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Mrs. Murkowski garnered more votes than Mr. Miller in the Nov. 2 election, but the state’s certification of the results is being delayed until Mr. Miller’s legal case is resolved.

CENSUS

2010 head count to be released Dec. 21

The government says it will release official 2010 census results on Dec. 21.

The date, announced Monday by the Census Bureau, complies with a constitutional requirement to provide results of the once-a-decade population count by the end of this year. The numbers will include a national tally, along with state counts and the number of House seats each state will receive.

Government estimates show that the U.S. grew to somewhere between 305.7 million and 312.7 million people. States in the South and West, where Republicans tend to hold the edge in House seats, generally have undergone faster growth compared with many states in the Northeast and Midwest, where Democrats are more dominant.

In 2000, the official count was 281.4 million.

WHITE HOUSE

Lakers join Obama for service project

Honoring a second straight NBA title for the Los Angeles Lakers, President Obama on Monday bypassed the traditional White House ceremony. This time, he put the champs to work.

The president and the basketball stars joined students at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in making care packages for wounded soldiers. Mr. Obama, a huge basketball fan, wanted this year’s ceremony to center on a service project with the Lakers to recognize their accomplishments off the court as well.

After lauding the team as one of the nation’s great sports franchises, Mr. Obama thanked players and coaches for being generous with their time toward children.

“Every once in a while, they need a little encouragement,” Mr. Obama said of the students as the team stood behind him. “They need to know that no dream is beyond their reach. So when they see people like the Los Angeles Lakers who are willing to spend time with them, that sends a message to them that they’re special.”

The Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics to win the championship earlier this year.