National Briefs: Obamacare challenge is revived

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame’s religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government.

The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision against the South Bend, Ind.-based Roman Catholic university in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.

The case is part of national litigation concerning religious objections to the contraception provision of Obamacare.

Shooting protested

MADISON, Wis. — Close to 2,000 students marched in Wisconsin’s capital on Monday to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager who identified as biracial, while his family demanded justice and the police chief apologized.

Police shootings across the country have intensified concerns of racial bias in law enforcement.

Right-to-work bill signed

BROWN DEER, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate fresh off a weekend visit to Iowa, on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.

Supporters have argued the law will help keep and attract new businesses to the state that were wary to spend in Wisconsin before. But opponents say it will drive down wages and make the workplace less safe.

Gun ownership down

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who live in a household with a gun is lower than it’s ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt.

According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That’s a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans told researchers there was a gun in their household.

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An Amtrak train slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks in Clayton, N.C., while trying to make a difficult turn Monday, causing one of the train’s cars to topple, injuring at least 55 people. … Texas prison officials are scurrying to find a supplier of execution drugs as a dwindling inventory leaves the nation’s most active death penalty state with only enough pentobarbital for executions scheduled this week and next week. … In a rare assignment of criminal liability for safety violations on a film set, producer and director Randall Miller on Monday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sarah Jones, who was killed by a freight train on the Georgia set of “Midnight Rider” last year.

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