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Supreme Court Grants Evangelical College Plea On Contraception Rule

Wheaton CollegeA divided Supreme Court on Thursday allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs.

The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal but can instead write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and making its objection to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.

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California city turns up anti-immigrant volume

anti immigrant protestsAn overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security buses filled with immigrants gave a loud, negative reception Wednesday night to a federal official behind the decision to make Murrieta a destination for the humanitarian effort.

Residents filled a 750-seat high school auditorium to capacity and spilled out into a parking lot, carrying signs with slogans like "Illegals today, Jihadists with Nukes tomorrow!!" One man scuffled with police after they stopped him from walking into the meeting draped in an American flag.

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Buy your own town for just $399,000 — in South Dakota

Buy your own townFor less than $400,000, you could own an entire South Dakota town.

The town of Swett, S.D., comes with a three-bedroom home, tire shop, three trailer houses and a bar, the Swett Tavern. Its listing price: $399,000, or half the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, as a press release from Coldwell Banker pointed out.

Updates to the Swett Tavern include a new horseshoe-shaped bar, coolers, grill, insulation and camera system, according to the listing. And that’s not all: There’s a good amount of inventory and personal property that the current owner will throw in to sweeten the deal, including a 1990 Volvo semi, currently used to haul trailers.

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Target bans guns from its stores after demonstration

Target bans gunsUS retail giant Target has asked customers not to bring guns into its stores, after Texas gun rights activists demonstrated in a Texas shop with rifles slung over their shoulders.

CEO John Mulligan said guns were at odds with its family atmosphere. Many US states allow people to carry guns in some fashion, but businesses may ban them.

Gun control activists applauded the new rule, coming as many states loosen laws restricting the carrying of firearms.

"[We] respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target - even in communities where it is permitted by law," Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement.

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Judge rips apart Kentucky's gay marriage argument

Kentucky marriageIn striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Tuesday rejected Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that the ban is needed because only opposite sex couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy.

"These arguments are not those of serious people," wrote Senior U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II.

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Protesters cause buses carrying illegal immigrants to return to San Diego County

Buses turned backThree buses carrying 140 illegal immigrants are heading back to San Diego County after being met by angry protesters at the Murrieta Border Patrol facility Tuesday afternoon.

The group was flown from Texas to San Diego Tuesday morning and quickly boarded buses bound for the facility. They arrived in Murrieta shortly after 2 p.m.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 were in Murrieta for their arrival.

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Indiana Ordered By Court To Recognize Lesbian Marriage Including Dying Partner

Indiana courthouseAt least one same-sex couple in Indiana will have their marriage recognized by the state following a federal court decision Tuesday.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ordered Indiana to acknowledge the marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom is terminally ill, on an emergency basis.

The emergency ruling came just days after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

Lawyers from Lambda Legal had asked the appeals court for the continued recognition of the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

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