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Louisiana officials praise mother arrested for whipping sons

A Louisiana mother arrested for whipping her three boys after she found out they had burglarized a neighbor’s house has found herself in the national spotlight and is being held …


Michael Jackson stockpiled pornography at Neverland Ranch, documents show

Michael Jackson’s activities at Neverland Ranch are back in the news this week amid the disclosure of documents suggesting the King of Pop kept a stash of pornography there.


Heidi Stevens: Old films offer lesson on fatherhood

The way we used to portray men and women relating to one another feels so, well, unrelatable to my kids. (And to me now, thank goodness.)


Idaho board OKs master teacher pay bonuses

Experienced teachers in Idaho looking for a bonus will have to show their work just like their students under a new plan recently adopted by the Idaho State Board of …


U.N. forms refugee education fund, saying 20 million children are out of school

Former British Prime Minster Gordon Brown on Monday announced the creation of the United Nations’ first humanitarian fund for the education of refugee children.


Front Porch: Gather ye Chuck E. Cheese tokens while ye may

With four sons, I’ve lost count of the number of Chuck E. Cheese, Wonderland, Laser Quest and bowling birthday parties we’ve hosted. For years I insisted on home birthday bashes, …


Children who went to Oregon standoff taken into protective custody

Seven children who were taken to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year have been placed in the temporary custody of Kansas …


One-third of autistic youngsters wander from safe places, study finds

MELVILLE, N.Y. – More than one-third of children and teenagers with autism wandered away from safe environments within the past 12 months, according to a Long Island doctor who can’t …


8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home

Authorities say they’ve rescued eight unsupervised children from a San Antonio home where a 2-year-old boy was chained to the ground in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl was tied …


Day care shut down after child forgotten in hot SUV dies

The state has forced a Louisville day care to shut down days after a toddler forgotten in a hot SUV by a staff member died.


Winners selected

Millwood Farmers Market announced winners of annual children’s poster contest


Illegal pot operation found after break-in at bookstore

A break-in at a children’s bookstore led Seattle police to an illegal marijuana growing operation in a commercial space next door.


Carolyn Hax: With kids, it gets better

The little years are cute, yes, and they’re a slideshow of tiny miracles as you re-see the world through their eyes. And some parents are geniuses at handling these stages. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Strict regulations on child care drive up cost and hurt families

Who cares for your child when you can’t is an intensely personal decision. Parents want options that respect their values and fit their family culture. In the last 10 years, …


UNICEF: More than 80 percent of Syria children harmed by war

More than 80 percent of Syria’s children have been harmed by the country’s conflict, including growing numbers of those who were forced to work, join armed groups or marry young …


Uninjured 6-year-old pulled from crane-grab toy machine

A Roseburg, Oregon, pizza shop is making it a little harder to access a game machine’s prizes after a 6-year-old girl climbed up the chute to get a stuffed animal.


100 years ago in Spokane: Woman complains to city about noisy children playing

Mrs. Amoretta Kelly appeared before the city council to complain about the “noise made by children operating their coaster wagons on the paving after school.”


Daycare teacher convicted of cruelty in ‘baby fight club’

A second daycare teacher has been convicted of child cruelty and other counts for abusive behavior toward a classroom of 2-year-olds that a prosecutor described as a “baby fight club.”


Transgender kids’ mental health boosted by family support, study finds

In a first-ever look at mental health among transgender children, Kristina Olson, a UW assistant professor of psychology, found that such kids with family support had normal levels of depression …


Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.


Bill to study later school start times clears Senate panel

A Washington Senate committee has unanimously passed a bill to study how students perform at schools that begin later in the morning.


Are your kids safe? Connected toy security could expose them to risks

Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure – not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read …


New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.


No education funding deal this year, Washington budget director says

The state budget director said Thursday lawmakers will not finish the work required to fix the way Washington pays for public schools during this legislative session, because they require deadline …


Report finds toxic chemicals in toys

A newly released report finds that while children’s toys are generally safer, many still present a significant risk, such as higher-than-legal levels of toxic chemicals.


Sackett, who took on EPA, gets prison in sex case

A Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in a wetlands dispute decided by the nation’s highest court will spend more than a year in prison for a …


Mural drawn by public recalls 1858 slaughter of horses

Volunteer artists of all ages and abilities have been getting on their knees at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place to paint as part of the “900 Horses” community art project …


Shawn Vestal: Uninsured kids, unhealthy politics in Idaho

Five years ago, a federal effort to enroll more children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program was launched. This is apparently a point of debate in America, whether covering children …


WA wins $7.8M bonus for getting kids on insurance

SEATTLE — Washington state has won a performance bonus of $7.8 million from the federal government for signing thousands of kids up for health insurance.


Top 10 books for children, young readers

If you have a voracious young book-lover in the family, you know that the appetite for new books is bottomless. Here are our 10 favorite books of 2013 for small …