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Sick, ill

Sick leave policies pick up steam

Biviana Lagunas must skip class or her part-time job when her 4-year-old germ-magnet brother Derik is running a fever, because their mother has no paid time off.

Gay marriage, brides on wedding cake

Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex ban

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed.

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes...

Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Pope to visit Philadelphia next year

Pope Francis has accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, Catholic News Service reported Friday.

It would be the popular pontiff's first visit to the United...

Pregnancy test

8 rights of pregnant women at work

Women still get fired simply because they're pregnant.

Christian Minard

Expelled lesbian accepted at another school

An honor-roll student who was expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma after she married another woman is now enrolled at a different university in the same state.

Child's eyes

Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

How to discipline the next generation is a hotly debated topic. In 2012, a national survey showed more than half of women and three-quarters of men in the United States believe a child sometimes needs a "good hard spanking."

XL Love How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life

'XL Love': How fat is affecting our sex lives

When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw numbers: Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 35.1 percent of those people are obese. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity were as high as $147 billion, and an obese person's annual medical bill was $1,429 higher than that of a normal-weight person.

groceries

Military family groceries won't be cut, for now

Military families can breathe a sigh of relief: their grocery stores are not going to be cut, for now.

You may kiss the bride

Millennials say no to marriage

When it comes to marriage, Millennials are saying "I don't."

Jada sex abuse victim

How a teen turned online abuse around

Jada, a Houston-area 16-year-old, was getting ready for finals week and looking forward to a summer hanging out with friends and finding a job.

On June 1, she went to a friend of a friend's house party. She recalls little of what went on that evening...

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