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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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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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