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Prosecutors: Church Shooting Suspect to Face Death Penalty

The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers during a Bible study will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday.


Judge Jails Kentucky Clerk for Refusing Marriage Licenses

A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses ...

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Texas Abortion Clinics Appeal to Supreme Court

Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.


Los Angeles City Council Poised to Vote on 2024 Olympic Plan

A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate.


UNESCO Chief: IS Destruction of Syrian Temple 'Intolerable'

Islamic State militants in Syria committed an "intolerable crime against civilization" by destroying the Temple of Bel, one of the ancient world's most iconic monuments, the head of the U.N. ...


Pope: Priests in Holy Year Can Absolve 'Sin of Abortion'

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 ...

Civil Rights

Black Lives Matter Movement Experiencing Growing Pains

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of ...


Federal Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk and Her Staff to Court

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 ...


Senate Panel Denies School Funding Group's Records Request

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' email and other correspondence are not public records that are subject to disclosure, the Mississippi Senate Rules Committee said Monday.

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Analysis: Detailed State Agency Budgets Available Online

The Legislative Budget Office now provides information on the budget process, spending requests and budget terminology.


Alaska-Bound, Obama Renames America's Tallest Peak

Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided ...


Syrian Official: Amount of Damage at Palmyra Temple Unclear

A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel caused the ...


Naked, Body-Painted Bicyclists Ride Through Philadelphia

Thousands of bicyclists in various stages of undress have pedaled their way around the city to promote fuel conservation and positive body image.


Suspect in Ambush of Houston-Area Deputy Due in Court

A man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more ...


Judge is Asked to Block Ban on Adoption by Gay Couples

Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.