Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Contraceptive Compromise?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Contraceptive Compromise?

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WASHINGTON -- Faced with continued criticism from a new rule on health insurance coverage for birth control, the White House on Tuesday emphasized that the details of the mandate were not yet settled.

"We're going to continue to work with religious groups to try to allay their concerns as we implement a policy that provides this coverage to women across the country," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters in the daily briefing.

But the comments were more a shift in emphasis than substance. Mr. Carney said President Barack Obama remains committed to the policy, which requires some religious institutions to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives.

The decision was immediately denounced by Catholic leaders as a violation of their religious liberty.

The new rule, crafted as part of the Department of Health and Human Services implementation of the health care law, does not apply to churches and church-run organizations. Other religiously affiliated institutions, such as Catholic hospitals, charities and universities, have one year to phase in the new mandate.

Bread is biggest salt source

ATLANTA -- Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.

That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn -- which we think of as the saltiest foods in our diet -- are only No. 10," said CDC director Thomas Frieden.

Breads and rolls aren't really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them, said Mary Cogswell, a CDC scientist who co-authored the report.

Immigration advocate added

WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department has appointed a public advocate to handle complaints and questions about its immigration enforcement policies. …

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