- Parents encouraged to register kids in SDCHIP Updated: Feb-12-16 2:15 am
WORTHING, South Dakota - Officials will be in Rapid City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to encourage parents to register their kids in a comprehensive child identification program.
- Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary Updated: Feb-11-16 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.
- Brother: Right-to-die advocate Christy O'Donnell dies Updated: Feb-10-16 6:53 pm
SAN DIEGO - Christy O'Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47.
- Portugal lawmakers overturn veto on gay rights, abortion law Updated: Feb-10-16 11:56 am
LISBON, Portugal - Same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children in Portugal after lawmakers voted to overturn a presidential veto, with parliament also removing some abortion restrictions Wednesday.
- Dayton proposes paid parental leave for all state employees Updated: Feb-09-16 5:09 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton announced a new push Tuesday to offer paid leave to new parents among the state's 35,000-member workforce, a proposal his Democratic allies have deemed a first step toward their goal of extending sick and parental leave to all Minnesota workers.
- Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.
- Bosnian first-graders reach out to deaf schoolmate Updated: Feb-07-16 6:44 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it.
- NY gov moves to stop gay 'conversion' therapy for minors Updated: Feb-06-16 1:24 pm
NEW YORK - New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what's known as "conversion therapy."
- Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar Updated: Feb-05-16 12:54 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls' basketball team can wear their hair in traditional Navajo buns after a referee's decision to ban the hairstyle at a game this week caused an outcry.
- Court: Time limit on parenting time changes applies to moves Updated: Feb-05-16 8:01 am
PHOENIX - The new court ruling says an Arizona law that generally requires a parent to wait a year before asking to change court-approved parenting time also applies to moves that would affect another parent's parental visitation and decision-making.
- Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint Updated: Feb-04-16 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade after majority Republicans balked over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.
- Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes Updated: Feb-04-16 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.
- Kik Messenger app scrutinized following 13-year-old's death Updated: Feb-03-16 4:57 pm
ATLANTA - Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.
- Teachers, students protest education system in Hungary Updated: Feb-03-16 2:14 pm
MISKOLC, Hungary - Thousands of teachers, students and parents in several cities in Hungary protested Wednesday against the government's centralization of the education system and the increasing overburdening of pupils and educators.
- Court says no to ineffective counsel appeals for parents Updated: Feb-02-16 7:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a constitutional right to be treated fairly during court proceedings in which they face losing their children but they cannot appeal termination orders on the grounds that their appointed attorneys were ineffective.
- AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study Updated: Feb-01-16 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Britain's decision to allow researchers to edit the genes of human embryos - not to create babies but to start unraveling the earliest stages of development - is raising new questions about the ethics of this hot new technology.
- A workaholic dad learns to adapt in 'This Was Not the Plan' Updated: Feb-01-16 12:38 pm
"This Was Not the Plan" (Touchstone), by Cristina Alger
- Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed Updated: Feb-01-16 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
- Community program teaching Alabama men to be fathers Updated: Feb-01-16 10:18 am
OPELIKA, Alabama - For Antione Harvis, serving as the fatherhood coordinator at the Family Resource Center is much more than just a job; it's a calling.
- For the world's most scrutinized body, Barbie has a new look Updated: Jan-28-16 6:37 pm
NEW YORK - Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don't like her.
- Pentagon chief seeks to improved family leave, child care Updated: Jan-28-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members.
- Norwegian preschool drops carnival over gender stereotypes Updated: Jan-27-16 3:52 pm
STAVANGER, Norway - A preschool in egalitarian Norway has canceled its traditional carnival celebration saying it encourages gender stereotypes, with boys dressing up in macho superhero costumes and girls in frilly princess dresses.
- Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family Updated: Jan-27-16 5:47 am
ROME - In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family?
- Lt Gov McMaster to speak at education rally Updated: Jan-27-16 4:20 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's second-in-command is making an appearance at a rally supporting the notion that parents should have more choices when it comes to educating their children.
- Health care fines press millennials as deadline nears Updated: Jan-26-16 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.