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The lesson of Hanukkah. The holiday serves as a reminder that even miracles require a first, crucial step, writes Rabbi Aaron Miller. Check out photos and video of the National Menorah Lighting.

View Photo Gallery: This year’s annual lighting of the National Menorah took place on the White House Ellipse on the first night of Hanukkah.

Metro brakes under scrutiny. After a part fell off a moving train, damaged two more trains and shut down service for hours, Metro will inspect the brakes on all of its 5000 series of rail cars.

TSA finds throwing daggers hidden in a book at Reagan National Airport. Officers found the half-foot long daggers in the passenger’s carry-on bag.

Tragedy in Philippines strikes close to local woman’s heart. One Temple Hills woman lost her sisters in a flash flood in the southern Philippine town of Balulang, near the city of Cagayan de Oro. More than 900 others also died.

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