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    Police: Man Holds Hostages In Discovery Building

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    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Authorities say a man upset with the Discovery Channel's environmental programming took several people hostage at gunpoint at the company's headquarters Wednesday while wearing canisters strapped to his body.

    Police were negotiating by phone with the gunman, who burst into the suburban Washington building about 1 p.m. waving a handgun.

    The gunman took what Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger described as a ``small number of hostages'' but he did not say how many. He also did not say what the man wants or whether anyone was hurt.

    Manger said most of the 1,900 people who work in the building were able to get out safely.

    A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing said authorities have identified James J. Lee as the likely suspect. The official says police believed he had a handgun but had not confirmed that he had explosives.

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