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A protester waives a rainbow flag outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has defied federal court orders to hand out marriage licenses, saying her religious beliefs don't let her endorse same-sex marriage. A judge has ordered her to appear Thursday. If she continues to refuse to follow the law, she could be hit with fines or jail time.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

Friday, September 4, 2015

A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Ky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted that her “conscience …

Prosecutor: Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof to face death penalty

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., 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 support her decision, a prosecutor said Thursday. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Thursday that some crimes are just …

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You …

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon Miles, whose …

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated …

Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thomas Demint’s voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. “I’m videotaping this, sir,” he tells an officer. “I’m just videotaping this.” What’s …

Court orders arrest of 4 men in migrant truck deaths

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria were placed under preliminary arrest Saturday by a Hungarian court. The preliminary arrests will be in place until the suspects …

3 Al-Jazeera reporters sentenced to 3 years in prison

Saturday, August 29, 2015

An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison for broadcasting “false news,” Saturday, sparking international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s presidency. …

38 girls, young women killed in Swaziland crash, says group

Saturday, August 29, 2015

At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to Swaziland’s most famous traditional festival, a rights group said Saturday. An additional 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle Friday, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in …

More ID, bag checks on Europe’s trains after foiled attack

Saturday, August 29, 2015

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday. Bernard Cazeneuve said the reinforced ID and bag …

Suspect arrested in killing of suburban Houston deputy

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Authorities said Saturday they arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station. The Harris County …

Convict in 1971 murder wants to appeal latest trial ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially …

Cousin of drug kingpin sentenced to 16 years in prison

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison. Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, 54, cousin of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who …