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Archdiocese Of Washington Challenges Contraception Mandate

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The Archdiocese of Washington says it is suing the federal government over new healthcare rules requiring religious-affiliated institutions to provide contraception coverage.

The archdiocese claims in the suit filed in U.S. District Court that the mandate violates free speech guarantees under the First Amendment. The archdiocese says the suit is one of 12 actions filed nationwide Monday on behalf of 43 Catholic institutions.

The archdiocese says the definition of what constitutes a religious organization is at the heart of the suit. It says the rules exempt only institutions that primarily serve and employ individuals of their own faith. That forces Catholic hospitals, charities and schools that serve all individuals to abide by the new rules, violating their Catholic beliefs.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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