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Adds Obama Inauguration.

— SOCCER TOURNAMENT-SHOOTING.

— LAWMAKER MISCONDUCT.

— SCIENCE COMPETITION

— OBAMA INAUGURATION: Moved.

— FACE TRANSPLANT. Moved.

— BUSINESS BEAT. Moved

SOCCER TOURNAMENT-SHOOTING

WILMINGTON, Del. — Law enforcement officials discuss developments in their investigation into a deadly shooting at a Delaware soccer tournament. The July shooting left the tournament organizer and a 16-year-old player dead. Also killed was the driver of the car in which the gunmen tried to flee, who apparently was shot when spectators opened fire at the gunmen. By Randall Chase. Developing from 2:30 p.m. news conference.

LAWMAKER MISCONDUCT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A Prince George's County judge holds a hearing about the nomination process for the open seat in the House of Delegates that was vacated by the misconduct case of former Delegate Tiffany Alston.

Lawyers for the state have said former Delegate Tiffany Alston lost her seat when she was sentenced in October after entering a plea deal relating to misconduct in office.

By Brian Witte

SCIENCE COMPETITION

WASHINGTON — The Siemens Foundation announces the winners of its annual high school science competition. Winners in the team and individual categories take home $100,000 prizes.

By Jessica Gresko. Developing from 9:30 a.m. presser

OBAMA INAUGURATION

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Barack Obama's swearing-in drew a record crowd to the National Mall. There were 1.8 million people eager to witness history: the country's first black president taking the oath of office. Now, as Obama prepares for his second-term kickoff, the capital is pre-occupied with a looming economic crisis, exit from war and a reshuffling in Congress. Ticket demand is lower. Hotels are far from booked. And from Capitol Hill to the White House, the upcoming festivities seem to be barely on anyone's radar. By Nedra Pickler.

AP Photos.

FACE TRANSPLANT

WASHINGTON — After a gun accident took off half his face, Richard Lee Norris spent 15 years living as a recluse in Hillsville, Va. Horribly disfigured, he hid indoors. When he ventured out, it was behind a baseball cap and surgical mask. He didn't pursue a career and never married.

Now, seven months after undergoing the most extensive face transplant in history, 37-year-old Norris is finally coming out of hiding. By MAGGIE FAZELI FARD. The Washington Post

BUSINESS BEAT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Ellen Allen's new storefront means customers won't have to travel to Millersville to pick up their purse purchases.

Previously, her Ellen Allen Annapolis line had been a virtual store, with customers buying from retailers or online and retrieving their merchandise at the designer's Millersville home. But her basement office crept into the rest of the home as her inventory of handbags, ties and scarves spread through the rest of the house. Sales have doubled each year since she's been in the business.

So earlier this month, Allen moved her business into an 850-square-foot studio. By SHANTEÉ WOODARDS. The Capital of Annapolis.

AP Photo.

SPORTS

FBN--READ-OPTION RETURN

UNDATED — Tim Tebow is sidelined, nursing bruised ribs and maybe even a bruised ego. The read-option lives on, however, in places like Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., and San Francisco, where NFL coaches are dusting off the old I-formations to capitalize on the dual threat skills of quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. AP Photos.

FBN--STREAKING REDSKINS

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins are certain to finish with a better record than last year, and all but certain to end their stranglehold on last place in the NFC East. Now a playoff berth within grasp for Robert Griffin III and his teammates. By Joseph White.

BKN--HEAT-WIZARDS

WASHINGTON — Bad as things have been for the Washington Wizards during a 1-13 start to the season, they don't figure to get any easier Tuesday night against LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami Heat. Starts at 7 p.m. By Howard Fendrich.

BKC--T25-TEXAS-GEORGETOWN

NEW YOKK — The No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas travel to New York to take on the Texas Longhorns at Madison Square Garden. Game starts 7 p.m.

— With: Hometown lead

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