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Catholic bishop: 'Massive concerns' with Obama edict

President Obama's contraception-coverage rule could open the door for the federal government to deny grants to Catholic refugee and relief services that refuse to offer birth-control insurance coverage, a spokesman for the Catholic Church said Thursday morning, telling a congressional hearing American clerics still have "massive concerns" with the proposed administration mandate.

Stacks of $1 bills are readied for shipment at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington.
(AP Photo)

Coins beat bills for saving money

A new study says dropping the paper dollar in favor of a $1 coin would save the federal government $4.4 billion over the next three decades, chiefly because the coins wouldn't need to be replaced as often, reducing the cost per unit.

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., expresses appreciation as she puts on a gift from a supporter during the book-signing event in Aiken, S.C. Bachmann told The Associated Press Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, that she'll seek a 4th term in Congress following her failed presidential bid. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

Bachmann: No time for dancing

Rep. Michele Bachmann, while admitting she loves the dance floor, has dispelled rumors she would be on the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars" next season.

**FILE** Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

Rep. West: Conservatives must seek bigger gains

Florida Republican Rep. Allen West told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that conservatives mustn't "sit back on our laurels" won during the Republicans' sweeping 2010 midterm election success and press ahead to control all of government.