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Washington prepares for inauguration with dress rehearsal

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, center, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), is flanked by actors portraying President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, as they arrive to review troops during a dress rehearsal for the inaugural parade at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan.13. The official inauguration and swearing-in will take place Jan. 21.

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Members of the military band perform during the dress rehearsal.

WASHINGTON — With his wife and two daughters at his side, President Barack Obama will raise his right hand and place his left on two stacked Bibles as he takes the oath of office for another four-year term. His second inauguration promises the pageantry of the firs, but on a smaller scale than 2009, when a record 1.8 million people filled the nation's capital to witness Obama making history as America's first black president.

-- By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

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A technician tests microphones on the stage.

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