- Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage Updated: May-22-15 6:55 pm
DUBLIN - Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland's most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation's conservative Catholic foundation.
- Adult dating site investigating breach of user data Updated: May-22-15 5:35 pm
PALO ALTO, California - The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members.
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-22-15 11:03 am
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.
- New Hampshire Supreme Court rules on grandparent visitation Updated: May-22-15 3:44 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that grandparents do not lose visitation rights to their grandchildren even if the child's parents die and they are adopted.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 10:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer.
- Texas House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples Updated: May-21-15 5:54 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs - further shielding the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
- New Orleans Mayor blasts Jindal with counter executive order Updated: May-21-15 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial religious objections executive order by issuing an order of his own.
- Megan Hilty on motherhood, 'Smash' and returning to Broadway Updated: May-21-15 8:31 am
NEW YORK - You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat waiters. So it's refreshing to see Megan Hilty smile and warmly greet each of the men busily setting up dinner service at the Cafe Carlyle.
- Legislature moves to make marriage statutes gender neutral Updated: May-20-15 6:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon legislators are moving to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes in recognition of last year's ruling by a federal judge striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
- Baby on board: NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski a father Updated: May-20-15 3:42 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski is a first-time father, welcoming a daughter this week.
- Spain's Princess Leonor breaks tradition with 1st communion Updated: May-20-15 10:18 am
MADRID - Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, has celebrated her first communion in a low-key ceremony that broke with tradition.
- Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from the NY Baby Show Updated: May-20-15 9:10 am
NEW YORK - How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
- EXCHANGE: Man pays tribute to his brother with 150-mile run Updated: May-20-15 5:06 am
MOLINE, Illinois - He stood in a wooded area outside Pekin in his late brother's red dress. A neon tutu circled his waist as his knees and ankles throbbed. Blood from his battered and blistered feet seeped through his socks.
- Unequal schools in France prompt strike, soul-searching Updated: May-19-15 1:35 pm
PARIS - France is trying to shake up a top-down system of teaching, end an elite bilingual program and give schools more say in how students spend their time, saying entrenched inequality in education threatens the country's future.
- 'Reuseum' in Boise spurs kids' passion for technology Updated: May-18-15 9:56 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination.
- Boston mayor OK's paid parental leave for city workers Updated: May-18-15 3:23 pm
BOSTON - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has signed a new ordinance establishing up to six weeks of paid parental leave for city workers.
- Suicides rare in young children; rate edged up in black boys Updated: May-18-15 11:21 am
CHICAGO - Suicides by young children are rare and the low rate has held mostly stable except for a troubling increase among black boys, two decades of U.S. data show.
- Minnesota parents liked Henry, Olivia for baby names in 2014 Updated: May-17-15 5:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota parents really liked Henry and Olivia for baby names in 2014.
- Young couple killed in I-49 crash caused by lightning Updated: May-16-15 3:40 pm
BUNKIE, Louisiana - State police say lightning struck a car driving through Evangeline Parish and that led to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 that killed a young Covington couple. Police say a 1-year-old child in the couple's car survived.
- Boy works to create fund for autism service dogs Updated: May-16-15 1:37 pm
ST. MARYS, Georgia - Diego Diaz is only 9 years old, but he knows how autism can impact families in ways others can only imagine.
- Sheriff: 3-year-old shoots 1-year-old sibling in vehicle Updated: May-15-15 11:14 pm
VENICE, Florida - Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies say a 3-year-old boy shot his 1-year-old sister in the face as the two were in a car in the parking lot of a daycare.
- Colorado governor defends embattled child welfare agency Updated: May-15-15 1:11 pm
DENVER - Colorado's governor defended the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction.
- Same-sex couple sues over son's birth certificate Updated: May-15-15 8:02 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A same-sex couple from Madison has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit because the state has failed to put both their names on their baby's birth certificate.
- Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years Updated: May-15-15 7:55 am
WASHINGTON - Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students.
- Prying parents: Phone monitoring apps flourish in S. Korea Updated: May-15-15 4:46 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Lee Chang-june can be miles from his 12-year-old son but still know when he plays a smartphone game. With the press of an app he can see his son's phone activity, disable apps or totally shut down the smartphone.