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Court Strikes Down Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban

But ruling on hold pending appeal

(Newser) - You can put yet another mark in same-sex marriage's win column, because a federal judge in Kentucky just struck down the state's ban on same-sex couples marrying in the state. The ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution by treating gay couples differently than straight... More »

McConnell Trounces Tea Party Challenger

In Georgia, Michelle Nunn wins the Democratic primary for Senate

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dispatched his Tea Party challenger with ease tonight, and first-time candidate Michelle Nunn won the Democratic nomination for a Senate seat in George once held by her father, Sam Nunn. On a six-state primary night, Alison Lundergan Grimes easily captured the Democratic nomination to oppose McConnell... More »

Rand Paul Clears First Kentucky Hurdle in Bid for White House

State senate says he can run for president and US Senate at same time

(Newser) - If Rand Paul does indeed run for president in 2016, he's got the vexing matter of a state law in Kentucky to contend with first. Paul has made clear that even if he runs for the White House, he intends to run for reelection to his US Senate seat,... More »

Kentucky AG Won't Appeal Ruling in Favor of Gay Marriage

So governor will hire outside counsel

(Newser) - An unusual turn of events today on gay marriage in Kentucky: The state's attorney general held an emotional, even tearful news conference in which he announced that he will not appeal a federal judge's ruling that the state must recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal... More »

Rand Paul Prods Kentucky to Tweak Law

So he can run for president, Senate simultaneously

(Newser) - Oh, the difficulties faced by Rand Paul: He's considering running for president in 2016 but would like to run for re-election to the US Senate at the same time, just in case, and he's not sure Kentucky law currently allows him to do so. So he's asked... More »

Snake-Handling Pastor Killed by Snake Bite

Jamie Coots refused medical help after snake sunk its teeth in

(Newser) - A snake-handling pastor in Kentucky died yesterday after he was bitten during a church service and refused medical attention—not an unusual attitude for a snake-handling pastor, apparently. Jamie Coots, who starred in the National Geographic show Snake Salvation, went home after being bitten by a poisonous snake and told... More »

Gas Line Explosion Leaves 60-Foot Crater in Kentucky

Destroys 2 homes, sends 2 people to hospital

(Newser) - An underground gas line in rural southern Kentucky exploded early today, sending two people to the hospital and destroying two homes, a county official said. The explosion happened around 1am in a hillside about 100 feet off the road and left a crater 60 feet around. One person was hospitalized... More »

Judge: Kentucky Must Recognize Gay Marriages

Court rules state's ban unconstitutional

(Newser) - Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, a federal judge ruled today, striking down a 2004 amendment to Kentucky's constitution. "It is clear that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them," Judge John Heyburn said, citing the... More »

40-Foot Sinkhole Eats 8 Corvettes at Museum

Hole opens up, cuts power

(Newser) - A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum's Sky Dome this morning, swallowing eight cars. The sinkhole opened sometime before 5:30am, cutting off power to the landmark in Bowling Green, Ky., by 5:39am, the Courier-Journal reports. That set off a fire alarm, but when emergency... More »

Heater Caused Fire That Killed 8 Kids, Mom

Victims found huddled together, may have tried to escape out window

(Newser) - Police have found the cause of a devastating house fire that killed eight children and their mother in western Kentucky yesterday. An electric baseboard heater ignited "some nearby combustibles" in a bedroom where most of the children, aged 4 to 15, were sleeping, police tell the Courier-Journal . LaRae "... More »

9 Members of Family Believed Killed in Fire

Kentucky blaze struck home where couple lived with 9 kids

(Newser) - Tragedy for a family in western Kentucky: Authorities believe as many as nine people were this morning killed in a house fire there. Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler says 11 people lived at the home in Muhlenberg County, and two were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,... More »

Noah's Ark Park in Danger of Sinking

Feel like buying $29M in unrated municipal bonds?

(Newser) - A Noah's Ark theme park set to break ground in Kentucky in March could soon be crushed—not by a mountain of water, but by a lack of investor interest, Bloomberg reports. Building a full-scale ark replica at the biblical Ark Encounter park—set to open in April 2016—... More »

Miracle Cat Found Alive in Rubble of Burned Shelter

Many other animals died in the blaze

(Newser) - A Kentucky animal shelter burned to the ground last Friday with 60 animals inside, about half of whom died in the blaze—but nearly a week later, a miracle. Freckles, a 1-year-old cat, was found in the rubble of the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter, WKYT reports. She was found by... More »

Al-Qaeda Bombers Came to US as Refugees

Their fingerprints were found on Iraq IEDs

(Newser) - A pair of Iraqi bomb-making experts who boasted about killing American soldiers made it into the US as refugees because of apparent bungles with background checks—and authorities fear there could be dozens of similar cases, ABC finds. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were allowed to settle in... More »

Schools Forbid Postgame Handshakes: Too Many Fights

Handshake lines turning violent in Kentucky

(Newser) - Sportsmanship seems to be struggling in Kentucky: The governing body for high school sports in the state has told schools to stop having organized handshakes after games because the practice has led to dozens of fights over the last few years, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Students can still shake hands... More »

Gay Couple: Give Us Spousal Privilege in Murder Trial

Geneva Case doesn't want to testify against Bobbie Jo Clary

(Newser) - Geneva Case has been subpoenaed to testify against her partner, Bobbie Jo Clary, in a Kentucky murder trial starting at the end of this month. If Case and Clary were in a heterosexual marriage, Kentucky couldn't force Case to take the stand—but since they are a gay couple... More »

Rare Ray Killed in Aquarium Mating Gone Wrong

Male shark ray bites female in the abdomen

(Newser) - A "freakish" mating accident cost the life of a rare shark ray, just days after a Cincinnati-area aquarium acquired her, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The unnamed female, who arrived at the Newport Aquarium on July 17, was apparently killed when a male attempted to mate with her, a process... More »

Coming to Louisville: Fancy KFC

'KFC eleven' will ditch Colonel Sanders, chicken on the bone

(Newser) - In an effort to appeal to the 20- and 30-somethings who prefer Chipotle and Panera to McDonald's and Burger King, KFC is tossing out the bones and the quaint image of founder Col. Harland Sanders as it gets ready to test a slightly more upmarket restaurant. The fried chicken... More »

Reid, McConnell Feud Startles Chummy Senate

Senate leaders get personal over filibuster rules, 2014

(Newser) - Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have spent a combined 60 years in the Senate, and they've generally had an amicable relationship—but no more. Sticking points include the Democrats' attempt to oust McConnell in 2014; a super PAC led by former Reid aides is working against the minority leader... More »

After Ky. Officer Ambushed, Threats of More Cop Killings

FBI, state police investigating

(Newser) - Police in Bardstown, Kentucky, are living under a dire threat: The police department chief says he received a letter Thursday warning that "there were more officers that would go down like the first one"—"one" being an apparent reference to Officer Jason Ellis, who was shot to... More »

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