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Supreme Court Declines Cross-Removal Case

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case seeking to restore a cross to the Los Angeles County seal.

The refusal ends a three-year battle launched by Christian activists who claimed that the board of supervisor's decision to nix the cross from the nearly 50-year-old county seal was an act of hostility toward religion.

The American Civil Liberties Union urged supervisors to get rid of the cross three years ago, claiming it was an endorsement of religion. County attorneys echoed its call, saying a legal battle would be long, expensive and futile.

The new seal no longer has the goddess Pomona or the Signal Hill oil derricks, but instead depicts the San Gabriel Mission and an American Indian woman holding a bowl of acorns. See order list.

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