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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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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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