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In Washington and Oregon, local governments argue they should get more tax funds from marijuana, because legalized pot will increase their expenses. States say cities' costs will actually fall.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.

Emojis have popped up in a handful of court cases across the country. Could the ubiquitous yellow face, a sad kitty head or a dancing alien decide a defendant's fate?

Greece's new prime minister gave his first speech to Parliament Sunday. His nation was eager to hear his plans to revive the country's ravaged economy while also ending unpopular austerity measures.

Officials in Rio de Janeiro say they will use the 2016 Olympics to transform the city, but massive sports events like the Olympics carry a huge price tag, and often leave only white elephants behind.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday for talks with President Obama. The meeting could be a tense one, over differences in handling the crisis in Ukraine.

Thirty-eight percent of American wives earn more than their husbands. Data expert Mona Chalabi from FiveThirtyEight.com speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about that number, and puts it into context.

Six months ago, a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed a black 18-year-old. The area's 82 municipal courts came under sharp scrutiny and were targeted for major reforms.

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of vaccines, the budget and what three officials leaving the White House means for the Obama administration.

Sweden's government commissioned a typeface to represent the country on websites and elsewhere. The result, the designers of Swedish Sans say, reflects the clean and easygoing Scandinavian aesthetic.

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