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Judge: Clippers Sale Final

A judge ruled against Donald Sterling's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, siding with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the deal after the NBA banned her husband for life

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014.

Bloody Day in Gaza

Israel and Hamas traded blame on Monday for explosions at a refugee camp and hospital in Gaza that left at least 10 children dead and scores wounded


Richard Nixon Asked a Reporter to Watch Panda Sex

A new book details the former president’s keen interest making sure pandas Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, gifted to the United States in 1972 by former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, got busy. "Now, if they don’t learn it, they’ll get over here and nothing will happen"

Leaked Nunn Memos Exemplify Campaign Calculation

Documents leaked by a conservative magazine offer a rare inside look at campaign strategy--giving a clear outline of the Michelle Nunn campaign's perceptions of the candidate's weaknesses as a moderate Democrat in the conservative state of Georgia

Ebola in Liberia

Liberia Closes Borders

All non-major entry points were sealed off in a bid to curb the largest Ebola outbreak on record that has killed scores in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Gasoline at U.S. Pumps Seen Surging to 6-Year Seasonal High

Gas Prices Continue Steady Drop

The current national average for regular fuel is $3.523 per gallon, according to AAA, down from $3.54 per gallon on Friday. Recent geopolitical conflict between Russia and Ukraine and in Israel has not affected distribution or supply, according to the auto organization

US Secretary of State John Kerry stands with Rabbi David Saperstein, the nominee for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, while delivering remarks regarding the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on July 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama Nominates Rabbi to Religious Freedom Post

If confirmed, Rabbi David Saperstein would be the first non-Christian to hold the post as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The State Dept. recently issued a particularly weighty edition of its annual analysis of religious freedom across the globe