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Rated PG-13 for creature violence and action.

What it’s about: The latest Godzilla movie from original producers Toho takes us back to 1945 and the emergence of the iconic kaiju in postwar Japan. Mayhem and destruction ensue.

The kid attractor factor: A big monster! This will appeal to teens and older kids who love ...Read more

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'These kids need us': 30 kids adopted in one day at courts celebration

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CLAYTON, Mo. — Mary Thomas fought back tears Saturday when she was asked before a packed St. Louis County courtroom if she and her husband were prepared to raise the three kids sitting by her side as their own.

"Absolutely, yes," she said with emotion. She held the youngest, Hanzi, in her arms. The 4-year-old girl dressed in a long party ...Read more


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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild action.

What it’s about: A young girl in a bucolic city realizes that things are not as happy as they seem when everyone's wishes are hoarded and kept secret by their king, a powerful wizard.

The kid attractor factor: The animation, songs and kid-friendly fairy tale story

Good lessons/bad ...Read more

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Rated PG-13 for strong violent content and disturbing material.

What it’s about: This prequel to the popular series follows the young adulthood of Coriolanus Snow and his rise to power.

The kid attractor factor: This is likely aimed at (young) adults who liked the first series and are ...Read more

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Rated PG-13 for action/violence and brief language.

What it’s about: The sequel to 2019's "Captain Marvel" finds Carol Danvers teaming up with Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Kahn, and Monica Rambeau.

The kid attractor factor: It's a superhero movie with lots of fun and action.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Actions have consequences, and ...Read more

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'There's not a day I don't think about him': A mother's grief turns into a celebration on Day of the Dead

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Even though her oldest son died more than two years ago, Jessica Torres waits for him to visit every Nov. 2. She sits in front of the ofrenda — an altar she creates to honor his memory in their home — surrounded by her husband and their other four children until the clock hits midnight.

Per tradition, that is when those who have transcended...Read more

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Rated R for drug use and some language.

What it’s about: The biopic of Priscilla Presley by Sophia Coppola, adapted from her memoir "Elvis and Me."

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an indie adult drama, but teens will likely be drawn to this.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Be careful what you wish for.

Violence: None

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New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul on tour in 2024

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Hang tough with the New Kids on the Block, who are back on tour in 2024 with special guests Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff for a late 1980s/early 1990s nostalgia kick.

The tour will begin June 14, 2024, and run through late August, covering 40-plus cities.

The general on-sale is Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at, but there are ...Read more

Republicans seek roadblocks for FCC's school bus Wi-Fi plan

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The federal government’s latest plan to close a “homework gap” for kids who lack Wi-Fi at home is to bring such services to one place they may spend hours per week: on the bus to and from school.

The move is one facet of the president’s overall goal to bring high-speed internet access to every American. But the school bus plan is ...Read more

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Rated R for violence and language.

What it’s about: A private security contractor and journalist get mixed up in a South American military coup.

The kid attractor factor: Maybe some appeal for teens with the action-comedy genre.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Hold power accountable, do what you love even if it's dangerous.

Violence...Read more

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Unwrapping the truth: Parents navigating financial hardship during the holiday season

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The holiday season, synonymous with joy and celebration, often carries a hidden burden for many parents. Economic challenges, paired with the escalating costs of holiday traditions, can stretch already thin budgets to their limits.

A recent Bankrate survey provides startling insight: U.S. parents with children under 18 need almost $25,000 more ...Read more

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Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language.

What it’s about: This adaptation of the David Grann book follows the Reign of Terror, the murders of oil-wealthy members of the Osage Nation who were murdered in 1920s Oklahoma.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, not much appeal for kids. ...Read more


She dropped off two small kids on a Florida beach, cops say -- then she got in her car

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A woman spent time behind bars after leaving two young kids unattended on a Florida beach, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the 41-year-old lawyer took two girls — ages 3 and 7 — to Upham Beach in the town of St. Pete Beach, then briefly vanished.

Witnesses saw the children by themselves ...Read more


Something in the air? Two meteorologists on same station have babies due just one week apart

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Whenever prompted, Nicole Madden and Kaitlin Wright — the morning and evening meteorologists, respectively, at WCCB-TV in Charlotte — are quick to point out all the weird, wild ways in which they have perceived their lives as being intertwined.

Sometimes, though, it seems like they’re reaching a little.

Nicole’s ...Read more


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Rated R for some language, sexual references and violent images.

What it’s about: A German woman is put on trial for the death of her French husband after he falls to his death from a window in their home.

The kid attractor factor: This adult drama doesn't have much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes ...Read more


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Rated R for some violent content, disturbing images, language and sexual references.

What it’s about: A young single father contends with the demonic possession of his daughter, who becomes possessed after performing a ritual with her friend in the woods.

The kid attractor factor: This is a pretty intense horror ...Read more

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Rated PG for mild action/peril.

What it’s about: A platoon of pups who protect the citizens of Adventure City face off with a mad scientist and a meteor.

The kid attractor factor: The wildly popular kids show and previous movie — it's animated, cute and aimed right for young audiences.

Good lessons/bad ...Read more

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Rated R for strong/bloody violence throughout, language and sexual material.

What it’s about: The fourth installment of the geezer teaser action franchise sees some new faces joining the crew as they embark on another mission.

The kid attractor factor: The broad action movie appeal might be a draw for teens.

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5 grab-and-go breakfasts that get kids ready to learn

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School is back in session and, for some parents, that means learning how to get a quick and nutritious breakfast into their children's stomachs before they head out the door.

I don't have school-aged kids anymore, but I sure remember how difficult it was after getting them dressed, readying their backpacks and making them brush their teeth to ...Read more

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Rated PG-13 for some strong violence, disturbing images and thematic elements.

What it’s about: Ten years after "Death on the Nile," Detective Hercule Poirot is back to investigate a medium at a seance in Venice.

The kid attractor factor: Perhaps there's an appeal for kids who love Agatha Christie mysteries and spooky...Read more