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Pentagon 9/11 Survivors, In Their Own Words

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With the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks fast approaching, the survivors of the attack on the Pentagon explain in their own words how they have coped with the events of that day and how they remember them today.

John Yates, Army Civilian Employee: "If not for a sheer twist of fate, I would not have been here today. I was standing in the middle of five people and I'm the only one here today."

Tracy Webb, HR Specialist: "At the beginning, I wanted to stay in. I didn't want to leave the house. I didn't want to have contact with people period. That's something I had to work through."

Larry Racster, Chaplain OIC: "There is not a lot to believe in this world that we can touch and see. There's no substance to it -- it's here and gone. But God is always there."

Randy Papadopoulos, Secretariat Historian, Dept. of the Navy: "As a whole, I am surprised at how positive the survivors are."

Listen to the survivors' interviews in full.


Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.
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The Politics Hour - October 21, 2016

Virginia’s online voter registration will be extended after a system crash. Montgomery County keeps Marriott headquarters local with big incentives. And Washington D.C. dukes it out with Washington state over their shared moniker.


Tesla Has Begun Making All Its New Cars Self-Driving

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, says once the technology is fully enabled, the cars will be able to drive with no human input. Musk says previously built Teslas can't be retrofitted with the latest features.

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