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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates trained by pros and making $2 an hour have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.

This statue is located in Utah's Capitol building, beneath a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers traveling out west. "Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration," says Utah's speaker of the House, Becky Lockhart. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled

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Members of Congress are racing to take advantage of "franking" privileges, which allow them to replace postage with their signature. They are not allowed to use franking within 90 days of an election. iStockphoto hide caption

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Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

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Emir Dunn, an inmate firefighter stationed at the Chamberlain Creek Conservation fire camp in California, at work on a fire. About 4,000 inmate firefighters battle blazes across the state. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

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Tobacco giant Reynolds American is buying Lorillard and acquiring Newport, a popular menthol cigarette. In a shrinking market, Newport is one of the few U.S. brands gaining market share. It is particularly popular among African-American smokers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

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President Obama announced new economic sanctions against Russia at the White House on Tuesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is surrounded by the media in Freeport, N.Y., on Wednesday, Cuomo was on Long Island to announce a new program to help victims of Superstorm Sandy but ended up fielding questions about the Moreland Commission. Frank Eltman/AP hide caption

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With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor

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When Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, it was a breakthrough for the band's label, Harvest Records. MDV/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity

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