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Snowden Is 'A Hero,' WikiLeaks' Assange Says

The WikiLeaks founder argues that the "NSA leaker" has exposed "mass unlawful interception" of individuals' phone calls and Internet messages. But key lawmakers made the case again Sunday that Edward Snowden should be returned to the U.S. to face prosecution.
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Justice Kennedy Denies Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages

Proponents of California's Proposition 8 had asked that marriages be suspended while they decide whether to ask the court to reconsider its ruling about that initiative. Meanwhile, gay pride celebrations were happening in cities across the U.S.
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13 Years In Jail For Writing On A Sidewalk With Chalk?

In San Diego, 40-year-old Jeffrey Olson is on trial for writing messages such as "No Thanks, Big Banks," on sidewalks. He was protesting the financial mess some banks got into and the federal bailout that followed. Should be be prosecuted for expressing himself in erasable ways that weren't obscene?
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Western States' Heat Wave Turns Deadly; No Relief In Sight

The death of an elderly man in Las Vegas is being blamed on temperatures that have soared past 110 degrees in many places. The National Weather Service warns that it's going to stay brutally hot in the Southwest for at least a few more days.
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A Hindu Goddess Arrives To Bless Embassy Row

A new statue outside the embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., is strikingly different from the stately gentlemen depicted in most of the embassy statuary up and down Massachusetts Avenue.
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Q&A: On The Death Of Google Reader And The Future Of Reading

As Google Reader gets put to rest, we talked with Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of the relaunched Digg, about the way we consume media now and how to make sense of content overload.
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In Houston, Diversity You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Forget the old stereotypes. Today's Houston is a fast-growing mash-up of color, culture and ethnicity. One of the most visible signs of the city's metamorphosis is in its dynamic food scene. Africans, Mexicans, Asians and African-Americans migrating north to south are all adding to the melting pot.
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'I Am A Gay High School Basketball Coach'

When Anthony Nicodemo finally worked up the courage to tell his players he was gay, he was prepared for the worst. He didn't expect what happened next.
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Paula Deen's Next Cookbook Is Canceled

Pre-publication orders for Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, had made it No. 1 on Amazon. But the controversy over her past use of racially offensive language has led many of her sponsors and TV broadcasters to cut their ties. Now, that cookbook is being shelved.
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Will Death Valley Top 130 Degrees? Here's Where To Watch

The highest air temperature ever recorded on the planet was the 134 degrees registered there in 1913. Forecasters say the heat wave baking the Southwest could push the temperature near that point in the valley this weekend.

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