Clerk's resistance to gay marriage lands her in jail

ASHLAND, Ky. - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

Asian shares mixed as U.S. jobs report looms, ECB soothes 10:41pm EDT

SINGAPORE/TOKYO - Asian shares were mixed on Friday as caution about a U.S. jobs report jostled with signals from the European Central Bank that it is willing to take further steps to shore up the European economy.

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

From a watery death, back home to Syria

MUGLA, Turkey - A Syrian refugee child drowns at sea, leaving behind a distraught father and a searing image. His story is emblematic of a crisis that has spiraled out of control.  Full Article | Related Story 

In this file photo, Thai soldiers guard the Army Club in Bangkok on May 22, 2014 during a meeting of rival political factions chaired by army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who later that day announced he was seizing power. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thai junta hits royal critics with record jail time

BANGKOK - A recent 60-year sentence, the harshest of its kind in Thailand's history, is part of a dramatic rise in arrests for offending the dignity of the monarch. The crackdown has been enabled by sweeping powers the military granted itself after a May 2014 coup.  Full Article 

Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up prior to a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brady takes the air out of the NFL's sails

Tom Brady triumphed over the National Football League when a federal judge threw out his "Deflategate" suspension, clearing the way for the New England Patriots star quarterback to play in next week's season opener.  Full Article | Video 

Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film "Star Wars" are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

'Star Wars' fans abuzz with 'Force Friday' toys

A hamster-sized BB-8 droid and an updated Millennium Falcon spacecraft were as some of the most talked-about new "Star Wars" toys as stores opened for first sales of merchandise for the upcoming movie "The Force Awakens."  Full Article 

China trims troops

Chinese soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping plans to cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two.  Full Article | Video 

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

Scientists from the University of Cambridge build a robotic 'mother' that designs and builds its own 'children', assessing them to improve the performance of the next generation. Matthew Stock reports.

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