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U.S. top court rules for companies over birth control mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

The court held on a 5-4 vote that closely held companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the healthcare law. The decision means employees of those companies would have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.