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    WASHINGTON (AP) Streets in downtown Washington will be closed for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony on the Ellipse, south of the White House, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former D.C. public schools head Michelle Rhee hopes to attract 1 million members in the next year and to raise $1 billion for her new nonprofit education association. Rhee made the announcement of the new Washington-based organization, StudentsFirst, on ``The Oprah Winfrey Show.''

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    Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 23

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    Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

    Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

    Democrat Climate Activist Is Election's Biggest Donor — That We Know Of

    Activist Tom Steyer has spent an astonishing $58 million this election cycle. He says he wants leaders in Washington who will take climate change seriously.

    Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

    The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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