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3:30pm

Fri November 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Appeals Court Sides With Employers On Covering Birth Control

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:06 pm

A federal appeals court has sided with the owners of a fruit and vegetable distributor who challenged part of the 2010 health care law requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control. Federal courts have split on the issue, which is the subject of dozens of similar cases.

According to the National Women's Law Center, "a total of 88 lawsuits have been filed" over the issue of contraceptive coverage. Of that number, 63 cases are still pending; the other 25 have been closed.

NPR's Julie Rovner reports for our Newscast unit:

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1:52pm

Fri November 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Rule Change Allows Rollover For Flexible Spending Accounts

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:43 pm

Workers who put money into "use it or lose it" Flexible Spending Accounts each year could benefit from a new Treasury Department rule change letting them roll over up to $500 at the end of each year.

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1:27pm

Fri November 1, 2013
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Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:01 pm

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (left) with his commander Wali-ur Rehman in South Waziristan, in October 2009.
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The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, U.S. and Taliban officials tell NPR and other news organizations.

"We confirm with great sorrow that our esteemed leader was martyred in a drone attack," a senior Taliban commander was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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12:23pm

Fri November 1, 2013
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Germany Offers Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 1:14 pm

Germany will allow parents to choose a third indeterminate option for newborn babies, under a new law that takes effect Friday.
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A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics.

The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.

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11:23am

Fri November 1, 2013
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One Officer Dead, Several Shot By Gunman At LA Airport

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:33 pm

Police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. Officials said a gunman who opened fire in the terminal was wounded in a shootout with police and taken into custody.
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A lone gunman walked into one of the nation's busiest airports Friday in Los Angeles and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing at least one transportation security officer and wounding another, police and TSA officials say.

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