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The court ruled Monday in a case asking whether family-owned businesses that offer employees health insurance must include contraception in their plans if they object to some forms of it.
June 30, 2014
A supreme religious leader led Sunni Muslims for centuries, but the last caliphate ended nearly a century ago. Now Islamic radicals in Syria and Iraq claim they have re-created it.
June 30, 2014
GM's compensation program over a safety flaw won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker.
June 30, 2014
The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.
June 30, 2014
Images of the past remind us of memes of the present. And vice versa.
June 30, 2014
In a 5-4 ruling, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees.
June 30, 2014
The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.
June 30, 2014
The plane had been heading from Chicago to Southern California; instead, the scary incident forced startled passengers to spend Sunday night in Wichita.
June 30, 2014
A trial date for the two, who were traveling separately when they were arrested this spring, hasn't yet been announced.
June 30, 2014
The plan was unveiled one day before the Iraqi parliament will hold its first meeting since the April 30 national elections.
June 30, 2014
Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.
June 30, 2014
Today makes the 1-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire. The father of one of the 19 men who died fighting the blaze wants to create shelters that better shield against direct flames.
June 30, 2014
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
June 30, 2014
In Texas and elsewhere, guns are playing major roles this campaign season. Politicians have opened fire in ads, literally, and embraced the gun as a symbol of their conservative street cred.
June 30, 2014
Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.
June 30, 2014
Farmers and ranchers, increasingly reliant on pumping groundwater, are desperate to have more and more wells installed. This frenzy could deplete California's aquifers, experts say.
June 30, 2014
Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom Designing Women and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer, his agent said.
June 30, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, the country's most well-known compensation expert, is scheduled to reveal the terms Monday, and GM CEO Mary Barra has said there will be no cap on payments.
June 30, 2014
It's typically a holy month of reflection for Muslims, but Iraqis face a bleak Ramadan this year. Extremists have taken over much of the country and show no sign of easing their fighting.
June 29, 2014
The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.
June 29, 2014

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