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Government Shutdown Begins as Budget Talks Falter in Senate

WASHINGTON — Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating.<p>The shutdown, coming one year …

Government Shutdown

Why is it so expensive to adopt a child?

Across the world, there are thousands of children in need of homes. In America, there are thousands of families looking for children to adopt. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?<p>Until you look at the price tag.<p>Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira of Denver struggled for a couple of years to conceive …

Parenting

The CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool is Finally Being Used on Humans

A team of scientists in China has become the first to treat a human patient with the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique. While the …

Rise of digital DNA raises biopiracy fears

It’s possible to forget that genes grow on trees. Chinese wormwood, for instance, holds genes for enzymes needed to assemble the malaria-killing …

Only half of a chromosome is DNA, 3-D imaging reveals

DNA makes up only half of the material inside chromosomes -- far less than was previously thought -- a study has revealed.

Imaging

Here's How Your Thanksgiving Is Genetically Altered

The holiday feast comes with centuries of food with changed or borrowed genes, from the turkey to the fixings.<p>As you stock up for an epic Thanksgiving feast, goodies with genetic alterations may not be at the top of your shopping list.<p>Instead, you may buy organic carrots, or a turkey certified by …

Agriculture

Arkansas Act 309

This is a synopsis of how I came up with idea for my novel <i>A Lovely County</i> and the real life news stories that generated the idea for the book. I’ve …

The Extended Family of My Two Open Adoptions

Most adoptions in the U.S. today are open; I’m taking the opportunity to create a big, loving—if complicated—family.<p>I follow Donna out to the car where she shows me the festival of pink fabrics she’s planning to use to make a quilt for my seven-year-old daughter, Eve.<p>I touch the colors and coo. …

The Problem With Saying 'Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt'

Can you really put a price on a child's life?<p>Every year, I teach writer Elna Baker's essay, "Babies Buying Babies" to my freshman composition classes as an introduction to narrative and critical thinking. We listen to her <i>This American Life</i> recording and I watch the students cringe, chuckle, and …

Adoption: Child Welfare or Business?

What would have happened if our kids had stayed with their original families? As the parent of two adopted children who are in touch with their first mothers and fathers, a parent who sees how their families are doing over time and sees how the other not-adopted kids are developing, this question …

Child Welfare

Every Time Foster Kids Move, They Lose Months of Academic Progress

How instability wreaks havoc on these children's school lives—and what can be done to fix it<p>When 12-year-old Jimmy Wayne’s parents dropped him off at a motel and drove away, he became the newest member of the North Carolina Foster Care system. Over the next two years in the foster care system, he …

Ideas for Working with a Foster Care Case Worker

As a foster parent, I've had great relationships and not so great relationships with case workers. I've also been a listening ear to other foster …

How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care

There are many aspects of fostering that are extremely difficult to emotionally handle as a foster parent. Helping a child in foster care adjust to a …

White moms, black hair: Blogs teach adoptive and interracial families to care for hair

African-American women know well the work and time it takes to keep their hair healthy, styled and maintained. But what happens when you’re the non-black parent of an African-American girl? How does one learn the ins and outs of curls and cornrows, beads and braids?<p>The answer used to be trial and …

Hair

10 Things You Shouldn't Say to Adoptive Parents

Here are the answers to the most egregious FAQs adoptive families face, so that you don't have to ask.<p><b>1. How much did she cost?</b> No child joins a family for free--think about those hefty hospital or midwife bills for a standard birth. When we adopted our daughters, we also paid for services …

Sex and the City

I Placed My Daughter for Adoption, But I Didn't Give Her Up

<i>Jessalynn "Jessa" Bills Speight, was 18 when she learned she was pregnant. She and her then-boyfriend went to Planned Parenthood to review all her options, and after careful consideration, she chose adoption. It was such a positive experience that she now runs retreats for birth mothers who have</i> …

What kind of people become foster carers?

Fostering services are under pressure. They need to attract people with the right skills and qualities, and support them through a rigorous assessment to find enough homes for the children in their care. This year alone, there is a need for 8,600 new foster families.<p>The message sent out by each …

National Foster Care Awareness Month

At the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, we have the great privilege of working side by side with young people who have been in foster care. We have all heard young people say that they just wanted to be "normal" while they were in foster care. Establishing "normalcy" means that they get to …

Foster Care

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18 Chances You Will Not Regret Taking in Life

<b>Trusting your intuition on new opportunities.</b> – Life is too short to wait. Every new day is another chance to change your life. Every great …

Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World's Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of vacant lots in Detroit, Michigan will soon be transformed into the world’s largest urban farm. Governor Rick Snyder has just approved the …

Colorado’s $82 Million Obamacare Exchange Has Enrolled 3,164 People So Far…

To put this in perspective, the state needs to enroll over 9,000 per month to keep the program afloat financially.<p>Via NRO:<p>The scorecard for …

Breakthrough Converts Wi-Fi to Electric Power as Efficiently as Solar Panels

<i>It’s possible to use this design for a lot of different frequencies and types of energy, including vibration and sound energy harvesting. —</i> Duke …

Obama Supports a $10 Minimum Wage Proposal in the Senate

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Senate Democratic leadership plans to introduce a bill that could raise the minimum wage as high …

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Arkansas Aims To Make Edamame As American As Apple Pie

Irene Adams cooks supper for husband, Luke, and 2-year-old son, Cole, at their home in Fayetteville, Ark. She used to serve lots of green beans, but switched to edamame after tasting it at a local restaurant.<p>"[Cole] used to split his green beans and take out the little seeds inside," Adams says. …

The Dalai Lama Supports Medical Marijuana Use

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Dalai Lama isn't that keen on recreational marijuana use, but the spiritual leader told …

Latina moms pull together so they can get their college degrees

SAN FRANCISCO — Lourdes Alarcón is what higher-education experts call a “non-traditional student.”<p>In other words, she isn’t a young person who went straight to college after high school. Originally from Bolivia, she is a thirty-something mom raising two kids — a seven-year-old boy and a …

Health care exchange still plagued by problems

WASHINGTON — Two weeks into the launch of the federal health insurance exchange, the website is still plagued with problems, leading critics to wonder if the problem is worse than it appears.<p>There are two key issues at the core of the problem, said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a …

The Road to Marijuana Legalization Runs Through Cities, Not States

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents of Portland, Maine, will vote next month on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana …