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Stories for June 23, 2013

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The 'Time Capsule' Of Mob Lingo At The Whitey Bulger Trial

June 23
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This week, we've been immersed in news about mobs both real and fictional, with the death of Sopranos star James Gandolfini and the continuing trial of James "Whitey" Bulger.

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High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda To Cross Arizona Gorge

June 23
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Nik Wallenda, scion of the famous "Flying Wallendas" family, plans to set out suspended 1,500 feet above the Colorado River Gorge in Arizona with only his legendary sense of balance and a 2-inch-thick cable between him and certain death.

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Federal Safety Officials To Investigate Ohio Air Show Crash

June 23
Scott Neuman / NPR

Federal air safety officials say they will investigate the fiery crash of a stunt plane at an Ohio air show that killed the pilot and a wing walker.

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NSA Leaker Departs Hong Kong, Reportedly Headed To Venezuela

June 23
Scott Neuman / NPR

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified surveillance information, has left Hong Kong for a "third country," the government in the Asian hub says.

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What Happens Without Affirmative Action: The Story Of UCLA

June 23
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The Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a case that may shake up race-conscious admissions in higher education. The justices could change the shape of affirmative action or even strike it down altogether.

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Same-Sex Couple Seeks Immigration Relief From High Court

June 23
Liz Halloran / NPR

The Sunday morning party in suburban Washington, D.C., had all the trappings of anticipation.

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A State Born Of Civil War

June 23
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One hundred and fifty years ago this week, West Virginia became the 35th state in the union.

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More States Let Unauthorized Immigrants Take The Wheel

June 23
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR

The national debate over immigration may be churning on in Washington, D.C., but there's one policy a growing number of states can agree on: driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.