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In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Vatican: Pope Francis’ encounter with Kim Davis not a form of support

- Associated Press

The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position.”

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In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2015, Bethany Hughes shows six tattooed footprints on her foot that represent countries she has lived in. Growing up with missionary parents has fostered a wandering spirit in Hughes, who plans to spend five years in an attempt to become the first woman to trek from the southern tip of South America to the northern tip of Alaska all by non-motorized means. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Walking the Americas: Woman preps for 5-year trek

- Associated Press

The night before Bethany Hughes started on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada, she was so wired that she kept rifling through her bags.

Artist to write play inspired by Beatrice's historic events

- Associated Press

The current artist-in-residence at the Homestead National Monument of America is including bits of Beatrice history in a play for potential national use called "The Awakening Land: Stories of National Expansion and the Homestead Movement."

In fighting Islamic State, man finds his cause

- Associated Press

Shrouded in darkness and silence, the small squad of soldiers hiked down a mud-slathered mountain along the Syrian border with their rifles and little else.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2015 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 17, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, at Nationwide Children's Hospital's Research Institute Building, Sarah Denny, the hospital's attending pediatric physician, speaks during a news conference held by a coalition opposing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical reasons and recreational use. The proposed amendment, known as Issue 3, lays out a regulatory and taxation scheme for cannabis and creates a network of 10 authorized growing facilities. (Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

News Guide: Key elements of ballot question to legalize pot

- Associated Press

Ohioans will decide in the Nov. 3 election whether to legalize marijuana for medical reasons and recreational use, a vote that could shift the state from entirely outlawing pot to allowing it for all uses.

Motawi Tileworks updates mural at Ann Arbor headquarters

- Associated Press

The Motawi Tileworks office might be a little out of the way, but for people who do make the trip to west of Ann Arbor, the mural on an outside wall of its headquarters is as much of an attraction as the company's distinctive tiles.

Golf Capsules

- Associated Press

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 7-under 65 at St. Andrews to take a three-stroke lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

San Diego mayor meets with Goodell, 3 influential owners

Associated Press

In a continuing effort to keep the Chargers from leaving for the Los Angeles area, Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three influential owners that San Diego "is absolutely an NFL city."

File-This March 14, 2009, file photo shows Louisville's Andre McGee cutting down the net after the championship game of the Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament. Louisville said Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Pitino mum, questions continue about escort allegations

- Associated Press

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has apparently said all he plans to say for now about the troubling allegations outlined in a book by an escort that has led to a sex scandal looming over his men's basketball program.