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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Judge Orders Ky. Clerk To Court After She Again Denies Marriage Licenses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Morehead, Ky. — A county clerk who invoked “God’s authority” as she defied the U.S. Supreme Court yet again on gay marriage Tuesday refused to resign and now must face a federal judge who could impose fines or jail time. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis turned away several gay and lesbian couples who sought marriage licenses — some for a …

Veteran Cop, Father of 4 Slain in Ill.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chicago — The Fox Lake, Ill., police officer shot and killed while chasing three suspects Tuesday morning was a 30-year veteran of the force who went by the nickname “G.I. Joe” and was married with four children, according to police and family. “He’s got four sons who are going to have to go on alone,” said Terry Resetar, mother-in-law of the slain officer, …

Obama Takes to Trail on Alaska Trip

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Seward, Alaska — As President Obama makes his biggest sustained public push yet on fighting climate change, he and top aides seem to be realizing that they need their own theatrics. Six months ago, a leading Republican skeptic brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. On Tuesday, Obama saw that snowball, and raised …

High Court Won’t Hear Clerk’s Gay Marriage Case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Kentucky county clerk’s request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the court’s first involvement in a series of legal battles that have erupted since gay couples won the right to marry. The court, without comment, turned …

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and …

More Letters Arriving Late

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year. And that’s as measured against the agency’s own …

College Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

Monday, August 31, 2015

Austin, Texas — Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed Sunday from the limestone pedestals at the University of Texas on which they have stood for 82 years. “This is an iconic moment. It really shows …

School Named for Teacher Killed at Sandy Hook

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new school in Stratford, Conn., has been named after a teacher who died trying to protect her first-grade students. The Victoria Soto School was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday. “To see her name …

EU to Meet in Sept. On Immigrant Crisis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Berlin — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …

Oliver Sacks, Poet Laureate of Medicine, Dies At 82

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature, died Aug. 30 at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. Dr. Sacks — …

Refusal to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Could Go to High Court

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds are asking …

U.S. Prepares Sanctions for China Hacks

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cyber theft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is …

Obama Sets Precedent With Alaska Visit

Monday, August 31, 2015

For nearly a century, Alaska has served as mainly a toe-touch state for presidents. This week, President Obama will change all that. Obama departs today for what will soon be the most extensive Alaska tour in history by …