The National Christmas Tree, near the White House in Washington, is illuminated during a ceremony attended by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 5, 2012 9:01:39 AM PDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - May 5, 2012 --
Federal officials say the National Christmas Tree planted near the White House a year ago has died and is being removed.