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WASHINGTON (AP) A New York-based activist group is protesting outside the Smithsonian Institution over the removal of a gay artist's video after a Catholic group called it sacrilegious. The group Art Positive plans protested Monday afternoon on the National Mall outside a Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Washington businessman has purchased the first U.S. map printed in North America and is loaning it to the Library of Congress. The library announced Monday that David Rubenstein purchased the 1784 map at auction in December.

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel in a widely used technique known as hydraulic fracturing. Democratic lawmakers say the practice appears to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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