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Justices deny cert in several cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has again rejected a challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president over the unsubstantiated claim that he was not born in the U.S. The court did not comment on its reasons.

Also on Monday, the court:

* Declined to question “In God We Trust,” the motto that adorns American currency and offends some nonbelievers. Newdow v. Lefevre, 10-893.

* Refused to revive an antitrust suit accusing Bayer AG of paying almost $400 million to forestall competition to its Cipro antibiotic. Louisiana Wholesale Drug v. Bayer, 10-762.

* Let stand a jury verdict that may force Apollo Group Inc., the owner of the University of Phoenix, to pay more than $300 million for deceiving shareholders. The amount will depend on how many shareholders file claims. Apollo Group v. Policeman’s Annuity and Benefit Fund, 10-649.

* Refused to let a New York Jets fan sue the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick over the 2007 “spygate” videotaping scandal. Mayer v. Belichick, 10-867.

* Let stand a decision to grant a Catholic student group funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which the university argued would violate the First Amendment. Walsh v. Badger Catholic, Inc., 10-731

* Rejected a challenge to a Texas law allowing direct shipment of alcohol only by stores located in the same county as the consumer. Wine Country Gift Baskets.com v. Steen, 10-671.

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