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WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says President Barack Obama repeated his support for a vote for the District of Columbia in Congress during a meeting at the White House. Gray says they also discussed improving public education.

WASHINGTON (AP) A nearly 30-foot statue of Martin Luther King Junior now stands facing the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall. The granite sculpture of the King memorial is nearing completion after the head was put in place just before Thanksgiving.

WASHINGTON (AP) The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, will light the National Menorah to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Organizers say today's ceremony on the Ellipse in front of the White House will feature a performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police have identified the body of a teenage girl found in a trash can in northwest Washington. Police identified the girl as 17-year-old Ebony Franklin of Capitol Heights, Maryland. Authorities say she had been fatally stabbed and stuffed in a trash barrel in an alley in the 1000 block of Fairmont Street in Columbia Heights.

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