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Authorities: California family lived in filthy desert hovel

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – The mounds of trash, old toys and furniture caught the attention of a Southern California sheriff’s deputy passing through the desert earlier this week. As he approached, he spotted a hovel cobbled together with plywood and plastic sheeting. And then came the shocking discovery that a couple and their three children – ages 11 to 14 – had been living there for several years without running water, bathrooms or electricity.

Bill would expand access to family planning services

Low-income women in Idaho would have access to important health and family planning services under a proposal advancing inside the Statehouse. According to the measure, Idaho would be allowed to seek federal permission — known as a waiver — to expand family planning services to women ages 19-44...

Community by design: Spokane Cohousing seeks to build a village in the Perry District

The Spokane Cohousing group has spent about a year planning a 34-unit development in the Perry District that would have a mix of private living units and common spaces. About 17 people so far are involved in an LLC purchasing property for the neighborhood, to be designed for a range of ages among residents, from kids to people in their 80s. Members regularly meet to decide on designs for construction planned to begin next year, and for a move-in date by April 2020.

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

Self-described “restrictionists,” including President Donald Trump, want a narrower, nuclear definition of family, making spouses and minor children the only relatives a citizen could sponsor. That’s a central plank of the sweeping immigration overhaul Trump has proposed, a move that activists say could cut legal immigration in the U.S. by half.

Repurposing heirlooms: Family memories can get new life

Consider ways to repurpose heirlooms, like sewing a pillow from an old lace tablecloth or getting jewelry made from vintage silverware. It’s another way to remember someone or to keep sentimental items that otherwise get packed away and hidden in a closet, drawer, or in storage.

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.

Repurposing family heirlooms

Terry Rathbun and Anna Henry have Roots of Silver, crafting antique silverware into piece of jewelry they sell or do at request of families. As part of that, they'll do pieces for descendent family members (like multiple grandchildren or adult children) that came from grandma's old silverware set

So much sexual misconduct news: Talking to children

The ongoing spotlight on sexual harassment and sexual assault has many parents wondering: Are there age-appropriate ways to talk to children about what they might hear or experience? What are ways to discuss appropriate behaviors and abuse prevention?