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WASHINGTON (AP) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington says it won't continue social service programs it runs for the District if the proposed same-sex marriage law isn't changed. The bill states religious organizations wouldn't have to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings, but they must obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a February public hearing on the summer's fatal Metro train crash. The NTSB has spent months investigating the June 22nd crash that killed nine people and injured dozens. The board has not yet formally declared a cause of the crash.

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal officials are threatening to cut off more than $12 million in funding for the District of Columbia's AIDS program. Officials have written to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty expressing concerns about a recent Washington Post series that found the city paid more than $25 million to nonprofit groups that delivered substandard care or failed to account for their work.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington says it won't continue social service programs it runs for the District if the proposed same-sex marriage law isn't changed. The bill states religious organizations must obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

WASHINGTON (AP) Santa Claus is making an early appearance to open a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on the art and business of commercial holiday displays. The first-time exhibit for the museum opens tomorrow.

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