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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.


Black Keys frontman offers fresh take with new band

Dan Auerbach, US guitarist and vocalist of The Black Keys, performs during the 23rd edition of the Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix-Plouguer, France, July 17, 2014As frontman of The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach's raw, hard-driving guitar defined the sound that made the duo among the biggest rock acts of the past decade. Releasing an album on Friday under the new name The Arcs, Auerbach has drifted into a greater variety of influences including soul and psychedelia. Auerbach insists that the debut album by The Arcs, entitled "Yours, Dreamily," is not just a continuation but instead an exploration with a new set of musicians.


Rubio, on stump in Puerto Rico, says island needs new leadership

Republican presidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio participates in "Restoring American Leadership: A Conversation with Senator Marco Rubio" at the 3 West Club in New YorkRepublican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told residents of Puerto Rico on Friday the island needed new political leadership as it grapples with its fiscal crisis, but protection under bankruptcy laws would not solve the U.S. territory's problems. "I believe the Puerto Rico government has the ability to solve its own issues," Rubio, a Cuban-American, told a crowd in San Juan, speaking in Spanish. "What you need is new political leadership that has the courage and willingness to do the right and needed reforms." Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in June the U.S. territory could not afford to pay its debts, totaling $72 billion, and called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its debts under the U.S. bankruptcy code.


Videos a focus of probe into Illinois policeman's slaying

Police officers salute at a vigil for slain Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in Fox LakeInvestigators in northern Illinois on Friday pieced together several videos to build a visual timeline around the fatal shooting of a veteran policeman while a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the culprits. Hundreds of law enforcement officers for a fourth day searched the region of Fox Lake, located about 60 miles (97 km) north of Chicago near the Wisconsin border, for three men suspected in the Tuesday's shooting of Fox Lake police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52. The videos come from various sources, including transportation department cameras at nearby traffic intersections, businesses and residences, Lake County Major Crime Task Force Commander George Filenko told a news conference.


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