Jennifer Ludden Jennifer Ludden is an energy and environment editor for NPR.

Brittiny Spears, 26, is not with the father of her daughter, Zykeiria, 4. "He just still wanted to go out and party and be a little boy," Spears says. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along

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High Court's Contraception Ruling Draws Strong Reactions

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If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving

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It's Illegal But People Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay

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Anita Wallace runs a child care service in rural Athens County, Ohio. She hadn't saved much for retirement before the Appalachian Savings Project offered to match half of her savings up to $600. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement

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Children do better — in school and emotionally — when they have enough time with both parents, according to a fathers' rights group pushing for joint-custody laws. iStockphoto hide caption

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Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?

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Activists hold signs during a rally for paid sick leave at New York's City Hall last year. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Paid Leave Laws Catch On Across the Nation

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Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

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Confusion, Panic In Washington After Navy Yard Shooting

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Carbon Tax Gaining Popularity, But Not With Lawmakers

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Attorney General Eric Holder greets Alexis Margaret Herman, member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, before speaking at the organization's convention. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

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Esteban Roncancio and other protesters call for executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

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Pushed Off The Job While Pregnant

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Snowden Had A Fast Rise In The Intelligence World

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Alimony Till Death Do Us Part? Nay, Say Some Ex-Spouses

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