• 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. Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States. Vatican officials did not respond to an email asking for comment early Wednesday, Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he approves of how she’s waged her fight, experts said Wednesday.

  • Judge: Family’s lawsuit against Stewart stays in central NY

    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart over the death of a driver he ran over during a race will remain in central New York.

  • Scolari pays $3.4M back taxes from time as Portugal coach

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Luiz Felipe Scolari has paid 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in back taxes from when he was Portugal coach between 2003 and 2007, the Portuguese authorities have announced.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Russia says warplanes hit Islamic State and coordinated with US, denying criticism

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, accompanied by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, right, walks to the House to vote on a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved the stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December.

  • In this image made from video provided by Homs Media Centre, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes by military jets in Talbiseh of the Homs province, western Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. U.S. officials and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces. (Homs Media Centre via AP)

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

  • In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver, in Denver. Republican presidential candidates seem to be drawing this lesson from Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 campaign, don’t promise to balance the budget while cutting taxes. Romney’s vow led Democrats to accuse him of planning to effectively raise middle class taxes while dramatically cutting those for the wealthy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    GOP field: Tax cuts for all, don’t worry about consequences

    DENVER (AP) — Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney’s tax plan as a giveaway to the rich.