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Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife... Full Story

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  • Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers
    Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

  • Military pilot in Virginia F-15 crash identified
    Military pilot in Virginia F-15 crash identified

    WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.

  • Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City
    Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

  • In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11
    In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date.

  • Prosecutor: McDonnells had 'corrupt understanding'
    Prosecutor: McDonnells had 'corrupt understanding'

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors urged jurors on Friday to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen: Why did a businessman give the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why did the McDonnells accept?

  • Suds, faith found at California laundromat
    Suds, faith found at California laundromat

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.

  • Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students
    Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

  • Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk
    Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng.

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails
    USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets
    Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!" — the German equivalent of "cheers."

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