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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama offers his thoughts on the government's latest employment report after he tours a small business in suburban Washington. His visit today to Bladensburg, Md., comes after the Labor Department releases its September job figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has lifted its regional drought watch that has been in effect since Sept. 9. The council says recent rains have improved stream flow throughout the Potomac River basin.

JESSUP, Md. (AP) Three staffers at a state mental hospital have retired in the wake of a patient's slaying. El Soudani El-Wahhabi was charged last month with first-degree murder in the death of Susan Sachs. They were both patients at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, which houses mentally ill people charged with serious crimes.

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro is closing two major D.C. stations while repair work is conducted over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. Officials will shutter the Farragut West and McPherson Square Metro stations at 10 o'clock tonight while workers install a new track switch to comply with improvements recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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