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Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president's health overhaul. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the overhaul specified ...

A protester waives a rainbow flag outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has defied federal court orders to hand out marriage licenses, saying her religious beliefs don't let her endorse same-sex marriage. A judge has ordered her to appear Thursday. If she continues to refuse to follow the law, she could be hit with fines or jail time.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Clerk in gay marriage case to appear in federal court

The county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly defied court orders by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is set to go before a federal judge Thursday and could be held in contempt. Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. ...

Edgar Orea, left, and Dwayne D. Beebe-Franqui argue on the steps of the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Orea, a supporter of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and Beebe-Franqui a supporter of same sex marriage were waiting for the arrival of Kim Davis in Federal Court. Davis and her deputy clerks have been summoned to a hearing Thursday before Judge David Bunning. Davis stopped issuing licenses to all couples in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The Latest: Clerk may have entered courthouse by rear door

The latest on the county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (all times local): 11:20 a.m. As hundreds of protesters gathered at the courthouse, there was no sign of the Kentucky clerk who was summoned to appear before a ...

Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil

The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. ...

House Dems ask pope to address poor, environment in US visit

House Democrats are pushing Pope Francis to address the minimum wage, hunger and the environment in his historic speech to Congress later this month, hoping his embrace will give momentum to three party priorities. In a letter to the pontiff, 94 House Democrats lauded Francis' schedule during his six-day U.S. ...

SAT scores lag, majority of takers miss college-ready mark

Continuing a downward trend, the latest scores from the SAT college entrance exam show a majority of students taking the test aren't ready for college-level work or career-training programs. A report released Thursday from the College Board also finds overall student performance on the SAT lagging for the Class of ...

1 Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter hard landing

A heavy-lift military helicopter landed harder and faster than normal during a nighttime training exercise in North Carolina, killing one U.S. Marine and injuring 11 others, the military said. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter made the hard landing at Camp Lejeune around 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release ...

FILE- In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage moves along the West Drive in New York's Central Park. Security will be tight along the route Pope Francis travels through the park as he makes his way to Madison square Garden to celebrate mass on Saturday, September 25. The pope’s visit to New York City later this month will likely raise security issues and costs to new heights in a city where protecting a dignitary is an art and a point of pride. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues

Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm. That day, Francis is to address world leaders at the United Nations, preside over a service at the 9/11 memorial, do ...

This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows VonTrey Clark. The former Austin, Texas, police officer sought in the Feb. 4 murder of his pregnant girlfriend was extradited Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, from Indonesia to the United States. (Austin Police Department via AP)

Former Austin police officer charged in girlfriend's death

A former Texas police officer has been extradited from Indonesia and charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend in Austin. VonTrey Jamal Clark arrived at an Austin airport late Wednesday and was booked into the Bastrop County Jail, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Clark, 32, is ...

A sky lantern is released during a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting. (John Starks/Daily Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

False report jolts investigation into Illinois officer death

A false report sent dozens of officers scrambling through a cornfield at night in hopes of finding the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a northern Illinois police officer, officials said Thursday, as the manhunt entered a third day. The report came from a woman who phoned police late ...

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