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Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan gov't minister to take paternity leave, still a rarity

Jan. 15, 2020 7:30 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's popular environment minister said he will take paternity leave when his first child is born later this month to be a good example for working fathers in Japan, where men are largely absent from child rearing. With Japan facing an aging population and a dwindling birthrate, the...

Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen speaks to opponents of Arizona's current sex education laws at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Allen conceded that her proposal to ban instruction before 7th grade and tighten parental notification requirements was going nowhere but vowed to keep trying. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona bill banning sex ed before 7th grade going nowhere

Jan. 14, 2020 7:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative Arizona Republican senator who was pushing a contentious proposal that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before the 7th grade and create new requirements for the subject conceded Tuesday that her proposal stood no chance of advancing. Sen. Sylvia Allen...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, photo, Luke Humble, right, and Conor Gunderson, left, high-five one another as they think about their grocery list in the kitchen at the new Luna Azul housing development for adults with disabilities, in Phoenix. Parents in Arizona, Wisconsin, Maryland and other states have launched housing developments for adults with disabilities in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Parents of adult children with disabilities fill housing gap

Jan. 3, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Luke Humble and Conor Gunderson have settled into a comfortable rhythm since moving into their own home in Phoenix three months ago. Humble, 26, says he likes eating breakfast with his best friend before they go their separate ways to work. “Conor goes to Fry's,” said Humble,...

Few single Kansas, Missouri moms get state help with college

Jan. 3, 2020 11:45 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — States can get a substantial return on investment if they help single mothers in college access child care, support services and financial aid, according to a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But even though about 10% of all undergraduates in Kansas...

In this photo taken on Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019, Civil guard divers, right, work at the side of a swimming pool at the Club La Costa World holiday resort near Malaga, Spain. Spanish police are investigating the swimming pool deaths of a British man, his 9-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son in Spain's Costa del Sol. (AP Photo)

Reports: UK family drowned in Spain didn't know how to swim

Dec. 26, 2019 12:15 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish news reports said Thursday that a member of the British family whose father and two children died in a swimming pool on Christmas Eve has told police that none of the three knew how to swim. Spanish private news agency Europa Press and other media outlets said the family member...

Parents of 2 missing Idaho children issue statement

Dec. 24, 2019 12:51 PM EST

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — The parents named as persons of interest in their children's disappearance in Idaho issued a statement Monday through an attorney, saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing “allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor." Joshua...

Top baby names in NYC were Liam, Emma in 2018, officials say

Dec. 23, 2019 1:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The most popular baby names in New York City last year were Liam and Emma, according to data released by city health officials Monday. Of the babies born in New York City in 2018, there were 779 Liams and 501 Emmas, according to the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's birth...

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Boy berated by teacher says he's still grateful for 2 dads

Dec. 20, 2019 3:57 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy is speaking out after being berated by a substitute teacher for saying he was grateful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a professional dancer from “Dancing with the Stars.” Daniel van Amstel, 11, told “CBS This Morning” on...

'Traditional parenting is not going to work'

Dec. 20, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — As Geri Brotherton enters the St. Louis County Courthouse on a Wednesday morning in November, her hands are full and her mind is busy. Her husband, a lawyer and a social worker add to at least seven of her children walking beside her. Two little girls in matching white skirts and denim...