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FANTASY FLIGHT: Abdiel Collazo, 5, second from right, of Perth Amboy, N.J., sings Christmas carols with United Airlines employees, from left, Brandy Lawton, Luis Carvalho, Marcel Kimbrel and Jose Rosario, right, an emergency medical technician with University Hospital before taking off on United Airlines Flight 2108 en route to a fictional North Pole, Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Newark, N.J. The flight entitled Fantasy Flight catered to a group of sick children from Newark Liberty International Airport to Santa's workshop at a fantasy North Pole. The jetliner departed the airport and flew for about an hour before landing back at a gate decorated like the North Pole. Photo: Associated Press/Julio Cortez

AP732544265314People in Santa Claus costume assemble at the start of Santa Run at Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 6. Over 400 people participated in the 1.5 miles run. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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A resident jumps as he watches strong waves crash into shore as an effect of Typhoon Hagupit in Legazpi, Albay province, eastern Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 7. Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power in entire coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650,000 people into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines a repetition of unprecedented devastation by last year’s storm. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Frederic Cesbron, right and Maxim Durand, walk on the street outside the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel on Sunday, Dec. 7, in Rosemont, Ill. Thousands of people were evacuated after a chlorine gas leak at the hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature and performance, in suburban Rosemont early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the leak at the hotel in Rosemont was caused intentionally and are treating it as a criminal matter. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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The Kennedy Center Honors Honorees ballerina Patricia McBride, from left, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin, laugh during a reception in their honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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International Security Assistance Forces honor guards take part in a flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 8. The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government. From Jan. 1, the coalition will maintain a force of 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak around 140,000 in 2011. There are around 15,000 troops now in the country.(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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President Barack Obama does a “fist bump” with a Adrianna Mitchell during an “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, attended by middle-school students from Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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A woman dressed as an angel participates in the dance-drama called “Dance of the legion of 24 Devils” during the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception celebrations in Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala, Monday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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This photo provided by Nancy Yuille shows a massive fire engulfing an apartment building construction site near downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 8. Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke. (AP Photo/Nancy Yuille)
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President Barack Obama meets with Britain’s Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Protesters rallying against police violence block Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley Monday in reaction to the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Peg Langhammer, Executive Director, Day One in Rhode Island, center, and Police Chief Kathy Zoner, left, listen as Angela Fleischer, assistant director of Student Support and Intervention for Confidential Advising at the Southern Oregon University, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, before the Senate Crime and Terrorism subcommittee hearing: “Campus Sexual Assault: the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement.” Cornell University (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, as she leaves the Senate chamber after releasing a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities. Feinstein branded the findings a “stain on the nation’s history.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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People line the road as trucks carrying parts of the wreckage of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive from the Ukraine at Gilze-Rijen military base, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 9. The Boeing 777 plummeted from high altitude over eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. Two-thirds of the victims hailed from the Netherlands, from where the Dutch government is now leading the investigation. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Secretary of State John Kerry greets committee members as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations hearing on “Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against IS.” (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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In this combo of three images Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, puts her hands to her face as she sits during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 10. The Nobel Peace Prize is being shared between Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Taliban attack survivor, and the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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A van navigates a flooded roadway in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 11. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Crime scene tape blocks of the area of an apartment complex where authorities say two police officers were shot, leading to a neighborhood search for the suspected gunman, Friday, Dec. 12, in Decatur, Ga. DeKalb County police Capt. Stephen Fore says both officers suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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