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“Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage” is an exhibit of artwork in album collections, created primarily by aristocratic Victorian women, that mixes photography with watercolor painting. Alexandra, the princess of Wales, took a keen interest in photography – posing for, collecting, and making her own images. Here, members of the royal family are featured, framed by an intricate decorative design. Alexandra, Princess of Wales (PHOTO: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Victorian Photocollage at the Met

#10. India. Nary a shark in sight: A woman swims off of Dunk Isalnd in Kanyakumari, India. With 15 shark attacks dating from 1580, six of them fatal, India is 10th on the list of all-time shark incidents, according to a study that tracks shark-human encounters through the decades. Worldwide, attacks overall are up because more people are putting themselves in the sharks' environment, the study says. (Newscom)

Top shark attack locations

Winner: NORWAY – Norway experienced Europe’s greatest gains, with house prices bouncing back more than 11 percent from one year go. (Newscom/File)

Europe housing market, top 5 winners and losers in 2009

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A general view of the second press day at the 80th Geneva International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland is seen on March 2. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Newscom)

The 2010 Geneva International Motor Show

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is seen in this August 2008 photo in the courtroom at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands. According to his legal advisor Marko Sladojevic, Karadzic boycotted his genocide trial on Monday to protest what he claims is a lack of time to prepare for the trial. Karadzic also boycotted the start of his trial in the International Criminal Tribunal on Oct. 26. (Valerie Kuypers/AP/FILE)

Radovan Karadzic on trial for Bosnian War Crimes

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Darth Vader was named postmaster for the day at a postal office in Tokyo on July 1, 2008. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters/File)

Who's delivering your mail today?

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Colombian Army soldiers and a bomb-sniffing dog prepare to leave a military base in San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia. (Fernando Vergara/AP)

Dogs at work

John Shadegg, representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district, will retire in 2010. Shadegg's district has leaned Republican by 9 percentage points in the previous two presidential elections. The Cook Political Report rates this a 'Likely Republican' district. (Newscom/File)

House Republicans retiring in 2010

Artur Davis, representing Alabama's Seventh Congressional District, will run for governor of Alabama in 2010. Davis's district leans heavily Democratic. According to the Cook Political Report, 'Its boundaries all but ensure that an African-American Democrat will succeed four-term Rep. Artur Davis.' (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom/File)

House Democrats retiring in 2010

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A group of supporters for carrying unloaded handguns in public meets at a Peet's Coffee & Tea shop on Jan. 9, in San Ramon, California. (Aric Crabb/Oakland Tribune/MCT/Newscom)

The debate over gun rights