Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.



Safarova joins US Open seeds casualty list

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic reacts after her loss to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine during their women's singles US Open match on September 1, 2015 in New YorkLucie Safarova joined the US Open seeds casualty list on Tuesday when the Czech left-hander became the fourth top-10 player to lose in the first round. Sixth-seeded Safarova slipped to a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, the woman she beat in the semi-finals in New Haven just last week. Safarova, the French Open runner-up, joins seventh seed Ana Ivanovic, eighth-ranked Karolina Pliskova and Carla Suarez Navarro, the 10th seed, in failing to get out of the first round.



MTV spreads out its awards show to get more viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV boosted the viewership of its annual Video Music Awards, this year hosted by Miley Cyrus, with a little help from its friends.
Walker, in office since 25, denies he's a career politician

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Greenfield, Iowa. Walker denies he’s a career politician, even though he’s been in elected office since he was 25 years old. The 47-year-old Republican presidential candidate says in an interview with CNBC that he believes a career politician is "somebody who's been in Congress for 25 years." (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he's a career politician — even though he has been in elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22.



Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

Pope Francis arrives to attend a prayer on the occasion of the World Day of the Creation's care in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Pope Francis declared on Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart," saying he is acutely aware some feel they no other choice but to abort. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, saying Tuesday he realizes some feel they had no choice and making their path toward forgiveness simpler.





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