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- During Holy Year, Priests Permitted To Forgive Women Who Had Abortions
Pope Francis announced that priests will be able to offer absolution to women who've had an abortion. The policy, in place for a year, is part of a Holy Year of Mercy that starts in December.
- Prisons In California To Limit Number Of Inmates In Solitary Confinement
Advocates are hailing the court settlement that they say could lead the way to ending widespread solitary confinement and other harsh treatment of prisoners in the state's corrections system.
- How The Iran Vote Is Engineered To Pass
When Congress votes on the deal this month, it will be considered under rules that favor the president, even if his opponents gain a majority.
- As More Adults Pedal, Their Biking Injuries And Deaths Spike, Too
Hospital admissions caused by bike injuries have more than doubled in the past 15 years across the country. One doctor thinks the "Lance Armstrong effect" could be a reason for the jump.
- Kentucky Marriage License Dispute 'Up To Courts,' Governor Says
"I have no legal authority to relieve her of her statutory duty by executive order or to remove her from office," Gov. Steve Beshear says of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.
- U.S. Stock Markets Tumble By Nearly 3 Percent As China Worries Renew
The Dow Jones index is now down nearly 10 percent in 2015, after falling 469 points Tuesday to close at 16,058.
- CNN Just Found A Way To Get Carly Fiorina Onto The Debate Stage
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO had been fighting CNN's criteria for the September presidential candidates debate. Now, she might get her way and make it into the network's main event.
- Former Police Chief In S.C. Sentenced To House Arrest Over Unarmed Man's Death
More than a month after his second trial on murder charges ended in a mistrial, former Eutawville, S.C., police chief Richard Combs agreed to plead guilty to misconduct in office Tuesday.
- Law Professor: Davis Can't Evoke Religion To Deny Marriage Licenses
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Columbia Law professor Katherine Franke about Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Kentucky's Rowan County, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance
The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
- Mob Museum Unveils FIFA Corruption Exhibit
A new exhibit about FIFA's recent corruption is on display at the Las Vegas museum of contemporary organized crime.
- Texas Strives To Lure Mental Health Providers To Rural Counties
About 3 million people in Texas don't have a mental health provider in their county. A new loan repayment program may not be enough to lure them to the state's rural areas.
- Economic Concerns Fuel Campaign To Save The Sage Grouse
Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well.
- Obama Asks Congress To Fund New Coast Guard Icebreakers
President Obama is in Alaska calling for Congress to fund the construction of new Coast Guard icebreakers. The president said the Arctic is growing in importance, and the Coast Guard's icebreakers aren't keeping pace with the challenge. The Coast Guard has two heavy icebreakers, down from seven during World War II.
- Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court Ruling In Denying Marriage Licenses
A county clerk in Kentucky refused to issue any marriage licenses Tuesday, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that compelled her to issue licenses to same-sex couples.