Parenting

December 14, 2018 - 5:12 pm
The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended...
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Senior Hazel Ostrowski attends her first period AP statistics class at Franklin High School Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Seattle. High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, according to a study on later school start times. Ostrowski was among a group at Franklin and another Seattle high school who wore activity monitors to discover whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night, and they reported less daytime sleepiness and grades improved. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 12, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also...
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FILE - This 2014 file electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows numerous, spheroid-shaped Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) virions. Doctors have suspected a mysterious paralyzing illness, acute flaccid myelitis, might be tied to the virus. This year has seen a record number of cases of the mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Yiting Zhang/CDC via AP, File)
December 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 19, 2017 file photo, students line up for lunch at a middle school in Sandy, Utah. On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration, including one that required only whole grains be served. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP)
December 06, 2018 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains. The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, speaks at a debate in Sacramento, Calif. Thurmond was elected as California's Superintendent of Public Instruction. With new Democrats set to take over the governor's mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in a number of key states. The incoming governors in California, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a temporary halt on new charter schools. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:56 am
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general,...
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In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 photo, toys sit on the shelves at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Pediatricians say the best toys for young children are simple, old-fashioned toys like blocks and puzzles rather than costly electronic games or the latest high-tech gadgets. The advice is in a new report on selecting toys for young children in the digital era. It was published Monday, Dec. 3 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 03, 2018 - 4:24 pm
Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. "A cardboard...
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November 27, 2018 - 5:43 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A video released by the U.S. Forest Service shows how a gender reveal event led to a costly wildfire in southern Arizona that forced about 200 people out of their homes. The information gleaned from the video isn't new, but it's the first public visual of how quickly the...
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First lady Melania Trump attends a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 21, 2018 - 12:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberty University has announced that first lady Melania Trump will participate in a "town hall" discussion at Liberty University next week about the opioid epidemic. Also participating in the Nov. 28 event will be Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Health and Human...
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In this Sept. 17, 2018 photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if it was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
November 16, 2018 - 4:41 pm
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale...
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November 05, 2018 - 11:56 am
The nation's leading pediatricians' group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics says those harms can include aggression, brain changes,...
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