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China's one-child policy proves hard to undo

In China, you can often tell what the Communist Party is thinking by watching TV.

For years, the typical on-screen Chinese family looked something like this: Glowing parents doting over one precious child.

The taglines drummed it home: "One hope." "O...

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5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans

Honey, grab the kids: we're going abroad.

Much of the world is on sale for Americans right now since the U.S. dollar is enjoying one of the strongest moments in modern history.

Just about everything from hotels to luxury handbags to McDonald's hamburg...

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Americans just aren't spending

Consumer spending is often called an engine of the United States economy. That engine may be about to blow a gasket. Consumers are sitting on their wallets.

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Man feels $7M better after get-well card

A Pennsylvania man won $7 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket that was in his get-well card from his father.

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Gender news not always accurate in pregnancy

For expecting parents, 20 weeks is a milestone. It marks the halfway point of the 40 week pregnancy, but most excitingly it is the time many soon-to-be moms and dads find out the answer to the big question: boy or girl?

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One Direction grief: Survival kit for parents

Around the world, parents are navigating deep, uncharted emotional waters after a young man decided to leave a band.

Yes, Zayn Malik has quit One Direction.

For parents bewildered by the sudden outpouring of grief, here are a few facts to use as ancho...

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Rowling's reply to critic of gay Dumbledore

Can't see Harry Potter's Albus Dumbledore as gay? Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a terse message for you.

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If you must smoke, do it away from the kids

There is a growing body of evidence that children's exposure to smoking increases their risk of heart disease as an adult.

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Wisconsin leads in shrinking middle class

The middle class is on the decline in every state ... in size, anyway.

The percentage of households considered middle class shrunk nationwide between 2000 and 2013, a state-by-state analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline news site found.

Wiscons...

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Study: It's taking us longer to get to work

Think it's taking you longer to get to work? Has your job moved farther from your home? You're probably right on both counts.

1 areas are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings.
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