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Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden, who is out among the crowds in Washington, D.C., ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the White House.

Rahm Emanuel, who was re-elected this year after a tough campaign, says the tax hike is the best way to address deep financial problems caused in part by Chicago's vastly underfunded pensions.

The decision to keep the bird off the Endangered Species List is celebrated by those out West who worried it would cost them billions of dollars. But challenges to the decision are already emerging.

In the South, unions have faced an especially tough battle. Still, organizers keep trying. United Auto Workers is trying to win a vote by workers at a factory in Piedmont, Ala., on Wednesday.

Thirty years ago no one uttered the words "breast cancer" in public. Now there's no shortage of information, but the glut can make it hard for women to make choices about care.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the charismatic Western bird doesn't need Endangered Species Act protection. A listing would have meant limits on mining and ranching in much of the West.

Southeast Michigan has taken in waves of refugees from the Middle East conflicts for decades, resulting in a strong Arab-American community. Refugee advocates say they're prepared to help Syrians.

Florida has quarantined 85 square miles of farmland in a fight to halt the spread of the destructive Oriental fruit fly. The freeze comes just as growers were starting to harvest tropical fruits.

What will the U.S.-Iran nuclear relationship look like going forward? The two nations can't escape their bitter history; the question is how to add to it.

Is your colleague's perfume too strong? Did the cleaning crew just come by? Some say fragrances are chemical irritants that should be banned from the office. But doing so isn't so easy.




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