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A miracle: Long-lost brother and sister find each other at Fort Worth hospital

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Raymond Turner was at work when he got a notification from 23andMe that his DNA test results were ready.

Turner, the producer at Cook Children’s Sparklefly Recording Studio, said he couldn’t wait to see the results and find out which African countries his family was from. But when he got home and opened the app that ...Read more

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Eight brides in one family have worn a Marshall Field's wedding gown purchased in 1950: 'it's a lucky dress'

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CHICAGO -- When Serena Stoneberg walked down the aisle of a North Side church this month, her wedding continued a family tradition that spanned seven previous brides across three generations and multiple Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

Stoneberg became the eighth bride to say her vows in the satin gown that was previously worn by her ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'MACK & RITA'

Rated PG-13 for some drug use, sexual references and language.

What it’s about: "Freaky Friday" meets "Old" — a young author with an old soul makes a wish to be her truest self and emerges as Diane Keaton.

The kid attractor factor: Teens might be drawn to the lighthearted comedy.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's OK to be ...Read more

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Their families ran two motels side by side. Then, they fell in love

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WILDWOOD CREST, N.J. — Paul and Alethea Pawloski aren’t kidding when they describe the side-by-side motels their respective families have run for decades in the Crest as family resorts.

From two motels — the Stefanide/Roy clan running things at the V.I.P. (Visitors in Paradise), the Pawlowskis in charge at the Compass — they created a ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'BODIES BODIES BODIES'

Rated R for violence, bloody images, drug use, sexual references and pervasive language.

What it’s about: A group of teens host a raucous hurricane party at a secluded mansion, and after they play a party game called Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, the bodies start hitting the floor.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be ...Read more

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'So rudderless': A couple's quest for autism treatment for their son hits repeated obstacles

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When Sebastian Rios was a toddler, he hardly talked. “Don’t worry,” his pediatrician told Amparo and Victor Rios, Sebastian’s parents. Kids who grow up in households in which both Spanish and English are spoken are sometimes slower to develop language skills, she said.

Plus, Sebastian was developing well in other ways: When he was just ...Read more

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Ukraine family reunites in Miami after 7 years -- and it involves borscht and the beach

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MIAMI -- As Roman Zhenzhirov organized his apartment, Coldplay’s “Daddy” blasted from his playlist.

You’re so far away. Oh, you’re so far away.

Tears dripped down his face. Zhenzhirov, 30, couldn’t bring himself to eat lunch. He sobbed at the table beside his husband, Roman Shyshkin, 37.

But his tears didn’t stream from sadness...Read more

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New Kids on the Block are older, wiser and still hangin' tough

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DETROIT — The New Kids on the Block were still new kids on the block, relatively speaking, when the teenage heartthrobs hit the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 2, 1989, for not one but two sold-out concerts.

"Yeah we used to do matinees back then, too," says New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, who fondly recalls that chilly December day and meeting ...Read more

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Asian Latinos: These blended families represent California's future

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LOS ANGELES -- Emily Liu’s life is a series of balancing acts.

She speaks Chinese with her father and Spanish with her mother. Visiting her parents’ homelands takes her to Harbin in northern China and a small town in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

Perhaps most of all, it’s how she’s perceived by others, as if she were a living ...Read more

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'My child will die.' These families say Florida's moves to withhold gender transition care will lead to self-harm

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Kai was 13 when his period arrived, crushing his spirit.

The middle schooler rushed home to shower and emerged from the bathroom distraught. Kai’s mother, Barbara, said she looked into his eyes and knew she needed to do something or her child, who identified as a male, would harm himself.

Within weeks, Kai began ...Read more

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Sleepaway camps are in demand as parents try to get their kids away from screens

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PHILADELPHIA -- More than 100 campers are set to step foot on the grounds of Camp Galil next week, all of whom will be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Requiring vaccination at the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, summer camp for Jewish students, which offers two 3.5-week overnight sessions, wasn’t a difficult decision for executive ...Read more

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Latina mothers, daughters and the pursuit of higher education -- together

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LOS ANGELES -- Cindy R. Escobedo's college years have been, in many ways, shaped by her mother's.

When Cindy completed an undergraduate degree in political science at UCLA in 2015, she followed her mother, Cecilia, who had earned her bachelor's degree at Azusa Pacific University a year earlier.

In 2016 Cindy graduated with a master's degree in...Read more

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Parents who use infant formula deal with stigma as well as a shortage

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PHILADELPHIA -- First-time mom Liz Lockerman prepped to breastfeed by taking classes, reading books and practicing different baby-holding positions. She even bought a freezer for the basement, in anticipation of building a stash of frozen breast milk for when she returned to work.

But nothing went as planned after the birth of her daughter, ...Read more

Texas school shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror

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The shocking shooting that left 18 children and two adults dead at a school in Texas is forcing parents and schools to once again confront how to talk to kids about violence.

Experts have told The Times these are complex and sensitive conversations, but also vital.

Kids are “anxious and worried, and they’re dealing with the unknown,” one...Read more

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Pfizer COVID shot seems protective for children under 5 in early data

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective and prompted a strong immune response in children under age 5, based on early results from a trial that is likely to pave the way for infants and toddlers to finally get immunized.

A three-dose regimen was 80.3% effective in a preliminary finding based on 10 infections...Read more