January 31, 2012 RSS feed / Family & Friends

Nearly 14-lb. baby boy born in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has given birth to a boy weighing 13 pounds and 13 ounces — without the aid of surgery. Asher Stewardson was born Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, measuring 23 1/2 inches long. More...

New federal map for what to plant reflects warming

WASHINGTON Global warming is hitting not just home, but garden. The government’s colorful map of planting zones, most often seen on the back of seed packets, is changing, illustrating a hotter 21st century. More...

The scoop on snow shoveling

WEST ORANGE, N. J. — Each year, more than 70,000 individuals seek medical attention for injuries related to snow shoveling, including about 11,000 who are seen in hospital emergency rooms. More...

Dinner with the Smileys Jan. recap

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

This project began out of desperation. When my three boys — ages 5, 9 and 11 — said it would be sad to see their Navy dad’s empty seat at the dinner table while he is away on a yearlong deployment, I set out to fill the void. More...