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Monday News Brief: 7.7.2014

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Feel like you missed what was happening this week in the midst of the Fourth of July hoopla? No worries, here are the top stories to keep you in-the-know this Monday.

According to authorities, Iraqi officials are working on deciphering the authenticity of a new video that surfaced depicting what may be a top militant. The video is said to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State group, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Mosul. If valid, it will be the first public appearance for the wanted militant leader.

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit southern Mexico and Central America early Monday morning. The aftermath is still being assessed, but at least two people are dead and dozens of homes are damaged.

Today, the dispute over the Clippers ownership heads to court. The trial will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife has the authority to negotiate the deal to sell the team.

Recent studies by Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research found that an estimated 20% of college-bound seniors abandon their plans to attend college after high school graduation.

Called the “summer melt” by education researchers, it’s “the precarious time when some college-bound students fall through the cracks, at risk of abandoning their higher education plans entirely.” Schools are working to ensure college-bound students stay on track over the summer.

Yesterday, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win his second Wimbledon championship. The defeat prevented Federer from winning his 8th historic Wimbledon title and launched Djokovic into the #1 spot in the ATP rankings.

“I already have seven. It’s not like I need another one,” Federer said. “But it would have been awfully nice to have it. I think that’s what the feeling was of the people, and I felt that.”

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