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WASHINGTON (AP) Major traffic tie-ups can be expected next month as New York Avenue drops from six lanes to four. The reduction starts on April 25th between Penn Street Northeast and Florida Avenue Northeast. It'll allow for rehabilitation work on the aging New York Avenue Bridge.

WASHINGTON (AP) First lady Michelle Obama spoke to Ballou High School today as part of a mentoring initiative. She urged high school students to think about their career goals and the job market before deciding what education to pursue.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Smithsonian American Art Museum is keeping mum on who donated $8 million to create an education center. It says it will be able to expand its reach to more classrooms across the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. inspector general has been asked by Acting Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to investigate reports that question whether dramatic gains at some city public schools were driven by cheating on standardized tests. More than 100 public schools had unusual rates of erasures.

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawyers and doctors for John Hinckley, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Regan 30 years ago, have asked a federal judge to grant him more unsupervised visits to his mother's Virginia home. Hinckley has been committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington since the shooting.

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