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Engineers prep inspection of Washington Monument

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bad weather delayed the daredevil work of engineers who will rappel down the Washington Monument for a visual inspection, but tourists who ventured to the earthquake-damaged obelisk on Tuesday were nonetheless treated to a rare sight. For several hours, engineer Dave Megerle was perched atop the 555-foot…

Congress has dodged one crisis, now on to the next

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One crisis averted, on to the next. The day after Congress managed to avoid a government shutdown — again — Republicans and Democrats stared ahead Tuesday at major fights over spending that underscore a deep divide that’s sure to define the fast-approaching national elections. Monday night, lawmakers…

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