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Citing God's authority, clerk defies Supreme Court on gay marriages

Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Marriage LicensesInvoking God's authority, a Kentucky county clerk defied the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples - gay or straight - since the court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, the same court rejected Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to deny marriage licenses to gay couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to issue them.


'Concussion' director says no compromises were made for NFL

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013 file photo, director Peter Landesman arrives at the premiere of "Parkland" on day 2 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, in Toronto. A day after its trailer debuted online, the Will Smith football head trauma Sony film “Concussion” is already sparking controversy. In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, the film's director Peter Landesman disputed a New York Times report that "Concussion" was altered to avoid antagonizing the NFL. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film "Concussion" is already sparking controversy.


Missouri executes man who raped, killed teenage girl

Missouri death row inmate Roderick Nunley is seen in a picture released by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsMissouri on Tuesday executed a man who, along with a friend, pleaded guilty to the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, a state corrections department spokesman said. Roderick Nunley, 50, was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the state's death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri, corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said. Nunley pleaded guilty to the murder of Ann Harrison, a Kansas City high school girl who was waiting for her school bus on a March morning when he and accomplice Michael Taylor drove by and decided to kidnap and rape her, according to court papers.


Parents of woman shot in San Francisco file wrongful death claims

Steinle testifies about his daughter's murder during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on U.S. immigration enforcement policies, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe family of a woman shot dead on a San Francisco pier in July filed wrongful death claims on Tuesday against the sheriff and two federal agencies, citing negligence and other errors in the handling of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing her. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down, apparently at random, on July 1 as she walked arm-in-arm with her father along the city's waterfront. A convicted felon who had been deported from the United States to Mexico five times, Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez, is facing murder charges in connection with Steinle's death.


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