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Venezuela crisis pushes women into 'forced motherhood'

Aug. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the shantytown on the...

Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

Aug. 20, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot. The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that's usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other...

Report: Costs in most states exceed subsidies for child care

Aug. 13, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report , released...

Governor wants answers on 4 kids separated from families

Aug. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says at least four children from his state were recently separated from their parents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wrote Monday to demand the agency halt the practice until it has a plan to ensure the welfare of children. Gov. Tom Wolf asked...

What's on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Aug. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, some U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little known consequence of President Donald Trump's trade disputes. The products are coming from...

Casey Affleck explores parenting in the apocalypse

Aug. 9, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck had been working on a script about a parent and child for years. He'd written scenes about a bedtime story and an argument about taking a trip into town and things seemed to be going well. As the father of two boys, Affleck had defaulted to writing the child as a son. But...

Bribe or donation? Parent's defense questions the difference

Aug. 9, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But his lawyers say Zangrillo isn't much different from parents who make formal donations to try to give their children an advantage in the admissions process....

Healthy breakfast on a busy school morning? It's not so hard

Aug. 8, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning. But serving a healthy breakfast can feel like one more challenge for parents trying to get themselves and their kids out the door on time. Never...

Tiger Woods has effect on Thai sports like few others

Aug. 8, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods' first vacation to Thailand was a lot different from when he goes there for work. "No one knew who I was," Woods said Wednesday with a smile. That might be true when no one's trying to bother him at a resort with his mother, children and girlfriend. Still, there's no...

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

Aug. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l was finally able to get out from under my work desk," said...