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Clerk is freed...Pope changes annulment process...Possible lead doesn't pan out

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 8, 2015 at 1:01 p.m.



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GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage has been released from jail. Kim Davis had been behind bars since Thursday on a contempt of court charge. She emerged this afternoon to hundreds of supporters outside the jail. They sang "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America." The same federal judge who had ordered her to jail granted her release today and warned her not to interfere as deputy clerks in her office issue the licenses. But her lawyer is refusing to say whether or not Davis will interfere.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — There's been a dramatic change in the process for annulling marriages in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is allowing a new fast-track procedure -- handled by the local bishop -- that can be used when both spouses request an annulment or don't oppose it. And he's removing the automatic appeal that had gone into effect after the annulment decision was made, even if neither spouse wanted it. Francis says the changes aren't meant to help end marriages -- but instead are meant to speed up and simplify the process so that the faithful can find justice.

ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — Authorities in Hungary are trying to defuse tensions at the country's southern border with Serbia, by sending buses to take migrants and refugees to a nearby registration center. But there are many more on the way. A steady stream of people has been seen trying to approach Hungary for entry into the European Union. Earlier today, refugees who were frustrated at being trapped behind a police line began pushing, and police shoved back. One man was hurt in a stampede.

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Investigators say three men who were seen in a video from a home near where a northern Illinois police officer was fatally shot were not involved in the slaying. The announcement by the leader of the task force investigating last week's killing of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz (GLIHN'-uh-wihts) puts to rest what authorities said was a promising lead into the identities of the suspects. He says investigators questioned the three men in the video and are confident they were not involved in the slaying.

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (AP) — Police near San Antonio, Texas, say it will take at least a week to finish the investigation of two high school football players accused of ramming into a referee during a game. A police sergeant in Marble Falls says prosecutors have indicated they would be receptive to filing charges if that is what the investigation indicates. He says the charges could be for misdemeanor assault.

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