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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.

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    Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

    Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
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    McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

    The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
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    Activists Protest Federal Minimum Wage, Saying Increase Doesn't Cut It

    Protestors gathered outside Union Station to protest what they consider a paltry federal minimum-wage hike.
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    OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

    OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

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