A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail on Thursday after she defied the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling by refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, NBC News reported.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis that she would stay in jail until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis replied "thank you" before she was led out of the courtroom.
Lawyers for four couples who sought marriage licenses from her but were turned down urged the judge "to impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous to compel Davis' immediate compliance without further delay."
Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses a few hours after the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in June, saying she's following "God's word" and that granting licenses to gay couples would violate her religious convictions.
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Police say three people have been shot and one of them has died near a baseball field by the campus of Sacramento City College.
A federal judge in Manhattan struck down the four-game suspension that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received as punishment for the deflategate scandal. Judge Richard Berman of U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York made his decision after settlement talks between the National Football League and the NFL Players Association failed. Berman had said he hoped to make a decision in time for Brady to prepare for his team’s season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.
The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers during a Bible study will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The documents said prosecutors would pursue the death penalty against Dylann Roof, 21, because more than two people were killed, and that others' lives were put at risk.
Prosecutors also said they intended to present evidence on Roof's mental state, adult and juvenile criminal record and other conduct, as well as his apparent lack of remorse for the killings.
American Catholics are markedly tolerant of non-traditional families, with large majorities open to divorced, single, unmarried and gay parents, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for a meeting on families. Although nine in 10 U.S. Catholics say a family headed by a married mother and father is ideal, most said other types of families are acceptable and for some of those surveyed, as good. Eighty-seven percent are okay with single parents, 83 percent with divorced parents, 84 percent with unmarried parents and 66 percent with gay parents.
French authorities confirmed Thursday the Boeing 777 wing part found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion in July is from the missing MH370 flight.
Investigators were able to match a serial number on the flaperon with parts used to make the doomed Malaysia Airlines plane, NBC News reported.
The barnacle-encrusted fragment is the first confirmed piece of wreckage from the flight, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.
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More Americans will take to the streets and skies this Labor Day weekend than last year, in a continuation of recent travel trends.
According to the AAA Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast, 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, a 1 percent increase from 2014 and the fourth consecutive year of growth in Labor Day travel.
Aylan Kurdi was the Syrian toddler in the photo of a small lifeless body on a Mediterraneon beach that sent shock waves around the world, according to NBC News.
The photo was emblematic of the desperate and deadly struggle refugees face to reach Europe.
A friend of the family, Mustafa Ebdi, told NBC News he had spoken to the boys' grieving father, Abdullah. Ebdi said Abdullah told him the family was trying to cross to Greece on Tuesday when their boat capsized and that his wife and two of their children — Aylan and Ghalib — had perished. Abdullah survived. The family was from the countryside outside of Syria's city of Kobani, Ebdi added.
"The things that happened to us here, in the country where we took refuge to escape war in our homeland, we want the whole world to see this," Abdullah told reporters, according to Reuters. "We want the world's attention on us, so that they can prevent the same from happening to others. Let this be the last."
Serious questions are being raised about a medical device implanted in thousands of Americans at risk for blood clots — including whether the manufacturer told all it knew about potentially fatal flaws. An NBC News investigation has found at least 27 deaths have been associated over the course of a decade with the Recovery filter, a spider-shaped apparatus that is inserted into the largest vein in the body to stop blood-clots from reaching major organs. Government data shows approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been reported with the Recovery, which was sold by C.R. Bard, a New Providence, New Jersey-based medical devices manufacturing company, from 2003 to 2005 until it was replaced with a modified version under a different name. Bard officials declined NBC News' requests for interviews but in a statement said all its filters have been "appropriately cleared by [the] FDA based on required and accurate documentation and that when used as instructed they demonstrate "significant benefits to patients."
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A Guatemalan judge has issued an unprecedented order to detain President Otto Perez Molina in a fraud scandal that has engulfed his government, dealing the most serious blow yet to entrenched political corruption in the Central American country.
The order is not for arrest, but for Perez Molina to declare before Judge Miguel Angel Galvea, who granted the request Wednesday from Attorney General Thelma Aldana, she told Canal Antigua television.
The president will have to appear on accusations of illicit association, fraud and receiving bribe money in a customs fraud scandal that has already led to the jailing of his vice president and the resignation of some Cabinet ministers.
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The Migration Policy Institute reports that Mexico's apprehensions of child migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - collectively known as the northern Triangle - are expected to increase, while such apprehensions by the U.S. are dropping sharply.
Meanwhile, Mexico's deportations of Central American child migrants - greater than the U.S. for a number of years _ also are growing so that this year Mexico deportations of Central American children are expected to be 12 times those of the U.S., compared to double in 2014, institute researchers said.
As a result, migrants who in the past made it to the U.S. border and appeared in U.S. apprehension data, are now intercepted and show up in Mexico's statistics. Mexico includes all children in its data not just those that are unaccompanied, which the U.S. tracks as a separate category.
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A former Tesla engineer is facing charges for allegedly accessing his former manager’s work email, then posting confidential information from the account online, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nima Kalbasi, 28, a former mechanical engineer with the Palo Alto-based company, appeared in federal court in Northern California for the first time on Thursday. He was indicted on two counts of felony computer intrusion.
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A Texas State University student is taking social media by storm with the way she's responded to losing her license and car after a DWI. According to MySanAntonio.com, Tara Monroe's license was automatically suspended after she refused a breathalyzer test when she was pulled over after a concert. Her father was none too pleased with the DWI and took away her car, according to the report.
Protecting Pope Francis when he travels to the United States later this month will be a particularly arduous task for the Secret Service and other security officers given this pontiff’s spontaneity and propensity to plunge into crowds. But vigilance has to be balanced against allowing access because Francis’ purpose in visiting is to be with the people who throng to see him.