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Kentucky clerk's office ends ban on same-sex marriage licenses

Booking photo of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis provided by the Carter County Detention Center in GraysonDeputies of a county clerk in rural Kentucky issued marriage licenses to four gay couples on Friday after she defied a federal judge's orders for months because as a Christian she opposes same-sex unions. With Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning, her deputies issued a marriage license to James Yates and William Smith on Friday.

Aretha Franklin reacts to blocking screening of documentary

FILE - In a March 4, 2015, file photo, singer Aretha Franklin is interviewed after a taping for American Idol XIV at The Fillmore Detroit. A federal judge in Denver on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, blocked the scheduled screening at the Telluride Film Festival of the film “Amazing Grace,” which features footage from 1972 of a Franklin concert, after the singer objected to its release. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DENVER (AP) — Aretha Franklin is expressing her relief after a federal judge blocked The Telluride Film Festival screening of a documentary about a 1972 concert without the singer's consent.

Redmayne in top form in transgender 'The Danish Girl'

Cast member Redmayne poses at the premiere of "Jupiter Ascending" at the TCL Chinese theatre in HollywoodBy Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - So the question that will arise -- if only jokingly -- with the premiere of the transgender movie "The Danish Girl" on Saturday at the Venice Film Festival is should Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne win another for best actor or best actress? The British actor, who won his first Oscar this year for his portrayal of the British physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything", turns in another astounding performance as the gender-conflicted Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener. This one is not sensationalist, but when you consider what Redmayne has achieved by the end of almost two hours of running time, you realize he has made something extraordinary seem inevitable and acceptable.

Total Port Arthur refinery halts coker ops after worker killed
Total SA said coker operations were halted at the company's 225,500 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Saturday following the death of a contract worker. Production at the refinery has been cut back due to the operations halt on the coker, where the worker, an employee of Kinder Morgan Inc's nearby petroleum coke terminal, was killed early on Saturday, said sources familiar with plant operations. Both Total and Kinder Morgan confirmed the death and said regulatory agencies along with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department had been notified.
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