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Family Knew Slain Charleston Pastor Would Lead A Consequential Life

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was devoted to public service. He was a state senator and champion of civil rights. Those who knew him say he was a natural leader, whether in politics or in the church.
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Pope Makes Climate Change An Issue For GOP Presidential Candidates

Pope Francis made headlines around the world with his encyclical calling for action on climate change. In the U.S., that's put Republican presidential candidates on the defensive.
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Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Against the backdrop of several fiery derailments, safety advocates are questioning whether new federal rules meant to prevent incidents go far enough. Opponents say the new rules are too costly.
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Charleston, S.C., Mayor Says Shooting Is 'Impossible To Digest'

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley about the shootings at a historic black church on Wednesday. He says it is the saddest day in his 40 years as mayor.
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Did Republicans Help Elect The Democratic Candidate For Mayor Of Alexandria?

Republicans in Alexandria may have taken advantage of Virginia's open primaries to help Allison Silberberg defeat incumbent Mayor Bill Euille in the recent Democratic primary.
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House Advances Bill To Give President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority

After a week of legislative maneuvering, the House passed a bill again on Thursday to allow President Obama to negotiate a free trade agreement with Pacific countries.
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Justices Give Officials More Say On Cars' Plates, Less On Roadside Signs

Justices on Thursday upheld the right of Texas to ban the Confederate battle flag from official license plates, but struck down the regulations an Arizona town imposed on churches' road signs.
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Obama On Charleston Shooting: I've Made This Kind Of Speech 'Too Many Times'

President Obama reacted Thursday to Wednesday night's mass shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C. He said that he's had to make this kind of statement "too many times" during his presidency.
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Charleston, S.C., Church Formed Around Anti-Slavery Movement

The Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., has a rich history closely tied to political activism. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Rev. Stephen Singleton about the 200-year-old congregation.
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Woman To Share $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton In 2020

The U.S. Treasury says a woman will appear on the $10 bill starting in 2020. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Matt Wittmann of the American Numismatic Society about the history of U.S. printed currency.

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