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WASHINGTON (AP) District government offices and schools are closed today in observance of Emancipation Day Emancipation Day marks the occasion on April 16, 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act freeing slaves in D.C. Some 3,100 slaves were freed by the act. Lincoln freed the slaves in D.C. nine months before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which led to all slaves being freed.

WASHINGTON (AP) Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will take part in an event to discuss online security. Mikulski is joining Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt today in Washington to release the administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

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