Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.

  • Written by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

Hong Kong pro-democracy protest draws tens of thousands

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the southern Chinese city's streets for an annual pro-democracy protest march Friday, as tensions persisted over the high-profile case of a bookseller secretly detained in the mainland.

  • Written by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press

Heavy rains, landslides kill at least 18 in northern India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Torrential rains triggered heavy floods and landslides that poured down hills in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, killing at least 18 people by Friday and destroying dozens of homes, officials said.

  • Written by BISWAJEET BANERJEE, Associated Press

Investigators: US lab worker in Colorado faked test results

DENVER (AP) — A worker at a federal laboratory in Colorado intentionally manipulated test results for years, possibly tainting research that includes toxic metals in the Everglades, uranium near the Grand Canyon and coal in Afghanistan, investigators say.

  • Written by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press