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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Protesters, including Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, plan to show support today for a county clerk in Kentucky jailed over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee also plans a private meeting with Rowan (ROW'-uhn) County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed by a federal judge after defying several court orders.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who control the House and Senate are hoping this week to push through a resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal. Congress gets back into session today and the debate is expected to be bitter and partisan. Senate Democrats are still short of the votes they need to mount a filibuster, but they apparently do have enough votes to block an attempt to override a promised presidential veto. Critics say the deal concedes too much.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading supporter of Syria says it's ready to join regional and world powers in talks about settling the civil war. Iran's president says his country is willing, providing such negotiations can secure peace and democracy. Shiite powerhouse Iran is a major patron of Syrian President Bashar Assad and accuses Sunni rivals and the U.S. of siding with anti-Assad elements.

CROSSROADS, N.M. (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of a largely overlooked side effect of oil and gas production finds that spills of salty wastewater that foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten fresh water supplies can be more damaging than oil spills. And the number of wastewater spills is growing. In seven of the 11 states examined, the amount of wastewater released was at least twice that of oil discharged. Spills number in the thousands.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadline is approaching for the nation's physicians and hospitals to start using a massive new coding system to describe patient visits on insurance claims. It goes into effect Oct. 1. The number of codes will grow from about 14,000 used now to about 68,000. The government says the change should help to better track quality of care, spot early warning signs of a brewing outbreak or look for illness or injury trends.

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