• Today in History

    Today is Monday, October 5, the 278th day of 2015. There are 87 days left in the year.

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  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, photo, Alabama Probate Judge Nick Williams laughs in a court room at the Washington County court house in Chatom, Ala. Williams, also a Baptist minister in Washington County, is among those who have stopped issuing any marriage licenses.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama’s all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.

  • In this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, the Vatican distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their Sept. 24 encounter at the Vatican's embassy in Washington "should not be considered a form of support of her position." Davis, an Apostolic Christian, spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    Vatican: Pope met with gay student, partner in Davis twist

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only “real audience” Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.

  • Today in History

    Today is Saturday, October 3, the 276th day of 2015. There are 89 days left in the year.

  • The Latest: Virginia executes serial killer

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of a convicted serial killer in Virginia. All times local:

  • In this  Aug. 12, 2015 file photo Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.   Kane faces a new charge Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 that stems from evidence found during an execution of a search warrant at her office Sept. 17. Kane was previously charged with perjury, conspiracy and other counts. Prosecutors say she leaked confidential information from a 2009 grand jury probe and then tried to cover it up. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Pennsylvania attorney general charged with 2nd perjury count

    COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Pennsylvania’s attorney general, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office.

  • Judge dismisses rooftop clubs’ lawsuit against Chicago Cubs

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Chicago Cubs by rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

  • This undated photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows inmate Alfredo Prieto. Virginia is poised to execute Prieto, a serial killer, who claims he’s intellectually disabled using lethal injection drugs from Texas because the state’s supply of another controversial drug will expire the day before the execution is supposed to take place. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)

    Judge calls for hearing hours before Virginia execution

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A scheduled court hearing for a Virginia inmate’s challenge of the drugs the state plans to use to put him to death was canceled Wednesday, and an order temporarily blocking Alfredo Prieto’s execution remained in place.

  • The Latest: Court hearing on Virginia execution is canceled

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the planned execution of a convicted serial killer in Virginia (all times local):

  • Lawsuit claiming DEA paid New Mexico man in crack tossed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a New Mexico man who says federal agents wrongfully supplied him with crack cocaine, reigniting his addiction to the drug.