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Joseph Erb demonstrates the iPhone at the Cherokee Nation Immersion School in Tahlequah, Okla., Cherokee children are asking for iPods and iPhones for Christmas this year, and their parents are having a much tougher time saying no than one might expect. Nearly two centuries after a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah developed a system of symbols for each syllable spoken by the Cherokee, the tribe's written language has become available on iPhone and iPods.
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Joseph Erb, helps out students Cambria Bird, left, and Lauren Grayson, right, in the fifth grade class of the Cherokee Nation Immersion School in Tahlequah, Okla., Cherokee children are asking for iPods and iPhones for Christmas this year, and their parents are having a much tougher time saying no than one might expect. Nearly two centuries after a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah developed a system of symbols for each syllable spoken by the Cherokee, the tribe's written language has become available on iPhone and iPods.
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Titus Young #1 of the Boise State Broncos catches a pass just out of bounds in the end zone in front of Brandon Burton #27 of the Utah Utes during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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A picture taken on December 21 from a South Korean helicopter shows 12 Chinese fishing boats banded together with ropes to thwart an attempt by South Korean coast guard ships to stop their alleged illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea off the coast of South Korea. Illegal fishing by Chinese vessels is common in South Korean waters. The coastguard said 332 Chinese boats were caught last year.
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Erica Hernandez, 20, carries a statue of the Virgin Mary from her home after a mudslide flooded the house on Bangor Avenue Wednesday Dec. 22, 2010 in Highland, Calif.
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UPS workers Jen Lehman (L) and Ryan Hewitt (R) use a sled to make deliveries through snowy conditions in Minneapolis, Dec. 22, 2010. Today is the busiest delivery day of the year for UPS.
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Handout picture released by Tribunales Federales de Cordoba of Argentine of former General and dictator (1976-81) Jorge Rafael Videla (L) and former Army general Luciano Benjamin Menendez listening to the sentences of the court in Cordoba, Argentina on December 22, 2010 during the trial for the murder of 31 political prisoners.
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Relatives of victims killed during Argentina's dirty war celebrate the verdict at the end of the trial of former dictator Jorge Videla in Cordoba, Argentina, Wednesday Dec. 22, 2010. Former dictator Jorge Videla was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the torture and murder of 31 prisoners in 1976. It was the first conviction for the military junta leader, who led the military coup that installed Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship, in 25 years of democracy.
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A man applauds in front a poster with images of victims killed during Argentina's dirty war as he listens to the sentence for former dictator Jorge Videla in Cordoba, Argentina.
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Madres de Plaza de Mayo member Tati Almeida (C) celebrates with her fellows and members of the organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo, in Buenos Aires' Human Rights Secretariate, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 22 December 2010, after hearing the verdict on former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla. Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla was sentenced 22 December to life in prison for crimes against humanity during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship. Videla, who was commander of the Argentine Army at the time of the 1976 coup and led the country until 1981, was found guilty of torture, premeditated homicide and torture leading to death.
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Chicago firefighters salute as firefighter Edward Stringer's body passes by them at the Chicago Medical Examiner's office, Dec. 22, 2010. A blaze at an abandoned building on Chicago's South Side left two firefighters dead and 14 injured Wednesday.
Springsteen wrote "Into the fire" for the 9/11 first responders, but it's a fitting tribute to all firefighters, police and EMT personel who run into burning buildings.
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Seven year-old Kaylee Sullivan sits in her wheelchair during a visit from a virtual Santa at Children's Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts Dec. 22, 2010. For children in hospital over Christmas, a visit from Santa Claus -- especially a cool, virtual Santa beamed in from the North Pole -- is like a breath of fresh air. Children's Hospital Boston on Wednesday played host to what has become an annual event: a video meeting between the season's most popular personality and some of the city's sickest children. Sullivan is being treated for leukaemia.
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Than Acuff of Crested Butte, Colo. shovels through a snowbank to make a path to a friend's home on Dec. 22, 2010. The National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Warning Hazardous Weather Outlook for areas in Utah and the western mountains of Colorado.
Silt washes into the Atlantic Ocean from rivers in Guinea-Bissau, a small country in West Africa, in this false-color composite image from the Landsat 7 satellite.
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Canadian Inuit dogs pull a sled using traditional harnesses Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Iqaluit, Canada.
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Jack Marguis, 5, leaps into the arms of his father, Tech. Sgt. Zachary Marquis, as he is surprised by his father's appearance, Dec, 22, 2010. Jack had just asked Santa to bring his father home for Christmas. Jennifer Marguis, daughter Abigail and Santa watch the reunion in Maryville, Tenn.
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A man prepares to dip in the icy waters of the Ob River in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk, with the air temperature at about minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit), during an Orthodox Epiphany celebration, January 19. Orthodox believers mark Epiphany on January 19 by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.
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Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler, center, celebrates with Camille Little, right, and Tanisha Wright after the Storm defeated the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA basketball finals, Thursday, Sept. 16, in Atlanta. The Seattle Storm won 87-84, and swept the series.
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Katharine Story sweeps mud and water from her clothing store in Laguna Beach, Calif., Dec. 22, 2010. Cleanup efforts are underway after heavy rains flooded downtown with 3-4 feet of mud.
Albert Hammond performs "It never rains in Southern California".
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A person walks down pit road as rain delays the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 auto race, Sunday, June 6, in Long Pond, Pa.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center attends a judo training session at the Moskovsky sports and recreation center in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Dec. 22, 2010.
Oct. 8, 2008: Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin unveils a new instructional judo DVD. NBC's Yonatan Pomrenze reports from Moscow.
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Residents secure a van caught in a mudslide by tying the van to a tree in Silverado Canyon, Calif., Dec. 22, 2010.
A state of emergency is declared in the Golden State amid fears that the heavy rains will trigger dangerous flooding and even mudslides. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.
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A man rows his boat on Dal Lake on a cold and foggy day in Srinagar on Dec. 22. A cold wave further tightened its grip in Jammu and Kashmir with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures.
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 image made available Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, South Korean Army soldiers patrol near the seaside cease-fire line in Dangjin, south of Seoul, South Korea. South Korea vowed Wednesday to
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Avian footprints pepper the snow that covers the frozen River Bille in Hamburg, Germany, on December 22, 2010.
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Visitors play on the ice after the opening ceremony of the Old Summer Palace Imperial Ice and Snow Festival in Beijing, Dec. 22, 2010. The festival starting Wednesday combines ice and snow sports with cultural performances.
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Lieutenant Dan Choi, a gay Army officer honorably discharged under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, gets a hug before President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 lifting the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. armed forces at the Department of the Interior in Washington, on December 22, 2010.