Daily digest: The Washington Monument closed after being struck by lightning, IKEA will start selling electricity, and more

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The Washington Monument closed this weekend after being struck by lightning

Despite the spire-like shape of the Washington Monument, it isn’t actually good for the D.C. obelisk to be struck by lightning. On Sunday night, the monument suffered a direct hit that took out the structure’s elevator system, forcing its temporary closure. The surrounding stonework didn’t suffer any damage and the iconic tower will reopen to the public once the elevator is back in service. The spire is hit by lighting about twice a year, but the

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