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The Associated Press | July 1, 2013 04:22 AM EST | AP


"We grieve for the family. We grieve for the department. We grieve for the city." – Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo after gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.

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"Partners do not spy on each other. We cannot negotiate over a big trans-Atlantic market if there is the slightest doubt that our partners are carrying out spying activities on the offices of our negotiators." – EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding as key foreign allies threatened investigations and sanctions against the U.S. over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices.

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"Nelson Mandela showed us that one man's courage can move the world." – President Barack Obama in a speech at the University of Cape Town after a solemn visit to the Robben Island prison where Mandela was confined for 18 of his 27 years in captivity.