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Tunisian citizens take a selfie with their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the Tunisian Presidential Election on Sunday.

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

After complaints from residents, this tree in Reading, Pa., is being replaced.

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

The people of Reading, Pa., didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had.

A 50-foot spruce tree — called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" — will be replaced with a prettier pine.

As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately. The tree was missing tons of branches and it had unseemly shape.

The AP explains:

At Camp Lejeune, female marines are enduring the same training and standards as their male counterparts for combat arms.

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt, and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corp experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo, the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

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Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

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Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

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U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

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