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Summary of Tuesday’s actions by Supreme Court

January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court handed down opinions in three cases Tuesday and declined to hear arguments in dozens more. Among the highlights, the court:

— Unanimously allowed a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes, rejecting prison officials’ claims that it posed a security risk.

— In a 7-2 ruling, sided with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in the company’s high-stakes patent dispute with rival firms over top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.

— Ruled that lower courts should take another look at an appeal from a Missouri man on death row for killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago.

— Refused to hear a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling so-called “swipe fees” in consumer debit card transactions.

— Declined to halt a lawsuit against a Louisiana Roman Catholic church and a priest over allegations that a teen was kissed and fondled by an adult church parishioner.

— Turned away three appeals from military contractor KBR Inc. that sought to dismiss lawsuits over a soldier’s electrocution in Iraq and open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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