Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis talks with David Moore after refusing to issue marriage licenses at the courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Kentucky Clerk Denies Marriage Licenses

The high court on Monday rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request, based on religious objections to same-sex marriage, that she continue to be excused from issuing marriage licenses. On Tuesday, she refused to issue any marriage licenses.

Jonathan Franzen is also the author of Freedom and the essay collection How To Be Alone. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO hide caption

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Author Interviews

Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything'

The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

Mourners strew petals on the body of Shwetang Patel, 32, who is alleged to have died in police custody after riots broke out across the state of Gujarat. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

An Angry Young Man Leads Protests Against India's Affirmative Action

At 22, Hardik Patel is challenging the system of reserving jobs and college slots for socially and economically challenged castes. He's drawing crowds of 500,000 — and tensions are rising.

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President Obama and Michelle Obama went a little Troop Beverly Hills at a Girl Scout campout on the South Lawn earlier this summer. We doubt survivalist Bear Grylls is going allow the president to bring those lanterns on their trek. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

5 Skills President Obama Will Need To Survive A Day With Bear Grylls

While in Alaska, President Obama will be a guest on a survival show that takes celebrities into the wilderness to eat mice, rappel off cliffs and more.

People who don't get enough sleep show higher levels of inflammation, say scientists who study colds. Smoking, chronic stress and lack of exercise can make you more susceptible to the viruses, too. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Corbis hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.

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Global food giant Nestle is among several major employers that have announced increases in family leave benefits this year. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Business

Boosting Family Leave Is Often About Getting Workers To Stay

Nestle, Netflix and Microsoft are among several major employers that have announced big increases in family leave benefits this year. The moves are seen as essential as companies compete for talent.

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As different as their backgrounds were, and even their approaches to judging, when it came to women's rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) and Sandra Day O'Connor were allies. Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption

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Author Interviews

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

According to a new book, the women were not friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

There are about 400,000 greater sage grouse left on the landscape, spread across 11 Western states, from California to North Dakota. That's a fraction of what their numbers were just a century ago. Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Environment

Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide by the end of the month whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. Many groups, including some oil and gas firms and a conservation group, don't want that to happen.

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It's All Politics

After Government's Greenlight, Commercial Drones Set To Take Off

The FAA has granted 1,300 permits that allow commercial firms to operate drones for everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But there's concern over some recent close calls.

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Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, says she wants to develop more creative solutions to the state's toughest public health challenges. Annie Fiedt/Alaskan Public Media hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

Valerie Davidson spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon on nights and weekends with her family, who belong to one of Alaska's 11 native cultures.

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