DENVER (AP) — In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
Read more here: Hobby Lobby tests birth-control coverage mandate
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Researchers examining the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut say they have found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.
Read more here: Study: No higher cancer rate at Conn. Pratt plant
CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble is bringing back former CEO A.G. Lafley to its top post in a surprise move as the world’s largest consumer goods maker tries to grow globally.
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By Belinda Goldsmith CANNES (Reuters) – A trip to space with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio raised 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) for charity at a glitzy fundraiser at the Cannes film festival on Thursday. At the 20th annual event organized by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, DiCaprio emerged as the mystery guest to accompany the winner on a Virgin Galactic flight into space. Actress Sharon Stone said the winner would spend three days in training with DiCaprio in Mexico before blast-off. …
Read more here: Cannes auction of space trip with DiCaprio raises 1.2 million euros for charity
President Obama is renewing his stalled effort to close the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It was a promise he made when he first ran for president, but one he couldn’t keep when Congress began blocking funds for releasing or transferring hundreds of prisoners captured as part of the war on terror.
Read more here: Obama renews push to close Guantánamo military prison
The body of King Richard III was buried in great haste, a new study finds — perhaps because the medieval monarch's corpse had been out for three days in the summer sun.
Read more here: Battle-Bruised King Richard III Buried in Hasty Grave
By Abdoulaye Massalatchi NIAMEY (Reuters) – Islamist suicide bombers struck an army barracks and a French-run uranium mine in Niger on Thursday, officials said, killing 21 people and wounding dozens more in attacks that showed militant violence spreading in West Africa. The coordinated dawn assaults on Areva’s mine at Arlit and the military base in Agadez were claimed by the MUJWA militant group in retaliation for a French-led offensive this year against Islamist insurgents in neighboring Mali. …
Read more here: Islamists kill 21 in suicide attacks in Niger
Ultimately, many of the photos and cellphone records of Trayvon Martin released online Thursday by George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys – indicating that the slain teenager smoked marijuana, got into fights at school, and had an interest in, and perhaps access to, guns – may be ruled inadmissible in court. But they are already making the rounds in the court of public opinion, which can influence everything from fundraising efforts to the mind-set of potential jurors in Mr. Zimmerman’s murder trial.
Read more here: Trayvon Martin texts, photos: Might they change Zimmerman trial?
Abercrombie & Fitch, one of the top sellers of young adult clothing in America, is again mired in controversy, this time over its refusal to offer plus-size clothes for teens.
Read more here: Abercrombie & Fitch: What's wrong with selling just to 'cool people'?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.
Read more here: Tea party vs. old guard in GOP Senate rift