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WASHINGTON (AP) A key adviser to President Barack Obama defends the White House's refusal to allow its social secretary to testify to a House panel investigating the breach in security at a state dinner. Valerie Jarrett says social secretary Desiree Rogers did not need to appear before the House Homeland Security Committee today because "we think we've really answered the questions fully."

WASHINGTON (AP) Independent safety monitors with the Tri-State Oversight Committee have inspected live Metro tracks after a monthslong dispute over access to the tracks. Three crews walked tracks yesterday where maintenance work was being performed.

WASHINGTON (AP) Oliver Stone is taking on Wall Street, again. The 63-year-old Hollywood filmmaker just wrapped up "Wall Street 2," the sequel to 1987's "Wall Street." He talked about the film last night to a class at American University in Washington that focuses on his work.

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Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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