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R.I. judge unseals Catholic group’s papers

Legion of Christ immediately files motion to block release of documents sought by news media.

Supreme Court rejects atheist’s appeal over cross

Justices decline review of atheist’s claim against Illinois grant given to refurbish 111-foot-high Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

‘American Taliban’ wins prison-prayer lawsuit

Federal judge blocks Indiana prison from enforcing ban on daily group prayer, but notes that her ruling doesn’t prohibit it from taking less restrictive security measures.

Federal judge won’t halt NYC circumcision regulation

Group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis had asked court to block city health officials from requiring written parental consent for circumcision rite.

Church can’t withhold names in Calif. priest files

Superior court judge says she weighed privacy rights of priests and others vs. the public’s interest in learning details of child abuse that led to $660 million settlement in 2007.

Justices won’t review Ga. ban on guns in churches had asked high court to overturn 11th Circuit ruling, arguing that law burdens ‘religiously motivated conduct.’

Hutterites must pay for workers’ compensation

Divided Montana high court says forcing religious colony to pay for insurance for jobs outside the commune isn’t an unconstitutional intrusion into religion.

Supreme Court refuses to halt morning-after pill rule

Justice Sotomayor says Hobby Lobby and sister company may still challenge new health-care regulation on religious grounds in lower courts.

D.C. Circuit orders feds to rewrite part of health-care law

Religious colleges in North Carolina, Illinois are challenging rules that require the schools to provide free contraceptives to employees.

Federal jury sides with Ariz. jail in dispute over beard

Muslim man claimed Maricopa Sheriff’s Office forced him to shave in order to keep his job as a jail detention officer despite repeated pleas for religious accommodation.

Nativity scene returns to Detroit suburb

6th Circuit ruled in August that religious content and not safety seemed to be Macomb County’s motive in rejecting the display in Warren.

New memorials to fallen Utah troopers go up on private land

Old crosses, which were ordered off public land in a court battle, are in the process of being moved.

2 Minn. preachers win access to holiday tour of lights

Federal judge issues emergency order allowing men inside event at Bayfront Park; Duluth officials had sought to restrict them to First Amendment zone.

Fla. commissioners reinstate pre-meeting prayers

Move, which comes after an 18-month lobbying effort by the Christian Family Coalition, will allow nondenominational prayer before Miami-Dade Commission’s sessions for the first time since 2004.

Calif. Nativity scene moving to private land

Lawyer for Christian group fighting Santa Monica’s decision to disallow display at Palisades Park pledged to appeal judge’s ruling, saying the move to private land isn’t a resolution.

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