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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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    Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders

    A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked "poor" and "not in good shape." A panel of industry insiders weighs in.

    With Help From America's Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

    Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball about foods that are easier than you'd guess to make at home. Fresh Nutella or kale chips, anyone?

    Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

    Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

    U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

    The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

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