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Joe Biden and Son Talk Fast Cars and Family

'Popular Mechanics' interview offers glimpse into their tight-knit family

(Newser) - Father's Day is still a few weeks away, but that didn't stop Joe Biden and his son Hunter from waxing about father-son relationships and other family-themed topics for Popular Mechanics . The exclusive interview, titled "Things My Father Taught Me," touched on everything from how they bond... More »

Pope's New Doc on Family, Marriage: Don't Throw 'Stones'

Pontiff's 'Joy of Love' calls for embrace of the divorced, single parents—but not gay marriage

(Newser) - There's been plenty of talk of "revolution" on the campaign trail this year, and now Pope Francis wants to start his own regarding marriage, divorce, sex, and family life, issuing a major document Friday that addresses these issues while calling for one's conscience, rather than hard-and-fast rules,... More »

Kids With Step-Siblings More Apt to Be Aggressive

New research establishes a link, but questions remain over why

(Newser) - Kids with step- or half-siblings are more likely to behave aggressively than those who don't have this added complexity in their family structure, researchers at the University of Michigan report in the journal Demography . They studied about 6,500 children and their families from across the country in the... More »

Kids Better Off in Smaller Families

Siblings have negative impacts on intelligence, behavior

(Newser) - It turns out a nation of annoyed older siblings might not be wrong; their younger sisters and brothers really might be ruining their lives. "We find that families face a substantial quantity-quality trade-off," researchers write in a newly published study . "Increases in family size decrease parental investment,... More »

Going Home for the Holidays Is Only an 18-Mile Drive

Most US adults live surprisingly close to their parents

(Newser) - This is the time of year when people all around the country pack up their bags and head to the airport to visit family. Or at least that's the visual we all have. In reality, only 20% of adults in the US live more than a few hours' drive... More »

The 5 Most Expensive Places to Raise a Family

That's some pricey living, Eastern Seaboard

(Newser) - Want to be able to provide for your family of four? Move west. At least that seems to be the lesson of MarketWatch 's list of the 10 most expensive places to raise a family. MarketWatch came up with the list by looking at data from the Economic Policy... More »

Guy Feuds With Family, Blows Self Up

Angry German was a demolition expert, police say

(Newser) - A German man proved he was more than just a little upset today when he parked outside his family's house and blew himself up, the AP reports. The 49-year-old, who lived in the village of Homberg, had gotten in an argument at home and driven away, police say. He... More »

Business Partner Killed Family Buried in Desert: Cops

Charles 'Chase' Merritt arrested in McStay family murders

(Newser) - Police in California say they've solved a 4-year-old case involving the murder of a couple and their two young children. They arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, described as a former business partner of Joseph McStay, reports the Los Angeles Times . McStay, 40, disappeared in 2010 along with his... More »

Male CEO Leaves Job for 'Amazing' Wife, Family

Max Schireson: 'Life is about choices'

(Newser) - Until now, the public debate of work-vs-family has focused more on female workers than male ones. So Max Schireson's decision to demote himself at a major software company and move back home with his family is turning a few heads, Jezebel reports. "Friends and colleagues often ask my... More »

Soccer Fan Offers Family for Sale Online

French ad says plan is to keep goaltender Guillermo Ochoa

(Newser) - A die-hard French soccer fan is willing to give up house and home for the goalkeeper of his dreams, the Daily News reports. A fan's ad on Le Bon Coin—sort of the French eBay—offers to sell his house and family in order to keep Guillermo Ochoa playing... More »

Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

Argue More, Die Sooner

Study links fighting too much to early death

(Newser) - If you find yourself in frequent conflict with friends, family members, or neighbors, you might be arguing yourself into an early grave, a new study finds. Researchers say middle-aged people who have frequent arguments are two to three times more likely to die prematurely, with those who often squabble with... More »

Woman to Get 70-Year-Old Letter From Dad She Never Met

Peggy Smith to receive her father's purple heart, and a letter sending his love

(Newser) - John Eddington was about to deploy to Europe during World War II when he got some happy news: His wife had given birth to a baby girl. In a letter to his daughter, he wrote how much he loved her and hoped to see her, though he'd never get... More »

What Craigslist Killings Say About White Men

Both killers and victims were clinging to love outside of family

(Newser) - The Ohio "Craigslist murders" may be old news, but what they teach us about America is still heartbreaking. Two years ago, Richard Beasley and his teenage accomplice Brogan Rafferty were arrested for luring Craigslist job-hunters into rural areas and killing them. In an extensive Atlantic article, Hanna Rosin looks... More »

21K NYC Kids Spent January in Homeless Shelter

Crisis at its worst since Great Depression: advocate

(Newser) - As the sheer number of homeless people grows in cities like New York, the shape of the problem is changing: More of America's homeless are now families, the Wall Street Journal reports. On a national scale, their numbers grew 1.4% between 2011 and 2012, while individual cities also... More »

Lady Gaga: I Want a Soccer Team of Kids

And a hubby ... but not just yet, says singer

(Newser) - Who knew Lady Gaga yearns for a hubby and kids—lots of them? She wants enough children to make a soccer team, she reveals in a surprising new interview. "I want kids, I want a soccer team," she spilled on Oprah's Next Chapter last night. "And... More »

Steve Jobs OKed Bio So His Kids Could 'Know Him'

'I wasn't always there for them,' he told biographer

(Newser) - Steve Jobs authorized a biography of himself so his four kids could "know him," author Walter Isaacson reveals in Time . "I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why, and to understand what I did," Jobs told Isaacson in their final... More »

Our Biggest Regret Is...

Love, family, education, career, money all make the list

(Newser) - Love—or lust—was in the air, and we failed to take action, or took the wrong action. That's the biggest regret of our lives, according to a recent study. Nearly one in five survey respondents named a lost love connection as the one thing in their lives they regretted... More »

Judge's Divorce Ruling Becomes Instant Classic

Couple's mutual hatred amounts to a 'personality disorder'

(Newser) - A divorce ruling from a Canadian family court judge who had clearly reached his limit has became a sensation in legal circles. Faced with a couple who was, in Judge Joseph Quinn's estimation, "immune to reason," the judge came down to their level and "tried ridicule as... More »

Why Your Sibling's So Different

Three theories

(Newser) - You share a set of genes. You grew up in the same place, around the same family. So why aren’t you and your siblings at all alike? Researchers have long puzzled over the question of why brothers and sisters can wind up so different, and NPR tracks down three... More »

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