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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.


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
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Marion Nestle: "Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning)"

Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.


Sen. Harry Reid Sues Makers Of Exercise Band Over His Injuries

The Senate minority leader and his wife are seeking more than $50,000 in damages over what they say is a defective resistance band that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, among other injuries.

How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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