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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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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 21

A jazz band performs at a local venue and a play explores the difficulties of surviving the American high school experience.

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

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McDonnell To Take Stand Again Today In Corruption Trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will take the stand Thursday for the second day, as defense attorneys seek to emphasize how the Republican's relationship with Jonnie Williams did not involve extending special treatment.

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Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

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