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Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:31 a.m.

• Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, who was pulled over July 16 and given a $154 ticket for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit in her hometown of Wasilla, joked with TMZ that she wasn't speeding, she was "qualifying."

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Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner, center, arrives at the funeral service of her brother, the 43-year-old New York City man whose death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct, at Bethel Baptist Church, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Legislators knock U.S. Iraq response

Shiite lawmaker Mohammad Taqi al-Mawla, center, speaks to the media in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday. Since 2003, Iraq's political parties have agreed to assign the position of president to a Kurd, prime minister to a Shiite and speaker of parliament to a Sunni. The next president will task someone with forming a new government, and whoever can assemble a majority coalition will become the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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