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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 »

4 in 10 Say Marriage Is Becoming Obsolete

And 'family' can include unmarried couples, most believe

(Newser) - As marriage rates fall , more Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete: About 39% of Americans, to be exact. That number is up from 28% who held the same belief in 1978, according to a new study. Nearly one in three children in the US lives with a divorced, separated,... More »

Daughter Campaigns Against Dad in Oklahoma

Woman takes out an ad attacking John Mantooth

(Newser) - An Oklahoma judicial candidate is fending off a political attack from his own daughter, who has taken out a local newspaper ad urging voters: "Do not vote for my dad!" McClain County judicial hopeful John Mantooth's daughter and son-in-law paid for the quarter-page advertisement, which features a picture... More »

Why Parenting Makes Us Unhappy

Kids stress us out—but we still find them rewarding

(Newser) - Ask parents if their children make them happy and they’ll likely say yes. So why does almost every study on the subject show that having children tends to make people less happy—and that, in fact, many parents love their kids but hate parenting? In an extensive New York... More »

'Hotties Only' Dating Site Starts Virtual Sperm Bank

Non-members can use service to get beautiful genes

(Newser) - Controversial dating site Beautifulpeople.com —the one that kicked off 5,000 "fatties" for gaining weight over the holidays —has started a "virtual sperm bank" to share the genetic material of its attractive clientele. Both members and non-members can use the new fertility forum to contact... More »

Young Are Much Lonelier Than the Old

Study: 'epidemic of loneliness' among 18-34

(Newser) - Loneliness plagues the young more than the old, a new study suggests. In a survey of 2,256 Brits, about 60% of people 18 to 34 said they often or sometimes felt lonely, compared to only 35% of those over 55, reports the BBC . The findings, a psychiatrist tells the... More »

5 Funny Family Blogs That Made Good

Maybe your embarrassing parents can help you land a TV deal

(Newser) - Easter and Passover are coming up, which means more embarrassing incidents at family get-together, plus a silver lining: You could potentially score a book deal. Chris Mathias, writing for Nerve , lists five blogs based on “familial eccentricities” that have scored their creators some cash—or at least some popularity:... More »

Sans Brad, Angie Shops for Baby No. 7

Jolie plans to adopt Syrian girl, while Pitt says hands full with 6

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie is planning to adopt yet another child, this time a girl from Syria—whether Brad Pitt is on board or not. The actress hasn’t hidden her desire to have “more kids—one way or another,” though Pitt is reticent. “He has made it clear... More »

Yes, I'm a Mom— But That's Not My Name

(Newser) - The latest trend in nomenclature rings false to at least one person who recently realized that "Mom" has become "the now generic name for every female parent in our country." Thinking it over, Anne Albeck dates the phenomenon to the early '90s, but familiarity—and overfamiliarity—... More »

Man Who Called Cops Charged in Ga. Killings

7 of 8 dead at trailer park were related to Guy Heinze, 22

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man was charged today with killing eight people whose deaths he had reported to police in a frantic phone call from his family's Georgia mobile home. Guy Heinze Jr. was arrested on eight counts of first-degree murder in the slayings last weekend near the coastal community of Brunswick.... More »

Confessions of a Twitter Addict

(Newser) - Last Thursday, the Twitterverse flickered and temporarily went blank. And a writer sat there, staring. “It was funny, in a kind of pathetic, soul-crushing way,” Laurel Snyder writes on Salon. “I stared at the blank screen, hitting refresh over and over.” Her withdrawal worsened as she... More »

Families' Mornings Start with Tech Check

Families boot up computers, phones on waking

(Newser) - When it comes to morning routines, the modern family has a new set of priorities, many of which require a screen, the New York Times reports. “It used to be you woke up, went to the bathroom, maybe brushed your teeth, and picked up the newspaper,” says an... More »

'What I Did Over Summer Break,' by Sasha, Malia

From Kremlin to Paris and slave port, first kids get quite an education

(Newser) - Sasha and Malia Obama might not be in school, but their summer vacation has been anything but lazy—the girls have seen the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, and Monticello as part of what the first lady calls “Camp Obama." And though there’s been plenty of fun, such... More »

Work-Life Balance Elusive at 'Family-Friendly' White House

Long hours thwart efforts to make life easier for White House's working parents

(Newser) - President Obama says he wants to make the White House a family-friendly place for his staffers, but he can't change the simple reality: It's just not a great place to work if you've got kids. The New York Times takes a look at the struggles of Obama aides, from Rahm... More »

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