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May 30th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

L.A. Clippers sold to Steve Ballmer for $2B

(CNN) - Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling made clear he wasn't going away Friday, suing the NBA for more than $1 billion for its decision to ban him for life and force him to sell the franchise.

The lawsuit - which was provided to CNN by Sterling's lawyer and wasn't unexpected - marks the latest twist in a case that began last month when TMZ posted a recording in which Sterling made a racist comments. It also comes amid fresh questions about the 80-year-old's mental state, which itself raises the issue of how much control he has or should have with the Clipppers.

Among other allegations, Sterling's camp claims in its lawsuit that the recording that spawned this scandal - and that recording, it says, is the sole base of the NBA charges against him - is against California law and that Sterling never violated the NBA's constitution.

The lawsuit also states that "the forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers threatens not only to produce a lower price than a non-forced sale, but more importantly, it injures competition and forces antitrust injury by making the ... market unresponsive to ... the operation of the free market."

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Filed under: Business • News • Sports • Sterling remarks
May 30th, 2014
08:28 PM ET

Police knew of but didn't watch UCSB killer's earlier videos

What was going on inside the mind of Elliot Rodger, the young man who killed six people, Santa Barbara, California?

One survivor of the rampage who was shot five times outside her sorority house tells ABC News she will never forget Rodger's smirk - just before he opened fire, killing two of her friends.

"I see his face, he smiles at me and then he starts shooting," she said. "He was just he wanted to do this, he looked happy about it."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is facing questions about whether they missed an opportunity to stop the rampage.

Police were aware of Rodger's disturbing videos when they spoke to him last month during a welfare check.

But as Sara Sidner reports, they never watched the videos.


Filed under: California mass killing • Crime • News
May 30th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Company uses surveillance video to track foot traffic

(CNN) - Some residents of Oakland, California, fear their community is creating a monster.

The city calls it the Domain Awareness Center, but opponents call it a "spy machine" and a potential "tool of injustice."

Known as "the DAC," it's a proposed central surveillance facility where authorities can monitor the Port of Oakland and the city's airport to protect against potential terrorism.

But the broader issue of centralized data surveillance poses serious privacy questions for millions of people in cities around the globe.

In March, more than 100 worried Oakland residents waited past midnight to complain about it during a City Council meeting. Standing at the mic, Maya Shweiky, a self-described public school teacher and Muslim, warned lawmakers their proposal would be used to "discriminate against minorities and perpetuate racial, religious and political profiling."

While the council voted on the proposal, rowdy protesters began chanting, "No! No! No! No!"

Council members have proposed expanding the DAC to add live, 24/7 data streams from closed circuit traffic cameras, police license plate readers, gunshot detectors and other sources from all over the entire city of Oakland.

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Filed under: City of Tomorrow • Surveillance • Tech
May 29th, 2014
09:29 PM ET

MH370 search missteps renew anger of family members

The country leading the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says they've been looking in the wrong location all along.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says.

That comes on the heels of the U.S. Navy's bombshell - an official telling CNN that the underwater pings thought to be from Flight 370 are not from this plane.

"I'd have to say at this point, based on all of the imagery data that we've collected and looked at, if that black box were nearby we would have picked it up," says Michael Dean, the U.S. Navy's Deputy Director for Salvage & Diving.

The outrage is pouring in - how could searchers make such a massive error...losing months of time in the hunt for the plane?

Tom Foreman reports.

May 29th, 2014
09:23 PM ET

Montel Williams' solution for VA backlog: Give vets access to active duty hospitals

The calls are mounting for President Barack Obama's veteran affairs secretary to step down.

First, it was just the Republicans. But now, dozens of Democrats are demanding he go.

As of Thursday night, at least 11 Democrats in the Senate and at least 20 in the House say Eric Shinseki must resign.

Are wait times at VA tied to bonuses? Congress wants inquiry

The outrage is growing after an inspector general report pointed to "systemic" problems throughout the VA health care system.

In Phoenix, at least 1,700 veterans waiting to see a doctor were never even put on a waiting list. Some vets died while waiting.

Outfront, longtime talk show host Montel Williams. He spent 22 years serving in the U.S. military before his television career.


Filed under: News • Politics • VA Scandal
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