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Hobby Lobby, which operates more than 500 stores in 41 states, says providing coverage for the morning-after pill violates its Christian owners’ “deeply held religious beliefs.”

The petitions say Hobby Lobby’s owners shouldn’t use their beliefs to deny women access to birth control.

The company says it has no objection to preventive contraceptives.

CALIFORNIA

Chef found guilty of murder in boiled-body case

LOS ANGELES — A chef who told police he boiled his wife’s body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.

David Viens showed no reaction, but his wife’s sister burst out sobbing as the verdict was read.

In a recorded interrogation presented by prosecutors during the trial, Viens, 49, can be heard saying he cooked the body of his 39-year-old wife, Dawn, in late 2009 until little was left but her skull.

The chef spoke to authorities from a hospital bed in March 2011 after leaping off an 80-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes. Authorities say he jumped after learning he was a suspect in her disappearance.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports