FED APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN VIRGINIA'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN *

THREE-JUDGE PANEL SAYS STATE PROVISIONS BARRING GAY MARRIAGE VIOLATE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION *

THE VIRGINIA GAY MARRIAGE CASE IS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT COULD GO TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT *

JUDGE APPROVES $2 BIL SALE OF LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS TO FMR MICROSOFT CEO STEVE BALLMER *

TEAM OWNER DONALD STERLING HAD ATTEMPTED TO BLOCK THE SALE, WHICH WAS NEGOTIATED BY HIS ESTRANGED WIFE *

80-YR-OLD STERLING WAS BANNED BY THE NBA AFTER A RECORDING SURFACED IN APRIL OF HIM MAKING RACIST REMARKS *

BRAZIL'S PRES DILMA ROUSSEFF CALLS ISRAEL'S CONFLICT WITH HAMAS "A MASSACRE" *

CONFLICT IN GAZA HAS LEFT AT LEAST 1,050 PALESTINIANS DEAD, MANY OF THEM CIVILIANS *

ISRAEL SAYS 52 OF ITS SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE CONFLICT, ALONG WITH THREE ISRAELI CIVILIANS *

LAST WEEK, BRAZIL RECALLED ITS AMBASSADOR FROM ISRAEL, A MOVE ISRAEL'S FOREIGN MINISTRY HAS CALLED A "DISAPPOINTMENT" *

NORTH CAROLINA ATTY GEN SAYS HIS OFFICE WILL NO LONGER DEFEND THE STATE'S VOTER-APPROVED BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE *

DECISION COMES AFTER A FED APPEALS COURT DEEMED VIRGINIA'S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE UNCONSTITUTIONAL *

NC'S ATTY GEN SAYS THE VA RULING MAKES IT HIGHLY LIKELY NC'S BAN WILL BE OVERTURNED *

FRANCE OFFERING ASYLUM TO CHRISTIANS FROM NORTHERN IRAQ WHO WERE FORCED TO FLEE BY ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS *

OFFER COMES AFTER ISLAMIC STATE TERRORISTS GAVE CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL, IRAQ, A DEADLINE TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, PAY A FINE OR FACE EXECUTION *

A SR CHRISTIAN LEADER IN IRAQ ESTIMATES THE CITY OF MOSUL HAD A POPULATION OF 35,000 CHRISTIANS BEFORE ITS CAPTURE BY ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS *

THE UN SAYS JUST 20 CHRISTIAN FAMILIES REMAIN IN MOSUL *

ATTYS FOR WASHINGTON, DC, ASK FED JUDGE TO STAY RULING THAT OVERTURNED THE CITY'S BAN ON CARRYING HANDGUNS OUTSIDE THE HOME *

CITY'S LAWYERS ARE SEEKING A STAY WHILE THEY CONSIDER APPEALING THE DECISION *

FED JUDGE RECENTLY RULED DC'S BAN ON HANDGUNS OUTSIDE THE HOME WAS A VIOLATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT *

POLICE IN PHILADELPHIA CHARGE TWO MEN WITH FELONY MURDER AND OTHER CRIMES IN CONNECTION WITH A CARJACKING AND SUBSEQUENT CRASH FRI THAT KILLED THREE CHILDREN AND CRITICALLY INJURED THEIR MOTHER *

COPS SAY THE TWO SUSPECTS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED THE CARJACKING VICTIM BEFORE THEY CRASHED HER SUV *

SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED MON FOLLOWING A THREE-DAY MANHUNT *

DOLLAR TREE INC SET TO ACQUIRE FAMILY DOLLAR STORES FOR ABOUT $8.5 BIL *

MERGER WILL CREATE A DISCOUNT CHAIN WITH A COMBINED $18 BIL IN SALES AND MORE LOCATIONS THAN ANY OTHER RETAILER IN THE U.S. *

TX MAN CHARGED WITH SENDING SOME 500 HOAX LETTERS CONTAINING A WHITE POWDER TO SCHOOLS, GOVT OFFICES, DAY CARE CENTERS AND OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD *

JUDGE HAS ORDERED 66-YR-OLD HONG MINH TRUONG TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL A DETENTION HEARING ON AUG 4 *

CRIMINAL COMPLAINT ACCUSES TRUONG OF SENDING MORE THAN 15 BATCHES OF LETTERS FROM THE DALLAS AREA, STARTING IN 2008, TO CITIES ACROSS THE U.S. AND TO U.S. EMBASSIES OVERSEAS *

IN ALL BUT TWO OF THE BATCHES, A WHITE-POWDER SUBSTANCE WAS PUT IN THE ENVELOPES *

CA GOV JERRY BROWN (D) TAKES A SHOT AT TX GOV RICK PERRY'S (R) DECISION TO DEPLOY NATL GUARD TROOPS TO THE BORDER, SAYING MON HE EXPECTS IT TO BE A SHORT-LIVED MEASURE AND THAT "WISER MINDS WILL PREVAIL" *

PERRY ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK A PLAN TO DEPLOY UP TO 1,000 NATL GUARD TROOPS TO THE TX-MEXICO BORDER OVER THE NEXT MONTH TO COMBAT WHAT HE SAID WERE CRIMINALS EXPLOITING A SURGE OF CHILDREN POURING INTO THE U.S. ILLEGALLY *

BROWN, WHO IS IN MEXICO FOR MEETINGS, SAID MON THE IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD OF THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL AMERICAN YOUTHS AT THE BORDER SHOULD BE SEEN AS A HUMANITARIAN ISSUE *

OBAMA ADMIN ACCUSING RUSSIA OF VIOLATING A 1987 TREATY THAT BANS MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILES *

THE WH SAYS RUSSIA BROKE THE AGREEMENT BY TESTING A NEW GROUND-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILE *

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE EXAMINED THE MATTER AND CONSIDER THE ALLEGATIONS BASELESS *

THE 1987 AGREEMENT, SIGNED BY PRES RONALD REAGAN AND SOVIET LEADER MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, PROHIBITS GROUND-LAUNCHED BALLISTIC OR CRUISE MISSILES WITH A RANGE OF 300 TO 3,400 MILES *

FORMER SAN ANTONIO MAYOR JULIAN CASTRO TAKES OVER MON AS HEAD OF THE DEPT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT *

PRES OBAMA CHOSE CASTRO TO REPLACE SHAUN DONOVAN AS HOUSING SECY, CALLING HIM "A CHAMPION FOR SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND STRONG, SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS" *

CASTRO, WHO IS NOW ONE OF THE HIGHEST-RANKING HISPANICS IN GOVT, TAKES OVER AN AGENCY WITH 8,000 EMPLOYEES AND A $46 BIL ANNUAL BUDGET *

ISRAEL LAUNCHING HEAVIEST ROUND OF ATTACKS ON GAZA TUES SINCE FIGHTING BEGAN THREE WEEKS AGO *

THE VIOLENCE COMES HOURS AFTER ISRAELI MILITARY URGED RESIDENTS IN PARTS OF GAZA TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES, WARNING, "WHAT IS COMING WILL BE WORSE" *

ISRAELI LEADERS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING WHETHER TO EXPAND THE GAZA OP AGAINST HAMAS *

ON MON, ISRAELI PRIME MIN BENJAMIN NETANYAHU TOLD ISRAELI CITIZENS, "WE NEED TO BE READY FOR A PROLONGED CAMPAIGN" *