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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.


Norway TV show about Russian 'occupation' irks Moscow

A Norwegian TV channel TV2 image shows actor Eldar Skar (C) playing a fictious police officer during the filming of the TV series "Okkupert" (Occupied) in OsloA television series about Russia's fictional takeover of Norway's abundant oil and gas resources has vexed Moscow, which says it has had enough of being portrayed as an aggressor. The 10-episode series "Okkupert" ("Occupied"), which is to air in Norway starting next month, has ruffled Russian diplomats' feathers amid already existing tensions between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine. "It's definitely very regrettable that in the... 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II, the authors of the series -- as if they had forgotten about the heroic contribution of the Soviet army in the liberation of northern Norway from Nazi occupants -- decided in the worst Cold War traditions to frighten the Norwegian audience with a non-existing threat from the east," Russia's ambassador in Oslo, Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, told AFP in an email.


San Diego firm recalls cucumbers after salmonella outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California company is recalling its cucumbers after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a San Diego woman.
Fire at Washington state Planned Parenthood ruled arson
The blaze was set around 3:30 a.m. local time and caused extensive damage to the front of the structure in Pullman, the Pullman Fire Department said in a news release. Last month, thousands of protesters rallied outside Planned Parenthood locations across the country calling for the federal government to end funding for the health organization. Demonstrators were mobilized to dozens of locations, including Pullman, after an anti-abortion group released videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue.
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