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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jack Speer.

 

An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at a convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s that after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican, voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan, and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion, gay rights, welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured as a defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration, even after the Republican Party he helped to build in the South had accepted the march of history. David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed as a wildfire continues to threaten the Northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJZ reports.

 

Normally, Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. But a two weeks long fire has not only kept tourist away, it’s resulted in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill, the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant, and his staff stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and be on the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires, some of which have destroyed property and forced evacuations. State National Guard troops are currently in training and are expected to be on the fire lines next week. For NPR News, I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto, California.

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Colombian politician's return comes just two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who’d been holding her hostage in Colombia for the past six years. Three American contractors were also freed in the operation and are being reunited with their families back in the US.

 

American Joey Chestnut, for a second year in a row, has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion in a victory that keeps the title and the mustard-colored belt in the US. Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime, after both contestants downed 59 frankfurters in ten minutes and Chestnut went on to eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "Ive been pushed by, been pushed by the audience, and know what I can do is, they pushed me hard and Ive been), I love you guys, New York." Thousands gathered to watch the contest at New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

Wall Street is closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

This is NPR.

 

President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Monticello, where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

 

President Bush said he had lots to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens. “Thomas Jefferson once said he’d rather celebrate the Fourth of July than his own birthday. For me, it`s pretty simple. The Fourth of July weekend is my birthday weekend.” But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as his opening remarks started, they started shouting over him: '”War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~.” And then, after the disruption continued for several more seconds, Bush responded: “We believe in free speech in the United States of America.” Yuki Noguchi, NPR News, Washington.

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in Butte, Montana where the presumptive Democratic nominee took in a holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected, one of his first jobs will be taking on issues affecting the environment. "Are we gonna declare our independence today? Are we gonna declare our independence from special interests, the oil companies and the gas companies that are preventing us from creating the kind of energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil?" Concluding a week-long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said only in America could the son of a single mother become president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daughters, one of whom is celebrating a birthday today.

 

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.

 

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From NPR News in Washington,I'm Jack Speer.

 

An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at the convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

"Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s.But after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican,voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan,and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion,gay rights,welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured his defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte, in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration,even after the Republican party he helped to build in the South had accepted it the march of history.David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed at a wildfire continues to threaten the northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJC reports.Normally Big Sur is  * tourist during the Forth of July holiday weekend. But the two weeks long fire has not only kept tourist away, result in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some bussiness operators are  ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill,the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant,and he stands stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and beyond the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wild fires. Some of which have destroyed property and forced evacuations.State National Guard  troops of occurrent and training,are expecting to be on the fire lines next week.For NPR News,I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto,California.

 

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Columbian politician's return comes two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who have been holding her hostage in Columbia for the past six years. The American contractors were also freed in the operations would be reunited with their families back in the US.

 

 

American Joey Chestnut for a second year * has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion. In a victory that keeps the title and the master color belt in the US,Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime. After both contestants down 59 frankfurters in ten minutes,Chestnut were on the eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "**** they pushed me hard,**** I love you guys.Thank you all." Thousands gathered to watch the contest in New York's Coney Island. Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

 

Wall Street is closed for the 4th of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

 

This is NPR.

 

 

President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a natural * ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations in Thomas Jefferson Virginia State,Monticello,where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's * * reports.

 

"President Bush said he had the luck to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens.'Thomas Jefferson once said he would rather celebrate the 4th of July than his own birthday.* for example, the 4th of July weekend is my birthday weekend.' But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as opening remark started,they started shouting over him.'War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~'. And then,after the destruction continued for several more seconds,Bush responded. 'We believe in free speech in the United States of America.' * *,NPR News,Washington.

 


Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independent State holiday in Montena with the presumptive Democratic nominee took an holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected,one of his first job would be taking on issues affecting the environment. "All we gotta declare are independence today. All we gotta declare independence from special interest,the oil companies,and the gas companies that are preventing us from creating the cut energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence of crude oil." Including a week long tour focusing on values a patriotism,Obama said that only the America good to son of a single mother become the president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daugters.One of them is celebrating a birthday today.

 

I'm Jack Speer,NPR News in Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From NPR News in Washington,I'm Jack Speer.

 

 

 

An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at the convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

 

 

"Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s. But after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican, voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan,and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion, gay rights, welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured as defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte, in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration, even after the Republican party he helped to build in the South had accepted it the march of history. David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

 

 

 

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed as a wildfire continues to threaten the northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJC reports.

 

Normally Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the 4th of July holiday weekend. But the two weeks’ long fire has not only kept tourist away, result in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill,the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant and his staff stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and beyond the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires, some of which have destroyed property in force of evacuations. State National Guard  troops are currently in training, and are expected to be on the fire lines next week. For NPR News,I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto,California.

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Columbian politician's return comes is two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who have been holding her hostage in Columbia for the past six years. The American contractors who were also freed in the operations have been reunited with their families back in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

American Joey Chestnut for a second year in a row has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion. In a victory that keeps the title and the master color belt in the US,Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime. After both contestants down 59 frankfurters in ten minutes, and Chestnut were on the eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "I’ve been pushed by, been pushed by the audience, they know what I can do, they pushed me hard,**** I love you guys.New York." Thousands gathered to watch the contest in New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

 

Wall Street is closed for the 4th of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

 

 

This is NPR.

 

President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a naturalization  ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations in Thomas Jefferson Virginia State,Monticello,where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's * * reports.

 

 

 

"President Bush said he had a lot to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens.'Thomas Jefferson once said he would rather celebrate the 4th of July than his own birthday. To make this pretty simple, the 4th of July weekend is my birthday weekend.' But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as opening remarks started, they started shouting over him.'War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~'. And then, after the disruption continued for several more seconds, Bush responded. 'We believe in free speech in the United States of America.' *Gucci,NPR News,Washington.

 

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in *, Montana with the presumptive Democratic nominee took an holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected, one of his first job would be taking on issues affecting the environment. "All we gotta declare are independence today. All we gotta declare independence from special interest,the oil companies, and the gas companies that are preventing us from creating the cut energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil." Including a week long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said that only in America could the son of a single mother become the president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daughters. One of them is celebrating a birthday today.

 

 

 

I'm Jack Speer,NPR News in Washington.

 

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jack Speer.

 

An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at the convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

"Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s. But after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican, voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan, and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion, gay rights, welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured as a defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte, in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration, even after the Republican Party he helped to build in the South had accepted it the march of history. David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed as a wildfire continues to threaten the northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJZ reports.

 

Normally Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the 4th of July holiday weekend. But a two weeks’ long fire has not only kept tourist away, resulted in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill, the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant and his staff stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and beyond the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires, some of which have destroyed property in force of evacuations. State National Guard troops are currently in training, and are expected to be on the fire lines next week. For NPR News, I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto, California.

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Columbian politician's return comes is two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who`ve been holding her hostage in Columbia for the past six years. Three American contractors /who/ were also freed in the operations have been reunited with their families back in the US.

 

American Joey Chestnut for a second year in a row has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion. In a victory that keeps the title and the mastered color belt in the US, Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime. After both contestants down 59 frankfurters in ten minutes, and Chestnut went on to eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "I’ve been pushed by, been pushed by the audience, and know what I can do is, they pushed me harder, I love you guys. New York." Thousands gathered to watch the contest in New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

Wall Street is closed for the 4th of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

This is NPR.

 

President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations in Thomas Jefferson`s Virginia State, Monticello, where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

 

"President Bush said he had a lot to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens. 'Thomas Jefferson once said he would rather celebrate the 4th of July than his own birthday. To me, it`s pretty simple, the 4th of July weekend is my birthday weekend.' But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as the opening remarks started, they started shouting over him. 'War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~'. And then, after the disruption continued for several more seconds, Bush responded. 'We believe in free speech in the United States of America.' Yuki Noguchi NPR News, Washington.

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in Butte, Montana where the presumptive Democratic nominee took in a holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected, one of his first jobs would be taking on issues affecting the environment. "All we gonna declare are independence today. All we gonna declare are independence from special interests, the oil companies, and /the/ gas companies that are preventing us from creating the cut energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil." Including a week long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said /that/ only in America could the son of a single mother become the president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daughters. One of them is celebrating a birthday today.

 

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.

 

 

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From NPR News in Washington. I am Jack Spear.

    A influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Fomer North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has die earlier today from natual causes at Comberlesson Centre . He was 86. NPR's David Folkenfler reports.

 

    Jesse Helms became so popular from the TV commentaries against civil rights and Communism in the 1960's. But after he quited the Democratic Party and became a Republican, Rolter sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Halms was the early champion of Ronald Regan and his veteran and parliamentary tactics is opposing ???? gay rights, welfare programmes and foreign aid and he took the nickname "Senator No".Race-endorse is his defying issue. he fought naming a fereral holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and he defeated it hard again the first black mayor Charlotte in 1990 after running ad depicting a white man been rejected for a job that went to a less qualified black applicant. Helms has never apologized for his defying opposition racial and ???? even after the Republican Party he helped to build himself have accepted the ???? history. David Folkenfler NPR News.

At least 20 homes have been destoried as a wildfire continues to threaten the northern California coastal community Big Sur. Barb Hensly, member of station KXJZ reports.

 

    Not only  Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the 4th of July holiday weekend, but the two weeks long fire is now only kept tourists away resulting a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Curk Gafole, the operator of the Penty restaurant in the stance stay behind to protect the property.

    "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and beyond the lookout and tend to primary fire prevention need."

Some 20000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires and some of which has destroied property in forced evacuations. State National Guard Troops are currently in training and are expected to be on the fireline next week. From NPR News. I am Barb Hensly in the Desto, California.

 

    Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French Columbian politician's return comes the two days after she was freed in a delving military operation from leftist guerrilla. She has been hold in hostage in Columbia for the past six years. 3 American contractors were also freed in the operation, being reunited with their families back in the US.

 

    American Joey Chestnut for a second year in row has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion in a victory to keep the title and mustard ???? in the US. Chestnut defeated his rival Takeru Kobaashi in sudden death overtime after both contestants down 59 franks ???? in 10 minutes and Chestnut went on to eat 5 more dogs in the tie-breaker.

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Thousands gathered to watch the contest in New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contesters for the title.

  

   Wall Street is closed. The 4th July holiday stocks fell in Europe.

 

   This is NPR.

 

  President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some the US citizens during a naturalization ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations at Thomas Jefferson Virginia State Monticello, where protesters made their voice heard as well. NPR's Jiugienee Guchy reports.

President Bush said he had luck to celebrate with some of the nations new citizens.

"Thomas Jefferson once said he'd rather celebrate the 4th July than his own birthday. For me it is very simple. on the 4th July we can. it is time for us that we can."

But protesters on the sideline were in celebrating along with him. As soon as his openning remark started, they started shouting over him. And then, after the disruption continue for several more seconds, Bush responded:" We believe in free stage in the United States of America." Jiukienee Buchy NPR News. Washington.

 

  Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in Big Montana. With the presumptive Democratic nominee took in a holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if he is elected, one of his first job would  be taking on initials effect in environment.

"On weekend I declare our independence today. A weekend I declare our independence from special interest, for all our companies and the guests companies that are preventing us from creating the kind-energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from depending on foreign oil."

Concluding a week long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said only the Americans could () the single mother become the president of US. Obama was join ?????? and her two daughters, one of whom was celebrating a birthday today.

 

    I am Jack Spear, NPR News in Washington.

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jack Speer.

 

An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at a convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s that after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican, voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan, and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion, gay rights, welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured as a defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration, even after the Republican Party he helped to build in the South had accepted the march of history. David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed as a wildfire continues to threaten the Northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJZ reports.

 

Normally, Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. But a two weeks long fire has not only kept tourist away, it’s resulted in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill, the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant, and his staff stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and be on the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires, some of which have destroyed property and forced evacuations. State National Guard troops are currently in training and are expected to be on the fire lines next week. For NPR News, I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto, California.

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Colombian politician's return comes just two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who’d been holding her hostage in Colombia for the past six years. Three American contractors were also freed in the operation and are being reunited with their families back in the US.

 

American Joey Chestnut, for a second year in a row, has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion in a victory that keeps the title and the mustard-colored belt in the US. Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime, after both contestants downed 59 frankfurters in ten minutes and Chestnut went on to eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "Ive been pushed by, been pushed by the audience, and know what I can do is, they pushed me hard and Ive been), I love you guys, New York." Thousands gathered to watch the contest at New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

Wall Street is closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

This is NPR.

 

President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Monticello, where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

 

President Bush said he had lots to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens. “Thomas Jefferson once said he’d rather celebrate the Fourth of July than his own birthday. For me, it`s pretty simple. The Fourth of July weekend is my birthday weekend.” But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as his opening remarks started, they started shouting over him: '”War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~.” And then, after the disruption continued for several more seconds, Bush responded: “We believe in free speech in the United States of America.” Yuki Noguchi, NPR News, Washington.

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in Butte, Montana where the presumptive Democratic nominee took in a holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected, one of his first jobs will be taking on issues affecting the environment. "Are we gonna declare our independence today? Are we gonna declare our independence from special interests, the oil companies and the gas companies that are preventing us from creating the kind of energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil?" Concluding a week-long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said only in America could the son of a single mother become president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daughters, one of whom is celebrating a birthday today.

 

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.

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An influential figure in the conservative movement has died. Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died early today from natural causes at a convalescent center. He was 86. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

 

Jesse Helms became so popular from his TV commentaries against civil rights and communism in the 1960s that after he quit the Democratic Party and became a Republican, voters sent him to the Senate in 1972. In Washington, Helms was an early champion of Ronald Reagan, and his rhetoric and parliamentary tactics opposing abortion, gay rights, welfare programs and foreign aid earned him the nickname "Senator No". Race endured as a defining issue. He fought naming a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and he defeated Harvey Gantt, the first black mayor of Charlotte in 1990 after running ads depicting a white man being rejected for a job that went to a less-qualified black applicant. Helms never apologized for his defiant opposition to racial integration, even after the Republican Party he helped to build in the South had accepted the march of history. David Folkenflik,NPR News.

 

At least 20 homes have been destroyed as a wildfire continues to threaten the Northern California coastal community of Big Sur. Bob Hensley of member station KXJZ reports.

 

Normally, Big Sur is crowded with tourists during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. But a two weeks long fire has not only kept tourist away, it’s resulted in a mandatory evacuation for all residents. Some business operators are ignoring the evacuation order. Kirk Gafill, the operator of the Nepenthe restaurant, and his staff stay behind to protect the property. "We feel that we can safely keep our property secure and be on the lookout and attend to primary fire prevention needs." Some 20,000 firefighters are battling hundreds of other wildfires, some of which have destroyed property and forced evacuations. State National Guard troops are currently in training and are expected to be on the fire lines next week. For NPR News, I'm Bob Hensley in Modesto, California.

 

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to France today to a hero's welcome. The French-Colombian politician's return comes just two days after she was freed in a daring military operation from leftist guerillas who’d been holding her hostage in Colombia for the past six years. Three American contractors were also freed in the operation and are being reunited with their families back in the US.

 

American Joey Chestnut, for a second year in a row, has the distinction of being the world hot dog eating champion in a victory that keeps the title and the mustard-colored belt in the US. Chestnut defeated rival Takeru Kobayashi in sudden death overtime, after both contestants downed 59 frankfurters in ten minutes and Chestnut went on to eat five more dogs in the tie breaker. "Ive been pushed by, been pushed by the audience, and know what I can do is, they pushed me hard and Ive been), I love you guys, New York." Thousands gathered to watch the contest at New York's Coney Island where Chestnut defeated 20 other contestants for the title.

 

Wall Street is closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Stocks fell in Europe.

 

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President Bush congratulated and helped welcome some new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony today. He joined 76 men and women from 30 nations at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Monticello, where protesters made their voices heard as well. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

 

President Bush said he had lots to celebrate with some of the nation's newest citizens. “Thomas Jefferson once said he’d rather celebrate the Fourth of July than his own birthday. For me, it`s pretty simple. The Fourth of July weekend is my birthday weekend.” But protesters on the sideline weren't celebrating along with him. As soon as his opening remarks started, they started shouting over him: '”War Criminal~~~War Criminal~~.” And then, after the disruption continued for several more seconds, Bush responded: “We believe in free speech in the United States of America.” Yuki Noguchi, NPR News, Washington.

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is spending the Independence Day holiday in Butte, Montana where the presumptive Democratic nominee took in a holiday parade and is attending a family picnic. Obama said that if elected, one of his first jobs will be taking on issues affecting the environment. "Are we gonna declare our independence today? Are we gonna declare our independence from special interests, the oil companies and the gas companies that are preventing us from creating the kind of energy policy that will save our environment and free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil?" Concluding a week-long tour focusing on values and patriotism, Obama said only in America could the son of a single mother become president of the US. Obama was joined by his wife Michelle and his two daughters, one of whom is celebrating a birthday today.

 

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.

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