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1st African-American Actor To Play Valjean on Broadway Dies

NATIONAL | By Mark Kennedy | Aug 29
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

Rowan County Clerk Closes Office Ahead of Gay Rights Protest

NATIONAL | Aug 29
The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

Ahead of Pope's Visit to US, Some Friction Over LGBT Issues

RELIGION | By David Crary | Aug 29
The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage.

Donald Trump Speaks at $100-per-person Event near Boston

POLITICS | By Jill Colvin | Aug 29
Donald Trump held a $100-per-person campaign event - which he repeatedly insisted wasn't a fundraiser - outside of Boston on Friday evening as he backpedaled on his previous pledge not to accept contributions for his campaign.

Egypt Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Reporters to 3 Years in Prison

INTERNATIONAL | By Brian Rohan | Aug 29
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

Maryland AG Issues Guidance Against Police Profiling

NATIONAL | By John Riley | Aug 29
After months of protest over police brutality and issues surrounding racial profiling, Maryland is issuing guidance to law enforcement officers about the acceptability of the practice.

AP Sues Over Access to FBI Records Involving Fake News Story

NATIONAL | By Michael Biesecker | Aug 29
The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

Europe's Migrant Crisis Brings Tragedy by Land and Sea

INTERNATIONAL | By George Jahn and Mohamed ben Khalifa | Aug 29
Rescue workers counted dozens of victims Friday from the increasingly desperate tide of humanity sweeping into Europe fleeing war, oppression and poverty.

Saint Hoax Imagines Donald Trump (and Others) in Drag

POLITICS | By EDGE | Aug 29
The anonymous artist Saint Hoax (based somewhere in the Middle East) is now imagining celebrities in drag. Donald Trump is his latest.

It Gets Better for San Jose Under New Mayor

NATIONAL | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 29
San Jose should see its score rise significantly on the 2015 Municipal Equality Index compiled by national LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign due to a number of changes ushered in by Mayor Sam Liccardo.

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