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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 …


Pope: Priests in coming Year of Mercy can absolve 'sin of abortion'


Homicide rates are rising sharply in many U.S. cities


  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. Rio head vows to introduce viral testing in Olympic waters


    LONDON — Olympic organizers pledged Tuesday to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.

  5. Man who got life in pot case freed


    Man who got life in pot case freed

    A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades. Family, friends, supporters and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey, 62, as he stepped out of the Jefferson City …

    Beirut, Lebanon Garbage crisis grows Lebanese antigovernment protesters shout slogans during a clash with riot police outside the Environment Ministry on Tuesday. Security forces dragged a number of protesters out of the ministry, where they were staging a sit-in to demand the minister’s resignation over the failure to collect garbage. The protests that erupted last month have evolved into the most serious demonstrations in Lebanon in years. Garbage has been piling up since the government closed the city’s main landfill without finding a replacement.