>> Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts retailer that won its Supreme Court battle to not provide contraception in its health insurance plans on religious grounds, caught up in a legal antiquity strating. The US Justice Department reaching a settlement forcing the private company to turn over thousands of ancient artifacts that were illegally smuggled into the US from modern day Iraq.
Prosecutors say the purchases began in 2009 and continued even though an expert warned the items could have been stolen. Shipments made to three company locations inside the US were mislabeled to hide the origin and their true content. Representatives for Hobby Lobby could not be reached for comment. The company's president is spearheading the construction of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.
The artefacts were believed to be heading there. Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine as part of the settlement.