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Happy Meal gets a makeover
McDonald’s Happy Meals are getting their fat and calories trimmed, the fast food giant announced Tuesday.

Kids From Unplanned Pregnancies Tend to Lag Behind Intellectually
Young children born after unplanned pregnancies tend to have a smaller vocabulary and poorer non-verbal and spatial abilities than other children, but these problems are actually due to socioeconomic factors, a new study suggests.

Among Twists in Budget Woes, Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf
At the root of the tension is a debate that stretches well beyond Indiana: Will sign language and the nation’s separate schools for the deaf be abandoned as more of the deaf turn to communicating, with help from fast-evolving technology, through amplified sounds and speech?

Special Needs Kids Bullied More, Fare Poorly at School
Many ‘special needs’ kids who struggle with medical, emotional or behavioral issues often face tough social and academic troubles in school, a new study suggests.

No jail for mom whose son died jaywalking with her
Raquel Nelson will not be going to jail — at least not anytime soon. The single mother from Marietta, Ga., who potentially faced more prison time for jaywalking than the man convicted for the hit-and-run accident that killed her 4-year-old son, was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 12 months probation in Cobb County State Court, but then also given the option of a new trial in an unusual decision.

New Tests for Newborns, And Dilemmas for Parents
The familiar heel prick that newborns receive is revealing more about a baby’s health than ever before. But, as technology opens the possibility of screening newborns for hundreds of diseases, there is controversy over how much parents need to know.

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