Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Clerk Denying Gay Marriage Licenses to Face Judge
Kim Davis, the county clerk in rural Kentucky who has become a national symbol after resisting the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, will appear at 11 a.m. Thursday before a judge to explain why she has refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples. She has said that granting licenses to gays and lesbians violates her religious convictions. Read more in NEWS.
2. Syrian Toddler Found Drowned on Beach ID'd
The toddler whose lifeless body on a Mediterranean beach sent shockwaves around the world has a name: Aylan Kurdi. Pictures of Aylan ricocheted across social media — hailed as emblematic of the desperate and deadly refugee struggle to reach Europe — and were plastered on international front pages on Thursday. Read more in NEWS.
3. Obama Secures Votes for Nuclear Deal With Iran
President Barack Obama has secured the support of 34 Senate Democrats for the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring sufficient backing to sustain his veto of any legislation aimed at derailing the agreement. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday announced that she's supporting the deal. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Second Video Brings ‘Clarity’ to Texas Police Shooting
Questions were raised over the shooting of Gilbert Flores, 41, in San Antonio after footage was posted online appearing to show him raise his hands before being shot. Now, a second video has emerged that offers "more clarity" about the Aug. 28 incident, a local district attorney said. Read more in NEWS.
5. Ex-Hillary Clinton Staffer to Plead the Fifth in Email Scandal
Bryan Pagliano, who worked for Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and at the State Department, was a staffer who helped set up her private email server. He is vowing to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Manhunt Tip for 3 Suspects in Cop Slaying Deemed False
A sighting of suspicious men in an Illinois corn field near the hunt for three suspected cop killers was made up — and the woman who invented it has been charged, police said early Thursday. Read more in NEWS.
7. Obama Tackles New Frontiers in Alaska
He isn't just traveling to places no president has gone before — Obama is doing things no president has done before when it comes to technology and social media, as he hopes to get his message out on climate change. His itinerary Wednesday included a selfie with TV star Bear Grylls. Read more in POLITICS.
Iowa man Courtney Holmes is on a mission to help kids read, and as a barber, he's bartering with them by offering his services for free.