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SAN FRANCISCO — In a sea of virtual-reality headsets and monitors broadcasting video games, there's something that seems completely alien at the Game Developers Conference: a swing set.The piece of playground equipment has been plopped down inside San Francisco's cavernous Moscone Center to promote Biba, an upcoming app that seeks to stop children from transforming into touchscreen zombies."The idea behind it is to...

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 7:47 AM

NORMAL — Illinois' statewide reading program has announced its 2015 book selections.The Illinois Reading Council on Wednesday named books for everyone from adults to newborn babies. The program is intended to promote reading for...

Updated Mar 3, 2015 at 8:55 AM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.The justices on Monday debated whether...

Updated Mar 2, 2015 at 8:06 AM

CHICAGO — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 7:28 AM

The Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 11:52 AM

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets a multiple birth that's rare.The Whiteley family of St. Clair Shores celebrated the...

Updated Feb 23, 2015 at 9:48 AM

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.These three mothers all of them educated, middle-class professionals are among the vaccine...

Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM

PHILADELPHIA — When it comes to standardized tests, parents across the country are (a) concerned; (b) demanding change; (c) pulling tens of thousands of children out of the exams; or (d) making themselves heard at the top levels of...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 2:31 PM

NEW YORK — With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 10:05 AM

NEW YORK — More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.Random House Children's Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called "What Pet Should I...

Updated Feb 17, 2015 at 12:08 PM

NORMAL — To 16-year-old Leanne Neill, the Normal Community High School counseling staff has been a godsend.An NCHS sophomore, she missed several days of class last semester after her cousin suffered a serious spinal injury while...

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