Photos of the week: Dec. 15-22

Here are photos from stories that happened last week.

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The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
After nearly two decades of writing “thank you” notes to the rescue squad that saved their daughter’s life, this family finally met the men who responded to the crash. Reunion day for members of the Lang family with Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management Battalion Chiefs Daniel Neal on left and Sean Scott. (Courtesy, Loudoun Times-Mirror) ((Courtesy, Loudoun Times Mirror))
Santa has been visiting Tysons Corner Center for nearly 30 years. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Santa has been making the trek from the North Pole to Northern Virginia for nearly three decades to visit with local children (and now their children) at Tysons Corner Center ahead of Christmas. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Chuck Kennedy for the Obama Foundation
Patients at Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. got a special surprise on Wednesday: Former president Barack Obama, dressed as Santa Claus. (Chuck Kennedy for the Obama Foundation Courtesy Children’s National Medical Center)
Holiday decorations, including stockings, are seen at the Vice President's residence, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence literally jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Holiday decorations, including stockings, are seen at the Vice President’s residence, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Navy personnel line the rails as the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrives pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Norfolk , Va., after an 11-week medical support mission to South and Central America. The ship treated over 26,000 patients and conducted approximately 600 surgeries. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A U.S. Navy hospital ship has returned home after its crew treated thousands of people in Central and South America, including migrants who fled crisis-wracked Venezuela. Navy personnel line the rails as the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrives pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Norfolk , Va., after an 11-week medical support mission to South and Central America. The ship treated over 26,000 patients and conducted approximately 600 surgeries. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Carter Hall
Carter Hall, which once served as the headquarters for Civil War-era Gen. Stonewall Jackson, is on the market for $12 million. The 87-acre, 4-bedroom estate in Clarke County once served as the home of Civil War-era General Stonewall Jackson. (Courtesy Kelly Gaitten Realtor) (Courtesy Kelly Gaitten, Realtor)
The Washington Capitals make a trip to Georgetown University Hospital to visit some of their biggest fans. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The Washington Capitals make a trip to Georgetown University Hospital to visit some of their biggest fans. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) The children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital received a special treat this week. Instead of being stuck with needles or undergoing tests, these kids got to enjoy some quality time with their heroes on the ice. See photos. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A llama is rescued from flood waters in a pasture near the Patuxent River in Howard County, Maryland. (Courtesy Howard County Fire and Rescue)
A llama is rescued from flood waters in a pasture near the Patuxent River in Howard County, Maryland. (Courtesy Howard County Fire and Rescue) (Courtesy Howard County Fire and Rescue)
Fiston Adumba, 32, an opposition supporter, reacts to an announcement of postponed elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018. The electoral commission has delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing problems caused by a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Fiston Adumba, 32, an opposition supporter, reacts to an announcement of postponed elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018. The electoral commission has delayed the country’s long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing problems caused by a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (AP/Jerome Delay)
Elvira Choc, 59, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal's grandmother, rests her head on her hand in front of her house in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The 7-year old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
Elvira Choc, 59, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal’s grandmother, rests her head on her hand in front of her house in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The 7-year old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros) (AP/Oliver de Ros)
Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An armed police officer stands guard near a merry-go-round at the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
An armed police officer stands guard near a merry-go-round at the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) (AP/Michael Probst)
Horse-drawn carriages ride past a Christmas tree in the Grand Square of downtown Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Horse-drawn carriages ride past a Christmas tree in the Grand Square of downtown Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) (AP/Francisco Seco)
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The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Santa has been visiting Tysons Corner Center for nearly 30 years. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Chuck Kennedy for the Obama Foundation
Holiday decorations, including stockings, are seen at the Vice President's residence, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Navy personnel line the rails as the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrives pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Norfolk , Va., after an 11-week medical support mission to South and Central America. The ship treated over 26,000 patients and conducted approximately 600 surgeries. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Carter Hall
The Washington Capitals make a trip to Georgetown University Hospital to visit some of their biggest fans. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A llama is rescued from flood waters in a pasture near the Patuxent River in Howard County, Maryland. (Courtesy Howard County Fire and Rescue)
Fiston Adumba, 32, an opposition supporter, reacts to an announcement of postponed elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018. The electoral commission has delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing problems caused by a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Elvira Choc, 59, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal's grandmother, rests her head on her hand in front of her house in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The 7-year old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An armed police officer stands guard near a merry-go-round at the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Horse-drawn carriages ride past a Christmas tree in the Grand Square of downtown Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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