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MH17: Pro-Russian rebels call cease-fireWitness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

Airlines Frequently Travel Over Conflict ZonesSeparatists also handed over black boxes from the downed airliner to Malaysian experts.


FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.


Israel keeps up Gaza assaults, Kerry presses for truceDream coach Michael Cooper has tongue cancer

Israeli police officers detain a protester suspected of throwing stones during a protest by Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Nazareth, against Israel's offensive in the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians in as many air strikes, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible." The deaths in Khan Younis, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya raised the Palestinian toll to 539 killed, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, since the offensive was launched on July 8, Gaza health officials said. Israel's death toll also rose to 29, with two soldiers killed in the past day of fighting, the Israeli military said. Israel said a Palestinian shot at a car and seriously wounded an Israeli in the Nablus area on Tuesday. Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday and, during talks with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the United States would provide $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza.


ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.
S. Korean police confirm body belongs to ferry fugitiveMcIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever

FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard sunken ferry Sewol in the waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. The anger, grief and deep remorse at Danwon High School in Ansan, outside of Seoul, was a reflection of what many South Koreans have felt since the April 16 sinking of the ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Of the 325 students on a class trip to the southern holiday island of Jeju, 75 were rescued, 245 died and 5 are still missing. Two of those rescued had already returned to school, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)South Korean police say they've found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug.


Rebels release train with bodies from downed jetManziel scores as NFL's top-selling jersey

A Malaysian investigator takes a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it is handed over from Donetsk People's Republic officials to Malaysian representatives in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.


ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 19-20 - FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the ball during NFL football minicamp at the team's facility in Berea, Ohio. With LeBron James’ return, Johnny Football might not be the top star in Cleveland, but Manziel will still get plenty of attention for what he does on and off the field this summer. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.


Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebelsBig 12 commish's dire warning about pending change

Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, left, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. Russian officials offered evidence Monday, showing photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area in the days before the crash. Russian officials also offered evidence that a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet. Screens show traffic control recordings, left, and a scheme of air traffic over Donetsk, with Malaysia Airlines jet in the middle and unidentified military fighter jet next to it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekrtarev)LONDON (AP) — "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner.


Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the opening of the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 
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