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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. Wills of millions of Americans now available online at


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

    This undated public document from Massachusetts probate records provided by, 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/ via AP]
  2. Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Democrats amass enough votes


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

    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]
  3. Study finds link between carbonated drinks, higher risk of heart attacks


    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.

  4. The media's love-hate relationship with Donald Trump


    Donald Trump has a few thoughts — well, a lot of thoughts; this is Donald Trump, after all — about the news media. He likes reporters, he says. Except the ones he doesn't.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions from reporters after speaking at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies on Saturday in Nashville.
  5. To make sure birds don't mar parade, China deploys monkeys


    New York Times

    HONG KONG — The Chinese government has countless worries about mishaps that might besmirch its quest for a perfectly staged military parade.