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Obama Lights The National Christmas Tree

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Thousands gathered near the White House to watch the 88th National Christmas Tree Lighting.
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Thousands gathered near the White House to watch the 88th National Christmas Tree Lighting.

President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree just after 5 p.m. Thursday night. Later in the program, Michelle Obama read a children's holiday story to the crowd.

The event marks the 88th tree-lighting ceremony. The last 23 have been on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.

Thousands of people attended the ceremony, and there are street closures and parking restrictions.

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Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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