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FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting.

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U.S says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government claims that Moscow has violated the Cold War treaty.

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region on July 28, 2014.

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Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine kills at least 19 civilians.

Firefighters protect an evacuated home while the fast-moving wildfire called "Sand Fire" burns behind, near Plymouth, California on July 26, 2014.

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Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

Fire officials spotted a drone over the Sand Fire and immediately called police to have the toy grounded to avoid a possible mid-air collision.

With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA’s Clippers

Shelly Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday.

A Palestinian walks on the rubble of the house of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, hit by a pre-dawn Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Early Tuesday, Israel warplanes struck a series of targets in Gaza City, including Haniyeh's house and government offices, while Gaza's border area with Israel was hit by heavy tank shelling.

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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader

Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.

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How to cool a drink in two minutes

Never drink a lukewarm beverage again! Check out this helpful summer trick.

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UI Stem Cell Research Could Help Our Muscles Recover

Research now being done on rats

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Quinn Wants PCBs out of Clinton Landfill

Says EPA won't approve plan for fill near major aquifer

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Today in entertainment history: July 29

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

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Police, Secretary of State Disable IED in Downtown Springfield

Springfield Police say an IED found in downtown Springfield Monday night was "rendered safe."

Israeli soldiers patrol outside the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

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Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dashes any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.

Lily Allen poses for photographers on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday Feb. 16, 2014, in London.

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Lily Allen’s fake handcuff photo sparks police investigation

A police investigation launches after Lily Allen shares an Instagram.com photo of herself pretending to be arrested by a cop in Australia.

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Beer Tickets Land State Fair Manager in Hot Water

Bliefnick hasn't responded for comment

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. With a $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge is set to determine Monday, June 30, 2014, if the terms of a family trust alone are enough to confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent.

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Only arguing remains in Sterling trial

Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

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On-Line Learning Could Get a Boost

Maintaining common standards in online college coursework is the goal of a new state law

One Direction performing live in concert during their 'Where We Are' tour at Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Liam Payne causes online storm with ‘naked’ picture

Liam Payne whipped One Direction fans into a frenzy when he posted a supposedly nude photo of himself on the back of a yacht.

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Nicki Minaj delays release of new ‘Anaconda’ single

After taking criticism for a controversial album cover, Nicki Minaj mysteriously pushes the release of her new single back a week.

British actor Sean Bean arrives for a special UK screening of Cleanskin, at the Mayfair Hotel in central London, Monday, March 5, 2012.

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Fans support campaign to keep Sean Bean alive in new show

The "Game of Thrones" actor has died more than 20 times in his career, and fans want it to stop.

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Illinois Coal a Hot Commodity Worldwide

Illinois coal exports have risen sharply in recent years, even as its high sulfur content limits its demand in the U.S.

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Singer B. Simone to play Aaliyah in big screen biopic

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The life story of the late R&B singer is reportedly heading to the big screen.

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CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top pop songs

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LISTEN: This week's top pop songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top R&B tracks

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LISTEN: This week's top R&B tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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Want to smell like Tara Reid? No? Well now you can anyway

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Because everyone wants to smell like a B-list star battling sharks in an low-budget sci-fi film, there's "Shark by Tara."

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Kelly Rowland accidentally reveals baby’s gender

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The singer slips up and reveals the gender of the baby she's expecting with husband Tim Witherspoon.