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Kentucky clerk jailed for denying same-sex marriage licenses

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ASHLAND, Ky. - A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was held in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday and sent to jail.

South Carolina to seek death penalty in Charleston church massacre

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina prosecutor will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is charged with the June murders of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church, court documents showed on Thursday.

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Judge tosses Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' NFL suspension

NEW YORK - Tom Brady triumphed over the National Football League on Thursday 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. | Video

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U.S. report cites poor police response during Ferguson unrest

- Police forces need more training and other improvements to avoid a repeat of mistakes made in response to last year's race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a U.S. Justice Department report issued on Thursday.

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U.S. judge dismisses civil rights suit against Arizona sheriff

PHOENIX - A federal judge has approved a deal between the U.S. Justice Department and Arizona's Maricopa County to resolve accusations of civil rights abuses and dismissed the department's lawsuit against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies.

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Colorado man charged with felonies for shooting black bear cubs

DENVER - A Colorado homeowner who allegedly shot two black bear cubs, killing one and wounding the other so severely that it had to be euthanized, was charged on Thursday with two felonies that could send him to prison, prosecutors said.

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U.S. suspects more freed Guantanamo inmates returned to battlefield

WASHINGTON - The number of detainees freed from the U.S. Guantanamo detention camp who are suspected of "re-engaging" with militant groups overseas increased over the first six months of 2015, the Obama administration said on Thursday.

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Students at Washington's Howard University complain about mold, rats

WASHINGTON - Officials at Howard University on Thursday met with students who have been complaining about rats, mold, high tuition and other issues at the school, one of the oldest historically black U.S. colleges.

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Remains in fire pit are from missing Ohio teenager, sheriff says

CLEVELAND - Human remains found in a fire pit are those of an Ohio teenage girl missing since July, and a man charged with tampering with her dead body is also suspected of involvement in her disappearance, police said on Thursday.

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Longtime L.L. Bean head Leon Gorman dies at 80, company says

PORTLAND, Maine - Leon Gorman, former president and chairman of family-owned L.L. Bean Inc, Maine's trademark outdoor gear and clothing company, has died of cancer, the company said on Thursday. He was 80.

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