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Holiday movie preview: What to see over Thanksgiving weekend and beyond

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The mix of movies opening between the Thanksgiving holidays and the end of the year is as varied and diverse as can be, from heartfelt, hard-hitting human drama to screwball comedy to factory-honed sequels, sci-fi thrillers and big-budget animated romps.

The positioning for Oscar nominations, for Golden Globes slots, for critics group's kudos ...Read more

Watch out for these dangerous toys, consumer advocates say

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CHICAGO -- A battery problem similar to the one that plagued hoverboards and ignited countless fires could affect other children's toys that make their way under the Christmas tree this year.

"This is a newer trend in toy safety problems, with batteries and chargers that overheat," said Abe Scarr, director of the Illinois Public Interest ...Read more

A 'Hell's Kitchen' Thanksgiving? TV teaches us why we should be grateful

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So, Thanksgiving is here, but for some of us, it's not always easy to get into the spirit of the holiday. We tend to dwell on the negative and overlook all the things for which we should be grateful.

That's where TV comes in. Spend a few hours gazing at the screen, and you'll start to realize just how good you have it.

Example: Are you all ...Read more

Young 'Dreamers' see peril as Trump plans for mass deportations

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The undocumented youth temporarily shielded from deportation by President Barack Obama are worried they might be next in line after President-elect Donald Trump said he would immediately move against immigrants convicted of crimes.

Trump said Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes" that he planned to immediately expel as many as 3 million...Read more

Amazon could be adding house-cleaning to Prime membership perks

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SEATTLE -- Is thinking of providing good housekeeping as its next Prime member perk?

Two Seattle job postings for "home assistants" on Amazon's website suggest so.

They call for potential recruits to join "Amazon Assistants," which the Seattle-based company describes as "experts in helping Amazon customers keep up their home."

That...Read more

What you need to know about this year's flu vaccine

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In addition to changing leaves, the arrival of fall usually signifies the beginning of flu season.

A serious and potentially deadly virus, influenza causes fever, coughing and muscle aches. It also can lead to other complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and potentially death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...Read more

Keep baby in parents' bedroom — but in separate bed, pediatricians say

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PITTSBURGH -- To further reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants, children's health experts on Monday issued updated safe sleeping guidelines that emphasize the importance of a baby sleeping in the same room -- but not the same bed -- as the mother.

And in what might be a surprise to many new parents, the American Academy of ...Read more

Scarcity of mental health care means patients — especially kids — land in ER

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On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary schoolchildren who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.

Though she does her best, she doesn't consider herself qualified to treat them at the level they need at her ...Read more

Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

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WASHINGTON -- A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects.

A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn't understand her when she complained, in ...Read more

Some military parents face shortage of autism therapy providers for children

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WASHINGTON -- It's difficult for some military parents at Fort Bragg, N.C., and other bases nationwide, to find in-network specialists for their children with autism and that's due, in part, to the way federal officials changed health insurance plan reimbursements earlier this year, according to a group of U.S. senators.

North Carolina's Thom ...Read more

Disabled students' rights draw Supreme Court scrutiny

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WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Supreme Court will consider how much extra help public schools must provide to students with disabilities, agreeing to hear an appeal from two parents seeking reimbursement for the cost of their autistic son's private school.

The case will mark the first time since 2009 that the court has considered the reach of the ...Read more

Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground.

"You've got to pull your hips into the bar, like you've got to kick up like that," explained their mother, Selena.

"I tried to ...Read more

The 10 books in the running for the 2016 National Book Award for young people's literature

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Ten books have been announced as the longlist contenders in young people's literature for the 2016 National Book Awards. This week, the National Book Foundation is announcing longlists in all four categories of its awards -- young people's literature is to be followed by poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Shortlists are to be announced in October, ...Read more