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Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to recognize gay marriages
By Steve Bittenbender ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt then elicited a pledge from five of her six deputies to issue the licenses. The 49-year-old woman, who has emerged as a darling of social conservatives, has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:51:22 -0400
South Carolina to seek death penalty in Charleston church massacre
A sign is pictured at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting, outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonSouth Carolina will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is charged with the June murders of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church, a state prosecutor said on Thursday. The 21-year-old Roof, who is white, has been accused of gunning down his victims, members of a Bible study group at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, because it was a nationally known historically black church. "This was the ultimate crime and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment," Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said at a news conference.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:55:55 -0400
Judge tosses Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' NFL suspension
News ImageBy Joseph Ax and Steve Ginsburg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tom Brady triumphed over the National Football League on Thursday when a federal judge threw out his "Deflategate" suspension, clearing the way for the New England Patriots star quarterback to play in next week's season opener. In a setback for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the judge in New York vacated Goodell's decision in July to uphold Brady's four-game suspension over his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the Patriots' January playoff victory.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:05:11 -0400
30,000 additional tickets for pope events in Philadelphia, but questions remain
News ImageAnother 30,000 tickets will be made available for events during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia later this month, but many questions remain.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:20:40 -0400
Former Clinton aide will not testify in House probe, lawyer says
A former U.S. State Department information technology staffer who worked for Hillary Clinton is refusing to testify before U.S. lawmakers probing the former top diplomat and the 2012 attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya, according to a letter sent by his lawyer to Congressional investigators. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was secretary of state at the time of the attacks, in which four Americans were killed. A Republican-led House of Representatives Select Committee is investigating the incident as well as Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:05:31 -0400
Efforts underway in case of detained U.S. journalist: Iran lawmaker
Efforts are underway that will hopefully resolve the case of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was arrested over a year ago and charged with espionage, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Thursday. Rezaian's lawyer was quoted by Iranian media on Aug. 10 as saying that a verdict in his trial could be issued within a week, though so far no verdict has been announced. The Post has dismissed the charges as "absurd" and urged the U.N. Human Rights Council to help secure his release. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:04:57 -0400
30,000 more tickets for pope events in Philadelphia, but questions remain
News ImageAnother 30,000 tickets will be made available for events during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia later this month, but many questions remain.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:04:35 -0400
Rock-throwing that injured teacher results in jail sentences
News ImageLEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) Three young men apologized to their victim on Thursday after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars for throwing a rock from an interstate overpass, striking the woman in the head and causing her severe brain damage.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:04:27 -0400
Leon Gorman, LL Bean's grandson and company leader, dies
News ImageFREEPORT, Maine (AP) Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:03:56 -0400
Pope Francis to participate in 2 parades during Philly visit
News ImagePope Francis will participate in two parades during his visit to Philadelphia later this month, organizers announced on Thursday.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:58:20 -0400
ACLU wants feds to withhold funds from LAPD for body cameras
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Police Department's effort to equip officers with body cameras has run up against an unlikely obstacle the ACLU of Southern California.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:56:13 -0400
Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:54:16 -0400
Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil
COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated and cleaned up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:53:07 -0400
Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty
News ImageCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) 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.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:51:07 -0400
2nd man charged in death of ex-officer's girlfriend in Texas
News ImageDALLAS (AP) A man authorities say conspired with a former Texas police officer to kill the patrolman's pregnant girlfriend has been charged with capital murder, according to court records and law enforcement officials.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:50:49 -0400
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