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Daily Talker: More Mothers Staying Home With Kids

More American mothers are staying at home full-time, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012. That’s up from a low of 23 percent in 2000, and 26 percent at the height of the recession in 2008.



Daily Talker: Can A Teacher Be Friends With Students On Facebook?

A long-time substitute teacher in New Hampshire is out of a job, because of how she used Facebook.

79-year-old Carol Thebarge has taught at Stevens High School in Claremont for nine years. She’s so popular, everyone calls her “Mrs. T.” and is friends with 250 students on Facebook.

That’s against school policy, and when supervisors told her to unfriend the students, she refused.



Daily Talker: Parents Defend Around-The-World Sailing Trip With Young Kids

The parents of a one-year-old girl who got sick during a sailing trip around the world are defending their decision to sail with young children.

A Navy ship rescued Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, along with their daughters Lyra and 3-year-old Cora after Lyra developed a fever and a rash over most of her body, and wasn’t responding to medications.



Daily Talker: Who Should Replace Letterman?

David Letterman’s departure from the late-night realm won’t just end an unmatched run on television. It also will close the book on an era reaching almost to the birth of TV.
During a taping of Thursday’s edition of “Late Show,” Letterman startled his audience with the news that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with CBS expires.



Daily Talker: Supreme Court Throws Out More Campaign Finance Limits

Once again, the Supreme Court has ruled that some financial limits on political contributions violate free speech rights.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court said donors can give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, and threw out the current $123,000 overall limit on contributions from individuals.



Daily Talker: Should The Pentagon Stop Selling Tobacco?

Members of the military who smoke may soon find it tougher to buy cigarettes.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he’s reviewing whether the Pentagon should ban tobacco sales and smoking on bases and ships.



Daily Talker: Rearview Cameras To Be Required In New Cars

Starting in 2018, all new cars, SUV’s minivans and light trucks sold in the United States will have to come with rearview cameras.

The rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aimed at reducing the average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year caused by backup accidents. Victims are often children and the elderly. The NHTSA believes the cameras will save about 15 lives and prevent as many as 1,125 injuries each year.



Daily Talker: Red Sox Predictions

The Boston Red Sox take the field as defending World Series champions for the first time Monday, when the team opens its season against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

It’s quite a change from a year ago when the Sox were coming off a last place season, but ended up going 20 and 10 in in their first 30 games.


Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh (Photos from Facebook/City of Boston)

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Daily Talker: Girl Kept Out Of School For Shaving Head

A 9-year-old student in Colorado who shaved her head to support her friend during a battle with cancer will be allowed to go back to school.

The Caprock Academy school board in Grand Junction, Colorado voted 3-1 to let Kamryn Renfro return to class without a week, despite breaking the public charter school’s strict dress code. Board members said administrators were correct to not let her go to class until the school until they were able to vote on a personal exception for her.