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The State Department slapped sanctions on 13 individuals and three private companies Monday with links to A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani nuclear scientist who's been under house arrest since 2004 for sharing weapons blueprints with other countries. The sanctions are aimed at preventing future proliferation activities.

Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, has been selected to offer an inaugural-event prayer at the Lincoln Memorial, the Concord (N.H.) Monitor reported Monday. The invitation is something of an olive branch to gay rights groups concerned that the Rev. Rick Warren, who supports a ban on same-sex marriage, will provide the invocation at the inauguration.

After six months of declining gasoline prices, the average cost of a gallon of regular rose nearly 12 cents to $1.78, based on national data released Sunday by the Lundberg survey. A crude-oil market rally contributed to the rise.

Sen. George Voinivich (R) of Ohio announced Monday that he will retire after completing his second term in 2010.

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