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Crews Are Containing Western Wildfires, But More Bad Weather's Ahead

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Interns who host tours on Capitol Hill, stopping at sites like the small Senate rotunda, don't always have their facts straight.

Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. They parade visitors from the rotunda to statuary hall, offering stories and anecdotes.

But while these intern tours provide a great deal of information, they are sometimes a little short on actual history.

Taxi drivers protest against Uber, on-demand car service app, during a 24-hour strike on July 1, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain. They say it undercuts their business and are calling for the government to ban it.

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. The new "share economy" can be a money saver in areas hard hit by the economic crisis, like southern Europe.

But in sunny Spain, authorities are cracking down.

In Barcelona — one of the top destinations for European tourists this summer — police are pulling over and ticketing drivers suspected of using the private taxi app, Uber.

Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

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Photos From Syria May Show 'Killing On An Industrial Scale'

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A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Violating Nuclear Treaty

The Obama administration says Russia has violated a 1987 nuclear pact by testing a ground-launched cruise missile.

An administration official called the matter "very serious" and says the U.S. is "prepared to discuss this in a senior-level bilateral dialogue immediately." The New York Times reports that President Obama notified Russian President Vladimir Putin of the finding in a letter Monday.

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald, during a 2010 Los Angeles Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons.

Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed

A probate judge has ruled that Donald Sterling cannot block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shelly Sterling, his estranged wife, had arranged in May to sell the NBA franchise to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.

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Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at Rhea's Deli and Market. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? I'm calling the police."

Customers can get a tactile experience trying on glasses at Warby Parker's shop in New York City.

It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.

Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.

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