroom suite and the entire third floor. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Barry Caruso

    Barry Caruso, a New Orleans fire fighter, hauls a downed branch to a debris pile at the home of his colleague Daryl Keene, in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Keene's home sustained Christmas day storm damage destroying his barn, part of his roof, fencing and most of the oak trees on the property. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Downed power lines and trees from the severe weather Christmas day delayed made it difficult for homeowners at this McNeill, Miss., residence to begin clean up, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A storm-ravaged store and debris sit in Monticello, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A broken ceiling fan sits outside of a destroyed mobile home in Monticello, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Cindy Williams

    Cindy Williams give the thumbs up as she speaks about her "dream house" after surveying the remains of her daughter's bedroom suite at their home in McNeill, Miss., that was struck by severe weather Christmas day. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. The three story house was heavily damaged by the storm causing this collapsed living room wall, the complete loss of their daughter's second story bedroom suite and the entire third floor. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Kevin Briggs

    Kevin Briggs cuts into a downed tree as friends wait to remove the wood as cleanup continues at his father-in-law's home in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The Christmas storm destroyed Daryl Keene's barn, workshop, part of his roof and home and felled most of the oak trees on the property. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Telephone and power line poles were down along U.S. Highway 11 near McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012., clear evidence of a strong storm. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A vehicle passes storm weather debris collected along U.S. Highway 11 in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • The home of Ted and Cindy Williams shows the fury of the Christmas day storm that hit the McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The home fondly called "the mansion" by some neighbors lost the roof, attic, front bedroom suite, and living room structurally. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Ted Williams

    Ted Williams surveys the damage to his home from a possible Christmas day tornado in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. The three story house was heavily damaged by the storm causing this collapsed living room wall, the complete loss of their daughter's second story bedroom suite and the entire third floor. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A bug spray container hangs from the beams in one of the bedrooms of the home of Ted and Cindy Williams in McNeill, Miss., that was struck by severe weather Christmas day in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Audrey Boykin salvages personal items from the caved in home of Dorothy Dixon in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. A tree fell into the home, but no one was home at the time the tree fell on Dixon's home, except for Dixon's dogs who were unharmed. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A worker rakes up debris in Monticello, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A tree sits in the home of Martha Cavin in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. According to Centreville Police Chief Jimmy Ray Reese, Cavin had to be cut out from her home. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital to treat a gash to her head.More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • An uprooted tree sits in the home of Dorothy Dixon in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. No one was home at the time the tree fell on Dixon's home, except for Dixon's dogs who were unharmed. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A mobile home sits destroyed in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Large metal awnings sit ripped apart at Q's Car Wash in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Michael Donaldson, left, and Michael Lane work on clearing away damage done to the home of John Templeton in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Templeton said there were four people at home at the time of the storm, all were unharmed after seeking shelter in the basement. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A Coast Electric Power Association lineman grounds a line on a replacement pole in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The Christmas day storms downed both telephone and electric power lines and poles throughout the state in addition to extensive private property damage. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Daryl Keene

    Daryl Keene rubs his forehead as he surveys the damage to his property in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Keene lost his barn, part of his home's roof and many of the oak trees he planted years ago. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A Coast Electric Power Association lineman grounds a line on a replacement pole in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The Christmas day storms downed both telephone and electric power lines and poles throughout the state in addition to extensive private property damage. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Audrey Boykin salvages personal items from the caved in home of Dorothy Dixon in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. A tree fell into the home, but no one was home at the time the tree fell on Dixon's home, except for Dixon's dogs who were unharmed. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • A tree service employee trims the broken branches of this tree in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Hundreds of trees were damaged or destroyed, many with broken branches overhanging homes or property. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A holiday ribbon hangs on this decorative gate post in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in front of a grove of Christmas day storm damaged trees. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Damages have been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • Large metal awnings sit ripped apart at Q's Car Wash in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Michael Donaldson, left, and Michael Lane work on clearing away damage done to the home of John Templeton in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Templeton said there were four people at home at the time of the storm, all were unharmed after seeking shelter in the basement. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Audrey Boykin salvages personal items from the caved in home of Dorothy Dixon in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. A tree fell into the home, but no one was home at the time the tree fell on Dixon's home, except for Dixon's dogs who were unharmed. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

  • Large metal awnings sit ripped apart at Q's Car Wash in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall)

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Smoke billows from storage containers located beside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as firefighters respond to a fire at the World Trade Center site in New York, There were no reports of injuries

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  • Firefighters respond to a fire in storage containers located beside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. There were no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • FDNY Respond To Two-Alarm Fire At World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: An unused fire hose sits next to fire truck after firemen responded to a two-alarm fire at the World Trade Center on December 26, 2012 in New York City. The fire, which broke out in the construction trailers surrounding the World Trade Center building, was quickly contained. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • FDNY Respond To Two-Alarm Fire At World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Firemen respond to a two-alarm fire at the World Trade Center on December 26, 2012 in New York City. The fire, which broke out in the construction trailers surrounding the World Trade Center building, was quickly contained. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • FDNY Respond To Two-Alarm Fire At World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Firemen respond to a two-alarm fire at the World Trade Center on December 26, 2012 in New York City. The fire, which broke out in the construction trailers surrounding the World Trade Center building, was quickly contained. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • FDNY Respond To Two-Alarm Fire At World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A fireman responds to a two-alarm fire at the World Trade Center on December 26, 2012 in New York City. The fire, which broke out in the construction trailers surrounding the World Trade Center building, was quickly contained. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • FDNY Respond To Two-Alarm Fire At World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Firemen relax next to their fire truck after responding to a two-alarm fire at the World Trade Center on December 26, 2012 in New York City. The fire, which broke out in the construction trailers surrounding the World Trade Center building, was quickly contained. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters respond to a fire in storage containers located beside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. There were no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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An emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways opens it's mouth to breathe, in New York. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim

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  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A responder walks past a beached whale, still alive, in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A beached whale, still alive, struggles on the shoreline in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: People walk past a beached whale, still alive, in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A beached whale, still alive, struggles on the shoreline in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: People gather in front of a beached whale, still alive, in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A beached whale, still alive, struggles on the shoreline in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A responder walks past a beached whale, still alive, in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Large Whale Beached At Breezy Point

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: People gather in front of a beached whale, still alive, in the Breezy Point neighborhood on December 26, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Breezy Point was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers believe the whale will not be able to be saved. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • A New York State Marine Mammal expert takes a photograph of the head of an emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • An emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rckaways in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Bloody abrasions are visible on the sunken head of an emaciated 60-foot, finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaways in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • An emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways is shown in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Curious onlookers inspect an emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • An emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways is shown in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Shoppers reach out to grab a bargain at a perfume counter as a sales person (R) arrives with new stock at Selfridges department store on December 26, 2012 in London, England.

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    Shoppers queue in the early morning outside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers queue in the early morning outside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers reach out for discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers check out handbags as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers reach out for discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boxing Day Sales In Sydney

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Shoppers look through racks of sale items during the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store on December 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Boxing Day proves to be one of the busiest days for retail outlets in Sydney with thousands flocking to post-Christmas sales. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

  • Bargain Hunters Are Out In Force for The Boxing Day Sales

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Shoppers enter Selfridges department store as their boxing Day sale begins on December 26, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of shoppers are in London looking for a bargain in the traditional Boxing Day sales. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers reach out for discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers hold boxes of discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers reach out for discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers reach out for discounted perfumes as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers queue in the early morning outside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers carries a stack of discounted perfumes inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, as she joins the crowds in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers inspect handbags inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, as they join the crowds in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boxing Day Sales In Sydney

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Shoppers run through the doors during the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store on December 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Boxing Day proves to be one of the busiest days for retail outlets in Sydney with thousands flocking to post-Christmas sales. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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    Shoppers smiles as they queue inside the Selfridges department store in central London, on December 26, 2012, joining the crowds in search of a bargain during the post Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales despite strike action on London's underground train network. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boxing Day Sales In Sydney

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Shoppers run through the doors during the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store on December 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Boxing Day proves to be one of the busiest days for retail outlets in Sydney with thousands flocking to post-Christmas sales. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Australian actress Jessica Marais poses during the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store on December 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Boxing Day proves to be one of the busiest days for retail outlets in Sydney with thousands flocking to post-Christmas sales. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Australian actress Jessica Marais poses during the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store on December 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Boxing Day proves to be one of the busiest days for retail outlets in Sydney with thousands flocking to post-Christmas sales. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban.

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Police officer Neil Bamford directs a hound from the Avon Vale Hunt, that has run off from outside the Red Lion pub where supporters have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England.

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  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (centre foreground) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (centre foreground) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, toast supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Participants Prepare For The Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Jonathon Seed, Joint Master and Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the hounds and fellow riders for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2011 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts gather today for their traditional Boxing Day meets Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has said the Hunting Act 'simply doesn't work' and added that there should be a vote on whether to repeal the act when there was 'time in the parliamentary calendar'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Participants Prepare For The Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Jonathon Seed, Joint Master and Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts hunt supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2011 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts gathered today for their traditional Boxing Day meets, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has said the Hunting Act 'simply doesn't work' and added that there should be a vote on whether to repeal the act when there was 'time in the parliamentary calendar'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Riders with the Avon Vale Hunt, follow the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Police officer Neil Bamford directs a hound from the Avon Vale Hunt, that has run off from outside the Red Lion pub where supporters have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (C) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, toast supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman Mike Smith from the Avon Vale Hunt, joins supporters outside the Red Lion pub who have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: A young rider with the Avon Vale Hunt, follows the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: A young rider with the Avon Vale Hunt, follows the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, toast supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Riders and hounds from the Avon Vale Hunt arrive for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: A young rider with the Avon Vale Hunt, follows the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: A young rider with the Avon Vale Hunt, follows the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Police officer Neil Bamford directs a hound from the Avon Vale Hunt, that has run off from outside the Red Lion pub where supporters have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Riders with the Avon Vale Hunt, follow the hounds as they ride out for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (centre foreground) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (centre foreground) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, (R) huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman Mike Smith from the Avon Vale Hunt, joins supporters outside the Red Lion pub who have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Huntsman Mike Smith from the Avon Vale Hunt, joins supporters outside the Red Lion pub who have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Riders and hounds from the Avon Vale Hunt arrive for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • The Avon Vale Hunt Gathers For Their Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

    LACOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on December 26, 2012 in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams gives his final Christmas Day sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on December 25, 2012 in Canterbury, England. Dr Williams called for the human race to address the challenges of 'forgiveness and rebuilding relations' as he gave his last Christmas sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury today, before being succeeded by Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham.

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Hundreds of people brave the North Sea to raise money for charity during the annual Christmas Day dip at Lowestoft Beach on December 25, 2012 in Lowestoft, England.

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A man takes a photo of a flooded Washlands Park in Burton On Trent, Staffordshire. Walkers have been urged to take care in "dangerous conditions" after a landslide warning was issued by the Met Office, as continued heavy downpours sparked fears of unstable cliff faces.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) looks toward his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) as they arrive for the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012.

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    (L-R) Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Zara Phillips, daughter of Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, arrives for the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice attends the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) looks toward his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) as they arrive for the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Autumn Phillips, Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II is presented with a teddy bear by a scout as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II is presented with flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Princess Anne, Princess Royal attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Princess Beatrice of York leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II holds flowers given to her by children as she leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II is presented with flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church with Princess Eugenie (L) and other members of the royal family after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (2L), Princess Eugenie of York (3L) and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L) watch as Queen Elizabeth II (3R) recieves bunches of flowers from children after the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Princess Eugenie of York (2L) watches as Queen Elizabeth II (C) reacts while a child talks after giving her a posey of flowers after the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Princess Eugenie of York (C) talk with Queen Elizabeth II (R) as they leave after the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) hands flowers from children to a police officer as she leaves after the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Sophie, Countess of Wessex (L) and Lady Louise Windsor attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Autumn Phillips leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Eugenie carries presented to the Queen, beside Lady Louise Windsor as they leave St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Eugenie attends the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II is presented with flowers by two girls wearing Santa outfits as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Zara Philips (R) and her husband English rugby player Mike Tindall (L) walk together as they leave following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (front L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (back L) and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 25, 2012 near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Princess Beatrice of York leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waves to well-wishers as he leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales carries a stuffed teddy bear as he leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Zara Philips (R) and her husband English rugby player Mike Tindall (L) walk together as they leave following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waves to well-wishers as he leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II recieves flowers from children as she leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) speaks to Sandringham rector Jonathan Riviere (L) as she leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) receives flowers from children as she leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Service At Sandringham

    KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks down the steps as she leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution.

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Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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    Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing as he leads the Angelus prayer from a window of his apartments on December 26, 2012 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Angelus prayer from a window of his apartments on December 26, 2012 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from a window of his apartments on December 26, 2012 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Members of the faithful wave flags as they gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI is projected on a screen to the crowd as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Nuns gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Carabinieri (Italian special police) and Swiss Guards attend the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Carabinieri (Italian special police) and Swiss Guards attend the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Boys from Ireland wave as they gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Faithful gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Boys from Ireland wave flags as they gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: A little girl waves flags and a rosary as she gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Swiss Guards perform ceremonial duties during the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) delivered by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth II with producer John McAndrew and director John Bennett (R) watch the recording of her Christmas message to the Commonwealth which is to be broadcast in 3D for the first in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on December 7, 2012 in London, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II records her Christmas message to the Commonwealth in 3D for the first time from the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on December 7, 2012 in London, England.

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    Young men pose up before hitting the sea at Exmouth for the annual Christmas Day swim.

  • Christmas presents unwrapped

    George (top) and William Thompson unwrap their presents on Christmas day morning at home in Stockport.

  • Troops in Afghanistan

    1 SCOTS Kingsman Tony McSkimming from Carlisle (left) and Sergeant Ryan King celebrate Christmas in main operating base (MOB) Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Troops in Afghanistan

    1 LANCS Sergeant Allen Prest from Ayr celebrates Christmas in main operating base (MOB) Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Troops in Afghanistan

    British troops celebrate Christmas in main operating base (MOB) Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan with a fun run.

  • Exmouth Christmas Day swim

    Frenzied swimmers take to the sea amidst splashing at Exmouth for the annual Christmas Day swim.

  • Exmouth Christmas Day swim

    Friends Danni Channisey (left), 21, and Stephanie Emerson, 22, brave the bracing British Winter temperatures in the sea at Exmouth for the annual Christmas Day swim.

  • Exmouth Christmas Day swim

    Swimmers brave the bracing British winter temperatures in the sea at Exmouth for the annual Christmas Day swim.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park at Christmas

    Sea Lion Keeper Sam Clark gets a kiss from Bella the sea lion under the mistletoe on Christmas Day at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling as staff get in the festive spirit.

  • Winter weather Dec 25th

    A flooded rugby field near Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, as hopes of a white Christmas were washed out today as many Britons awoke to Yuletide flooding.

  • Winter weather Dec 25th

    Flood and road closed signs at Walton On Trent, South Derbyshire, as hopes of a white Christmas were washed out today as many Britons awoke to Yuletide flooding.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park at Christmas

    Alan Leach does his morning round dressed as Santa on Christmas Day feeding the llamas at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park at Christmas

    Alan Leach does his morning round dressed as Santa on Christmas Day feeding the meerkats at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park at Christmas

    Alan Leach does his morning round dressed as Santa on Christmas Day feeding the giraffes at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

  • Winter weather Dec 25th

    Swans paddle in a flooded Stapenhill Gardens in Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, as hopes of a white Christmas were washed out as many Britons awoke to Yuletide flooding.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park at Christmas

    Alan Leach does his morning round dressed as Santa on Christmas Day feeding the meerkats at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

  • Royal attends Christmas Day church service

    Princess Beatrice after she attended St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the traditional Christmas Day church service.

  • Royal attends Christmas Day church service

    Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall after they attended St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the traditional Christmas Day church service.

  • Royal attends Christmas Day church service

    Queen Elizabeth II receives a bag of dog treats for her corgis by a girl in the crowd after she attended St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the traditional Christmas Day church service.

  • Royal attends Christmas Day church service

    The Duke of Edinburgh leads other members of the royal family to attend St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the traditional Christmas Day church service.

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