The Week in Pictures

From a cold front in the West to protests in the East, here's a look at what dominated the headlines this week. SLIDE SHOW

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    Barbara Buono

    New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, center, D-Edison, talks with Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, D-South Plainfield, as Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address Tuesday, in Trenton, N.J. Buono has announced that she will challenge the first-term Republican governor in November.

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    Ferry crash NYC

    Victims of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident are aided by rescue personnel Wednesday in New York. The ferry, rear, from New Jersey made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.

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    Czech Republic elections

    Presidential candidates, left to right, Zuzana Roithova, Jan Fischer, Jana Bobosikova, Tatana Fischerova, Premysl Sobotka, Milos Zeman, Vladimir Franz, Jiri Dientsbier and Karel Schwarzenberg attend a television debate in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday. The Czech Republic holds the first round of the presidential election on Friday and Saturday this week.

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    California cold snap

    Visitors to the pier at Santa Monica, Calif., battle strong winds and frigid temperatures Thursday. Strawberry growers are covering their crops while San Diego zookeepers are turning on heaters for the chimpanzees as Southern California braces for a cold snap expected to drop temperatures to a six-year low.

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    Manhattan fire

    Fire trucks stretch for blocks after a five-alarm fire at 41 Spring Street in lower Manhattan burned through the building Thursday in New York. One woman was killed.

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    Chris Christie

    Gov. Chris Christie addresses a large gathering Wednesday, in Belmar, N.J., as he helps officials kick off the construction on a 1.3-mile boardwalk to replace the walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October. The goal is to have it done by May.

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    Venezuela

    A bystander joins a performer in the traditional folk dance, La Burriquita, in Plaza Bolivar, a popular gathering place for supporters of President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday. Venezuela's congress has voted to postpone the inauguration of Chavez, which was scheduled for Thursday, to let him recover from cancer surgery in Cuba. Critics say that violates the country's constitution. On Wednesday, Venezuela's Supreme Court backed the congress, ruling the Jan. 10 inauguration can be postponed.

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    Wall Street

    Thursday, specialist Edward Zelles works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street futures were mostly flat in world markets prior to the opening bell Friday.

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    Pakistan

    Pakistani volunteers rush an injured victim from a bomb blast in a commercial area to a local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. The bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40 others, according to a senior police official. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed 115 people on Thursday in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent years.

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    Shooting Taft California

    Parents and students gather outside Taft Union High School after a shooting on Thursday in Taft, Calif. The sheriff of Kern County, Calif., says a 16-year-old student shot at a high school is in critical but stable condition. Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shooter is a student who walked into a class at Taft Union High School Thursday morning and shot the teen with a shotgun, and then fired at another student but missed.

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    Syrian prisoners

    Freed Iranian hostages who were captured by the Syrian rebels since August hold roses as they gather at a hotel, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. Rebels freed 48 Iranians on Wednesday in exchange for more than 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, held by Syrian authorities —in a deal struck after rare negotiations involving regional powers Turkey, Qatar and Iran.

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    Slide 9

    Thursday, a boy cycles past a banner that reads in Greek "All the gold in the world can't buy water" at the village of Ierissos in the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece. Mining company Hellas Gold expects the mine to be up and running by mid-2015, creating about 2,000 jobs for the next five years. But while some see the gold mine as a savior as Greece enters a sixth year of recession amid record-high unemployment, others revile it as an environmental catastrophe that will do little to help the economy.

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    Sri Lankan

    A Sri Lankan lawyer holds a black flag as others pose for the media in protest against the government's impeachment bid to remove chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake at the court complex building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday. The lawyers accuse the government of violating the constitution by continuing the impeachment process against Bandaranayake despite court orders against it. They say the impeachment plan is a part of a government move to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

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    Joe Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden, center, gestures as he speaks during a meeting with Sportsmen and Women and Wildlife Interest Groups and member of his Cabinet, Thursday, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as part of the effort he is leading to develop policy proposals in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting

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    NCAA

    Arizona's Grant Jerrett (33) defends against a shot by Oregon's Dominic Artis during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon won 70-66.

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    Maria Sharapova

    Russia's Maria Sharapova during a practice session at Melbourne Park as she prepares for next week's Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday.

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    Astrel Clovis, a 42-year-old marathon runner, laces his running shoes, in preparation for the "Let's Go Haiti" race, organized in honor of those who died in the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Like virtually all Haitians in the capital of 3 million, the runner's life was disrupted by the catastrophic earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Six days a week, the rail-thin athlete sets off at daybreak, wearing his secondhand, neon-green running shoes. In a country where good health is a luxury, running keeps Clovis strong. He clocks about 75 miles (120 kilometers) a week.

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    Thailand lead

    Karen villagers attend the court session against Thai Pollution Control Department at the administrative court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. The Thai Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Pollution Control Department to pay a total of 3.8 million baht (about $127,000) compensation to 22 Karen villagers over lead contamination at a creek passing through their village in Kanchanaburi province, western Thailand, ending a nine-year legal battle between the two sides.

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    Kate Middelton

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet artist Paul Emsley after viewing the newly commissioned portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in central London, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

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    China media reform

    A supporter of Southern Weekly newspaper sits on a wheelchair protest outside the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Wednesday. Communist Party-backed management and rebellious editors at the influential weekly newspaper have defused a high-profile standoff over censorship that turned into a test of the new Chinese leadership's tolerance for political reform.

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