Alabama chief justice denies defying US Supreme Court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood firm Thursday in his position that the state's probate judges should not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a stance he insisted is not in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press

Iran says Saudi strike hits embassy in Yemen; no damage seen

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday accused a Saudi-led coalition of hitting its embassy in Yemen in an airstrike and even though no damage was visible on the building from the outside, the allegation highlighted how the two countries' standoff could endanger the greater Middle East.

  • Written by NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

Radical Israeli rabbis come under fire amid settler violence

JERUSALEM (AP) — A small group of extremist Israeli rabbis who for years have made incendiary remarks against Arabs are drawing criticism from lawmakers and moderate religious leaders after authorities broke up a ring of Jewish extremists accused in a series of attacks on Palestinian and Christian targets.

  • Written by TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

'Affluenza' teen's mom returned to Texas to face charge

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken crash was returned to Texas on Thursday to face a charge of helping her son evade capture.

  • Written by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press