JACKSON, MISS.

Clerks must issue licenses

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday. The effect of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is that the state canít enforce part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday. Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippiís ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight.

OCEANSIDE, CALIF.

Crash victim wedged in car

Oceanside police say a suspected drunk driver struck and killed a man, then drove for a mile with his body lodged in the car. Twenty-nine-year-old Esteysi Sanchez was arrested Monday for vehicular manslaughter. Police say that around 6:30 a.m. Sanchez hit a man on a sidewalk. KNSD-TV says the manís body went through the windshield and ended up on the front passenger seat but his severed leg crashed through the back window and landed on the trunk. Police say Sanchez drove about a mile, parked in a cul-de-sac and walked away. She was arrested a short time later.

TOPEKA, KAN.

Governor signs schools bill

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday to increase aid to poor school districts, an action that meets a court mandate and ends a threat that the stateís public schools might shut down. The bill, which takes effect Friday, increases poor districtsí state funding $38 million for 2016-17 by diverting funds from other parts of the state budget. It also redistributes some funds from wealthier districts in line with a state Supreme Court ruling last month. The court said the stateís school funding system remains unfair to poor districts. Lawmakers had until Thursday to make changes, and the court had said schools might not reopen if no action was taken.

WASHINGTON

Nations back energy pledge

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North Americaís electrical power by 2025, White House officials said Monday. Thatís a big jump from last yearís 37 percent level. But itís doable through greater efficiency and reliance on solar, wind and other clean energy sources, said Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

Compiled from wire reports