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In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, Wash., was running his third Boston Marathon and near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of the two bomb blasts.

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A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013, following a massive tornado.

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A nun reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The family of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, comfort each other during their funeral services at the First Baptist Church of Wortham Friday, April 5, 2013, in Wortham, Texas. The couple was found shot to death in their house near Forney, about 20 miles east of Dallas.

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The flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as ordered by President Barack Obama following the deadly shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington.

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An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston.

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Burst trees and destroyed homes are left in the wake of a wildfire in the densely wooded Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 13, 2013. More than 350 homes were lost in what is now the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.

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Kyle Larson (32) goes airborne and into the catch fence in a multicar crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Parker Kilgerman (77), Justin Allgaier (31) and Brian Scott (2) during the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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A riot police officer, left, kicks a protester as another, center, tries to protect him before his arrest during protests in Ubate, north of Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in support of farmers who have been blockading Colombian highways for a week.

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President Barack Obama looks to see if it is still raining as a Marine holds an umbrella for him during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not pictured, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

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Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing at least a half-million people.

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David Lee Estep sits atop a pile of rubble that was the home he shared with his parents Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Estep was waiting for his parents, who survived the storm with Estep to arrive three days after a huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening a wide swath of homes and businesses.

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy ó the most serious charge he faced ó but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges, more than three years after he revealed secrets to WikiLeaks.

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Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins in the streets of Tacloban, Philippines on Sunday Nov. 17, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

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A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi reacts while praying during a protest against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.

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Ariel Castro walks into the courtroom Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder, as part of a plea bargain. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole, plus 1,000 years. One month into his sentence, prison guards found Castro dead in his cell after hanging himself.

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French daredevil Alain Robert reaches into his chalk bag as he scales the Habana Libre hotel without using ropes or a safety net, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Once the city's Hilton, Robert was able to reach the top of the 27-story building in 30 minutes. Robert has scaled much taller buildings in his career. He says his main concern is that the hotel is in disrepair like other Havana landmarks.

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This aerial photo shows the crash site of Asiana Flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

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A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Hundreds of roads, farms and businesses in the area were damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters.

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The sun rises in Seaside Heights, N.J., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which has been sitting in the ocean after part of the Funtown Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The private owners of the amusement pier that collapsed in Seaside Heights were working with insurers to devise a plan to dismantle the ride and get it out of the ocean.

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An air tanker drops fire retardant on a hot spot as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, near Banning, Calif.

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A Bangladeshi man holds on to a woman, both victims of a building collapse, in the debris of Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. The collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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A worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh Monday, April 29, 2013. The collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people.

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Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Teachers have been on strike demanding better pay for almost two months.

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This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

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A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hit the petrol bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday, March 14, 2013.

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Serena Williams, of the U.S., celebrates as she defeats Russia's Maria Sharapova during the Women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Paris. Williams won 6-4, 6-4.

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A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013.

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The Rev. Bobby Turner or Columbus, Ohio, places his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in Washington.

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The flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is taken from the hospital where he died, to a military academy, where it will remain until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., center right, and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., left, ride an escalator as lawmakers rush to the Senate floor to vote on amendments to the budget resolution, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 22, 2013.

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Gallery updated: 12/30/2013 5:22 AM

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From the Boston Marathon bombing to Colorado flooding to a new Pope, these are the best photos of the year from the Associated Press
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