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Stories for June 8, 2013

Construction Worker In Custody For Phila. Building Collapse

June 8
Dana Farrington / NPR

A construction worker has turned himself in to police in connection with Wednesday's building collapse in Philadelphia. The incident killed six people and wounded more than a dozen.

Aquarium Sculptors Create Coral For Conservation Awareness

June 8
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Most aquarium visitors are there to see sharks, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. But at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, there's another star attraction: Coral.

'Not Fighting For Just Sarah': Rating Transplant Priorities

June 8
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Sarah Murnaghan's spirit can be summed up by her personalized Monopoly character: a three-legged silver pig that can stand on its own.

DNI Calls Reporting On Government Surveillance 'Reckless'

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Saturday said media reporting this week about government surveillance activities amounted to "reckless disclosures" that could hand terrorists a playbook to foil detection.

Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

June 8
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree.

Pakistan's New Government Protests U.S. Drone Strike

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Pakistan's new government wasted no time on Saturday in lodging a formal diplomatic complaint with Washington over a U.S. drone strike that reportedly killed seven militants near the Afghan border.

Newark Mayor To Run For New Jersey's Open U.S. Senate Seat

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced Saturday he would run to finish the late Frank Lautenberg's term in the U.S. Senate.

Three Americans Killed In Latest Afghanistan 'Insider Attack'

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR

In another "insider attack," two U.S. soldiers and an American civilian were killed in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province on Saturday by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform.

An Abandoned Racehorse Finds Love On The Home Stretch

June 8
Laurel Dalrymple / NPR
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In a small barn on a sprawling farm near Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, something is munching on my blond ponytail, which admittedly looks like a tasty morsel of hay. I turn around and push away the head of a young thoroughbred straight off the racetrack. He inches closer and nudges me in the neck. He's strong, but his eyes are kind and playful. I reach out to rub his nose, and he lets his whole head melt into my arms. And at that moment, the story I was planning to write about the horse industry gets personal.

Tech Giants Deny Granting NSA 'Direct Access' To Servers

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Tech companies that cooperated with government intelligence-gathering efforts by allowing access to their databases say they did so only reluctantly and that it never involved 'direct access' to servers, according to The New York Times.

The Best Way To Scare A Politician

June 8
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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John Morse isn't bogged down in personal scandal. The Democratic president of the Colorado Senate isn't accused of ethical improprieties or anything else that might directly violate his oath of office.

Police Search For Motive In Calif. Shooting That Killed Four

June 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Investigators in Santa Monica, Calif., were trying to piece together a motive in a shooting rampage in which four people were killed before police fatally shot the gunman.

Puerto Rican Flag Sellers Prep For Another Parade In NYC

June 8
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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Marching bands, beauty queens and Chita Rivera are set to make their way down New York City's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

WWII Vets Have All But Vanished From The Halls Of Congress

June 8
Don Gonyea / NPR
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. There was a steady rain. Soldiers fired rifle volleys, a bugler played taps and mourners paid their final respects.

NSA Scandal Looms Over Obama-Xi Talks

June 8
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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President Obama always intended to talk about spying this weekend. But not like this.

5 Dead, 5 Injured After Santa Monica Shooting Rampage

June 8
TAMI ABDOLLAH / Associated Press
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A gunman on the Santa Monica college campus killed four people and injured five others before he was fatally shot by police. Two of the victim's bodies were discovered in a burned home near the school.