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Stories for July 20, 2013

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

July 20
NPR Staff / NPR
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Can astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's "giant leap for mankind" be permanently preserved? Two House Democrats want to do just that: They proposed a bill to create a national historic park for the Apollo 11 mission -- on the moon. The legislation would designate a park on the moon to honor that first mission, as well as preserve artifacts from other lunar missions

A Year After Aurora Shooting, Alleged Shooter's Case Drags On

July 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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One year ago, a hail of gunfire interrupted a midnight screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., sending theatergoers scrambling for cover. Twelve people were killed and 70 others wounded in the mass shooting.

A Week After Zimmerman Acquittal, Protest Rallies Planned

July 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network says it has organized rallies and vigils in 100 cities across the country to press for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after he was acquitted in last year's fatal shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin.

Helen Thomas, Long Dean Of White House Press, Dies At 92

July 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama, has died at age 92, according to The Gridiron Club & Foundation.

11-Day Streak Of Rising Gasoline Prices Ends

July 20
City News Service
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An 11-day streak of increases ended today when the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was unchanged, remaining at $4.089.

Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

July 20
Sean Carberry / NPR

The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.

Detroit's Comeback Story Proved Too Good To Be True

July 20
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Detroit was supposed to be a showplace of the urban renaissance.

Civil Rights Icon To Appear At Comic-Con

July 20
City News Service

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is scheduled to appear at Comic-Con International in San Diego today to discuss a graphic novel trilogy based on his life.

Detroit Businesses See Opportunity In Bankruptcy

July 20
Sarah Hulett / NPR
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Few Detroiters think the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is great news.

After The Senate Filibuster Deal: Still 'Room For Bad Behavior'

July 20
David Welna / NPR
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It was the eve of a series of votes to end GOP filibusters of seven presidential appointees, and Democrats had vowed they would resort to the "nuclear option" and get rid of such filibusters altogether should any of those stalled nominees remain blocked.

Obama Breaks His Silence On Trayvon Martin Verdict

July 20
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama broke his silence on the Trayvon Martin shooting case Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman.

San Diego County clerk seeks end to gay marriages

July 20
Associated Press / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.