Week in photos: New Year's celebrations and more

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Water quality inspector Mike McGee closes a valve on a fire hydrant after the driver of a big truck broke it off when making a turn into a strip mall on Dec. 31, 2013.

Getty Images: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post
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Denver

Addie Burnham, 9, visiting from Houston, flies off her snow saucer at Ruby Hill Park in Denver on Dec. 29, 2013. Despite the relative lack of snow, kids still enjoyed the sledding.

AP Photo: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo
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San Diego

Bahati, a Masai giraffe, introduces her new calf to the rest of the herd Dec. 31, 2013, at the San Diego Zoo. The calf, born Dec. 22, measured 6 feet 1 and weighed 157 pounds. Masai giraffes are native to Africa and are threatened in some areas.

Getty Images: Christopher Gregory
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New York

People celebrate the new year in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014, in New York City. An estimated 1 million revelers from around the world endured long hours of cold weather to be on hand for the star-studded New Year's celebration.

AP Photo: Jim Cole
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Franklin, N.H.

A kayaker who calls himself Duke Wavewalker smiles after riding down the Winnipesaukee River on Jan. 1, 2014. About 20 kayaks and canoes made the annual New Year's Day ride on the river in sub-freezing temperatures.

AP Photo: Matt Rourke
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Philadelphia

A mummer struts during the 2014 New Year's Day parade in Philadelphia.

Reuters: Russell Cheyne
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Swimmers in special dress participate in the New Year's Day Looney Dook swim in the South Queensferry area of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reuters: Kaipo Honda
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Paauilo, Hawaii

A pickup lies in a sinkhole-like crater after a road collapsed due to heavy rains near Paauilo, on the big island of Hawaii, on Dec. 30, 2013. The driver of the truck escaped with minor injuries.

Reuters: Babu
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Chennai, India

A boy plays in a bucket while waiting for his mother to fetch his bath water from a nearby pump in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Dec. 30, 2013.

Reuters: NASA, Handout
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International Space Station

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins makes a spacewalk to swap out a malfunctioning part on Dec. 24, 2013.

Reuters: Andrew Peacock
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Antarctica

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is stranded in ice in Antarctica on Dec. 29, 2013. After icebreakers failed to reach the Russian ship, those on board were later rescued by helicopter.

AP Photo: Carolyn Kaster
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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

A paddle boarder looks out over the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets off Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu, on the last day of 2013.

AP Photo: Patrick Seeger, dpa
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Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

Gunners of the historic Grenadier Corps 1810 greet the new year with 12-cannon salutes in Villingen-Schwenningen, southwestern Germany, on Jan. 1, 2014. This New Year's tradition, dating to 1633, recalls a siege that was overcome during the Thirty Years' War.

Reuters: Benoit Tessier
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Paris

A reveller (unseen) writes "2014" with sparklers ahead of New Year's Eve, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on Dec. 30, 2013.

Reuters: Sheng Li
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Harbin, China

A swimmer jumps into the partly frozen Songhua River in Harbin, China, on Dec. 28, 2013. The temperature in Harbin that day reached a low of minus-6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Reuters: Carlo Allegri
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New York

Adam David poses for tips as "The Naked Indian" as people walk past in Times Square in New York on Dec. 28, 2013.

Reuters: Andrew Biraj
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Dhaka, Bangladesh

A pro-government activist sets fire to a motorcycle during a clash with opposition parties on Dec. 29, 2013. Bangladesh's main opposition party has pulled out of upcoming elections over claims of fraud.

Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach
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Oberstdorf, Germany

Switzerland's Simon Ammann soars through the air during the first round of the 62nd four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany, Dec. 29, 2013.

Reuters: Danish Ismail
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Srinagar, Kashmir

Kashmiris transport their belongings to a safer place after their houses were destroyed by a fire at Dhobi Ghat, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Dec. 30, 2013.

Reuters: Nir Elias
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Israel

Israeli air force cadets toss their caps during an air force pilots' graduation ceremony at Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, Dec. 26, 2013.

Reuters: Anindito Mukherjee
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New Delhi

A migrant laborer bathes near the construction site of a hotel on a cold winter morning in New Delhi on Dec. 30, 2013.

Reuters: Samrang Pring
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Protesters shout near the Council of Ministers during a demonstration in central Phnom Penh on Dec. 30, 2013. Cambodian opposition supporters, backed by striking garment-factory workers, rallied to demand long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call an election.

Reuters: Low Youjin
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Marina Bay, Singapore

Workers walk along a floating platform while arranging "wishing spheres" along Marina Bay in Singapore, Dec. 30, 2013. People penned their wishes for the new year onto the spheres before placing them into the river.

Reuters: Maxim Zmeyev
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Kiev, Ukraine

A pro-European integration supporter stands holding a mirror opposite a police line in Kiev on Dec. 30, 2013.

Reuters: Bogdan Cristel
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Comanesti, Romania

A dancer from Romania's northeastern region of Moldova performs the "bear" dance, a ritual for good luck in the New Year, during a traditional parade in Comanesti on Dec. 30, 2013. In pre-Christian rural traditions dancers used to tour from house to house in villages while singing and dancing to ward off evil.

Reuters: Enrique
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Lima, Peru

A Shaman holds bunches of coca leaves, a cash crop native to western South America, while performing a ceremony of predicting the upcoming year at Agua Dulce Beach in Lima on Dec. 30, 2013.

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