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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Same-sex couples repeatedly turned away by a Kentucky county clerk who refused to give them marriage licenses will return on Friday. And they may be successful because the chief clerk in Rowan (ROW'-uhn) County is behind bars. A federal judge said Thursday that he had no choice but to cite Kim Davis for contempt. She told the court God's law conflicts with her duties.

PARIS (AP) — French investigators have formally confirmed that a washed-up piece of airplane debris found in July on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is a part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The part is called a flaperon. The Boeing 777 disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge says he'll rule on Friday on whether the suspect charged with murder in a San Francisco pier shooting must stand trial. The judge has already refused to toss out the confession of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sancho. His lawyers argued during a preliminary hearing that police arrested him because he was homeless. The shooting triggered a national debate over immigration because Lopez-Sanchez was previously deported five times to his native Mexico.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will release August jobs numbers on Friday. According to data provider FactSet, analysts have forecast that employers produced a healthy increase of 220,000 jobs last month. Such a gain would extend a hiring streak that has added an average of 243,000 jobs a month for the past 12 months. July's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train is back in his native California. Spencer Stone arrived Thursday night at Travis Air Force Base, near Sacramento. Stone and his pals subdued the gunman on a high-speed passenger train speeding through Belgium on Aug. 21.

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