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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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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