The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples has asked an appeals court to let her continue her stand until a lawsuit against her is decided. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, due back at work Monday after six days behind bars, has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and her attorneys have said the 49-year-old woman will not violate her conscience when she returns to work. In her absence, deputy clerks have been issuing licenses and have said they would continue to do so.
The so-called Butte Fire has destroyed 15 homes in rural Amador and Calaveras counties, where it covers an estimated 64,728 acres (26,195 hectares), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynn Tolmachoff said. Separately, authorities ordered the entire community of San Andreas of more than 2,700 people to evacuate on Friday, but lifted the order when flames headed away from town.
A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who was wounded by a stray bullet on Monday is still in critical condition, officials said on Saturday, after police released surveillance video of two armed suspects fleeing the scene of the shooting. The video, released late Friday as detectives seek to identify the suspects, shows two men apparently armed with handguns running into a building in Brooklyn, where the shooting occurred. Carey Gabay, 43, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Monday before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's struggling quest to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics. Frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house those still held.
By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department on Friday released a security camera video showing ex-tennis star James Blake being tackled, thrown to the ground and handcuffed by an undercover officer in a now infamous case of mistaken identity. The incident occurred as Blake, formerly the world's fourth-ranked player, was calmly standing by the entrance of a midtown Manhattan hotel, waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Open. Blake, 35, standing alone by the entrance of the Grand Hyatt hotel on 42nd Street on Sept. 9, was rushed by the officer who gave no warning or identification.
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A security guard at Washington's Union Station on Friday shot a man who had allegedly stabbed a woman, in an isolated incident, police said. "We believe this is a domestic-related incident," Metropolitan Police Department's Jeff Brown told reporters, adding that both the man and the woman were being treated at area hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening. "Obviously with this being 9/11 fears were heightened." Security had been beefed up around the U.S. capital on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers in New York and the Pentagon.