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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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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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Arizona inmate uses basketball hoop to leap to freedom

PHOENIX - A physically fit felon escaped from a detention facility in Arizona by scaling a basketball hoop in the yard and then jumping from it onto a fence, authorities said on Monday.

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Gary, Indiana, picks new police chief after 'heinous' murders

CHICAGO - Gary, Indiana, has picked a new police chief and is stepping up crime prevention efforts after the slaying of a police officer and other "heinous" killings, the city's mayor said on Monday.

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U.S. judge tells jury to take one more shot at Ventura verdict

ST. PAUL Minn. - A federal judge asked a jury on Monday to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura after the panel said it could not reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations.

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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 incrementally raising 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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