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Washington Monument shines bright

  The Washington Monument remains closed while undergoing repairs after the damage it sustained during the earthquake of 2011, but despite being covered in scaffolding the building’s beauty has been illuminated by more than 400 lamps. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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  Washington Monument under repair

The monument has been closed ever since a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the nation’s capital in 2011 -- now that the scaffolding is complete, workers are beginning to repair and replace the stones. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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