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Nuns greet Pope Francis as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican today. The pope, speaking at his weekly general audience, said sometimes it is "morally necessary."

Pope: Sometimes Marital Separation 'Morally Necessary'

Pope Francis, speaking on family issues, says that sometimes marriages are so damaged that it is "morally necessary" for a husband and wife to separate.

"There are cases in which separation is inevitable," the pontiff said at his weekly general audience. "Sometimes it can become even morally necessary, precisely when it comes to subtracting the weaker spouse, or small children, from more serious injuries caused by arrogance and violence, by humiliation and exploitation ... and by indifference."

E-cigarettes are marketed as a safer way to inhale nicotine, but the evidence remains unclear on benefits and harms.

With More People Quitting Smoking, Do We Need E-Cigarettes?

Once a smoker always a smoker, right? Not quite.

As the number of smokers drops, the remaining smokers actually smoke less and are more likely to quit, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Tobacco Control.

Congress Signs Off On Trade Bills, Handing Obama A Huge Win

The U.S. House voted 236-138 today to tie a bow on President Obama's package of trade-related legislation — giving him final approval on everything he wanted.

The Senate already had signed off on all of it, granting: 1) enhanced trade negotiation powers to the president, 2) aid for displaced workers and 3) trade incentives for sub-Saharan Africa.

Today's vote marked a stunning victory for Obama by clearing his path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.

In an interview with Morning Edition host David Greene, Sanders discussed foreign policy, racial tension and his 2016 chances.

Sanders: 'My Goal Right Now Is To Win This Election'

Since entering the race for president, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has been on the rise against Hillary Clinton, staking out a position as a liberal alternative to the Democratic frontrunner.

Sanders discussed the one issue in which he might be more conservative than Clinton — gun control. Below are highlights of other issues he discussed with NPR's David Greene on Morning Edition. (A transcript of the full interview follows below.)

Takeaways From The Supreme Court's Obamacare Opinion

We are reporting today on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold the nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. The court's majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was joined by the court's liberal justices, as well as Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Majority's Rationale

The Supreme Court handed a victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when, by a 5-4 decision, it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.

In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact' Claims

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent.

The court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision in a case in which a non-profit group, the Inclusive Communities Project, said that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had contributed to "segregated housing patterns by allocating too many tax credits to housing in predominantly black inner-city areas and too few in predominantly white suburban neighborhoods."

The Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many legal battlegrounds that remain for the Affordable Care Act.

Statehouse Fights Over Obamacare To Rage On Despite Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration means 6.4 million people won't lose subsidies that helped them afford health insurance.

But the historic ruling in King v. Burwell may be far from the last word on health overhaul.

Bills to advance or cripple the law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

Obama Addresses Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Subsidies

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President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

'Judicial Tyranny' To 'A Great Day,' Candidates React To Health Care Ruling

Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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