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Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's Clippers

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LOS ANGELES - The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports.

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

- Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

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U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of press, report says

WASHINGTON - U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.

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U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

NEW YORK - Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in the city's upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood on Monday, authorities said.

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Police arrest four in beating death of China grad student near USC

LOS ANGELES - Four people, two of them juveniles, have been arrested in the robbery and beating death last week of a Chinese graduate student near his off-campus apartment, Los Angeles Police officials said on Monday.

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Police search for Oregon mom who vanished while running errands

NEWBERG Ore. - Police in Oregon were searching on Monday for a stay-at-home mother of two young children who seemingly vanished from her small community while running household errands last week, as her family said they feared the worst.

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Pregnant NY woman says she was put in chokehold by NYPD officer

NEW YORK - A New York woman who is seven months pregnant complained on Monday that she was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer after barbecuing outside her home, fueling a controversy that has raged in the city following a man's death linked to the technique.

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Man acquitted in murder of Michigan college football player

- A man accused of murdering and robbing an Eastern Michigan University football player last October was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Monday.

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Round-up of wild horses gets under way in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - Federal land managers began rounding up wild horses on public land in central Utah on Monday as part of efforts to cut herd numbers and placate ranchers who say the animals destroy range land vital for cattle grazing.

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San Diego council approves minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance that would incrementally raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the restaurant and retail sectors.

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