Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- 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, Kentucky....
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Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began....
Father of dead boys: 'All I want is to be with my children'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- He is one among many, far too many. But the plight of one boy, washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach, has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II....
Young nurse asked to adopt newborn after mom dies of Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The 19-year-old mother clutched her newborn son as she arrived at the Ebola holding center. The child's father was gone, and she had no family to help her. She knew she was dying....
Rock-throwing that injured teacher results in jail sentences
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Three young men apologized to their victim on Thursday after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars for throwing a rock from an interstate overpass, striking the woman in the head and causing her severe brain damage....
2 papal parades, more passes available after ticket outcry
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After an outcry over plans to keep most of Pope Francis' audience at his biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away, organizers Thursday announced the pontiff will parade through downtown twice and said they would set aside 30,000 tickets for the public to get a closer view....
Court rules investigators can examine US Rep. Fattah's email
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal criminal investigators out of his personal email, a federal appeals court ruled....
Philly electricians' leader Dougherty to head trades council
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- John Dougherty, a leader of Philadelphia's politically powerful electricians' union, is taking on a new title....
1st of Tanzanian albino kids with missing limbs goes home
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kabula Nkarango Masanja returned home to Tanzania with a new American prosthetic arm replacing the limb that was chopped off with a machete by followers of African witchcraft....
Police seek man who threw officer down 40-foot embankment
NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities were on the lookout Thursday for a man who jumped a police officer as she approached his vehicle and threw her down a 40-foot rocky embankment....
Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues
NEW YORK (AP) -- Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm....
Judge frees Facebook preschool threats suspect until trial
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A federal judge has freed a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man until he can be tried on charges he made Facebook threats to kill preschool children....
Former sports gear execs sentenced in school fraud scheme
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former executive of a sports gear company was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison Thursday for his role in a scheme that federal prosecutors said defrauded high schools in New Jersey and elsewhere by inflating invoices and forging fake bids from competitors....
Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said....
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to surrender in a battle over who can and can't be wed. She invoked "God's authority" Tuesday as she defied a series of federal court orders and once again denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After the Supreme Court's landmark decision on same-sex marriage in June, Davis announced she would issue no more marriage licenses. County taxpayers pay Davis $80,000 as the elected clerk.
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