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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is accused of skirting the law when she laid off 266 teachers and staff to save money as the school system faces a budget gap. Rhee defended the decision during a daylong oversight hearing before the city council. Union leaders have called it an illegal mass firing.

NEW YORK (AP) The Washington Post is reporting a 69 percent jump in third-quarter profit. The company says revenue got a boost from its cable TV and education divisions while its namesake newspaper trimmed its losses. The company says it earned $17.1 million, or $1.81 per share.

WASHINGTON (AP) Construction permits are being issued for the long-delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial slated for the National Mall. A private foundation will build the memorial before turning it over to the National Park Service. The monument has been 11 years in the making.

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