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Inauguration Lookahead
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, inaugural preparations continue on the West Front of Capitol Hill in Washington, looking at the National Mall and Washington Monument. One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up, whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
New Mexico Budget Crisis
FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. New Mexico's grinding budget crisis is taking a visible toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and admission hikes, and at state universities and colleges grappling with steep spending cuts. A prolonged downturn in oil and natural gas markets continued to ripple through New Mexico's economy over the summer and into the fall, undermining state tax revenues. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Rare Creatures Comeback
In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. Pacific fishers, forest-dwelling weasel-like mammals whose numbers have declined in the West Coast over the decades, are slowly making a comeback in Washington state. The fisher was among 10 captured days earlier in British Columbia, and then released Friday as part of a multi-year effort to restore them to their historic range. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Masterpiece Painting Nazis
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo made available by Professor Jonathan Petropolous shows Camille Pissarro's 1897 Impressionist masterpiece, "Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l'après-midi. Effet de pluie," during an examination at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. In the 16-year battle over this priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust in 1939, the Jewish couple had to surrender their masterpiece in exchange for their lives. What they disagree on is who owns the painting now. Are the owners the descendants of Cassirer or the Spanish museum that acquired the painting decades ago in good faith. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, the case will be argued in a federal appeals court. (Jonathan Petropolous via AP)
Fog hangs in the valley below the hill town of San Gimignano, Italy. At one time the town had more than 70 medieval towers and 14 of them stand today. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Bolivia Colombia Air Crash
A black bow hangs outside the office of LaMia airline in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a LaMia flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Coal Mine Expansion
In this Thursday, April 28, 2016, photograph, work goes on at the West Elk Mine near Somerset, Colo. The federal government has removed one obstacle to expanding the state's largest coal mine, which provides a glimmer of hope to Colorado's flagging coal industry even though further court challenges are likely. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)
Southern Wildfires
The stone walls are all that stands of the Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, following the devastating wildfires from Monday night, Nov. 28. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
Winter Weather Hawaii
In this image made from webcam video provided by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the CFHT telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island is covered in snow on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Hawaii's Big Island as wind and snow engulf the high peaks. (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope via AP)