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January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization of Roman Catholic nuns that runs nursing homes around the country, is testing the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, we're sorry to say, the nuns won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Under the law, most employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. But the Obama administration agreed to a compromise for nonprofit religious groups that object to contraception, exempting them from paying for such coverage.
January 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Father Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76. The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance. For more than two decades, Nugent traveled the country with Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the church.
January 3, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new healthcare law. Nonprofit religious charities already can opt out of the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives and therefore have nothing to complain about, U.S. Solicitor...
January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ariel Winter has reflected on 2013 with quite a bit of nostalgia. The 15-year-old "Modern Family" actress shared several holiday posts thanking her friends and family for their support during her "wonderful" year . Ariel, full name Ariel Winter Workman, spent quite a bit of 2012 embroiled in courtroom drama with her mother, Chrisoula Workman, who allegedly abused her physically and emotionally. A custody deal in December 2012 determined that Winter would continue to live with her adult sister Shanelle Gray and temporarily put Glenn Workman, her father, in charge of her finances, L.A. Now reported . Chrisoula Workman was stripped of custody in October 2012.
December 29, 2013 | Chris Foster
Paris Hundley is protective, very protective, when it comes to her brother, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "I know he looks like a big and bad football player, but my brother, he's like a cute baby," says Paris, who at 21 is a year older. When they were kids, Paris handled life's hardships with a don't-tread-on-him motto. For example, she recalls finding young Brett angry and near tears at a skating rink. "His fists were in a ball and he was upset," Hundley said. "A girl had hit him. Brett could never hit a girl.
December 17, 2013 | Adolfo Flores
A jilted boyfriend who killed his former girlfriend's father and sister, burned their Anaheim Hills mansion and then set their bodies on fire should be put to death, an Orange County jury recommended Monday. Iftekhar Murtaza quietly shook his head as jurors announced that he should get the ultimate punishment in the 2007 crime, which came after his then-girlfriend told him her parents disapproved because they were devout Hindus and he was Muslim. "I would like to take a lie detector test," Murtaza blurted out to those who remained in the courtroom after jurors had filed out. "Anybody that's interested.
December 17, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Advocates for so-called plural marriages are applauding a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that struck down key segments of Utah's anti-polygamy law, saying they violated constitutional rights to privacy and religious freedom. In a 91-page decision issued Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups effectively decriminalized polygamy in Utah, ruling that a central phrase in the state's law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the 1st and 14th amendments. The ruling, which distinguishes between polygamy and bigamy, was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Kody Brown, star of the reality series "Sister Wives," now in its fourth season on cable TV's TLC. Brown has four "wives" - who together have 17 children - but is legally married only to his first, Meri Brown.
December 15, 2013 | By Claudia Luther
Joan Fontaine, the coolly beautiful 1940s actress who won an Academy Award for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and who became almost as well-known for her lifelong feud with her famous older sister, Olivia de Havilland, died Sunday. She was 96. Fontaine died of natural causes at her home in Carmel, said her assistant, Susan Pfeiffer. In addition to winning an Academy Award as best actress for "Suspicion," Fontaine was also nominated as best actress for her role in Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940)
December 14, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Although we had only two Column Ones in the paper this week, don't fret - when you add the Christopher Dorner manhunt series, we had six Great Reads. You might be saving up the series to read this weekend when you have more time, and this is your reminder not to let it languish like a stack of guilt-inducing New Yorkers. Yes, you know the outcome. But you haven't read anything like this. Metro reporters have done more than 400 interviews over the 10 months since the manhunt, a number that staggers me. But here's the wonderful alchemy of the series: the richness of details pulled from those interviews + some of our best writers = a beautiful, unexpected narrative.
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A Canyon Country man was charged Friday with murder in the deaths of his 68-year-old wife and 59-year-old sister, in what police have described as a possible "mercy killing. " Lance Anderson, 60, also faces special circumstance allegations of committing multiple murders and intentionally discharging a firearm with great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced. He was expected to be arraigned Friday in a San Fernando courtroom. If convicted of the charges, prosecutors said Anderson faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
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