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Stories for June 30, 2013

Alabama County Files Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

June 30
Jim Zarroli / NPR

Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County has filed a 101-page plan that would force creditors to lose up to 70 cents on the dollar.

Big Growth Could Shake Up Texas' Old Political Equation

June 30
Scott Horsley / NPR
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It's no secret: Texas is big. And it's getting bigger.

Arizona Officials: 19 Firefighters Killed Battling Blaze

June 30
Steve Mullis / NPR

Forestry officials in Arizona say 19 firefighters have died while fighting a massive fire that has ripped through half of the town of Yarnell Hill, reports The Arizona Republic.

New Rules Puts Brakes On Truck Drivers' Schedules

June 30
NPR Staff / NPR
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Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die in large truck and bus crashes every year in America, according to the Department of Transportation, which also says 13 percent of those deaths were caused by fatigued drivers.

Snowden Is 'A Hero,' WikiLeaks' Assange Says

June 30
Mark Memmott / NPR

Edward Snowden "is a hero," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Sunday on ABC-TV's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications, far beyond anything that happened under Nixon."

Justice Kennedy Denies Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages

June 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Supporters of California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages lost another argument Sunday when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy turned down their request to at least temporarily bar such marriages in the state.

13 Years In Jail For Writing On A Sidewalk With Chalk?

June 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's no evidence that he wrote anything obscene.

Western States' Heat Wave Turns Deadly; No Relief In Sight

June 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The brutal heat wave that has Southwest states in its grip is being blamed for at least one death.

Q&A: On The Death Of Google Reader And The Future Of Reading

June 30
Elise Hu / NPR
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You can't say they didn't warn you. On Monday, Google Reader will no longer be available. The search behemoth is putting its RSS reader to rest, leaving millions of dedicated users scrambling to find other platforms for organization of their news feeds and content exploration.

Hindu Goddess Blesses Embassy Row

June 30
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Embassy Row -- otherwise known as Massachusetts Avenue -- in Washington, D.C., is decorated with flags of every nation, flying in front of impressive embassy buildings.

A Hindu Goddess Arrives To Bless Embassy Row

June 30
NPR Staff / NPR
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Embassy Row -- otherwise known as Massachusetts Avenue -- in Washington, D.C., is decorated with flags of every nation, flying in front of impressive embassy buildings.

In Houston, Diversity You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

June 30
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Stephen Klineberg polishes off a spicy lamb mint burger, mops his brow and recalls the Houston he moved to as a young professor in the 1970s.