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WASHINGTON (AP) Barack Obama may be the president, but even he calls Bruce Springsteen "the Boss." The president hosted Springsteen along with actor Robert De Niro and comedian Mel Brooks at the Kennedy Center Honors last night in Washington. Springsteen says getting the Kennedy Center honor is "satisfying."

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro riders are leaving less money on their fare cards. Metro says the shift means it cannot count on an estimated $11 million in next year's proposed budget. In the past, Metro banked on the fact riders would throw away fare cards with a few cents left.

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