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WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit tourism industry group is bringing 300 volunteers to the National Mall for a second year to paint benches and make repairs as part of a Sept. 11 service initiative. Volunteers from the group Tourism Cares are working at 12 sites today.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The EPA says its new permit for the Blue Plains sewage plant requires one of the Chesapeake Bay's biggest polluters to nearly halve its nitrogen output. The plant serves Washington, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney for a former Army intelligence officer says defense agencies are holding up publication of his client's memoir about the war in Afghanistan as retaliation. Anthony Shaffer's book "Operation Dark Heart" was to be released on Aug. 31.

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