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"Substantially similar" is a phrase key to understanding California's Fair Pay Act. The new law went into effect Jan. 1 and aims to close the pay gap between men and women.

Egypt has shut down a free Facebook service called Free Basics. The government says it's a licensing issue, but critics say the Egyptian government is stifling freedom of expression.

Armed anti-government activists have occupied a building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to protest the federal prosecution of two ranchers.

Through her unconventional focus on addressing poverty, Superintendent Tiffany Anderson has been credited with rapidly improving the school district of Jennings, Mo.

Little Spring Hill, Tennessee stands among the country's biggest cities at the new frontier of library services. Available for check-out here are Wi-Fi hotspots, leased to patrons for free.

Saudi Arabia executed 47 prisoners charged with terrorism Saturday, sparking sectarian outrage across the region. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Deb Amos about how the events have further divided Sunnis and Shiites.

As Nigeria's new president cracks down on former officials who embezzled billions, corruption remains endemic. And sometimes that corruption can have tragic consequences.

The Chicago Police Department is doubling its supply of Tasers in an effort to reduce the use of lethal force. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with former Baltimore police officer Peter Moskos about the effectiveness of Tasers in de-escalating conflicts.

Until recently, retired Marine Gen. John Allen led the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Allen about U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria and whether it's working.

Will we still be eating kale? What's changing in food as we begin 2016 and what can we expect?

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