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Laurel Francoeur's son has multiple severe allergies. This means keeping certain items out of the house and calling ahead to restaurants. It also means tough talks with her son and other parents.

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

Pentecostalism is spreading rapidly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the world's Pentecostalists live there, and Cameroon's government has deemed the church a national threat.

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.

Men and women ski on the same slopes. A rock band performs in the capital. It's all part of the constant tug-of-war between religious conservatives and those seeking more social freedoms.

In the hiring process, employers aren't allowed to ask certain things, like if you go to church or intend to have children. But is it OK for employers to check social media sites for this information?

Federal and state authorities are investigating a deadly bus crash in California. A bus full of prospective students headed to Humbolt State University was hit by a truck that veered across the freeway median.

The stock market endured a volatile week as investors sold off technology stocks. Weak bank earnings added to the sour mix. But the selloff hasn't triggered alarm, and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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