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A U.S. Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the memorial in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2013, after the memorial was closed to visitors after someone splattered green paint on the statue and the floor area. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Green paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Lincoln Memorial has been temporarily closed after someone splattered a splash of green paint on the statue. The apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal […]

07/26/2013

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington on July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Obama to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War truce

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the suspension of the 1950-1953 Korean War. The White House says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join Obama for a […]

07/22/2013

Eva Longoria (AP Photo)

Inauguration group donates funds for Latino arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers of a gala concert and series of events celebrating Latino culture during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration are donating the proceeds to help raise the national profile of Latino arts and […]

06/07/2013

Washington Monument worker with ropes

From 500 feet, a new view of Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — The towering marble symbol of the nation’s capital is chipped, cracked and closed, though will soon be pieced back together by engineers working delicately across the Washington Monument’s surface. Some gashes in […]

06/07/2013

The Old Guard US Army soldier from 3rd US Infantry Regiment places flags on graves for Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery. (AP Photo)

Native American vets push for recognition

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised […]

05/27/2013

(Photo: March for Life Rally)

March for Life in Washington on Roe v. Wade anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of abortion opponents are marching through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to protest a landmark decision that legalized abortion.

01/25/2013

US President Barack Obama delivers inaugural address during 57th inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol building, Washington DC. (AP Photo)

Official: turnout above 800K, maybe 1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inauguration planning official says turnout was “definitely above 800,000″ and possibly up to one million people.

01/21/2013

US President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts (bottom) during ceremonial swearing-in at 57th US Presidential inauguration ceremony with US First Lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo)

Term II: US must help poor, elderly, Obama says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday.

01/21/2013

(AP Photo)

By the numbers: Obama’s second-term inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama can march from his swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol to the White House, D.C. transportation crews will have a huge job to handle. A look at the various procedures and people involved.

01/17/2013

Inauguration preparations at west front of US Capitol, Washington DC.

Obama’s 2nd inauguration to draw smaller crowds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inauguration-goers have a range of lodging options — from crashing on a friend’s couch to reasonably priced rooms to ones that cost thousands of dollars a night. Fewer spectators means accommodations won’t be as tough as in ’09.

12/26/2012

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