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This photo provided by Nancy Sack shows Carter Lange, Kim Gustavson, Jason Lange, Matthew Gustavson and Travis Gustavson. Nancy Sack's grandson, Travis Gustavson, died at age 21 in Mankato after overdosing on what he thought was heroin but was actually laced with fentanyl.(Katie Tettam /Nancy Sack via AP)

US Overdose Deaths Topped 100,000 in One Year, Officials Say

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a ...
FILE - Sesame Street's Big Bird participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of Sesame Street's 50th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in New York. When Big Bird tweeted he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, conservative politicians immediately pushed back, including Ted Cruz who grilled Big Bird for what he called “government propaganda.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Big Bird Backlash: Vax Lands Even Muppet in Political Flap

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Smokey Bear taught kids the importance of preventing wildfires. McGruff the Crime ...
child getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Students Line Up for Vaccines Amid Push to Relax Masking

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools are stepping up efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines to newly ...
Jeannie Hovland poses with a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women mask

Families, Advocates Mark Day of Awareness for Native Victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Washington to Indigenous communities across the American Southwest, top government officials, ...
a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19

US Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with ...
Mother and son on the beach

Some Black Parents Say Remote Learning Gives Racism Reprieve

CHICAGO (AP) — Before schools shuttered during the pandemic, Ayaana Johnson worried every time she dropped ...
Tarawa atoll, Kiribati

Climate Change Creates Migrants. Biden Considers Protections

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ioane Teitiota and his wife fought for years to stay in New ...
New signs are on a fence at the Hennepin County Government Center

A Look at High-Profile Cases Over Killings by US Police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin i s charged with murder and manslaughter ...
Woman sits alone, working on an art project

Loneliness is Rampant. A Simple Call, or Hug, May be a Cure

CHICAGO (AP) — The stranger's call came when Dianne Green needed it most ...
young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility

S Carolina Governor Bans Border Kids from State Foster Homes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor issued an order Monday to ban foster care and ...
scans of a child with a brain tumor, before and after a treatment

Unusual Treatment Shows Promise for Kids with Brain Tumors

For decades, a deadly type of childhood cancer has eluded science's best tools. Now doctors have ...
President Joe Biden

Biden Budget Seeks More for Schools, Health Care and Housing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal ...
BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 test

US Allows 2 More Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Home Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have authorized two more over-the-counter COVID-19 tests that can be ...
Dav Pilkey arrives at the premiere of "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie"

‘Captain Underpants’ Spin-Off Pulled for ‘Passive Racism’

NEW YORK (AP) — A graphic novel for children that was a spin-off of the wildly ...
Baby held by their parent

Volvo Cars Family Bond Gives All Employees 24 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

MAHWAH, NJ (March 30, 2021) Volvo Cars is opting in its 40,000+ employees around the globe, ...
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas Governor Signs Medical Conscience Objections Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing ...
a homeschool lesson

Homeschooling Doubled from Pandemic’s Start to Last Fall

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The rate of households homeschooling their children doubled from the start of ...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

House Passes Bill to Expand Background Checks for Gun Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a ...
Photo by Robina Weermeijer on Unsplash

Dementia May Be a Risk Factor for Infection but Not Death From COVID-19

People who have dementia are at much higher risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, but no ...
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Gov Signs Bill Limiting Transgender Athletes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Thursday to ban transgender ...
the Supreme Court

Court Raises Bar for Some Immigrants to Avoid Deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for longtime immigrants who have ...
transgender sprinters

Lawmakers Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sports

Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls ...
First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

It’s Back to School for Jill Biden and New Education Chief

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Jill Biden, the teacher in the White House, along with new Education ...
Wind turbines

Biden Faces Steep Challenges to Reach Renewable Energy Goals

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy ...
"If I Ran the Zoo," By Dr. Seuss

6 Dr. Seuss Books Won’t Be Published for Racist Images

BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including "And to Think That I Saw It ...
the new Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head Drops the Mister, Sort of

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it Mr. Potato Head or not? ...
Family making pizza together

5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Avoid Gender Stereotypes

(THE CONVERSATION) In the last century, significant progress has been made in advancing gender equity in ...
Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox

Governor: Spending Time with Trans Kids ‘Changes Your Heart’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's conservative Republican governor choked up Thursday as he spoke about ...
Floria Sarai Calix pushes her belongings

Desperation Grows in Battered Honduras, Fueling Migration

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Nory Yamileth Hernández and her three teenage children have been ...
Bessie Burden, center, gets kisses from her daughters Theresa Burrough, left and Lashieka Mitchell

Nursing Home Protections Limit Families Who Want to Sue

In her room at a Georgia nursing home, Bessie Burden was so concerned about the coronavirus ...
President Joe Biden

Analysis: Child Poverty a Hidden Focus of Virus Relief Plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tucked inside President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is a seemingly ...
Cheryl Bost

Maryland House Overrides Veto of Major Education Measure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates voted Monday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's ...
Vice President Kamala Harris

Administration Pledges More Support for Minority Businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration promised Black business executives on Friday that it planned to ...
Construction workers

Why US Hiring Could Rebound Faster Than You Might Expect

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring has weakened for six straight months. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost ...
teachers set up their computers and materials for their virtual classes outside

Chicago Schools Extend Talks with Union Over In-Person Class

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools leaders extended remote learning Monday for two more days and ...
NFL football game

Super Bowl Week Helps ‘Shine a Light’ on Human Trafficking

One night when Kirk Cousins was 16, as he listened to a presentation at his family's ...
students

Push to Reopen Schools Could Leave Out Millions of Students

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by ...
COVID-19 vaccine

‘Simple is Beautiful’: One-Shot Vaccine Proves Effective

The first one-shot COVID-19 vaccine provides good protection against the illness, Johnson & Johnson reported in ...
President Joe Biden

Biden Taking ‘Creative Steps’ to Push for $1.9T Aid Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are balking at the cost of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion ...
People in hospital beds

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Works, But Less so Against Variants

Novavax Inc. said Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89% effective based on early findings from ...