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American Civil Liberties Union Says Rowan County Failed to Comply With Previous Court Orders

September 22, 2015 KID News

Ty Wright/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk’s office failed to comply with previous orders from a district court to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The ACLU said it filed a motion in Kentucky District Court.

“The motion argues that the significant alteration of licenses at the directrion of Ms. Davis – having a deputy sign them as a notary public rather than as a deputy clerk, removing any reference to the Rowan County clerk’s office, and stating that they are issued pursuant to court order – violates the court’s September 3 order directing Ms. Davis and her deputies to issue licenses and its September 8 order that released Ms. Davis from jail under the condintion that she not interfere with the process,” according to a press release from the ACLU.

Kim Davis’ attorneys responded saying, “Kim Davis has made a good faith effort to comply with the court’s order and has not prevented the issuance of marriage licenses by Deputy Clerks.”

Liberty Counsel plans to file a reply to the ACLU’s motion.

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Navy Jet Crashes, Pilot Ejects Safely

September 22, 2015 KID News

Stocktrek Images(FRESNO, Calif.) — A Navy jet crashed on Monday afternoon and the pilot was able to eject safely.

A single seat Navy jet, assigned to the Naval Air Station Lemoore, crashed just south of the Operations Side of the installation, according to a release from the Naval Air Station Lemoore.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the crash and the crash is under investigation.

The name of the pilot was no immediately released for privacy reasons.

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Tells ABC News She’s Been Called ‘Hitler’ and ‘Homophobe’

September 21, 2015 KID News

Ida Astute/ABC(MOREHEAD, Ky.) — Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said she’s been called Hitler, a hypocrite and a homophobe, she told ABC News’ Paula Faris Monday in an interview in Morehead, Kentucky.

“What people say about me does not define who I am. That’s everybody’s opinion and that’s everybody’s right,” Davis told ABC News.

Davis said she’s been “called Hitler, I’ve been called [a] hypocrite, I’ve been called a homophobe.”
“I’ve been called things and names that I didn’t even say when I was in the world. Those names don’t hurt me,” Davis said. “What probably hurt me the worst is when someone tells me that my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian.”

Davis’ attorney, Mathew Staver, was also present for the interview.

Earlier this month, Davis was jailed for nearly one week after she refused a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky, including to same-sex couples.

When Davis returned to work one week ago, she said she wanted her name and title removed from the licenses being issued by her office. Davis has since filed appeals to try to delay a judge’s mandate that she issue marriage licenses to all couples.

See more of Paula Faris’ interview with Davis Tuesday on “Good Morning America” and “The View.”

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Blast Levels Texas Home; Gas Leak Probed

September 21, 2015 KID News

WFAA-TV(WAXAHACHIE, Texas) — At least three people were hospitalized Monday with severe burns after an explosion in Waxahachie, Texas, that leveled a house and damaged others.

“We heard a boom,” one neighbor said. “We went out to look and things were flying around.”

The explosion, which occurred around 8 a.m. on Monday, left at least nine other homes damaged, mostly by flying debris. Two homes “sustained major damage,” according to the Red Cross and several residents were treated for minor injuries, a city spokeswoman said.

“[It’s] nothing short of a miracle, no one was killed here,” said Fire Chief Ricky Boyd, who called a natural-gas leak “the chief suspect.”

Gas company Atmos Energy said its crews were working with local authorities to determine the cause of the explosion.

“As part of normal operating procedures when Atmos Energy is called to the scene of an incident, we work closely with our first responders to make the area safe and then conduct leak surveys in the area to identify if gas was involved. At this point it is too soon to tell what caused this incident,” said Jennifer Altieri of Atmos Energy.

Fire authorities said that residents in the area has been evacuated indefinitely but were being allowed into their homes with officers to get necessary items.

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‘Surprising’ Uptick in Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border in August, White House Says

September 21, 2015 KID News

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — There has been a spike in the number of people illegally crossing the Southwestern US border in August, including a significant uptick in unaccompanied children, ABC News has learned.
Unaccompanied children crossing the border saw an unprecedented increase last year, but since then the government has increased resources at the border.

It even launched a “Dangers Awareness” campaign in Central American countries, which served to drive the numbers down until last month. The majority of children crossing have been coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“We have seen…in the month of August, a surprising uptick, and it still is below — far below the levels that we saw at the peak last year,” White House Press secretary Josh Earnest said. “In August, the numbers decline because of the weather patterns. Instead, we saw a — an increase. So that is something that is concerning.”

Compared to last year, as of July, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border along Texas, where the mass apprehensions occurred last summer, has seen an overall decrease of 61 percent.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to release the new numbers Monday afternoon.

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9-Year-Old Boy Donates Birthday Money to Buy Bulletproof K9 Vests

September 21, 2015 KID News

805promo/iStock/ThinkStock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A nine-year old boy in St. Paul, Minn., is being recognized for making a thoughtful decision beyond his years.

Fourth grader Ethan Flint asked his friends and family to forgo buying him birthday gifts and instead use the money to help provide bulletproof vests for the St. Paul Police K9 Foundation, according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV .

Ethan’s mother, Jennifer Flint, told KSTP-TV they wanted “to do something that he was interested in and give to a cause that he believed in.”

Ethan presented the K9 Foundation with a homemade check for $1,290, KSTP-TV reported.

“This kid has a heart of gold,” St. Paul Police Department Spokesman Steve Linders told ABC News.

Ethan’s gift will be combined with a donation from a restaurant to purchase two vests, said Linders.
ABC News could not immediately reach the Flint family for comment.

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House Explosion in Texas Injures Three People

September 21, 2015 KID News

iStock/Thinkstock(WAXAHACHIE, Texas) — At least three people were injured following a house explosion south of Dallas Monday morning.

The blast reduced a home in the town of Waxahachie to a pile of brick and lumber. Nine other homes were also damaged, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV.

Among those injured, two were flown by helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, while another was treated at the scene, WFAA reports.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

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‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Trial Delayed for Court of Appeals Ruling

September 21, 2015 KID News

iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — A judge has delayed the start of the trial for two girls charged with stabbing their friend 19 times, allegedly to please a fictional character named Slender Man, pending a decision from the Court of Appeals on whether to try them as adults instead of juveniles.

Judge Michael Bohren announced he would take the cases against teenagers Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier off the October calendar.

Prosecutors did not object to a stay in the district court proceedings while awaiting the court of appeals decision.

Bohren scheduled the next pre-trial hearing for Sept. 30.

Judge Bohren ruled in August that the girls would go to trial in adult court.

If the girls are convicted in the adult court system, they could each face up to 65 years in prison.

Morgan and Anissa were both 12 years old when they were arrested on May, 31, 2014, after allegedly stabbing their then-12-year-old friend Payton Leutner 19 times and leaving her in the woods in their hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Payton was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries and survived.

Prosecutors have said that both Morgan and Anissa were obsessed with the fictional character Slender Man, who is often depicted in fan fiction stories online as a horror figure who stalks children.

In August, a Wisconsin court entered not guilty pleas on behalf of the two teens after their lawyers declined to do so.

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‘Baby Doe’ Case: Mother, Boyfriend Expected to Appear in Court

September 21, 2015 KID News

Suffolk County District Attorney(BOSTON) — The mother of the young girl found dead inside a trash bag in Massachusetts earlier this summer and her boyfriend are expected to appear at an arraignment Monday in connection with the child’s death.

The girl found dead on Deer Island in June and nicknamed “Baby Doe” by authorities was a girl named Bella Bond, authorities said. Her case captivated the country, and computer composites used in an attempt to identify her were viewed by millions.

A man named Michael McCarthy, 35, was arrested and charged with Bella’s murder, authorities said Friday. The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, was charged as an accessory after the fact, authorities said.

McCarthy allegedly caused Bella’s death intentionally and he and Bond are also accused of keeping her death a secret to avoid prosecution, authorities said.

McCarthy is Bond’s boyfriend, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. McCarthy’s relationship to Bella is not clear, authorities said. The identity of Bella’s father was not released and he was not accused of wrongdoing.

Bella Bond was about 2 1/2 years old when she died, authorities said. She lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a Boston neighborhood about 14 miles from Deer Island where her body was found.

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Man Accused of Opening Fire During Alabama Church Service

September 20, 2015 KID News

Selma Police Department(SELMA, Ala.) — A man is in custody after allegedly opening fire during a church service.

A gunman in Selma, Alabama opened fire at Oasis Church on Sunday leaving three people injured, including a woman, a baby, and a pastor.

Selma police have charged 26-year-old James Minter with three counts of attempted murder.

Selma Police Lieutenant Curtis Muhannad said Minter’s motive for the shooting was his involvement in a domestic dispute for visitation rights. The shooter intended to attack his son’s mother, but the church pastor tried to stop Minter, and got shot in the leg.

Minter is now in police custody at Dallas County jail, said Selma police.

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