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In China, Kerry talks NKorea, regional tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Kerry is meeting senior Chinese officials on Friday in Beijing to seek their help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back...

More talking to babies helps their brains

WASHINGTON (AP) — Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. Simply talking to babies is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills — but sooner is better, and long sentences are good. So says research...

Another messy morning in winter-weary Northeast

Shoppers make their way through heavy snow after shopping at the Big Y supermarket on Memorial Drive in Chicopee, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Springfield Republican, Michael S. Gordon) Shoppers make their way through heavy snow after shopping at the Big Y...

Kerry pide ayuda a China para acercar a Norcorea

El secretario norteamericano de Estado, John Kerry, a la izquierda, conversa con el presidente chino Xi Jinping, en el Gran Salón del Pueblo en Beijing, China, el viernes 14 de febrero de 2014. Kerry busca la colaboración de China para que Corea del Norte reanude las...

Border no barrier for rescuers uniting blind cows

In this image Feb. 5, 2014 provided by Farm Sanctuary shelter, blind cows Tricia, left, and Sweety get acquainted at the shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y. After the shelter tried to find ways to help Tricia, 12, and blind since birth, a Canadian animal welfare group sent Sweety, 8,...

Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality...

Kerry faces tough sell in China on NKorea, tension

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, walks to his plane to depart on a flight to Beijing on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea. Kerry is visiting South Korea, China, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates on a seven-day trip. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)...

Facebook offers new gender options for users

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to “Trans...

Son-in-law arrested in Tenn. package bomb deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The son-in-law of a Tennessee couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged with first-degree murder in their deaths. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Katelyn Abernathy said Richard Parker is also charged with...

Son-in-law arrested in package explosion deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The son-in-law of a Tennessee couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged with first-degree murder in their deaths. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Katelyn Abernathy says Richard Parker is also charged with...