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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.


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A STRONG SIGNAL TO U.S. SISTERS

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.”

For more information on Sister Norma Pimentel and the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley visit their website HERE.

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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.


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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.


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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

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Sacramento City College was put on lockdown Thursday night after a deadly shooting on campus near the baseball fields, police said.

Sacramento police said there were three male shooting victims, including the one who died. Two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and one of those was hospitalized.

Police said they were looking for a shirtless man wearing cargo shorts.

The motive was not clear.

A spokesman for the college said that three shots were fired on campus, which was on lockdown while police looked for the shooter.

The Los Rios Police Department said that the shooting took place following an argument involving four individuals, one of whom produced a handgun and shot at the other three.

All three victims are current students at Sacramento City College. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter was a student as well.

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