US News  July 29, 2014
US judge approves LA Clippers sale to ex Microsoft CEO
Donald SterlingA US judge gave the go-ahead for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move.The ruling by California Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas on Monday came after a three-week trial pitting the 80-year-old Sterling -- barred from...  Full Story
Court flips US state's ban on same-sex marriage
The father of a bride wears a rainbow flag during the wedding ceremony at the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 8, 2013A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in the state capital Richmond said the ban violated the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law by infringing on the right to wed."The choice...  Full Story
Mexico, California question Texas border troop plan
US Border Patrol agents look for immigrants crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico (L), to the United States at dusk on July 24, 2014 near Mission, TexasMexico's foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned Monday plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead.Governor Jerry Brown, on a visit focused on boosting trade with California's southern neighbor, said the Texas plan must be a short-term measure and tha...  Full Story
Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor
US President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to US singer Linda Ronstadt during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014 in Washington, DCLinda Ronstadt, who was the most successful female rocker of the 1970s and pioneered the role of women in that genre, was honored Monday with the highest US arts prize.President Barack Obama bestowed the National Medal of Arts on the multiple Grammy winner, now 68 and suffering from Parkinson's."The arts and humanities aren't just there to be consu...  Full Story
Airbnb woos business travelers
The Airbnb website is displayed on a laptop on April 21, 2014 in San Anselmo, CaliforniaAirbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.Airbnb announced new tools that include letting business travelers book lodging and have expense reports automatically generated using TripLink software from "spend management solutions" specialty firm Concur.The s...  Full Story
OkCupid admits toying with users to find love formula
OkCupid on Monday said it messed with membersOkCupid on Monday said it messed with members' minds a bit in a bid to refine the formula for finding love at the online matchmaking service.OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder made a case for the practice in a blog post titled "We Experiment on Human Beings" which came on the heels of criticism of Facebook for tinkering with posts to see how it in...  Full Story
Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns
Health workers wearing protective suits walk in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital in Conakry on April 14, 2014The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history.Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Two American...  Full Story
Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits on May 3, 2013 in Houston, TexasConservative gadfly Sarah Palin ramped up her Internet profile Monday with an online TV channel where fans can savor her homespun brand of American patriotism for just $9.95 a month."Tired of media filters? Well, so am I," said the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful upon the launch of the Sarah Palin Channel (sarah...  Full Story