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US Marine Corporal Jessica L. Williams (L) and Lance Corporal Shawnee Redbear of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Golf Company patrol in Basabad, Helmand Province, on March 9, 2011. The US Marines deployed about 40 Female Marines in Helmand province and Nimruz for the Female Engagement Team (FET) programme to interact with Afghan civilians, specifically women and children.
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Huguette Clark with one of her prized dolls. She reached age 98 without declaring who should receive her copper-mining fortune, and then signed two contradictory wills back to back. The latest will leaves much of her money, and her dolls, to her longtime nurse.
The search is on for thousands of people still missing in the aftermath of the most powerful earthquake to ever strike Japan. The quake triggered a devastating tsunami that was responsible for at least several hundred deaths. NBC's Kaori Enjoji reports.
Grammy winning artist Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on Saturday. NBC's Kurt Gregory looks at her life.
NBC's Bruce Hall takes a look at Osama bin Laden's transformation into the alleged mastermind of numerous world-wide terror attacks.
A Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter. Watch the video of the verdict.
NBC's Meredith Vieira sits down with Charla Nash, who recently underwent a face transplant that's helped her regain the life she had before being brutally attacked by a chimp.
A look back at the triumphs and tragedies of 2011.
Saudi-born dissident Osama bin-Laden addresses a news conference in Afghanistan, where he and his organization are based, in a May 26,1998 file photo. News of bin Laden's death on May 2 was the top news story on msnbc.com in 2011.
This is the last known photo of Huguette Clark, taken 80 years ago. She hid away in a New York hospital room for at least the past 22 years, until her death in May. This photo was made about 1928-1930, at the time of her brief marriage. She had no children.
Irving Kamsler, Huguette Clark's longtime accountant, resigned as her executor this week. He is shown outside court on Long Island after he pleaded guilty in October 2008 to attempting to disseminate indecent material to minors on AOL. The court sentenced him to five years of probation, but he was allowed to keep his license as a certified public accountant. In a letter he told his client only the barest details of the case.
Attorney Wallace "Wally" Bock says he has always done exactly what his client, heiress Huguette Clark, has asked. He acknowledged soliciting from her a gift of $1.5 million for the community where his daughter and grandchildren live. Court records show the amount to be $1.85 million. He remains an executor of her estate, at least until a court hearing planned for Friday.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, greets her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell talk about the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule and becoming the first women to share the coveted "first kiss."
It's been one year since President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and critics said changing the law would never work in the real world of combat. NBC's Jim Maceda takes one measure of the change, with some of America's troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
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An existing single family home which is up for sale is pictured in Burbank, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011.
The revision shows that home sales were substantially lower than originally reported over the past three years.
The National Association of Realtors announces existing home sales in November increased 4 percent, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.
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From left: Ethan Eyman, 20, Marissa Koven, 17, and Adam Wyckoff, 20, sing along during a Yiddish class at Emory University in Atlanta in a photo taken on Nov. 10, 2011 and released on Dec. 21.
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Elizabeth Friedman, 18, holds her textbook while singing along during a Yiddish class at Emory University.
Transportation Security Administration workers showed off their holiday spirit at LAX Thursday. NBC's Brian Williams reports.
Some people will get a white Christmas in Arizona and New Mexico, and Texas is in the path of the winter storm. The Weather Channel's Kelly Cass reports.
NBC's Tom Costello has a holiday traffic report.
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A portrait of Army Pvt. Danny Chen is placed on a car in his funeral procession in Chinatown on Oct. 13 in New York City.
Eight members of the US military are being charged in connection with the death of Private Danny Chen. Investigators reportedly uncovered evidence that Chen was the target of ethnic slurs and hazing before he was shot in Afghanistan. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports.
Army says Danny Chen was bullied before his death. WNBC's Katy Tur reports.
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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning leaves U.S. Magistrate Court at Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday.
Skokie Police Officer Mary Escobedo says it was her personal mission to return the soldier's belongings to his loved ones.
From left, Jake Finkbonner in kindergarten in 2005, Jake one day after he contracted flesh-eating bacteria, and Jake on his sixth birthday just eight days after the accident.
Jake Finkbonner two months later with skin grafts.
Jake Finkbonner with some of his buddies in 2007. From left, Rick, Jason, Jake and Ben.
Jake Finkbonner in 2011
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Occupy Houston protesters lay in the exit ramp at the Port of Houston Authority on Dec. 12.
In the US, housing starts increased 1.1 percent to a 10- month high of 635000 at an annual rate in November, with CNBC's Rick Santelli.