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Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday, capturing control of the Senate from Democrats, winning crucial governor races and solidifying their majority in the U.S. House.

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Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, capturing control of the Senate from the Democrats

Election...The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf's rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin)

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The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf’s rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York Pennsylvania. 

Virginia residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia, USA, 04 November 2014. Virginia voters are choosing between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie for the US Senate. US voters are increasingly disillusioned with Washington as they head to the polls 04 November to elect senators and members of the House of Representatives.

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Residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia

 Iowa Senate Candidate Bruce Braley Campaigns Ahead Of Midterm Elections

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Democratic US Senate candidate Bruce Braley (L) hugs volunteer Pat Halferty during a campaign stop at the Lynn Count Democratic HQ on November 3 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Polls put Braley neck-and-neck with Republican Joni Ernst and the Iowa result could decide which party controls the Senate

A handout photo released by the European...A handout photo released by the European Southern Observatory on November 3, 2014 shows a starry sky, with a bright column due to zodiacal light, illuminating the desert landscape around Cerro Paranal, in Chile, home to ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT). AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / Y.BELETSKY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / Y.BELETSKY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSY.Beletsky/AFP/Getty Images

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A photo released by the European Southern Observatory shows a starry sky, with a bright column due to zodiacal light, illuminating the desert landscape around Cerro Paranal, in Chile, home to ESOs Very Large Telescope.

Sex workers wear skeleton masks as they make an offering during a procession to remember their deceased colleagues in Mexico City...Sex workers wear skeleton masks, a traditional Mexican symbol representing the Day of the Dead, as they make an offering during a procession to remember their deceased colleagues, especially those who were violently murdered, in Mexico City October 27, 2014. The annual Day of the Dead is observed on November 1 and 2. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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Sex workers wear skeleton masks, a traditional Mexican symbol representing the Day of the Dead, as they make an offering during a procession to remember their deceased colleagues, especially those who were violently murdered, in Mexico City. The annual Day of the Dead is observed on November 1 and 2. 

Canada's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa October 23, 2014. Vickers shot a gunman during an attack on the Parliament Buildings on October 22.

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Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday. Vickers shot a gunman during an attack on the Parliament Buildings on Tuesday

People walk beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California on October 19, 2014.  The pier which will soon celebrate its 100th year of operation, has been the setting for many famous movies such as 'The Sting', 'Forrest Gump' and 'Iron Man' and is a major tourist attraction in Los Angeles.

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People frolic beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California. The pier, which will soon celebrate its 100th year, has been the setting for films such as The Sting, Forrest Gump and Iron Man.

Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.  The resort island chain of Bermuda braced October 17, 2014 for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge. The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes. Schools, businesses, grocery stores and government offices all closed early Thursday, and many people boarded up the windows of their homes and placed sandbags outside in preparation. As of early Friday, Gonzalo's winds were whirling at 125 miles (200 kilometers) per hour, with even stronger gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo has already killed one person in the Caribbean and triggered a hurricane warning for the British overseas territory, which is home to around 60,000 people.

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Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. The resort island chain of Bermuda braced on Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge

Tesoro's Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California October 10, 2014. Oil prices are hovering just above $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries. They face calls to cut output at, or before, a policy meeting in late November to prop prices up as some are already feeling the pinch of sub-$100 oil  through increased budget pressure. Global oil prices are collectively reflecting the sweeping impact of a U.S. shale oil boom, with its production consistently outstripping growth forecasts.

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Tesoro’s Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California on Friday. Oil prices have dropped below $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries

Children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana. Inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of Havana, some 70 Cuban children as young as nine pursue their dream of joining the circus. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island.

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Cuban children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana, located inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of the city

Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California...epaselect epa04434113 Children watch a US Army parachute demonstration team at the Miramar Air Show, one of the largest military air shows in the world, in San Diego, California, USA, 05 October 2014.  EPA/DAVID MAUNG

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Children watch a US Army parachute demonstration team at the Miramar Air Show, one of the largest military air shows in the world, in San Diego, California, US

Professional photo guide Vincent Lawrence of Seal Harbor, Maine, left, and his client Frank Gallagher, of Silver Spring, Md., move to a new position while photographing the rocky coast of Maine's Acadia National Park at dawn, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. A 15-inch-high rock cairn stands in the foreground.

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A Professional photo guide and his client move to a new position while photographing the rocky coast of Maine’s Acadia National Park at dawn on Friday

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company's initial public offering in New York...Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker "BABA" in New York September 19, 2014.

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company’s initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker “BABA” in New York on Friday

Pennsylvania State Police salute as they line the streets outside St. Peters' Cathedral in Scranton, as the casket carrying slain Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Corporal Bryon Dickson is carried into the Cathedral for his funeral service...Pennsylvania State Police salute as they line the streets outside St. Peters' Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania September 18, 2014, as the casket carrying slain Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38 is carried into the Cathedral for his funeral service. The survivalist suspected of the ambush attack last week that killed Dickson and seriously wounded another is a member of a Cold War re-enactment group, state police said on Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania State Police salute as they line the streets outside St. Peters’ Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Thursday, as the casket carrying slain Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38 is carried into the Cathedral for his funeral service

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California

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Firefighters battle the King Fire in the community of Fresh Pond in El Dorado County, California

A woman sleeps in front of a painting decorating a subway station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

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A woman sleeps in front of a painting decorating a subway station in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond...A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Noah Berger  (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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A firefighter watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. So far 400 people have been evacuated from areas threatened by the blaze that has scorched more than 11,500 acres of land

Residents of the building occupied by FLM (Front Fight for Housing) are held by police during confrontations after a building repossession September 16, 2014 in the city center of Sao Paulo, Brazil. About 70 people were detained by police.

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Residents of the building occupied by FLM (Front Fight for Housing) are held by police during confrontations after a building repossession on Tuesday in the city centre of Sao Paulo, Brazil

U.S. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton walk past the Rose Garden to host an event marking the 20th anniversary of the national service program AmeriCorps at the White House in Washington September 12, 2014. In 1993, Clinton signed the bill that created AmeriCorps.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton walk past the Rose Garden to host an event marking the 20th anniversary of the national service program AmeriCorps at the White House in Washington