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Construction workers take a break near the Washington Monument on Thursday. Construction on the landmark began in late 2012 after an earthquake sent a jolt down the East Coast in August 2011.
Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK
Construction workers take a break near the Washington Monument on Thursday. Construction on the landmark began in late 2012 after an earthquake sent a jolt down the East Coast in August 2011.

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