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Posted: December 24, 2013 at 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m calling for a boycott of the Olympic Games. What is happening today — releasing people just a few months before their term expires — is a cosmetic measure.” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of two members of a Russian punk rock band freed from prison Monday in a move largely viewed as an attempt to soothe criticism of Russia’s humanrights record before the games in Sochi in February

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FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 file photo Mikhail Kalashnikov shows a model of his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle at home in the Ural Mountain city of Izhevsk, 1000 km (625 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular firearm, died Monday at the age of 94 in a hospital of the city of Izhevsk where he lived. The AK-47 has been favored by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies. An estimated 100 million guns are spread worldwide.  (AP Photo/Vladimir Vyatkin, File)

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