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Ask Mr. Dad: The fertility game

Dads can experience infertility, too.


Spokane couple met amid horrors of World War II; home may become haven for vets

Herbert and Mildred “Mickey” James found love amid their service in the 120th Evacuation Hospital, which followed Gen. George S. Patton’s march to Berlin through the Buchenwald concentration camp. The …


Let students shine, not the light from your phone

The holidays are well-seasoned with concerts, recitals and plays. As a parent of a musician, it’s the Christmas tradition I enjoy the most. But as I anticipate another season filled …


5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children

The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase.


Sexist men have psychological problems, study shows

Psychologists looking at 10 years of data from nearly 20,000 men found that those who value having power over women and endorse playboy behavior and other traditional notions of masculinity …


Couples file appeal over North Carolina gay-marriage law

Three couples have asked an appeals court to revive their challenge to a North Carolina law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.


Sheriff: Missing Washington state family found alive

Four members of a Washington state family missing since Tuesday have been found walking near a store about 55 miles southwest of Seattle, authorities said Thursday.


Divorce in U.S. plunges to 35-year low

The U.S. divorce rate has fallen for the third consecutive year, to its lowest level in more than 35 years, according to data released Thursday.


Michigan may require lead screening of all young children

Michigan, where a man-made water crisis is still roiling one of its biggest cities, will consider requiring all infants and toddlers to be tested for lead poisoning as part of …


Teen birth rate in rural America nearly two-thirds higher than in urban America, CDC says

The teen birth rate in America’s small towns is 63 percent higher than in its biggest cities, a new government report reveals.


Child safety group releases annual list of unsafe toys

A plush elephant pillow that could suffocate a baby, a plastic hammer with the potential to cause head injuries, and a slingshot-like device that shoots balls of slime that could …


Number of U.S. foster kids rises; parents’ drug abuse a factor

After dropping sharply between 2005 and 2012, the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for a third year in a row, according to new federal …


Ask Mr. Dad: Missing fatherhood before it even begins

Soon-to-dad worried about missing the birth and first few weeks of child’s life for an important job opportunity. Mr. Dad gives tips on how he can still bond with his …


Former Seattle woman auctioning off her virginity to help her family

Of the 20 or so women who work at the Kit Kat Ranch, one of Nevada’s legal brothels, Katherine Stone is the only virgin.


Choke hazard prompts Target recall of 127K Halloween window decorations

Target is recalling about 127,000 decorative Halloween gel window “clings” because they pose a choking hazard to children.


Ask Mr. Dad: Postpartum depression affects men, too

New dad finds himself struggling with postpartum depression after birth of son.


Senate will vote Wednesday on whether to override veto of 9/11 bill

The Senate on Wednesday will kick off Congress’ attempt to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, according …


That’s Life: Dressing in the dark one of fall’s downsides

Fall is my favorite season. Like Baby Bear’s porridge, it’s not too hot and not too cold. You can enjoy the vibrant colors wearing light layers without shivering or sweating. …


Reptile show caters to those with exotic taste in pets

If you’ve been considering a new pet, but find cats and dogs a bit mundane, the Spokane County Reptile and Exotic Animal Expo on Saturday may be just the place …


Gymnastics tour brings Final Five, other big stars to Spokane Arena

Fresh off their gold-medal win in Rio, the Final Five are kicking off a national tour Thursday in Spokane.


Idaho neighborhood says no to camp for kids with cancer

Residents of a small central Idaho town say they don’t want a camp for kids with cancer in their neighborhood.


Four students arrested after pregnant classmate attacked

Police say four Alabama high school students have been arrested after attacking a pregnant classmate in a classroom.


Mandatory depression screening recommended for kids in Montana

A Montana suicide study panel is asking state lawmakers to consider legislation next year requiring mandatory depression screening of all school children starting at age 11.


Fruit-full event encourages fresh, healthy eating

Dole’s “Get Up and Grow Together Tour” celebrates fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. The caravan will be in the Spokane area Saturday through Monday, making stops at local grocery stores.


Ask Mr. Dad: Stepping into a blended family

You’re the one who’s going to have to help him adjust to his new role as stepdad. At the same time, you also have to help your children understand his …


Unity in the Community continues its work bringing people together

Unity in the Community, the annual multicultural celebration, returns to Riverfront Park on Saturday. This year’s theme is “Embracing Culture and Diversity.”


Connecting with kids: A prescription for ‘nature deficit disorder’

Most adults have fallen short of intentions for connecting youngsters with nature since school ended in June. Sports camps and family summer schedules can get in the way of expanding …


That’s Life: Sadness more bearable when you dress it up

The first time Ian asked for a suit, he was about 7 and I was so shocked he wanted to wear anything besides sneakers and shorts, I bought pinstriped pants …


New, longer Washington driver’s-license exam tackles pot, cellphones

It’s about to get tougher to earn a driver’s license in Washington state. Officials at the state licensing department this month are rolling out a longer written test – 40 …


Imperiled Washington children recovered safe in South Dakota

South Dakota authorities say two children taken from their Washington state home by their father are safe, and the father has been charged.