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Pence defends wife's teaching job at school that bars gays

Jan. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop. Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says it can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers or enroll children with gay or lesbian parents. Karen...

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Jan. 17, 2019 8:13 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, leftovers from pregnancy attempts and broken dreams of parenthood. Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and can't be found. In other cases, couples are struggling with tough...

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

Jan. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs. The Miami Herald reports the Key West City Commission approved the measure 7-0 on Tuesday night. Commissioners now must review the...

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Jan. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. "We need our educators back in our classrooms helping...

No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges

Jan. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception. The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of religious or...

Parents wonder if kids are learning amid Los Angeles strike

Jan. 14, 2019 8:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A skeleton crew of substitutes welcomed students to Los Angeles schools Monday as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job for the first time in three decades, but parents wondered how much their kids were learning in the nation's second-largest school district. Educators and...

Pope to parents: It's OK to fight, just not in front of kids

Jan. 13, 2019 8:39 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered new parents a bit of advice Sunday, telling them it's perfectly normal to fight, but just not in front of the children. Francis warned of the "anguish" of children who see their parents fight during a ceremony to baptize 27 newborns, an annual tradition that fills...

California governor offers $144B budget, sees big surplus

Jan. 10, 2019 9:23 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a state budget proposal Thursday that seemingly does it all — boosts spending toward his ambitious campaign promises and sets aside significant contributions toward debts and savings. It appears he can have his cake and eat it too...

CES 2019: "Family tech" gadgets appeal to parental anxiety

Jan. 10, 2019 8:25 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Every year, the CES gadget show brings more devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. Sure, the kids might love them too: who wouldn't want a computerized Harry Potter wand that also teaches coding? The Las Vegas show's growing "family tech" sector encompasses...

Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients

Jan. 10, 2019 7:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options — or maybe even push the products off the...