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Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 12:55 PM

NEW YORK — Soon after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, Todd Mitchem's son proposed using the plant for a horticulture project at his Montessori school in Denver.School officials said no way, despite support from dad, a regular weed user and chief executive of a dating app and social network for fellow enthusiasts."They didn't want to touch it. They weren't ready to touch it," said Mitchem, who is divorced and shares custody of his kids, ages 11, 9 and...

Updated Jul 20, 2015 at 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON — Seeking to engage parents more in their children's education, the Obama administration on Friday released a checklist of questions...

Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

CHICAGO — For pregnant women, abnormal results from certain prenatal tests may signal that something is wrong with the moms-to-be, not the fetus, a preliminary study suggests.Very rarely, these results may indicate cancer in the...

Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

WASHINGTON — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it's noisy.Scientists are looking for ways to tell, as young as...

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM

CHICAGO — Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games...

Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

QUINCY — Lisa Likens, who serves on the board of the Quincy Area Christian Home Educators, said home schooling is booming in the Quincy area."About three years ago, we made a huge leap in membership," she said, noting how the...

Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

OAK BROOK — McDonald's says there are no plans to take a talking Happy Meal toy out of distribution, even though some customers say it sounds like it uses curse words.The fast-food restaurant introduced a Happy Meal on July 3 with...

Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 2:44 PM

NEW YORK — Head over to Cody VandeZande's condo in Chicago and you won't find a room without sharks.He's the proud possessor of shark bookends, figurines and photos of that time he and his boyfriend were lowered 70 feet into the...

Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

TRENTON, N.J. — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than...

Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM

NEW YORK — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library...

Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 12:37 PM

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says it plans to crack down on unapproved prescription ear drops often given to young children suffering from ear infections.The agency published a memo Tuesday warning manufacturers of...

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