Boehner on birth control rule...Sweep boosts Santorum funds...'Fighting Sioux' back


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says if President Barack Obama doesn't reverse a new policy requiring religious-affiliated employers to provide birth control coverage for their workers, Congress will. Boehner, who is Catholic, says the rule amounts to an attack on religious freedom. Some Roman Catholics complain the mandate forces them to violate their religious beliefs against contraception.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A three-state sweep yesterday is boosting Rick Santorum's campaign coffers. He tells CNN he raised $250,000 in online donations overnight after winning presidential nominating contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Santorum says he expects to have enough money now to make his case against the better-funded Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newt Gingrich is keeping it chipper but brief today after a poor showing in yesterday's Republican presidential caucuses. He made no mention of the results on a visit to a metal manufacturing plant in Cleveland today, but he did tell workers he'll lead the nation to an era of prosperity and security. It was Gingrich's only campaign stop of the day and he only spoke for 12 minutes. He has no events scheduled for tomorrow.

BEIRUT (AP) — As the European Union considers harsher sanctions on Syria, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says outside forces should let Syrians settle their conflict "independently." Activists in the city of Homs (hohms) say President Bashar Assad's regime is continuing to bombard neighborhoods. They say the military assault has killed more than 50 people today and hundreds since the offensive began Saturday.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota says it will resume using "Fighting Sioux" as its nickname despite threats from the NCAA. The organization has said the university faces sanctions if it continues using the nickname and a logo that shows the profile of an American Indian warrior. Supporters of the name have filed petitions demanding that the issue be put to a statewide vote.

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