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Stories for August 3, 2013

Online, The Web Of Sex Trafficking Can Be Even More Obscure

Aug. 3
NPR Staff / NPR
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Monday, the FBI announced the success of a three-day, multicity child sex trafficking operation. The seventh and largest of its kind, the raid recovered 106 teenagers and arrested 152 pimps. Aged 13 to 17, almost all of the young people found were girls.

Jobless Rate Falls For Blacks, But It's Not Good News Yet

Aug. 3
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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The labor market continues its recovery; the economy added 162,000 jobs in July and pushed the unemployment rate to a 4.5-year low. After a string of bad news, things seem to be to turning around for African-American workers, too.

Military Children Receive School Supplies At 'Operation Homefront'

Aug. 3
City News Service

Volunteers handed out 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies today to San Diego-area children whose parents are in the military.

5 Spectators Injured At Old Power Plant Implosion

Aug. 3
Associated Press

Five spectators were injured Saturday after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said.

Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning

Aug. 3
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who in 1971 leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers detailing the history of U.S. policy in Vietnam, tells NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday that unlike Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, he "did it the wrong way" by trying first to go through proper channels -- a delay that he says cost thousands of lives.

Jobless Rate For Minorities Falls

Aug. 3
Sonari Glinton / NPR

The labor market is continuing its recovery. The economy added 162,000 jobs in July, which pushed the unemployment rate to a four and a half year low.

Oil Companies Frack In Coastal Waters Off Calif.

Aug. 3
Associated Press
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Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.

Has Obama Changed His Stance On Speaking About Race?

Aug. 3
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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On race, Barack Obama often says he is not president of black America, but of the United States of America. Though he has not avoided the subject during his time in office, he tends not to seek out opportunities to discuss racial issues.

Companies Help Immigrants Obtain US Citizenship

Aug. 3
Associated Press
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For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans.

Colorado City Tries To Cleanse Its Reputation For Cow Odor

Aug. 3
Nathan Heffel / NPR
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Greeley, Colo., has an image problem. Actually, it's more of an odor problem.

Durbin, Harkin Take On Immigration Critic In His Own District

Aug. 3
Joyce Russell / NPR
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Two top Senate Democrats took the fight for an immigration bill to the home district of one of the issue's toughest critics, Republican Rep. Steve King, on Friday.

Supreme Court OKs Early Release Plan For Calif. Inmates

Aug. 3
Associated Press
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Despite warnings from California officials, the nation's highest court is refusing to delay the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end to ease overcrowding at 33 adult prisons.