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one of the nineteen members of an elite Arizona wildfire-fighting unit that was killed Sunday, June 30, 2013.

19 fallen Arizona firefighters honored

Who were the men of Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed fighting the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday?

Fourteen of the men were in their 20s. Three of them have babies on the way.

Afghan security guard seen at the entrance gate of a foreign logistics company at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 2, 2013. A suicide car bomb in Kabul struck a foreign logistics company supplying NATO forces, killing one person and injuring three or four others early on July 2, police said.

Fierce gun battle after Kabul suicide bombing

Overnight: Attackers blew up a truck, then tried to swarm into a NATO supplier's compound in Afghanistan.

Four guards and a civilian were killed a fierce gun battle, which lasted more than an hour.

Natalie Maines and her father Lloyd Maines play the national anthem Monday at a rally in support of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. This is first day of a second legislative special session called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass an restrictive abortion law through the Texas legislature. The first attempt was defeated after opponents of the law were able to stall the vote until after first special session had ended.

Dixie Chick takes up Texas abortion fight

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performed for thousands of people -- many of who are outraged with Texas Republicans -- Monday at the Texas State Capitol.

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue showed up as lawmakers returned for a special session.

Robin: Songwriting with vets was cathartic for all

Robin: Songwriting with vets was cathartic for all

Editor's Note: Our own Robin Meade joined a group of veterans as they participated in a program called "SongwritingWith: Soldiers." The program pairs veterans with songwriters in order to foster healing and therapeutic emotional release. Some of these soldiers' stories are featured in the HLN special, "Stories of Courage: Soldiers' Songs." The special airs Thursday, July 4 at 7p.m., ET. Watch the trailer here.

What is it about music that can touch you deep in the heart? Why can it say for you what you can't express on your own? What is it about words set to rhythm and melody that can reach the core of your being and elicit chills -- or make you well up with tears?

File photo: Cirque du Soleil performer killed during performance of 'KA' at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil performer dies during show

The audience at a "Cirque du Soleil" show in Las Vegas was confused when an acrobat fell 50 feet during a performance, but it wasn't part of the act.

Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died from injuries suffered from her fall.

Jamie Foxx wears Trayvon Martin shirt while accepting his Best Actor trophy at the 2013 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx reps Trayvon Martin at BET Awards

Going by only one name seemed to be the key to winning many of the trophies at Sunday night's BET Awards!

Rihanna, Miguel, Drake & Macklemore all took home star-topped statues. But the standout was new rapper Kendrick Lamar who snagged the awards for Male Hip Hop Artist & New Artist.

File photo: Passengers get off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train as it arrives at the Daly City station on August 15, 2011 in Daly City, California.

Strike shuts down Bay Area trains

San Francisco’s BART train workers are on strike.

400-thousand commuters across the bay area will face massive gridlock without the Bay Area Rapid Transit system fully operational.

This still image from video provided courtesy of KPHO-TV / CBS-5-AZ.COM shows fires raging in the hills near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30, 2013

19 elite firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire

Nineteen firefighters from an elite team whose job was to get as close to a wildfire as possible died in Arizona.

The firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department were fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, northwest of Phoenix. They are supposed to go in first, clear out vegetation and stop the flames from advancing.

Aimee Copeland lost several limbs fighting flesh eating bacteria infection gets a service dog to help with her ongoing recovery

Aimee Copeland amazed by new canine roommate

A young Georgia woman, who battled a flesh-eating bacteria, has an impressive roommate.

Aimee Copeland got to know her new service dog, Belle, this weekend. The 25-year-old admits she was amazed by what Belle can do. 

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