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Irene could disrupt King memorial dedication in DC


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A hurricane bearing down on the East Coast could disrupt plans to dedicate a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington

The dedication is scheduled for Sunday morning, with up to 250,000 people attending.

Forecasters say Hurricane Irene could make landfall in the Carolinas this weekend and could reach Chesapeake Bay by Sunday at hurricane strength.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate told reporters Tuesday that talks have begun with the National Park Service, which runs the Mall, about whether to go forward with the dedication.

NPS spokesman Bill Line tells The Associated Press that several options are on the table, including postponing or canceling the dedication. But he says no decision has been made and there's no timetable for a decision.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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