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INAUGURATION DAY: Crowds gather early along inaugural parade route

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crowds were already lining the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue before President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in and speech to launch his second term.

Choice bleacher seats along the parade route near the White House were starting to fill at 9:30 a.m. Bundled-up spectators enjoyed prerecorded military marches as they sat in the bright sunlight. As the midday ceremonies on the Capitol's West front neared, the crowds for the parade grew thicker.

Though crowds overall weren't as huge as Obama's first inaugural in 2009, the National Mall between the reflecting pool and the monument was filled under slightly overcast skies.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his family are beginning inauguration day by attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House.

The presidential motorcade arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. under crisp, cold skies outside the sanctuary. The president and first lady Michelle Obama emerged to pose briefly for photos with their daughters Sasha and Malia before entering the church. The first family sometimes attends Sunday worship at the church, which is across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden and his family also were attending.

Meanwhile crowds were gathering at the National Mall to watch Obama take the oath of office later in the morning for his second term.


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