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Protesters waive a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Same-sex marriage tiff turns to clerk who refuse licenses

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds when she arrived at work Tuesday, blocking the view of several dozen rainbow-clad protesters outside her office who chanted “do your job” and carried signs that read “You Don’t Own Marriage.” Then, at about 8:30 a.m., the newly elected clerk in Morehead, Ky., turned away a local lesbian couple … 0

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce today that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the … 0

Georgia governor: ‘We cannot deny our heritage’

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal said he will not rule out comprehensive changes to state laws that protect Confederate images and commemorate Georgia’s Civil War legacy. But he warned critics of those symbols against sweeping reactions amid the recent uproar over the emblems. “I’m not closing the door on anything. But we have … 0

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the … 0

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches, though blazes appear unrelated

Monday, June 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related. A federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said a Friday fire at a church in South Carolina does not appear to … 0

Greeks hit by closed banks, dire warnings from eurozone

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could … 0

‘Mind-blowing’ flames destroy homes in Wash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away … 0

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Monday, June 29, 2015

PARIS — WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond to the release … 0

SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

Monday, June 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX officials say they will be holding daily meetings with NASA and the Air Force in hopes of quickly determining what caused an unmanned rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station to explode in midair just minutes after liftoff Sunday. Teams of engineers have … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions … 0

A new South? Time will tell if furling the rebel flag means deeper change

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply … 0

Weddings, then a halt in Mississippi

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. — Amber Hamilton and Annice Smith were the first same-sex couple to wed in Mississippi, and nearly the last, at least for a while. About an hour after the pair filled out the requisite paperwork, handed … 0

Woman who removed S.C. statehouse Confederate flag out of jail

Sunday, June 28, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital. Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention … 0