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Stories for August 6, 2013

Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans'

Aug. 6
Greg Henderson / NPR
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President Obama defended the U.S. government's surveillance programs, telling NBC's Jay Leno on Tuesday that: "There is no spying on Americans."

Largest Study Of Its Kind Finds No Link Between Combat And Military Suicides

Aug. 6
Midday Edition
By David Wagner
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Last year, United States military personnel were more likely to die by suicide than by fighting in Afghanistan, but a new study finds that the stress of combat is not what's driving the current rise in military suicides.

Officials Destroy Makeshift Homes Along Tijuana River

Aug. 6
By Adrian Florido
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Many of the people living in shacks or dug-out holes along the river were people deported from the U.S.

With An Industry In Turmoil, Why Buy A Newspaper Company?

Aug. 6
David Folkenflik / NPR
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Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Co., is the son and grandson of its leaders for the past 80 years. And along with his niece, publisher Katharine Weymouth, Graham admitted in a video on The Post's website that the family simply didn't have the answers to questions about the paper's future.

Border Drug Busts Putting Strain On Texas County's Budget

Aug. 6
G.W. Schulz, Andrew Becker, The Center for Investigative Reporting
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As they walk through the front door, visitors to the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office in Sierra Blanca, Texas, get punched by the overpowering odor of marijuana.

Cellphone Amber Alerts Engage Public To Help Find Abducted Children

Aug. 6
By Susan Murphy
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Hundreds of thousands of cellphone users across California received text messages and high-pitched alarms Monday night and Tuesday morning notifying them of an Amber Alert.

In Kansas, Water Is 'More Precious Than Gold'

Aug. 6
Frank Morris / NPR
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Imagine enough water to fill a couple of Great Lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight Western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago.

California Takes Drivers' Orders For 'Vintage' Car Plates

Aug. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Thousands of California drivers are ordering specialty vintage license tags for their cars, in a program that lets people choose new tags based on designs from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The throw-back plates will let drivers put iconic blue, black, or yellow plates on their vehicles.

With 'Post' Purchase, High-Tech Continues Its March On D.C.

Aug. 6
Frank James / NPR
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It's kind of an obvious thought: Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post is Richard Nixon's revenge.

Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter?

Aug. 6
Joel Rose / NPR
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In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.

US Military Aids In Yemen Embassy Evacuations (Video)

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Air Force helped evacuate this morning State Department staff working at the American embassy in Yemen. A Pentagon spokesman has said Department of Defense personnel remain in Sanaa, Yemen to help with security in the area.

Intelligence Prompts U.S. Warning About Potential al Qaeda Terrorist Attacks

Aug. 6
Midday Edition
Evening Edition

We discuss what prompted U.S. officials to issue a worldwide travel advisory warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks. Congressman Scott Peters joins us by phone from Israel and in studio, we'll hear from an expert on the Middle East and terrorism.

Today Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Deadly Chinook Crash That Killed 30 US Troops

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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On August 6, 2011, Afghan insurgents shot down a CH-47 helicopter with 38 men and one military working dog on board. The crash killed everyone on the Chinook, including 30 U.S. service members (17 of whom were Navy SEALs) and eight Afghans.

Defense Workers' Furlough Days Cut From 11 To 6 Days, AP Says

Aug. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

Civilian workers for the Department of Defense will have to take six mandatory unpaid furlough days, according to an Associated Press report that cites Pentagon officials.

Human Remains Found At Okinawa Helicopter Crash Site Could Be Missing Airman

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Search crews today discovered human remains at the crash site of a U.S. Air Force HH-60 helicopter in Okinawa, prompting the Air Force to suspend its search for one of the aircraft's missing crew members.

Bezos Can Help 'Post' Disrupt Other Businesses, Editor Says

Aug. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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What does Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bring to The Washington Post, which he just agreed to buy for $250 million?

Whitey Bulger Trial: Jurors Begin Deliberations

Aug. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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After a nearly 9-week trial, jurors now have the case and are beginning to debate the fate of infamous Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Boy Who Was Parents' Best Man Saturday Has Died

Aug. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

Logan Stevenson, the terminally ill two-year-old who acted as best man at his parents' wedding Saturday, has died, according to media reports and his mother's Facebook page. The family's story touched many people who learned about Logan's parents' rush to get married in time for him to be part of the ceremony.

Nurse Wanting Help For Marine Says Filner Made Unwanted Sexual Advances

Aug. 6
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Another woman, a nurse named Michelle Tyler, says Mayor Bob Filner made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was trying to get help for a Marine.

Political Watchers Say The Silence Of Insiders Enabled Filner

Aug. 6
By Amita Sharma
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Most San Diegans can’t decide what they find more jolting about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Mayor Bob Filner: the unsavory allegations; or the silence of those who knew.

VIDEO: Boos And A Blooper For A-Rod

Aug. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Here's a better look and listen to what it was like Monday night in Chicago when New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup on the same day he was hit with a 211-game suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing substances (he can play while he appeals that punishment).

SD Amber Alert

Aug. 6
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An urgent, widespread search continued today for a man suspected of killing a longtime friend, kidnapping at least one of her two children and setting fire to his own East County home, where the woman's body was found last weekend along with that of an unidentified child.

Virginia Governor's Race: Negative And Getting More So

Aug. 6
Frank James / NPR
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If you like your gubernatorial campaigns negative and nasty, then Virginia's race for governor is for you, and will likely remain so until Election Day in November.

With Budgets Tight, Small Towns Go Without Courthouses

Aug. 6
Emily Green / NPR

In the small town of Coalinga, Calif., on the corner of 6th and Elm streets, the Fresno County Superior Court's old courthouse is still. Inside, veteran police Lt. Darren Blevins gestures inside an empty courtroom.

Dredging South Carolina's Rivers For Long-Forgotten Timber

Aug. 6
Sam Harnett / NPR
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On the Ashley River, a few miles south of Charleston, S.C., the water is murky and the marsh grass high. Louis Marcell and the rest of a three-man logging crew are cruising on a 24-foot pontoon boat. It's low tide, and logs are poking out everywhere.