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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses Tuesday in Morehead, Ky. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue the licenses, calling it a “heaven or hell decision.”

Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

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. "It is not a light issue for me," Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later through her la …

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  1. Q&A: Here's what you need to know about the European migrant crisis

    World

    The architects of the European Union set out decades ago to create an alliance free of national obstacles to the movement of people and the products of their labor.

    Migrants gather outside the closed Eastern Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday after they were not allowed to board trains bound for Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. [Zoltan Mathe | MTI via AP]
  2. A dead baby becomes the most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

    World

    Twelve migrants thought to be Syrian refugees were feared to have drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday after the boats carrying them sank. A number of bodies washed ashore on a beach in the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, probably connected to the disaster.

    A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a  migrant child after a number of migrants died and a smaller number  were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday. [Associated Press | DHA]
  3. Wills of millions of Americans now available online at ancestry.com

    Nation

    BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter.

    This undated public document from Massachusetts probate records provided by ancestry.com, shows a portion of Daniel Webster's will. A three-year digitization project by the genealogical research firm will make available online, starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, wills and probate records of about 100 million Americans from the Colonial era to the beginning of the 21st century. [Massachusetts Probate Records/ancestry.com via AP]
  4. Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Democrats amass enough votes

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory Wednesday after securing enough votes in the Senate to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, which has come under intense criticism from Republicans and some Democrats.

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning to keep President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress. Mikulski declared the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. [Associated Press]
  5. Study finds link between carbonated drinks, higher risk of heart attacks

    Nation

    Next time you're thirsty and pop into your local convenience store to buy a drink, choose carefully. Yet another study has found links between soda and negative effects on your health.