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Week in Pictures | December 9, 2011

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Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius overrules the FDA on an over-the-counter after-sex pill in what some see as a politically charged decision. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heads to jail and the Republican presidential field thins out. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures. 

This frame grab from video shows a box of Plan B morning after pill. In a surprise move with election-year implications, the Obama administration’s top health official, Kathleen Sebelius overruled her own drug regulators and stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms. (AP Photo)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Stock indexes gave back some of their gains Monday and the euro turned lower against the dollar following a report that Germany and five other major European nations could risk having their credit ratings downgraded. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain bows to the crowd during his announcement Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at a campaign event in Atlanta. “I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, Rachel Midgett of Houston, Texas, center, heads down to the start line with friends Laura Kopytkiewicz, left, and Ashley Paulsen to run in the half marathon of the Las Vegas Marathon, in Las Vegas. Afflicted with breast cancer, Midgett has been taking the drug Afinitor for the last nine months and said that the cancer has not progressed in that time period, longer than other cancer drugs she has taken in the past. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

 Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a meeting with employees at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. If there’s any one reason that might explain Gingrich’s sharp rise in the polls in Iowa, it’s this: Republicans in the state are aching for an attack dog to go after President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

A protester wearing a mock mask depicting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gestures during a rally in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. More than five hundreds people have protested in St.Petersburg against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his party, which won the largest share of a parliamentary election that observers said was rigged. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns his book that he signed for a supporter as he returns home in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, after he was sentenced by Judge James Zagel to 14 years in prison for his convictions on 18 corruption counts, including trying to to auction off President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)