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Jun 28, 2013 4:52 PM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

Judge: Hobby Lobby not subject to fines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge says Hobby Lobby and a sister company will not be subject to daily fines for refusing certain birth-control for workers.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton on Friday set a hearing for July 19 on claims by Hobby Lobby and the Mardel Christian bookstore chain that they shouldn't have to provide some types of birth control, as required under the federal health care overhaul.

The companies faced fines totaling $1.3 million daily beginning Monday. But Heaton ordered the federal government to not impose a penalty.

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