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Top Stories: Payroll Tax Cut Votes; Earthquakes Rattle New Zealand

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Payroll Tax Cut's Last Hurdle: Getting 'Unanimous Consent'.

-- Arlington Cemetery: Possible Problems With 64,230 Graves Or Records.

-- Vaclav Havel, Hero Of The 'Velvet Revolution,' Laid To Rest.

Other top headlines include:

-- Christchurch, New Zealand, Rocked By Earthquakes Again; More Likely; Minor Injuries Reported. (The New Zealand Herald)

-- "Pakistan Rejects U.S. Probe Into Border Deaths." (DAWN.com)

-- "U.S. Deal With Taliban Breaks Down," But Marks Change In U.S. Strategy. (The Washington Post)

-- "U.S. Seeks Program To Buy Up Missiles Loose In Libya." (The New York Times)

-- "Armed With Phone, Dangerous To Syria: Former Truck Driver on Run for Phoning in Death Counts That Inform International Tolls; 'There's No One Left but Me.' " (The Wall Street Journal)

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.

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