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Annette Bening explores motherhood and mood swings in her latest gem, '20th Century Women'

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'Sometimes I have an almost involuntary, intuitive reaction about a character -- a light goes off in my head," said Annette Bening, confessing that she didn't have that response when she first read Mike Mills' script for "20th Century Women."

Here was Dorothea Fields, a single mother who runs a makeshift boardinghouse in Santa Barbara, who sits...Read more

Child care subsidies, vital for many workers, are dwindling

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WASHINGTON -- Before she heads to her shift at a nursing home in New Haven, Conn., every morning, nursing assistant Elisha LaRose drops her 4-year-old son off at a day care center. She's grateful he'll be in a safe, educational environment all day.

LaRose, 30, is a single mother and could never afford to send her son to day care without a child...Read more

They want to help you have better talks with your children

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's a conversation we've all participated in, as a parent, a child or both.

Parent: "How was your day?"

Child: "Fine."

Parent: "What did you do today?"

Child: "Nothing."

Kat Rowan is a talker. She wasn't settling for one-word answers from her two daughters. So she sent them to school each day -- elementary through high ...Read more

Child care subsidies, vital for many workers, are dwindling

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WASHINGTON -- Before she heads to her shift at a nursing home in New Haven, Conn., every morning, nursing assistant Elisha LaRose drops her 4-year-old son off at a day care center. She's grateful he'll be in a safe, educational environment all day.

LaRose, 30, is a single mother and could never afford to send her son to day care without a child...Read more

Mom and Dad are the real MVPs of cancer survivor Eric Berry's epic homecoming

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FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The sign still stands on a table in the hallway of Carol and James Berry's suburban home.

"As you enter this house, please leave your sadness and uncertainty outside the door. If you have fear, and anxiety, throw them away.

"Positive energy only! Love, well wishes, and encouragement are keys!"

That was the environment they ...Read more

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 Amazon.com 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