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Clerk turns away another couple...Stocks plunge again...Pope: Priests can forgive abortion

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.



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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Another same-sex couple has been denied a marriage license by the office of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky. Two other men had been turned away earlier today -- even though the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses. Davis says her office is continuing to deny those licenses "under God's authority." She could be facing contempt charges -- along with fines and jail time.

NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about China's economy are again dealing a blow to Wall Street. The Dow industrials quickly dropped 300 points this morning, following weak manufacturing numbers from China. Stocks around the world have been sharply lower today. Today's declines come a day after U.S. stocks finished their worst month in more than three years.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The fifth suspect in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck on the highway to Vienna last week has been placed under preliminary arrest for up to 30 days. The Bulgarian man, along with three other Bulgarians and one Afghan already in custody, is suspected of cooperating in human trafficking. Authorities say the migrants suffocated in the truck. Since then, both Austria and Hungary have stepped up efforts to crack down on possible smugglers.

CARROLL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania say an officer who was about to be arrested for allegedly staging a jewelry theft has killed himself following a standoff. The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office expects to have more to say today about Susquehanna Police Sgt. Ronald Reinhart Jr. Monday's standoff began in Carroll, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. The theft happened July 25 in Upper Allen, and police believe Reinhart hid the jewelry and tried to frame someone else.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he is letting all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy absolve what he calls the "sin of abortion" if the women seek forgiveness with a "contrite heart." Francis said in letter today explaining his decision that he has met many women bearing "the scar of this agonizing" decision to abort. He said God's forgiveness cannot be denied to those who repent.

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