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    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Police say three hostages are safe and a suspect has been fatally shot after a standoff at the Discovery Channel headquarters in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Authorities say the incident happened this afternoon.

    WASHINGTON (AP) Mayor Adrian Fenty and his chief rival for the post, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, debated today at the Newseum, answering questions on a range of topics from affordable housing to gentrification and the cost of parking. More than 200 people attended the debate at the auditorium of the museum.

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Social Security Administration is delivering checks a day early to hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents to make sure the money beats Hurricane Earl's arrival. Officials say the benefit checks will be delivered Thursday to about 737,000 beneficiaries in 10 states from the Carolinas to Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

    (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

    For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.
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    Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

    Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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    Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

    A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.
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    Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

    Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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