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Clerk defies U.S. high court, denies gay marriage licenses

- A Kentucky county clerk, defying a new U.S. Supreme Court decision and citing "God's authority," rejected requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Tuesday in a deepening legal standoff now two months old. | Video

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Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent, two more die from wounds in Kiev protests

KIEV - A fragile truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding on Tuesday as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.

World, Russia 10:31am EDT

Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama's White House despite holding no formal government position.

Politics, U.S. 12:52pm EDT

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

U.S., Environment 11:40am EDT

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

Russia, Tech, Cybersecurity 1:19am EDT

China stock probes send shivers through investment community

SHANGHAI - Investigations by Chinese authorities into wild stock market swings are spreading fear among China-based investors, with some unsure if they are simply helping with inquiries or actually under suspicion, executives in the financial community said.

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University of Tulsa cleaning up small radiation spill at research campus

OKLAHOMA CITY - The University of Tulsa is working to clean up what it is calling a minor spill of a radioactive chemical on its research campus and is having 21 people who may have been exposed to the cesium-137 undergo medical evaluations, school officials said on Tuesday.

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Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra: U.N

BEIRUT - Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. | Video