Erik Schelzig, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to grant Republican Lamar Alexander a third term in the U.S. Senate after what has been one of the more difficult campaigns in the former governor’s races over the past 40 years. Alexander faces Democrat Gordon Ball, …

LARRY O’DELL, Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to turn away appeals from a handful of states including …

RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press   BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. fighter jets and bombers expanded their aerial campaign against Islamic State targets Wednesday, striking the militants in both Syria and Iraq even as the extremists pressed their offensive in Kurdish areas within sight of the Turkish border, where fleeing refugees told of civilians beheaded and towns torched. President …