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An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa

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An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa

U.S. President Barack Obama, second left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, second right, walk together at Zhongnanhai leaders compound before their private dinner, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The others walking with them are their translators.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together with their translators at Zhongnanhai leaders compound before their private dinner on Tuesday

Tyler Lewis practices Parkour as the sun sets over the downtown area of Seattle, Washington.  Parkour which originated from France in the 1980's was developed as a military obstacle course training and is becoming a recognized sport with competitions and events around the world.

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Tyler Lewis practises Parkour in downtown Seattle, Washington. Parkour originated in France in the 1980s as military obstacle course training and has now become a recognised sport

Ground personnel work on November 10, 20...Ground personnel work on November 10, 2014 next to the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the United States, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates, one from the United States and one from Germany, returned safely to Earth on November 10 with a parachute landing of their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, ending 5,5 months in orbit.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOVSHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. 

Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on November 7, 2014 in New York City. The 13-ton tree will be illuminated on December 3 in a ceremony that's been held since 1933. The owners of the land that the tree was cut from intend to donate its wood to build homes for Habitat for Humanity following the Christmas season.

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Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on Friday in New York City

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. 

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

Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women's all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

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Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women’s all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday