Kentucky

Clerk's lawyers appeal jailing

Attorneys for the Kentucky clerk who was jailed last week because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said they have filed an emergency motion with a federal court that they hope will result in Kim Davis' freedom. The filing seeks to have Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear accommodate Davis' "religious conviction," Liberty Counsel said. The same injunction request was denied last month.

Louisiana

3 cases may tied to outbreak

Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, said the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego made a voluntary recall of "Limited Edition" brand cucumbers, which are produced in Mexico.

Afghanistan

U.S. accused of friendly fire

An airstrike by international forces killed at least 11 members of Afghanistan's counternarcotics police force and wounded four in Helmand Province, Afghan officials said. Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, denied international involvement.

Turkey

Airstrikes attack insurgents

The Turkish military carried out airstrikes against Kurdish insurgents, a day after what appeared to be the deadliest assault since the breakdown in July of a fragile peace process with the Turkish state. The military put the death toll at 16, with six wounded, but a website close to the Kurdistan Workers' Party said 31 soldiers had been killed.

India

28 die in lightning strikes

At least 28 people, many of them agricultural workers in fields, were killed by lightning when storms lashed southern and eastern India, officials said. Sunil Pawar, a scientist, said that Sunday's death toll in Andhra Pradesh was the highest he had heard of from a storm on a single day.

France

France weighs strikes in Syria

France will send reconnaissance flights over Syria beginning Tuesday and is considering airstrikes in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, President Francois Hollande said, calling it necessary to fight against the "terrorism and war" that have left Europe vulnerable to attack. The United States is leading a coalition of countries that has spent the past year striking at ISIL militants, but has made little progress in meeting President Obama's goal to "degrade and destroy" the group. Holland tied his announcement to two growing sources of concern: the threat of attacks by Islamist militants radicalized directly in Syria or indirectly by contacts there, and the mounting crisis that has seen thousands of Syrians make their way to the Continent in search of safety.

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