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Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hundreds gathered awaiting the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who has been ordered to appear in federal court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Ky. clerks to license marriages as boss jailed

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted …

Hungary lifts blockade on trains

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into the main Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian …

SC church shooting suspect to face death

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study will face a death penalty trial, even though not all the victims’ families agree with capital punishment, a prosecutor said Thursday. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Thursday that some crimes …

Japan to hunt whales off northern coast

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TOKYO — Japan will hunt whales off the northern island of Hokkaido this week with plans to catch up to 51 minks despite international criticism, the government said Wednesday. The Fisheries Agency said the coastal whaling is aimed at contributing to resource management by looking into whale’s ecology …

Advocates hail California agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement

Thursday, September 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reform groups are hoping a landmark settlement to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California state prisons will soon spread. “There is still much work to be done to end solitary confinement both in California …

Earth’s tree count: 3 trillion

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes. A United Nations-affiliated youth group had a goal of planting one billion trees and Yale forestry …

Hungarian government bars migrants from trains

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU’s passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of …

Ill. police seek 3 after officer slain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake …

Obama takes stock of melting Alaska glacier

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SEWARD, Alaska — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a …

Ky. clerk remains defiant on gay marriage

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Invoking “God’s authority,” a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. …

Iran deal gets key support

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal are on the cusp of clinching the necessary Senate votes to keep the contested agreement alive and hand President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory, in spite of …

Pope offers absolution for ‘sin of abortion’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this …

Decision to kill ‘aggressive’ black bear draws deluge of protests

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Gregory B. Hladky The Hartford Courant (TNS) HARTFORD, Conn. — Despite a wave of protests, state wildlife experts Monday were still hunting a “bold and aggressive” black bear they plan to kill in response to a potentially dangerous encounter the animal had with a hiker in Burlington. …