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Updated Dec 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases...

Updated Dec 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Zoo is welcoming a newborn bottlenose dolphin.The Chicago Zoological Society says the male calf was born on Friday and weighs about 35-40 pounds. The birth was announced on Sunday, after the calf passed...

Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

CHICAGO — Thousands of people voted and the tally is in: Shedd Aquarium’s sea otter pup will be named Luna.The announcement was made Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” while aquarium animal care...

Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON — Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America’s youngest mobile consumers hasn’t...

Updated Dec 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. Bloggers, magazines, whole Web sites urge us to do more. Or less. Be more Chinese, they implore. Or more French.But despite this constant flow of advice, we have very little idea how to make...

Updated Dec 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

NEW YORK — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does...

Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium wants the public’s help in naming a rescued sea otter pup.The animal is currently known as Pup 681. The weeks-old female otter arrived in Chicago in late October after being cared for...

Updated Dec 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.The Centers for...

Updated Nov 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON — McDonald’s is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that two...

Updated Nov 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

CHICAGO — Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most...

Posted Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Meet our cover model, Jax Weiffenbach, 1, and his mom, Cari, dad, Brian, big sister, Lilly, 3, and big brother, Thomas, 18, of South Beloit. Jax won our first-ever Rockford Parent cover contest garnering nearly 2,000 votes.“This...

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