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Singer and songwriter Mariah Carey holds her daughter Monroe Cannon on stage during the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Less rush to motherhood: Delayed childbirth trend can reshape population

- The Washington Times

A federal survey being released Friday finds that the percentage of first-time mothers 35 or older has risen more than fivefold since the early 1970s, a trend toward "midlife moms" that demographers and social scientists say is having pronounced effects on the size, composition and future growth of the U.S. population.

Rebecca Hagelin

HAGELIN: Beating the spring break status quo

Amid freezing temperatures across the country, spring break plans are well underway. And we all know what the typical college or even high school spring break entails.

Tinesheia Howard uses the library at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. She spent 18 months in a homeless shelter while attending Chicago's North Lawndale College Preparatory High School. She supports a proposal to create residential programs for homeless students in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Number of U.S. homeless students at record level: report

- The Washington Times

The country's recent economic woes are still being felt in the classroom: The number of homeless American elementary and high school students has hit an all-time high, according to a new federal study released Thursday.

Nancy Jensen looks on as her son Joe, 2, gets a special treat of a little TV time on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at their home in Seattle. Ms. Jensen was a participant in a new University of Washington study on the effects of television viewing on children. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Study: Better TV might improve children's behavior

- Associated Press

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.