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FILE -In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, Park Police officers and other security personnel gather at the base of the Washington Monument  in Washington, as it remains closed after an earthquake. Repairs to the Washington Monument will require massive scaffolding to be built around the 555-foot obelisk and may keep it closed until 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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