By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court gave a Christian college in Illinois a temporary exemption from birth control coverage required by President Barack Obama’s health reform law, days after ruling that for-profit employers can opt out for religious reasons. The court said on Thursday in a split 6-3 decision by the justices that Wheaton College, which has objected on religious grounds, did not have to comply with the government compromise process for nonprofit groups with religious affiliations while litigation continues, an unsigned order showed. On Monday, the court said on a 5-4 vote that closely held for-profit corporations could obtain an exemption based on the religious beliefs of their owners. By granting Wheaton College’s request, the court indicated that its decision does not dictate the outcome of litigation involving dozens of nonprofit groups.
Justin Harris is charged with murder after his 22-month-old died from being left in a hot car for 7 hours.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media.
While people around the United States are barbecuing, drinking cold beverages and enjoying the summer sun, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will also get the chance to celebrate the Fourth of July from orbit.
By Andrew Cawthorne BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. The bridge, located about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played, collapsed as vehicles were passing on a busy road underneath. It was part of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that officials had promised would be ready for the World Cup.Groups of people gathered around the scene of the accident, some shouting furiously. “This is the incompetence of our authorities and our businesses,” said Leandro Brito, 23, a bank worker.