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Tractor Drama Ends in Washington

A tobacco farmer who parked his tractor on the National Mall and threatened to blow it up surrendered to police on Wednesday after a two-day standoff that raised questions about the U.S. capital’s ability to handle more serious threats from international terrorists. Wearing jeans and a green T-shirt, North Carolina tobacco farmer Dwight Watson walked backward from his tractor toward police with his hands up and was taken into custody just blocks from the White House. Watson drove his tractor into a pond on the National Mall, a grassy parklike promenade in the heart of the capital, on Monday to protest government policies he said were forcing tobacco farmers out of business. A bomb squad later found a replica grenade in the tractor but determined it did not contain any explosives. They declared the area safe, and police reopened key streets that had been closed to traffic since the standoff began. Full Story

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