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Judge Sides with Shelly Sterling in Sale of LA Clippers

iStock Editorial(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles judge is siding with Shelly Sterling in her fight against Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers.

The judge says she acted properly in her actions to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

In a statement to ABC News, the NBA said, “We are pleased the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”

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Judge Sides with Shelly Sterling in Sale of LA Clippers

iStock Editorial(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles judge is siding with Shelly Sterling in her fight against Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers.

The judge says she acted properly in her actions to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

In a statement to ABC News, the NBA said, “We are pleased the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”

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Two US Marshals, Detective Shot in New York City

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective were shot Monday while serving a warrant in New York City, authorities said.

The suspect, who was also shot, was a violent sex offender. He is now dead, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

His name has not been released.

The incident happened in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

The law enforcement officers have non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Bellevue Hospital, authorities said.

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Homes, Campgrounds Evacuated Near Yosemite Wildfire

iStock/Thinkstock(EL PORTAL, Calif.) — Firefighters in northern California are battling large wildfires, attempting to extinguish a blaze near Yosemite National Park that quadrupled in size over the weekend.

The fire entered park grounds on Monday, according to park spokesperson Scott Gediman, though it represents a small percentage of the fire and flames don’t yet pose a threat to any of the major tourist areas.

At least 100 homes and two campgrounds were evacuated over the weekend, and more than 700 firefighters are working to suppress the flames. Crews face difficult challenges in rough terrain, steep cliff sides, and extreme heat.

2014 marks the driest year on record for Yosemite, following three back-to-back years of extreme drought. The conditions bring up to triple-digit temperatures with the wildfire, and experts forecast similar conditions throughout the week.

Officials are also implementing helicopter water drops to pinpoint locations in steep terrain.

The fire began in the community of El Portal around 3 p.m. Saturday, according to park representatives. As of 9:45 p.m. Sunday, the fire had burned 2,100 acres. Since July 14, Yosemite Park has experienced more than 3,000 lightning strikes and at least 21 fire starts.

Still, the park remains open, including Yosemite Valley and Half Dome. While tourists are frequenting the area, they face possible road closures that could lead to delays.

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Girl Who Vanished for Nine Months Is Weak, Malnourished

Police are seeking information regarding the identity of the man depicted in this sketch, as described by Abigail Hernandez. (New Hampshire Department of Justice)(CONWAY, N.H.) — The family of a teenage girl who disappeared nine months ago before reappearing at her New Hampshire home last week is severely malnourished and not eating solid foods.

“Right now, Abby is resting, extremely tired and in deteriorated health, and has lost a lot of weight. She is working to build her strength back and we hope soon she will be back on solid foods,” the family said in a statement.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Hernandez has reportedly met with investigators every day since she walked back into her Conway, New Hampshire, home on July 20.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect who they believe drove away with her when she was walking home from school on Oct. 9.

“Abigail described the man as having darkish skin, dark brown eyes, black stubble facial hair, and a large build, who was slightly overweight and slightly taller than she was (5-foot-4″),” the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said last week.

She reportedly told investigators that the man was driving a navy blue pickup truck.

They have refrained from releasing any further details about the case because the investigation is ongoing, but they have maintained throughout that they believe one or more individuals were responsible for kidnapping and detaining her for nearly a year.

“We have said from the beginning and we continue to believe that this was a 14-year-old girl who went missing in October,” Associate Attorney General Jane Young told ABC News. “She was gone for nine months. She didn’t have the means to orchestrate and facilitate this on her own.”

Abby has been visited by friends since returning home, some of whom have spoken out about her progress.

“Abby is very thin and weak. We continue to work towards getting her to eat,” her friend Amanda Smith said on the family’s website. “Abby has shown incredible courage thru [sic] this. She is beyond grateful to be home and is just relaxing, resting, trying to get her health back.”

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Caught on Tape: Pilot Erupts with Anger

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — A Delta Air Lines pilot was caught on tape losing his cool when an air traffic controller told him his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway.

“Hey, you know what, we’ll taxi out there anyway we want when you tell us to. I don’t like your attitude,” the unidentified pilot said to the controller on Friday after being told he rolled the plane onto the wrong taxiway at Atlanta’s Hartfield International Airport.

The Charlotte-bound plane was on taxiway L, which controllers call Lima, instead of taxiway M, which they call Mike.

“I don’t have an attitude, sir, I’m just saying its looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike. And I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the controller responded.

“Okay ’cause my God there’s another plane out there it’s like six miles away,” said the pilot. “Your attitude is really something sir, we’re out here on Mike. Good morning.”

“Good morning, there was no attitude I was just trying to correct you. It’s my job to correct you if you mess up,” replied the controller.

“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes but my attitude is not like yours. Route on Mike. And you didn’t tell us how to get there so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot concluded.

While the pilot in question was not joking around, another pilot listening in on the same frequency chimed in to help ease the tension.

“Settle down, ‘Captain Hoppy,’” said the second pilot.

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines told ABC News they are looking into the exchange and that “Delta’s values call for courtesy and professionalism in everything we do.”

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Caught on Tape: Pilot Erupts with Anger

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — A Delta Air Lines pilot was caught on tape losing his cool when an air traffic controller told him his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway.

“Hey, you know what, we’ll taxi out there anyway we want when you tell us to. I don’t like your attitude,” the unidentified pilot said to the controller on Friday after being told he rolled the plane onto the wrong taxiway at Atlanta’s Hartfield International Airport.

The Charlotte-bound plane was on taxiway L, which controllers call Lima, instead of taxiway M, which they call Mike.

“I don’t have an attitude, sir, I’m just saying its looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike. And I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the controller responded.

“Okay ’cause my God there’s another plane out there it’s like six miles away,” said the pilot. “Your attitude is really something sir, we’re out here on Mike. Good morning.”

“Good morning, there was no attitude I was just trying to correct you. It’s my job to correct you if you mess up,” replied the controller.

“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes but my attitude is not like yours. Route on Mike. And you didn’t tell us how to get there so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot concluded.

While the pilot in question was not joking around, another pilot listening in on the same frequency chimed in to help ease the tension.

“Settle down, ‘Captain Hoppy,’” said the second pilot.

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines told ABC News they are looking into the exchange and that “Delta’s values call for courtesy and professionalism in everything we do.”

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Olympian’s Relatives Safe After Getting Lost in the Wilderness

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The brother of a U.S. winter Olympian — along with his three young children — are safe Monday morning after 24 hours lost in the wilderness.

Jared Pikus, brother of skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace, is thankful to be home after spending the night lost in the Idaho wilderness. The group got lost Saturday after leaving a campsite to hike to a nearby lake.

The group couldn’t find its way back.

“I came to a point where I didn’t know where I was,” Pikus said later. “At that time, I had to think about the kids and survival.”

The area was so isolated that there was no cell phone service. The family had only a few bagels to eat and spent the night outdoors, sleeping huddled together under a raft.

While rescue crews combed the area, Pikus-Pace — who lives in Utah — pleaded for support on social media, sharing photos of her family cheering at the Sochi Olympics, when she won a silver medal.

This time, Pikus-Pace said, she felt helpless.

“You want to do something, and there is nothing you can do,” she said.

By Sunday afternoon, Pikus and his children found their way to a road, meeting people who brought them to rescue crews. Despite some mosquito bites and poison ivy rashes, they were otherwise OK, something that left Pikus-Pace relieved.

“We were left to imagine life without them and it was an awful feeling,” she wrote. “We are so incredibly blessed to have them back safe and sound!”

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Olympian’s Relatives Safe After Getting Lost in the Wilderness

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The brother of a U.S. winter Olympian — along with his three young children — are safe Monday morning after 24 hours lost in the wilderness.

Jared Pikus, brother of skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace, is thankful to be home after spending the night lost in the Idaho wilderness. The group got lost Saturday after leaving a campsite to hike to a nearby lake.

The group couldn’t find its way back.

“I came to a point where I didn’t know where I was,” Pikus said later. “At that time, I had to think about the kids and survival.”

The area was so isolated that there was no cell phone service. The family had only a few bagels to eat and spent the night outdoors, sleeping huddled together under a raft.

While rescue crews combed the area, Pikus-Pace — who lives in Utah — pleaded for support on social media, sharing photos of her family cheering at the Sochi Olympics, when she won a silver medal.

This time, Pikus-Pace said, she felt helpless.

“You want to do something, and there is nothing you can do,” she said.

By Sunday afternoon, Pikus and his children found their way to a road, meeting people who brought them to rescue crews. Despite some mosquito bites and poison ivy rashes, they were otherwise OK, something that left Pikus-Pace relieved.

“We were left to imagine life without them and it was an awful feeling,” she wrote. “We are so incredibly blessed to have them back safe and sound!”

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Caught on Tape: Pilot Erupts with Anger

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — A Delta Air Lines pilot was caught on tape losing his cool when an air traffic controller told him his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway.

“Hey, you know what, we’ll taxi out there anyway we want when you tell us to. I don’t like your attitude,” the unidentified pilot said to the controller on Friday after being told he rolled the plane onto the wrong taxiway at Atlanta’s Hartfield International Airport.

The Charlotte-bound plane was on taxiway L, which controllers call Lima, instead of taxiway M, which they call Mike.

“I don’t have an attitude, sir, I’m just saying its looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike. And I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the controller responded.

“Okay ’cause my God there’s another plane out there it’s like six miles away,” said the pilot. “Your attitude is really something sir, we’re out here on Mike. Good morning.”

“Good morning, there was no attitude I was just trying to correct you. It’s my job to correct you if you mess up,” replied the controller.

“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes but my attitude is not like yours. Route on Mike. And you didn’t tell us how to get there so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot concluded.

While the pilot in question was not joking around, another pilot listening in on the same frequency chimed in to help ease the tension.

“Settle down, ‘Captain Hoppy,’” said the second pilot.

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines told ABC News they are looking into the exchange and that “Delta’s values call for courtesy and professionalism in everything we do.”

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