"Families are on the move today, leaving their homes in the outlying areas of Gaza and into shelters and relatives’ homes closer to the center of Gaza. You can see carts pulled by donkeys carrying whole families; from small children to grandparents."
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President Obama said today that the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine yesterday, killing 298 people aboard, was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatists. A U.S. official earlier had told The Times that U.S. intelligence agencies reached a preliminary conclusion that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine fired the missile. The U.S. is seeking further intelligence before reaching a final conclusion, the official said.
A powerful Buk missile launcher may have brought down the plane. Learn more about it above.
A federal judge ruled today that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Recreational marijuana sales began in Washington today, as the state became the second in the nation to make pot legal for all.
Supporters of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom argument cheered this morning’s Supreme Court ruling that said that Christian business owners with religious objections to certain forms of birth control may refuse to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives. The justices also handed down a decision that dealt a limited setback to the union movement.
The Supreme Court’s term ended today. The justices will be back on the bench in October.
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The measure will prohibit those firms from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s a move long-sought by gay rights organizations.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team.
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