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WASHINGTON (AP) The National Park Service says the peak blooming period for the city's famous cherry blossoms is slightly earlier than previously predicted. They say the peak period likely will be from March 29th through April 1st. Previously a horticulturalist said the peak blooming time would last through April 3rd.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. residents say they want to rename Pennsylvania Avenue and two other city streets to call attention to their lack of full representation in Congress. They want to ceremonially rename Independence and Constitution avenues as well.

WASHINGTON (AP) Officials at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are trying to identify 1,100 children in photos who were uprooted by World War Two. They hope to learn who the children were, what happened to them and help reconnect them to relatives who may also have been scattered. The museum says the number of Holocaust survivors is dwindling with time.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Washington public charter school says it is shutting down at the end of the school year. Thea Bowman Preparatory Academy says low enrollment and financial troubles forced its decision. It serves 130 students in grades 5-8.

WASHINGTON (AP) Acting District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan faces a confirmation hearing before a D.C. Council committee. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee is scheduled for this morning at the John A. Wilson Building.

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