Carter County Detention Center(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- For Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk in jail for refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she herself holds a jailhouse key.
Davis, who was taken into custody Thursday, could be released as soon as she complies with U.S. District Judge David Bunning's order to resume issuing licenses in Rowan County.
"With civil contempt, you hold the jailhouse key," Howard Wasserman, law professor at Florida International University College of Law, told ABC News. "As soon as you comply, you are let out of jail."
But lawyers for Davis say she has no intention of resigning and any marriage licenses issued by her deputy clerks are void.
Professor Wasserman says he believes Bunning chose jail for Davis because "the less severe sanction of monetary fines would not have been sufficient to get her to comply. So the judge concluded that this was the only sanction he had left."
Davis' options appear to be to comply, resign or stay in jail, Wasserman said, adding that it's unclear what will happen next. But Wasserman noted that it seems as though Davis is "benefiting in an odd way from being in jail."
"I wouldn't say she wants to be there ... [but] for her cause, this is actually an advantageous thing," Wasserman said. "Because she has been a martyr to this cause. She has presidential candidates talking about [her as a] victim in a war against Christianity ... and how she's a victim of being the first person ever put in jail for adhering to their conscience, which is not true.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the alleged masterminds behind what has been called "one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history" is expected to appear Friday afternoon in a New York federal courtroom.
Deniss Calovskis, a Latvian national, was arrested in November 2012 for his alleged role in writing some of the code that allowed the Gozi virus to be so effective. The malicious code infected at least 40,000 computers in the U.S., including NASA computers, and was allegedly used to steal tens of millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Calovskis' appearance in court comes as he has been in plea talks with the government, according to his attorney. Calovskis allegedly wrote the code that tricked victims into divulging personal information.
The malicious code, described as "one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history," was first discovered by American cyber-security experts in 2007, but New York prosecutors said the criminal operation continued until March 2012.
Gozi spread to the U.S. no later than 2010 and eventually infected 160 computers belonging to NASA, according to court documents. In total, the scheme "caused tens of millions of dollars in losses and affected well over one million computers," court papers noted.
One method for infecting victims was to disguise the virus as a PDF document, which when opened, would install the virus on the target's computer while remaining undetectable by anti-virus software, according to the Department of Justice. The virus would then collect personal data from the computer, including bank account information, which was then used to transfer funds from the victims and ultimately into accounts the hackers could access, the Department of Justice said.
Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- James Yates and William Smith Jr. were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky, Friday morning, while clerk Kim Davis remains in jail for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue the licenses.
Smith and Yates, of Morehead, Kentucky, have been together for nearly a decade. They arrived minutes after the office opened, and became the first same-sex couple to get their marriage license in Rowan County's history.
After the men paid the $35.50 fee, deputy clerk Brian Mason said, “Congratulations.” They said this was their sixth attempt to get a license.
Yates rushed to embrace his mother in a long hug.
When Yates and Smith exited the courthouse, they were met with cheers from about 35 supporters, chanting, "Love wins."
Clerk Davis was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court's order to issue the licenses.
Davis’ stay in jail has not made her reconsider her stance on issuing same-sex marriage licenses, her attorney Matthew Staver told ABC News.
“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscience remains free," Staver said. "And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscience and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions."
ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — When Sister Norma Pimentel participated in a virtual papal audience hosted by ABC News this week, she was excited to see Pope Francis, but never expected him to address her directly.
Sister Pimentel runs a welcome center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, which has helped more than 20,000 immigrants. Pope Francis was watching and listening intently via satellite from the Vatican as Sister Pimentel was introduced briefly. Then, after young mothers and children who had just arrived shared their stories, the Holy Father returned to the sister who had been mentioned before.
“There was a sister there of a religious order, I want to see her,” he said.
“I said, ‘Oh, that’s me,’” Sister Pimentel said, reflecting on the moment afterwards. “He’s actually speaking to me. And then I saw his little hand go like, ‘come, come, come, come,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I felt like a little child called forth by their dear father.”
The 62-year-old nun made her way to the center aisle and stood before Pope Francis’ smiling face, on a 9-by-9-foot screen.
“I want to thank you," Francis said. "And through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the U.S. for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States. It's great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward.
And then the pope, 78, said something she could never have imagined: “I'll tell you one other thing. Is it unseemly for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much.“
She bowed, her hands in prayer, and returned to her seat. Then the tears began to flow. “I’m still in heaven still experiencing his presence,” she said. “He’s telling me I love you very much at the end I was like, ‘Oh, wow. ... I will cherish and treasure this moment forever. I am blessed.”
The Pope and the People will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.
It was a personal moment of triumph for Sister Norma, but Vatican experts say it also sent an important message to Catholic sisters across the United States that their work is valued and supported by the church.
“Especially after the Vatican’s recent investigation of Catholic sisters, Pope Francis’ beautiful words of encouragement remind people of the incredible work these women do day in and day out,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine. “It’s a sign that he ‘gets it’ when it comes to Catholic sisters in this country.”
The investigation of the sisters by the Vatican, which began under Pope Benedict, was incredibly painful for U.S. women in the church, according to ABC News consultant Cokie Roberts.
“This is a very strong signal that he admires the work of American women religious, and that the moment of discord is over,” Roberts said. “These nuns are doing exactly what the pope is talking about: They work on the margins with people who need help.” ‘WE TOO LOVE POPE FRANCIS’
Francis showed his support for the U.S. Catholic sisters in April when he met with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LGWR) in Rome. LGWR executive director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, who was at the meeting with the pope, said she was heartened by the pope’s recent comments on ABC News.
“I was very moved by the pope’s recognition of Sister Norma and the critical work she is doing on behalf of immigrants, and was heartened that he extended his gratitude to all Catholic sisters serving in the United States,“ Steadman said in a statement to ABC News. “We will take heart from his words to be courageous and to keep moving forward, and I am sure sisters will delight in his spontaneous expression of affection as well. We too love Pope Francis."
Martin, the Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine, told ABC News, “The pope speaks with both gestures and words, just like Jesus did, His gesture of meeting with the LGWR leadership, coupled with his words now of support for this sister, shows his deep admiration and support for the Catholics sisters in this country.”
As for Sister Norma, she believes the Holy Spirit was guiding what transpired in the church. “It’s a new beginning right?” she said. “It is a historical moment where our holy father acknowledges and recognizes the wonderful work that we as nuns in the US are doing and are committed in making a difference in the lives of so many people.”
Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- Kim Davis thinks she has a solution to her problem.
The Kentucky county clerk, jailed for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants her name removed from the marriage certificates, her attorney Matthew Staver told ABC News.
“She has a very strong conscience and she’s just asking for a simple remedy, and that is, remove her name from the certificate and all will be well,” Staver said. “That simple remedy has simply been ignored by the court and by the governor and that’s what should have been done.
“I think it’s reprehensible that she’s in jail for this when a simple fix could have been easily handled.”
Marriage licenses in Kentucky are required to include an authorization statement of the county clerk issuing the license.
Five of Davis' six deputies are expected to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday.
Davis’ stay in jail has not made her reconsider her stance, Staver said.
“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscious remains free. And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscious and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions,” Staver said.
John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- An 11-year-old St. Louis boy fatally shot a teenager believed to be trying to enter his home on Thursday afternoon.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, officers were called shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday and found the 16-year-old victim in the front foyer of the home. Police said that earlier in the day, two subjects had approached the home repeatedly, but did not gain entry into the home. At about 2:20 p.m., the two individuals approached the home again and made it through the front door.
The 11-year-old resident shot the 16-year-old in the head, killing him. The second suspect fled the scene before police arrived, but was later taken into custody.
A four-year-old girl was also home at the time of the shooting. Neither of the residents were injured. The mother of the children was not home at the time.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch, however, reports that at least two witnesses say that the 11-year-old was the aggressor in the incident. The newspaper also said that there were no signs of forced entry at the home.
Dennis Macdonald/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Summer's nearly over, and that means most summer vacations are, too. If you haven't yet had the chance to take yours, you might want to think twice about visiting certain cities that, apparently, would rather you not visit at all.
Stratosjets compiled Twitter data to analyze over 37,000 geotagged tweets from June 1, 2014 to July 20, 2015. Tweets that included the words "tourist" and "tourists" were then checked to see if they were positive or negative. Then based on the number of negative tweets, the company compiled a list of the cities where the locals were most unfriendly to tourists.
While the method may not be scientific, it does show how a fair few people in those cities feel about tourists. Based on those results, here are the top ten cities where the locals are most unwelcoming of tourists:
1. Arlington, Texas 2. New York City, New York 3. Las Vegas, Nevada 4. Boston, Massachusetts 5. New Orleans, Louisiana 6. Orlando, Florida 7. Greensboro, North Carolina 8. Phoenix, Arizona 9. Los Angeles, California 10. San Francisco, California
Ty Wright/Getty Images(ASHLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court's order to issue the licenses.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled against the Rowan County clerk before deputy marshals removed her from the courtroom.
Bunning said Davis could be released if she complies with the order to resume issuing licenses. She has refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, arguing that such a move was a way around discriminating against same-sex couples.
The ACLU had asked that she be fined but the judge said he didn’t believe that was enough to force her into action.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which is representing Davis, said in a statement, “Everyone is stunned at this development. Kim Davis is being treated as a criminal because she cannot violate her conscience. While she may be behind bars for now, Kim Davis is a free woman. Her conscience remains unshackled.”
The controversy surrounding her refusal played out today in court, where the judge had told her to appear after the Supreme Court this week refused to intervene in an appeals court’s affirmation that she issue the licenses.
The crowd of marriage equality supporters that had gathered outside of the courthouse in Ashland, Kentucky, began to cheer as the news spread.
Davis was called to testify at today's hearing and she reiterated that she believes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is against her religious beliefs, even though she has been ordered to do so as a result of an earlier Supreme Court ruling.
"My conscience will not allow me," she said several times during her testimony.
On the stand she was quiet, almost whispering, and teared up when talking about her religious beliefs.
"I did a lot of vile and wicked things in my past," Davis said when asked about her life before becoming a Christian in 2011.
Grace Beahm/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- State prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty against the alleged South Carolina church shooter, they announced on Thursday.
In a court filing released on Thursday, state prosecutors indicated that they will be seeking the death penalty when Dylann Roof is tried in the killing of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June.
Cited in the filing as the rationale for seeking capital punishment was the fact that more than two people were killed and others' lives were put at risk.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson is scheduled to explain the state's decision at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A school bus driver in Texas was fired and three women face charges after the women allegedly boarded a bus filled with middle-school students and rode to school, officials said.
The alleged incident occurred last Friday on a bus from the North East Independent School District in San Antonio.
Video footage from inside the bus, first obtained by San Antonio station KENS-TV, appears to show the women slipping past the driver and taking seats. Two of the women sat in the back of the bus, while the third sat next to a middle-school boy.
“We don’t know them,” students could be heard saying when the women boarded the bus.
The driver continued on his route and arrived at the school, where two of the unnamed women allegedly slipped past the driver again. But when the driver saw the third woman, he recognized that she wasn’t a student.
The women were charged with criminal trespassing warnings. One of the women was also cited for possessing alcohol on school property, while another of the women was charged with assault after allegedly grabbing a student’s arm, authorities said.
Aubrey Chancellor, a spokeswoman with the district, said the new school year may have contributed to the matter.
“It’s obviously difficult at the beginning of school with new faces," Chancellor said. "But, regardless, this was a big mistake, and that is why this bus driver no longer works for this district."
KOMO-TV(SEATTLE) -- A tree that crashed down into a Snohomish County, Washington house during a recent storm -- splitting it in half -- narrowly missed the family of four inside it.
Homeowner Marlon Waske said that he, his wife, their two young daughters and their dog had just moved into the home about three weeks ago, and they weren't even finished unpacking when a strong windstorm knocked over the large tree into their home this past Saturday.
"My wife and I were just sitting on the couch upstairs with my one-year-old and three-year-old daughters and our dog when we heard a big gust of wind coming through," Waske, 38, told ABC News. "It seemed to be at least 60 miles per hour, and we could hear the branches hitting the roof. We thought, 'Whoa, that's getting bad,' so we grabbed the kids and dog and went downstairs."
Just three minutes after moving downstairs, the tree crashed through their home, he said. The tree stopped only about a foot away from his head, he added.
"When it came down, it sounded like a war zone," Waske said. "It looked like it, too. Everything -- debris, glass, the stairwell -- came shooting down, and then it was just the whole room full of dust. Our ears were ringing."
Neighbors came running down the street, he said, adding that "they thought everyone was dead until I put my thumbs up and showed them we were OK."
"We ran outside, and we were all still in our pajamas and bare feet," Waske said. "When we came outside, we saw our cars were completely totaled. Our neighbors took us in."
Waske said he's been frustrated with the slow response of his insurance company, who he declined to name, but he's thankful for local tree services who helped remove the tree from their home on Wednesday night.
ABC News is respecting Waske's wishes not to identify the city where their home is to prevent anyone from coming and trying to take something from the damaged home.
The family temporarily lived in a hotel for a little bit but has since been "bouncing back and forth" between Waske's parents' home and his wife's parents' home, he said.
"It's been hard because we haven't spent one night all together yet because I'm taking care of the dog at one house while my wife stays with the kids," Waske said. "We haven't gone to the hospital either. My wife's got headaches. My ears are still ringing, and our bodies are aching. It feels like we were in a car wreck. Luckily, the kids seem OK."
The father of two added that what's even more heartbreaking about the situation is that he and his dad had spent over three months remodeling the "dream home" before he and his family moved in.
"One thing we did during remodeling was added steel brackets to a beam running across upstairs, and I think those brackets are what stopped the tree from going through and crushing us," he said.
A structural engineer was scheduled to take a look at the home today to determine whether or not it was safe for workers to be inside and begin work on the home, Waske said.
"I just really want my house back," he said. "I just want to rebuild it and have my family back together."
iStock/Thinkstock(PEABODY, Kan.) -- A farmer from Peabody, Kansas, recently recorded himself catching a fish using his drone, which he transformed into a fishing pole.
Derek Klingenberg, known as Farmer Derek on his YouTube Channel with over 58,871 subscribers, went out to his private pond on his farm this past Monday morning with his drone in tow, he said.
"I tied a fishing line to the drone complete with the bobber and hook, and I forgot bait, but I found a plastic worm lying around, and off it went," Klingenberg, 36, told ABC News Thursday. "I'm always trying to to think fun things to do with my drone, and I thought why not go fishing?"
The video shows the drone whirring over the pond when a Blue Gill suddenly bites and Klingenberg flies it back to him.
"Yes! My first drone fish!" Klingenberg can be heard shouting, while sporting a huge grin.
Before taking off the hook, he thought, "But first, let me take a selfie," he said. The video shows the Snapchat photo he took with the fish on the line.
The viral video had over 771,000 views as of Thursday morning.
Klingenberg told ABC News he's started making videos as Farmer Derek two years ago on the Kansas farm, which belongs to his brother, dad and him. He said they raise cattle, corn, soybeans and wheat.
His favorite video he's done so far is "Farm Dog," a parody of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and a tribute to his "canine BFF for shizzle," he said.
Mark Steven Olson(LUBEC, Maine) -- Beachgoers in Lubec, Maine, near the Canadian border, tried to save a 30-foot-long basking shark that recently washed ashore, according to a video showing the desperate rescue attempt.
Onlooker Mark Olsen recorded the video Wednesday morning, when more than a dozen people spent several hours pouring buckets of ocean water into the large shark's gills and onto its skin.
The 30-foot-long shark can be seen immobile, lying on its side with a bloodied fin in the video.
Despite the efforts to save the shark, it died Wednesday afternoon, according to Lubec Town Administrator John Sutherland. He said the College of the Atlantic will be handling the shark's remains.
It was unclear how the shark washed ashore the beach.
Basking sharks are filter-feeders that mostly eat plankton and are rarely seen, swimming in deep waters, according to The Shark Trust, a U.K.-registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks.