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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has barred priests from performing sacraments for people in same-sex marriages. Above, Paprocki testifies against an Illinois same-sex marriage bill in 2013. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

The silver carp captured Thursday in Illinois just downstream of the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. The carp weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long. Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hide caption

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'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

Brandon E. Banks and his attorney Katie Hagan listen during his trial June 19 in Nashville. The jury on Friday convicted Banks of rape and sexual battery. Lacy Atkins/AP hide caption

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Third Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty in Rape of Unconscious Student

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

Andy Slavitt was in charge of running the federal agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act from 2015 to 2017. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About The GOP Health Care Plan

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan

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Movie Interviews

'Big Sick' Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness, and boy's Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.

'Big Sick' Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

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Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer, testifying on the seventh day of his retrial in Hamilton County Common Pleas earlier this month at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Cara Owsley/AP hide caption

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Judge Declares Mistrial, Again, In Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

Gary Koivu and his wife Kim came to StoryCorps to talk about Koivu's friend Vincent Chin. Chin died 35 years ago, and his death became a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been

The Detroit resident's violent death become a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Thirty-five years later, his friend Gary Koivu recalls their final night together.

His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (right) walks with spokesperson Andrew Wyatt during deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial earlier this month at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Lucas Jackson/AP hide caption

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Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

Ozzie Ling, manager of Shanghai's Yingyi Golf Club, says government inspection squads will sometimes visit his club to inspect their computers, looking for wayward government officials who might be guests of the club. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy, but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the cross hairs of China's government.

China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

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Al-Jazeera staff in Doha, Qatar. The news network has been thrust into the center of a diplomatic standoff, with Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries calling on Qatar to close it in their list of demands on the Persian Gulf country. Malak Harb/AP hide caption

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Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands

If Qatar wants to end its recent diplomatic standoff, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states say the country has 10 days to comply with a steep list of demands, including shutting down Al-Jazeera.

Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire are seen near the building in North Kensington, west London, Friday. Combustible cladding has been found in "a number" of similar tower blocks in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said. Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive Fire At London High-Rise Started In A Refrigerator, Police Say

Investigators also say the building's cladding failed safety tests. Police say they're considering manslaughter charges in the case, in which at least 79 people died.

London's Metropolitan Police has released a picture of the van they say Darren Osborne used to carry out a terror attack near the Finsbury Park mosque. Metropolitan Police via AP hide caption

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Man Charged With Terrorism-Related Murder In Attack At London Mosque

Darren Osborne faces charges after a rental van plowed through a crowd of people outside the mosque Monday. He's accused of killing Makram Ali, 51, who was receiving first aid in the crowd when the van struck.