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Stories for December 21, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: 'What Part Of Sacred Don't You Understand?'

Dec. 21
Laurel Morales / NPR
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Laurel Morales covers Indian Country as a reporter for NPR member station KJZZ from a base in Flagstaff, which is on the edge of the country's largest reservation.

San Diego Salvation Army to Begin Distributing Christmas Gifts

Dec. 21
City News Service

More than 900 needy families will benefit from the annual distribution of Christmas gifts Saturday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in East San Diego.

Border Agent Convicted Of Aiding Smugglers

Dec. 21
City News Service

A federal jury in San Diego Friday convicted a veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer of allowing tons of marijuana and loads of undocumented immigrants to be smuggled through his inspection lanes for years.

San Francisco transit, union leaders reach deal

Dec. 21
Associated Press

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal early Saturday, saying the final issue in their ongoing dispute has been resolved.

Judge orders Oakland hospital to keep girl on support

Dec. 21
Associated Press

A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.

Big Sur Wildfire Now Fully Contained

Dec. 21
Associated Press

A late-fall wildfire in central California's Big Sur region is now fully contained, officials said.

How To Lobby In A Do-Nothing Congress

Dec. 21
Peter Overby / NPR
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The 113th Congress has finished its first session, and lawmakers enacted fewer than 60 laws.

For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Gulf Coast Oil

Dec. 21
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in.