A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Facing a divided Congress

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Sens. John McCain, Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham sit on Capitol Hill on Feb.12 in Washington. Facing a divided Congress, Obama focused his State of the Union speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the economy.

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Running of the cooks

The annual Parliamentary Pancake Race takes place in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Feb. 12. The annual event, which raises money for the charity Rehab, sees teams of politicians and journalists race while tossing pancakes in frying pans. The team of members of parliament won this year's event.

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The year of the snake

Visitors stroll near trees decorated with red lanterns ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at Temple of Earth park in Beijing on Feb. 9. The Chinese New Year — also known as the Spring Festival — is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the month.

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State of the Union

President Barack Obama is greeted before his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12.

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Hasty Pudding man

Actor Kiefer Sutherland reacts as he is honored as the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 8. Sutherland was roasted and received the pudding pot from the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

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Celebrity civil disobedience

Daryl Hannah is handcuffed and arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline at Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park on Feb. 13.

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Searching for Dorner

Members of the California Highway Patrol search a truck for Christopher Dorner-- a former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job -- near Big Bear Lake, Calif., on Feb. 8.

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Third Street snow

John Silver shovels snow between buried cars in front of his home on Third Street in South Boston on Feb. 9.

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Prayer for good luck

People prepare to burn joss sticks to pray for good luck in Guangzhou, China, on Feb. 10.

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Sneak peek

Beyoncé looks out from behind a curtain at photographers as she clutches her award for best traditional R&B performance for "Love On Top" at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

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Tearful memory

A relative wipes away tears as she holds up a picture of gun-violence victim Justin Murray during President Obama's discussion of gun-control legislation while delivering his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12.

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Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Clinton Romesha, a former active-duty Army staff sergeant, at the White House on Feb. 11. Romesha received the award for actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. 

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After the storm

Ellen Chmiel sits on the steps of her home on Feb. 11, a day after a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Miss. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and more than 60 people injured when the tornado ripped through the town. 

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Joe's entrance

Vice President Joe Biden arrives on Capitol Hill on Feb. 12 for President Obama's State of the Union address, which focused on new initiatives to stimulate the economy.

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Kennel Club Dog Show

German wirehaired pointer Oakley poses after winning the sporting group competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb. 12. Best of breed dogs competed for best in show at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties competed in the event, which is hailed by organizers as the second-oldest sporting competition in America, after the Kentucky Derby.

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Banana Joe named top dog

Judge Michael Dougherty congratulates dog handler Ernesto Lara after his affenpinscher Banana Joe won best in show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb. 12. Banana Joe beat out the crowd favorite, an Old English sheepdog named Swagger.

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No rules

Rival teams the Up'ards and Down'ards battle for the ball during the annual Ash Wednesday "no rules" football match on Feb. 13 in Ashbourne, England. First played in the 17th century between teams from opposite ends of the Derbyshire town, hundreds of participants aim to get a ball into one of two goals that are positioned three miles apart, at either end of Ashbourne.

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Pope Benedict XVI on Ash Wednesday

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Ash Wednesday service at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Feb. 13. Ash Wednesday opens the liturgical 40-day period of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, penitence and almsgiving leading up to Easter. 

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Adventurous Valentines

Prasit and Varutton Rangsitwong run from a giant flower ball as a part of an adventure-themed wedding ceremony in Thailand on Feb. 13, the eve of Valentine's Day.

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Felix got paid

Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez covers his face as he is greeted by front-office staff wearing yellow "Kings Court" T-shirts before a news conference in Seattle on Feb. 13. Hernandez signed a seven-year contract worth $175 million with the Mariners, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

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'Blade Runner' tragedy

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Feb. 14, on his way to appear in court. He is charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

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Model hands

A model is prepared backstage before the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 collection is shown during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 11.

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Rio's Carnival

Maria Caren Paz, from Argentina's Mangueira samba school, parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 11.

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