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Severe Drought Drains Colorado River Basin

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    A waterway off of Lake Powell is nearly dry on March 30, 2015 near Big Water, Utah. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, a below average flow of water is expected to flow through the Colorado River Basin into two of its biggest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Lake Powell is currently at 45 percent of capacity and is at risk of seeing its surface elevation fall below 1,075 feet above sea level by September, which would be the lowest level on record. The Colorado River Basin supplies water to 40 million people in seven western states. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Don't look down! A group of friends pose at the top of a boulder wedged in a mountain crevice - more than 3,000ft above sea level. The five-cubic-metre rock provides an impressive setting for those brave enough to venture out into the middle of the boulder. Despite the rain making its surface slippery the group risked making their way onto the rock, which has a direct drop of 790ft. The boulder, Kjeragbolten, is located on the edge of the Kjerag mountain, in Rogaland, Norway. Its highest point is 3609 ft above sea level. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    Workers were seen starting renovation preparations, including bringing inside the boarded house a generator, lights, stands. An insurance estimator at the scene said there is nothing inside the house except the empty brick shell of the house. At some point during the day, firemen from Ladder Company 157, some who were here on that fateful Saturday morning revisit the scene. The Saturday morning fire nearly wiped out the Sassoon family, killing seven children ages 5-16 and critically injuring a mother and the surviving teen. (Picture by: Paul Martinka / Splash News)
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    An imaginative artist has used a variety of everyday objects including elastic bands, whistles and children's dummies to create a series of hilarious mini-masterpieces. Talented Victor Nunes, 66, first uses a black ballpoint pen to draw a number of objects onto a piece of paper. He then meticulously places the everyday objects onto the page to transform his work into art. Mr Nunes, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has made a staggering 3,500 pieces of this art and patiently spends up to one hour to complete each work. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    Helicopters of the French Air Force (back) and civil security services are seen in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps. A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board, in the worst plane disaster in mainland France in four decades. (Photo: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A giant humpback whale uses its mouth as a huge fishing net as it comes up from the water to catch thousands of herring for its dinner. The massive whale positioned itself underneath the 'bait ball' of herring before jumping up from the water with its mouth wide open. It managed to scoop up 'thousands' of fish in one leap despite the tiny creatures attempting to escape its clutches by jumping out of the water. Sales manager Koen Hoekemeijer, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, travelled to Senja, Norway, to take photographs of the whales. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    A dove is pictured in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Over Central Europe the moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun for a short period starting at approximately 9:30am. The next solar eclipse will not occur until 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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    Check out notorious gangster Al Capone's former Miami Beach mansion, unveiled after a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Built on Palm Island in 1922 and bought by the prohibition-era crime boss in 1928, the exclusive pad - now renamed 93 Palm and valued at $5.6 million - is one of Miami's oldest and most iconic estates. Chicago crime lord Capone died at the residence in 1947, and had lived there during the height of prohibition. Property investment company MB America represented an overseas buyer in the unique purchase and has now rescued the home from dereliction, restoring it as an exclusive venue available for video and photo productions. The colonial-style, seven-bedroom property features three houses - the gate house, the main villa and the pool cabana - as well as plenty of historic architectural details. Unique features include a pond with a grotto lighthouse and a bridge made of red coral, a two-story cabana, a black-and-gold Art Deco powder room and a 30' x 60' swimming pool. Sealed inside security gates and encircled by a tall masonry wall, the property occupies a 30,000 sq ft waterfront lot on Biscayne Bay. Capone's grand nice Deirdre Marie Capone hailed the project, saying: "I visited my uncle Al in this house for the first time when I was one year old. Here is where I learned to swim, where I learned to ride a bike and where I said goodbye to him just before he died." (Photo by MB America/Splash News)
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    Glassy clear on the surface, the shards of ice are captured in a radiant blue under water. Dark, stormy clouds provide a perfect backdrop to the winter scene with the tip of the ice above water only hinting at what lies beneath. Underwater photographer Justin Hofman shot the "hypnotically beautiful" ice during a trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. (Photo by Solent News / Splash News)

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    A woman touches the cross situated where St. Patrick used to sit on a rock tending sheep as hundreds of people make the St. Patrick's Day pilgrimage to the top of Slemish on March 17, 2015 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Slemish Mountain is the legendary first known Irish home of Saint Patrick. According to legend, following his capture and being brought to Ireland as a slave, Patrick worked as a shepherd at Slemish Mountain for about six years, from ages 16 through 22. It was during this time that Patrick turned to frequent prayer as his only consolation in his loneliness and found God. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images).

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    Samuel (L) and his father Phillip search through the ruins of their family home on March 16, 2015 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam has hit South Pacific islands on Saturday with hurricane force winds, huge ocean swells and flash flooding and has caused severe damage to housing. Aid agencies say it could be one of the worst disasters ever to hit the region. (Photo by Dave Hunt-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Protesters hang a sign during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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    In this handout provided by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos March 12, 2015 near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after nearly six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators protest outside of the City Hall building on March 10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The demonstrators were angry about the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. They were also voicing opposition to the building of a new jail, stating the money would be better spent on social programs to help keep people out of jail. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    The body of Cardinal Edward M. Egan is viewed lying in state during a public viewing at St. Patrick's Cathedral on March 9, 2015 in New York City. New York's eighth archbishop, who retired from his post in 2009, will be buried following his funeral Mass on Tuesday. Cardinal Egan, who served as the Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, died on Thursday at the age of 82. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane, takes flight as it begins its historic round-the-world journey from Al Bateen Airport, on March 09, 2015 from Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 35,000km journey is expected to last five months and is piloted by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Photo by Jean Revillard via Getty Images)

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    Harrison Ford crashes his plane onto Penmar Golf Club in Santa Monica,CA. The actor was seriously injured during the crash which happened close to Santa Monica Airport.(Picture by: Splash News)

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    Children ride sleds down a hill on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on March 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sledding has officially been banned from the Capitol grounds since the 9/11 attacks. An impromtu 'sled in' showed up on social media calling for civil disobedience to protest the ban. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This leopard got itself into a prickly situation when it tried to lunch on a porcupine. The feline was resting in a tree on the side of the road when the unsuspecting rodent wandered underneath it. Measuring about a metre and a half in length, the big cat pounced from the tree. Traffic was halted as the surprised porcupine made its way across the road while it was being attacked by the leopard. As Yusuf Chavoos was driving his car through Kruger National Park in South Africa, he was shocked when the two animals emerged from the trees. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    These photos bring a whole new appreciation for the night sky as a photographer manages to capture the colour and movement of the stars. A range of colours - including yellows, blues, oranges, pinks and turquoises - can all be seen illuminating the sky in locations around the world. The colours are a result of the different surface temperatures of the stars with cooler stars appearing more red and hotter stars being blue. Photographer Lincoln Harris used two different techniques to capture the stars in two ways - with some images looking like a celestial explosion while the others look like a colourful pinwheel.(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    A Mercedes Benz car made of red bricks parks at Red Town Creative Park on March 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. An artist Dai Yun of Xi'an who is now a sculptor of Shenzhen Public Art Center, designed a red bricks car which was accorded with the original proportion of Mercedes Benz. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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    Graffitis are seen on a wall of a building, drawn by British artist Banksy in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on February 27, 2015. Famous British artist Banksy visited Gaza and drew graffiti on the walls of houses in Beit Hanoun destroyed in Israel's recent attacks on Gaza. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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    Volunteers walk by a stand at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 26, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM)

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    In early November a lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii partially covered a Japanese cemetery in the town of Pahoa. The cemetery is closed to the public. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency granted our request to access the graveyard for an hour on February 23. (Picture by: Tim WrightPicture by: Tim Wright/Splash News)

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    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's second edition since the terrorist attack on the magazine in January, is prepared at a press distribution center on February 24, 2015 in the suburbs of Paris, France. 2.5 million copies of the controversial satirical magazine have been printed and will be released tomorrow to the public. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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    Revere,Massachusetts firefighters Chuck DelGreco and Lieutenant Corey Robson saved Lola, the smaller dog, and Thunder, after they were trapped in the frigid icy waters of the Revere Marsh. They were reunited with with their owner Wendy Sheridan, as the firefighters handed the dogs to her. (Picture by: Boston Herald / Splash News)

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    A photographer captured an incredible five mile wide double rainbow in a thunderstorm 8000 ft above sea level. Professional landscape photographer Mark Metternich, 47, took the shot at the Crater Lake national park in Oregon, USA. Mr. Metternich had been chasing the thunderstorm for four days before he saw the rainbow formation.(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year February 19, 2015 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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    Raihanh Al Selw (R) looks up at Code Pink member Eleanor Levine (L) as she wears a wedding dress during a news conference in front of the Oakland Federal Building to speak out against a proposed military campaign against ISIS on February 17, 2015 in Oakland, California. Over a dozen peace activists staged a news conference in front of the Oakland Federal Building to oppose U.S. president Barack Obama's request for a new authorization to use military force to battle the radical terrorist group ISIS. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    A man holds a placard during a gathering outside the Danish Embassy on February 16, 2015 in Paris, France. People gathered outside the Danish embassy in Paris, to pay tribute to the victims of the Copenhagen shootings. A gunman opened fire during a debate on art, blasphemy and freedom of expression at the Krudttonden cafe in Copenhagen on February 14, 2015, killing one person. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

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    A fisherman fishes the low waters of Lake Success as rain totals remain insufficient to break the worsening drought on February 11, 2015 near East Porterville, California. Many local residents, whose water wells have run dry, fill their tanks with free non-potable water for flushing toilets, bathing and laundering and use bottled water for drinking and washing dishes. Many of the dry wells of 926 homes in Tulare County dried up last summer when some 17 California communities ran out of water. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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    A costumed reveller poses on St Mark's square during the Venice Carnival on February 8, 2015 in Venice. The 2015 edition of the Venice carnival is untitled 'The world's most delicious festival' and runs until February 17th. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters from the group Code Pink attend a hearing about the Guantanamo Detention Facility by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill February 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Committee heard testimony on the future of United States detention policy.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    Vintage cars and motorbikes are displayed during an exhibition, by Bonhams auction house, at Le Grand Palais on February 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

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    Rescue personnel in a rubber dinghy lift a passenger (bottom C) from the waters around the wreckage of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into the Keelung river outside Taiwan's capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. At least 16 people were killed when TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 with 58 people on board clipped a road bridge and plunged into the river in Taiwan, in the airline's second crash in just seven months. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A daring British climber makes her way up the side of a mountain - with the help of a rusty old ladder. Brave Lynne Hempton even smiles whilst making her way up the rickety ladder, which is almost 3300 feet from the foot of the mountain. Beneath her is the stunning Italian town, Riva del Garda, and the country's biggest lake, Lake Garda. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 25,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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    The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) with the Delta II rocket and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory protected by the service structure January 27, 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. SMAP, whose launch is scheduled January 29, is NASA's first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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    Five trucks abandoned in 1943 have rusted so much they now blend in with their spectacular surroundings. The selection of old trucks - parked in a row next to each other - have not moved in 73 years. They have now corroded so much that the old motors are even camouflaged in front of the green, orange and yellow backdrop. The vehicles were involved in the building of the Canol Road, which is short for the 'Canadian American Norman Oil Line', in the Yukon Territory in Canada. It is 279 miles long and after its competition the trucks were left on the roadside and have not moved since. Photographer Robert Postma, 43, from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, travelled to the road to take the spectacular pictures.(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    Survivors laying wreaths at the Wall of Death during the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 2015 in Auschwitz, Poland. The day commemorates when the Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland on January 27, 1945. It is hoped that through remembering these events, people will remember the Holocaust and prevent further genocide from taking place (Photo by Adam Jagielak/Getty Images Poland/Getty Images)
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    Wet and slushy conditions are viewed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Anti-abortion activists take part in the annual March for Life rally on January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US First Lady Michelle Obama reads Dr. Seusss 'Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!' to local students as part of her 'Let's Move, Let's Read!' initiative in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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    A group of friends braved 'avalanche conditions' at night so they could ski off-piste beneath a spectacular Northern Lights show. The talented skiers made the special trip so they could slalom as the bright breathtaking show lit up the 1,500ft mountains. Friends Tobin Seagel, Dave Gheriani, and Joel Jacques spent six days traversing the Tombstone Territorial Park in Yukon, Canada. Professional ski and mountain bike photographer Reuben Krabbe, 24, travelled with the group to take pictures of the spectacular setting. (PHOTO: Reuben Krabbe/Solent News)

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    A robot waitress serves customers at a restaurant on January 19, 2015 in Changzhi, Shanxi province of China. A restaurant promoted a robot waitress to deliver meals on Monday in Changzhi. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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    Visitors look at snow sculptures during the 2015 Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 15, 2015 in Harbin, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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    Though the falling snow was a light powder, this brave climber clings on to the side of the icy mountain whilst the avalanche showers him. The ice climber, who is almost six thousand feet high, manages to hold on and safely makes it through the snowy shower. These spectacular pictures were taken by alpine climbing photographer Jonathan Griffith, whilst he was climbing a mountain in the Alps near Cogne, Italy. The 31-year-old from London set up his camera on a tripod and used a radio control to take the pictures whilst he was supporting his friend Jeff Mercier's weight with a rope. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    A coffin containing the body of a murdered police officer is carried during a funeral at a muslim cemetary on January 13, 2015 in Bobigny, France. The officers were awarded a posthumous Legion dHonneur, inrecognition of their bravery. The terrorist attacks began on Wednesday with the assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended on Friday with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a Kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. A fourth suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, escaped and is wanted in connection with the murder of a policewoman. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    The new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider convertible (bottom) is revealed to the media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. More than 5000 journalists from around the word will see approximately 45 new vehicles unveiled. The 2015 NAIAS opens to the public January 17th and concludes January 25th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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    A daring pilot flies his plane over a volcano as red-hot lava bursts into the sky. The scorching lava, which is 1562 degrees Fahrenheit, erupts in the air up to heights of almost 200 feet. On board the little blue and white plane are sightseers, who get an up close view of the spectacular volcano, as they were just 300 metres away. These stunning pictures were taken by photographer Baldur Sveinsson, who was in another plane flying around the volcano. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)

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    Women hold a banner that reads in French, 'I am Charlie' during a vigil at the Old Harbor in Marseille on January 7, 2015, following an attack on the offices of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier in the day. (Photo credit ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pope Francis kisses a statue of the baby Jesus as he attends the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on January 6, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his homily, Pope Francis focused on the journey taken by the three wise men, which is celebrated today, and encouraged Catholics to keep a strong faith. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

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    A car ferry passes the stricken Hoegh Osaka cargo ship after it ran aground on a sand bank in the Solent on January 4, 2015 in Cowes, England. The cargo ship ran aground on Bramble Bank after leaving Southampton bound for Germany. All 25 crew members were rescued overnight. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Times Square crystal ball is tested one last time before tomorrow night's New Year's Eve celebration on December 30, 2014 in New York City. The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford crystals. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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    Customs and Border Protection in conjuction with British Authorities destroys a Mini Cooper that had many violations related to importation. The legendary Mini Cooper might be good enough for Paul McCartney and Enzo Ferrari but it doesn't impress the Americans with this model crushed - for failing safety rules. Importers shipped the iconic British car into the US with the vehicles fetching a vast markup. They attract a whopping premium because cars under 25 years old manufactured without airbags are banned from American roads. This has created a lucrative black market with the importer of this model attempting to trick customs by illegally altering the car's vehicle identification numbers.(Picture by: SWNS / Splash News)

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    Marcello Di Finizio from Trieste, Italy stands on the tympanum of St. Peter's Basilica protesting against the European Union regulation, the Bolkestein Directive, on December 22, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Di Finizio climbed the facade of St. Peter's for the fifth time in recent years to protest Italian and European regulations that he has reportedly stated had caused him to lose his business. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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    A group of freedivers swim 70ft underwater to explore a WWII plane which has ended up at the bottom of the sea. The team of 10 divers hold their breath as they plunge into the depths to take a close look at the Douglas Dakota DC-3 plane. It once flew at altitudes of more than 8,000ft but it now lies at the bottom of the sea just off the coast of Kas, Turkey. The keen freedivers even manage to get inside of the plane and underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, from Odessa, Ukraine, took pictures.(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    A view from the roof of Commercial Travellers Club building in Martin Place of the thousands of floral tributes for deceased hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson on December 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

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    New Year's Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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    A climber dressed as Santa Claus waves from outside of the Kollhoff Tower ahead of an acrobatic dance show on December 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The acrobatic dance show took place on the facade of the Kollhoff Tower, featuring performers abseiling down the 101 meters to the Potsdamer Platz. Gifts were given to children at the panoramic cafe on the 24th floor and at the bottom of the tower. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images)

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    Police in Sydney, Australia are dealing with an armed man who has been holding an undisclosed number of hostages at the Lindt Cafe on Martin Place for more than 14 hours. The gunman and at least one other person killed in the siege.

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    Malala Yousafzai accepts the Nobel Peace Prize Award during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images)
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    The extreme close-up photographs, taken through a microscope, show drops of two popular Italian aperitifs, Campari and Aperol. Both of the alcoholic beverages - which are typically consumed before a meal - have been left to dry on a glass slide. After the alcohol and water evaporated, the remaining sugars then crystallise to produce the stunning colours. Bernardo Cesare from Chirignago, Italy, works as a Professor of Petrology and took the pictures using a camera mounted on an optical microscope(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    A massive blaze has broken out in an block of flats in Los Angeles, December 8 2014. The fire is visible across the city's skyline as smoke pours into the sky. Major roads have been closed and more than 200 firefighters are on the scene.(Picture by: SWNS / Splash News)

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    Seuss Landing, at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida, gets a Christmas makeover. (Picture by: AdMedia / Splash News)

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    Demonstrators lie down during a protest in Grand Central Terminal after a grand jury decided not to indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in New York City. Eric Garner was killed by a police officer Daniel Pantaleo on July 17, 2014 after Pantaleo suspected him of selling untaxed cigarettes and putting him in a choke hold. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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    Participants dressed as Perchten roam village streets to chase away evil winter spirits in the annual Perchten gathering in Bavaria on November 29, 2014 near Kirchseeon, Germany. Perchten are the mythical entourage of Perchta, a goddess in ancient southern German alpine pagan tradition, and are usually fearsome creatures with tusks and horns and covered in hair. The tradition dates back at least to the 16th century and is also related to traditions of Krampus, Teifel, Klausen and La Befana, all animal-like creatures in the German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss alpine regions whose duties include instilling fear into naughty children. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
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    ith winter round the corner this stunning aerial photograph was taken using a kite and shows trees shedding their leaves. The mild autumn has meant autumn colours to Norfolks woodlands has come very late this year and in most parts has fizzled out. But this week Thursford Wood has exploded with colour. When seen from the air the colours become even more impressive. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    Protesters and police clash in front of LAPD Headquarters as people react to the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who had shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in the early morning hours of November 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Police officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, sparking large ongoing protests. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    Chocolate-made Terracotta Warriors with Santa Claus hats are displayed at Shangri-la Hotel Xi'an on November 21, 2014 in Xi'an, China. Ten bakers from Shangri-la Hotel Xian spent ten days and 200 kg Belgium black chocolate in making about 300 Terracotta Warriors and put Santa Claus hats on these warriors. The bakers want to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and remind people of the traditional Chinese cultural by combining Christmas decoration with Chinese history. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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    This stunning picture shows a 100-mile long cloud that looks just like bubble wrap. Hundreds of round balls of cloud hang down from the sky at sunset during a storm. The spectacular bubbly clouds, mammatus, are extremely rare and can only be seen behind a storm. The extraordinary bubble wrap clouds were taken by storm chaser Mike Hollingshead. Mike was lucky enough to see the stunning 100-mile long cloud in his home-state in the USA, Nebraska. (PHOTO: Solent News / Splash News)

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    A car is damaged as Israeli forces demolishes the home of Palestinian AbdelRahman al-Shaludi, blamed for killing two Israelis in a deadly vehicular attack last month, in Silwan neighborhood, east Jerusalem on November 19, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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    A piece of artwork is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cache of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators lay on the ground in a mock death protest of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on November 16, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The area around St Louis, Missouri prepares for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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