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  Gunman killed after standoff at Discovery TV

Audio of Discovery gunman released: 'I have a bomb and a gun'

  A tense standoff between a hostage-taker and police at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel lasted about four hours Wednesday before Maryland police shot the gunman and rescued the small number of hostages he was holding. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

Second-grader brings attention to immigration problem

  While visiting an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, a second-grade girl brought the topic of illegal immigration to the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.,discusses.

Students, staff return to school after principal is killed

  Shaw Middle School principal Brian Betts was gunned down in his home in Silver Springs, Md. Police continue to search for his killer. NBC’s Norah O’Donnell reports.

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