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Stories tagged: children

Mermaid school: Learning to swim with a tail

Playing mermaid can get so realistic that girls can buy a tail. But – water being unforgiving – kids (and adults, there are adult-size tails) have to know what they’re …

U.N. says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country’s health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.

Britain to make porn sites check that users are at least 18

The British government says that starting next year pornography websites will have to verify that their users are at least 18.

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

9th Circuit panel: Minors who enter U.S. illegally may not be confined without hearing

Minors who enter the U.S. without permission must be given a court hearing to determine whether they can be released, a federal appeals court panel decided unanimously Wednesday.

School districts rethink meal debt policies that shame kids

Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.

UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

Vatican hospital calls AP investigation into care a ‘hoax’

When doctors and nurses at the Vatican’s showcase children’s hospital complained in 2014 that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored, the Vatican responded by ordering up a secret …

20,000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says

An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.

Parents balancing medical needs against current laws

Ryan Day has never used cannabis in his life.

4-year-old girl dies after falling out bedroom window

LACEY, Wash. – Authorities say a 4-year-old girl died after falling from a second-floor window southwest of Tacoma in Lacey. The Olympian reported firefighters were called to a duplex in …

UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

U.N. says aid to 9 million Syrian children is in peril

The U.N. children’s agency warned Friday that a critical funding shortfall is threatening aid to 9 million Syrian children, both in their country and among the refugees in neighboring states.

Sigrah: Adaptive ball field gets more kids into the game

This ability field, the first of its kind in the Spokane area, is designed to be a “literal game changer” for athletes with disabilities.

UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria’s Raqqa

The United Nation’s children agency warned Friday that the fight for the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children, …

Man convicted of sexually assaulting 6 girls from one family

A man has been convicted of sexually assaulting six girls in the same Pennsylvania family, fathering two children by one of them.

Lewiston home for troubled youngsters gets good marks from state

The state of Idaho has lifted an admissions ban at the Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston after it showed sufficient progress in correcting problems revealed in an investigation last year.

Graco recalls car seats; webbing may not hold child in crash

Graco Children’s Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

Unaccompanied minors among stranded migrants in Serbia

A report by the U.N. children’s agency published on Wednesday warned that more than 300,000 children have been migrating alone worldwide over a two-year period, in a dramatic escalation of …

Idaho city officials examine legality of floating playground

A floating playground in an Idaho lake has city officials questioning its legality.

Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model.

Group proposing retreat for kids with cancer to appeal after permit denied

A nonprofit group says it plans to appeal after it was denied a permit to build a retreat for children with cancer in central Idaho.

Rex Huppke: This is for moms and their endless powers

This is for the lumps in throats at every milestone. First steps. First day of kindergarten. Last day of elementary school. First day of middle school. Probably the second day …

Dr. Mike Barsotti: AHCA a threat to Washington state’s children

In Washington state, half of all children are covered by Medicaid. In U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ district, it’s 57 percent. Under the AHCA, Medicaid would lose $880 billion over 10 …

NYC house fire kills 5, including 3 children

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a deadly, fast-moving house fire in New York City that killed five people, including three children, on a sunny spring afternoon.

UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

Lawmakers don’t want pot billboards to be appealing to kids

Washington state lawmakers have passed a variety of tweaks to state marijuana laws, including new rules for what can appear on pot billboards.

Kids find syringes at Portland Easter egg hunt

Children searching for Easter eggs at a southeast Portland playground found a water bottle that contained syringes.

UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017

Nancy Kerrigan discusses pain of six miscarriages in eight years

Nancy Kerrigan is opening up about her personal struggles after having six miscarriages in an eight-year span.

Idaho police officer accused of sexually abusing minors

Officials say an Idaho police officer has been accused of sexually abusing two girls within the last 11 years.

UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

43 babies given up under Washington’s safe haven law

Records show dozens of babies were surrendered to Child Protective Services from 2009 to 2016 under a Washington state law that allows parents to turn their newborns over to protective …

Trump’s EPA moves to defund programs that protect children from lead-based paint

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint – which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous …

State of Oregon, child welfare sued over alleged child abuse

A $15.3 million lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services and child welfare workers accuses them of allowing two girls to live with a known registered sex offender.

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools

Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …