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Here's a review of what was on the rundown for Thursday, Oct. 17:

Despite a half-million dollar reward, police still don't seem to be able to get a good description of the Beltway sniper
Douglas Duncan, Montgomery County executive

There is growing speculation the sniper might be an Al Qaeda sleeper, activated to strike terror in the region around our nation's capital
• Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

Some lawmakers and law-enforcement people want gun makers to test-fire their weapons and keep records of the distinct marks left on bullets and shells
Pete Gagliardi of Forensic Technologies, Inc.

Police say a guy claiming to be a witness to Monday night's sniper attack might have made the whole thing up
• Dr. Jack Levin of the Brudnick Center on Violence

As the world considers a response to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, North Korea complicates the picture with its own admission of developing nuclear materials
David Phillips of the Council on Foreign Relations

Democrats have been trying to focus on the economy for the upcoming elections, And Republicans say they're ready to butt heads on the economy
Marc Racicot, RNC chairman

The history of the nuclear weapons underground involving Saddam Hussein is told in a documentary called Stealing the Fire
Eric Nadler, documentary filmmaker
John S. Friedman, documentary filmmaker

Two Florida boys were looking at 20 years to life for murdering their father.  Now a judge has thrown out the conviction, and people on the jury are actually happy about it
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

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