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Miami Wins Back-To-Back NBA Championships, James MVP

The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-to-88 in Game 7 of the series Thursday night in Miami. LeBron James, who was chosen MVP, had 37 points and 12 rebounds.
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For A Boy With Little, Learning To Love A Cast-Off Trombone

Gilbert Zermeno's family didn't have much money when he was a boy, which made his playing in the school band feel out of reach. When he ended up with a rusty trombone instead of a shiny saxophone, Gilbert was disappointed initially — but decades later, he still has that old trombone.
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Obama's Pick To Lead FBI Adds New Layer To Privacy Debate

President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.
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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.
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The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses

This week Audie Cornish takes us deeper into the news that shaped the city of Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963. Today, she visits the Boswell-Highlands golf course and talks to black golfers about the journey to desegregate the city's public greens.
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Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital where the Sopranos star was admitted. The actor was traveling in a group that included his son, his wife, and other family members.
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House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.
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Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

Some people are ready to batter and fry the Food Network star after reports that she admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs in the past. But there's other, well, interesting stuff in the deposition transcript. We share some of it here.
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Why The Immigration Fight Seems Like The NBA Finals

Like the contest between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, the effort to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress is proving wildly unpredictable.
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Rouge Jumpers Parachute From Top Of Chicago's Trump Tower

Three people are thought to have parachuted off of the building.

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