"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."

Our photographer Carolyn Cole is documenting the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Photos: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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.

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.

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes. 
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes

Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional
You know that was a bus with YMCA kids?
Get away from me, you pig!
Recreational marijuana sales began in Washington today, as the state became the second in the nation to make pot legal for all.

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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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.

Photo: AFP / Getty Images

I feel I have the deaths of five people on my shoulders. The signs were there.
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. 
Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

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. 

Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

UC Santa Barbara has declared a day of mourning and reflection today after Friday’s deadly rampage in Isla Vista. Classes are canceled, and a memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Get full coverage of the attack here.
Photo: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

UC Santa Barbara has declared a day of mourning and reflection today after Friday’s deadly rampage in Isla Vista. Classes are canceled, and a memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Get full coverage of the attack here.

Photo: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times