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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

China's leadership fans smoldering antipathy toward Japan

- Associated Press

By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates - including with a massive military parade - the victory over Japan 70 years ago.

1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies

- Associated Press

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

- Associated Press

A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still.

Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully announces he will return to broadcast his 67th, and last baseball season in 2016, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Vin Scully: 2016 will be final season in booth for Dodgers

- Associated Press

Vin Scully said Saturday that 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise.

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka talks during a news conference outside of the federal building in Newark, N.J.  Anti-violence advocates and community members have swarmed a block in Newark's South Ward for 24 hours with the hopes of creating a cease-fire against the city's spike in gun violence. The "24 Hours of Peace" event started at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 and will go through 6 p.m. Saturday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Newark holds '24 Hours of Peace' amid surge in violence

- Associated Press

Yoga devotees and hip-hop music fans were among the thousands who flooded several blocks of New Jersey's largest city on Saturday with the hopes of creating a cease-fire against the city's spike in gun violence.

Birmingham couple opens their home to share love of music

- Associated Press

For Birmingham native Matt Waldrep, there are only two things to know about Birmingham's music scene: The first is that Birmingham has good art, and the second is that Birmingham deserves good art. Everything else, he says, revolves around making sure neither is lost.