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WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Obama is launching a mentoring program for D.C. area high school girls seeking help from women at the White House. Thirteen girls joined the first lady and 18 White House staffers today to kick off the program, and a mentoring plan for boys is expected later.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Metro system says commuters should be patient and expect delays on weeknights after 9:30 p.m. because of repairs this month. The transit agency says it needs to replace concrete slabs under rail lines in D.C. and make other fixes at some suburban stations.

WASHINGTON (AP) More than 100 people jammed a D.C. Council hearing recently to voice their views on a bill to allow same-sex marriage in the nation's capital. Today more than 150 people lined up to testify at the second of two sessions on the controversial measure.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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