Thursday, December 5, 2013
Domino's founder sues over contraception coverage rule
The founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.
Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice.
He filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino's Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.
Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.
Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.
A message left Saturday for Monaghan's attorney, Richard Thompson, was not immediately returned.
The government says the contraception mandate benefits women.
Russian firm positions rig to seek oil off Cuba's coast
A Norwegian-owned platform arrived in waters off Cuba's north-central coast for exploratory drilling by the Russian oil company Zarubezhneft, authorities said Saturday, renewing the island's search for petroleum after three failed wells this year.
Drilling is to begin "in the coming days" and take six months, according to a notice published by the Communist Party newspaper Granma. The depth of the project was given as 21,300 feet.
State-run oil company Cubapetroleo said in the announcement that the Songa Mercur rig, owned by Songa Offshore of Norway, was inspected to make sure it contains less than 10 percent U.S.-made parts. That allows the companies involved in the drilling to avoid sanctions under the 50-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba.Geologic surveys say 5 billion to 9 billion barrels of oil may lie off Cuba's coast. Island authorities hope there may be even more and have been banking on a big strike.
An injection of petrodollars could boost Cuba's struggling economy, bankroll President Raul Castro economic reforms and ease the island's energy dependence on Venezuela, which has sent billions of dollars' worth of oil on preferential terms.
Mubarak treated for injuries after fall in prison bathroom
An Egyptian security official says ousted president Hosni Mubarak has slipped in the bathroom in the prison where he is serving a life sentence, hitting his head.
The official says the ailing Mubarak, 84, was treated in Cairo's Tora prison Saturday for head injuries and a chest bruise. He says Mubarak slipped before, two months ago, but did not injure himself.Mubarak was convicted of failing to stop killings of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising. There have been conflicting reports about his health.
Thousands risk heavy fines to protest against Putin
Thousands of opposition supporters gathered Saturday outside the old KGB headquarters in central Moscow to mark a year of mass protests against Vladimir Putin and his government.
The turnout was far smaller than the tens of thousands who filled Moscow streets in protests that erupted after fraud-plagued parliamentary elections last December. But unlike most of those protests, Saturday's gathering was not authorized and those who came risked arrest and heavy fines.
Soon after Putin returned to the presidency in May, Russia passed a law raising the fine for participating in unauthorized rallies to the equivalent of $9,000, nearly the average annual salary.
-- From news service reports