Border patrol agent's gender reveal party ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire

Border patrol agent’s gender reveal party ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire

An off-duty border patrol agent wanted an explosive gender reveal party for his family and friends, but he ended up igniting a wildfire that spread to Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

Microsoft announces the Surface Laptop 2

Another bit of expected news at today’s big Microsoft event. Here’s the latest version of the Surface Laptop. Once again, not a lot of changes on the outside of the product — which might be for the best. After all, the Laptop is presently my favorite member o…

This is Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2

One last piece of hardware from today’s Microsoft event. The company issued an update to what is arguably the most compelling member of the Surface family. The company’s innovative iMac competitor, the Surface Studio got a refresh today, as expected. As with …

Lens: Gordon Parks on Poverty, the ‘Most Savage of Human Afflictions’

Mr. Parks realized the power of empathy to help people understand poverty. In this 1961 photo essay, he took readers inside the lives of a Brazilian boy, Flavio da Silva, and his family, who lived in a favela in the hills outside Rio de Janeiro.

British Town Blames Spiders for Ghostly Sound of Children Singing at Night

Can you think of anything creepier in the middle of the night than the distant, melancholy sounds of children singing? It’s pure nightmare fuel, but it was also the reality for a small family in eastern England who for months reportedly had to endure a haunti…

In the 1950s, a Jewish Family Fled Egypt. Their Brooklyn Bakery Offers a Taste of That World.

In the 1950s, a Jewish Family Fled Egypt. Their Brooklyn Bakery Offers a Taste of That World.

Mansoura has been serving Turkish delight, baklava and other kosher treats in Gravesend, Brooklyn, since 1961.

U.S. housing starts rise on jump in multi-family construction

U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in August, a positive sign for the housing market which has underperformed the broader economy amid rising interest rates for home loans.

Family helping family in Florence

The Coast Guard, Cajun Navy and other groups have come to the Carolinas to rescue people from Hurricane Florence. But in the end, it’s family that most people turn to. (Sept. 15)

Five Baby Squirrels Who Got Their Tails Tangled in a Knot Are Fine Now, Thanks

A family of Eastern grey squirrels in Wisconsin got a little too close-knit this weekend after five juveniles got their tails tangled together. The squirrels are fine, we PROMISE, so don’t feel too bad for gawking at them. Read more…

Sorry, Internet, Brett Kavanaugh’s Missing Wedding Ring Isn’t New

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct, is currently blubbering before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an attempt to paint himself as a victim, a champion of women, and a family man. Naturally, some viewers notice…

Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story

Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story

The 10-episode Haunting of Hill House reimagines Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel. But instead of focusing on a paranormal investigator who decides to investigate a haunted home, director Mike Flanagan adapts the story to tell a sprawling family drama t…

Brett Kavanaugh draws a sharp rebuke from ‘The Twilight Zone’ family

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.” When Brett Kavanaugh pushed back against his third accuser, Julie Swetnick, in a Wednesday statement, the Twilight Zone quote is the one that made the rounds. Now, the daughter of series creator Rod Serling has…

Mike Curtis, Airbnb’s VP of engineering, is leaving

Airbnb’s head of engineering will leave the company before the end of 2018 to pursue other projects and focus on his family. The news was first reported by The Information and later confirmed to TechCrunch by Airbnb. Curtis joined the home-sharing platform in…

Gigi and Bella Hadid recreate iconic ‘Beetlejuice’ scene and excuse me while I burst into song

Ever wondered what a family dinner is like at the Hadid household? ‘Course you have! Turns out it’s quite, errr, theatrical, judging by a Vogue video showing the Hadid siblings — Gigi, Bella, and Anwar — having dinner with their mom Yolanda. The family recrea…

Separated for 51 Days, a Reunited Migrant Family Starts a New Life in Oregon

When a Guatemalan mother was picked up by the Border Patrol in June, her two children were taken away for nearly two months. Now they are starting school in America while she tries to get asylum.

Family: Ford's sisters-in-law speak out

Family: Ford’s sisters-in-law speak out

Deborah Ford Peters and Sandra Mendler, Christine Blasey Ford’s sisters-in-law, describe how it felt to watch Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

How to Get the Best Dynamic Desktop Wallpaper for Windows 10

Windows: While you might be wedded to your desktop wallpaper—be it a picture of your family, your favorite Internet pet, or something else amazing—there’s no reason you can’t have a little variety each day. All those Apple fans might get macOS Mojave’s dynami…

California Today: California Today: To Tell the Brown Family Saga, Start in 1852

Wednesday: The historian Miriam Pawel talks about the governor’s family history, Christine Blasey Ford wants an F.B.I. investigation, and a Santa Barbara teenager finds $10,000.

As Florence Death Toll Climbs, Families Grapple with Loss of Infants

Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her son, Adam, in a family photograph. Both were killed when a tree fell on their home.

One Reason for Slow Wage Growth? More Benefits

Best Buy, the electronics retailer, began offering four weeks of paid time off to its employees, including part-time workers, to take care of family members.

Meghan, car doors and selfies: What the Royal Family can't do

Meghan, car doors and selfies: What the Royal Family can’t do

From selfies to car doors, etiquette expert William Hanson discusses royal rules with Bela Shah.

Ted Cruz asked if he lost his dignity

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is asked during a debate with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) if he lost his dignity by supporting President Trump after Trump insulted Cruz and his family during the 2016 election.

Cameras catch moment between Bush, Michelle Obama

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at Sen. John McCain’s funeral in Washington where former president George W. Bush was seen passing an item to former first lady Michelle Obama.

Nicaraguans scared of end of protections

Cassandra has lived and worked in the US over 20 years. Threats to her life have been made to her family and friends back in Nicaragua. It would be “suicide” to move back, she says.

What’s Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of August 27, 2018

If you haven’t watched season 1 of Ozark, the Southern Gothic thriller starring Jason Bateman as a crooked-but-well-intentioned dad who moves his family to Missouri to launder cash for a Mexican cartel, then you have a few days to mainline it before season 2 …

Google’s parental control software Family Link expands to teens

Google’s parental control software Family Link expands to teens

Google’s parental control software for mobile devices, Family Link, will now help parents of teenagers, too. The company announced this morning the addition of new features aimed at parents of children over the age of 13. Perhaps the most controversial choice…

Political family feud raises eyebrows

Six siblings attack their congressman brother in a political ad created by his opponent. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on the mother of all political family feuds.

How to Be a Happier Parent, With Journalist K.J. Dell’Antonia

In this episode, KJ Dell’Antonia—journalist and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute—joins Offspring editor Michelle Woo to discuss how to make your family life less stressful and even—dare we…

Once a Summer Camp, Now a Family Home

In the Connecticut wilderness, the Portuguese hotel designer Alexandra Champalimaud has created an unexpected respite.

Ari Fuld killing: $1m raised for family by crowdfunders

An American Israeli stabbed to death in the occupied West Bank had a large social media following.

Slain Dallas man's family says warrant is part of a smear campaign against him

Slain Dallas man’s family says warrant is part of a smear campaign against him

The mother of Botham Shem Jean says her son has become the target of a smear campaign since an off-duty Dallas police officer killed him in his own apartment more than a week ago.

Toddler with terminal cancer gets early Christmas

Two-year-old Brody Allen from Ohio suffers from an inoperable form of brain cancer, so family and friends decided to celebrate the holiday season a little early this year.

Meghan Markle takes on first solo project as a royal

In her first solo project as a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex is supporting a new charity cookbook showcasing recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

Boy with terminal cancer gets early Christmas

Two-year-old Brody Allen from Ohio suffers from an inoperable form of brain cancer, so family and friends decided to celebrate the holiday season a little early this year.

Attorney says why Manafort plead guilty

Paul Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, makes a brief statement, saying Manafort accepted responsibility and that he “wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.”

Grace Notes: Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald Sang It. She Says Her Father Wrote It.

Grace Notes: Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald Sang It. She Says Her Father Wrote It.

“Blue Moon” is credited to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. A documentary filmmaker tried to get to the bottom of a family story that it was really written by her father.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Easily Holds Off Cynthia Nixon in New York Democratic Primary

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo holding his ballot on Thursday. Mr. Cuomo’s accomplishments in his seven-plus years in office include an increase in the minimum wage, paid family leave, strong gun control law and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

College or Pro? It’s a Tough Call When You’re 12

Olivia Moultrie and her family are challenging long-held assumptions about the best way to develop an American women’s soccer star. U.S. Soccer and the University of North Carolina are among those watching closely.

The lasting effects of family separations, as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old

Alejandro and his mom journeyed for days without food, stuck in a putrid bus with 65 strangers stuffed “all on top of each other.” Then they reached the US, where their nightmare really began.

An Inverted Jenny Surfaces. The Flawed Stamp Had Not Been Seen Since 1918.

An Inverted Jenny stamp, with a biplane upside down, is considered one of the most valuable stamps in the world. This one has been owned for decades by a family in Illinois.

Syracuse New York shooting 'leaves seven injured'

Syracuse New York shooting ‘leaves seven injured’

Shots rang out as a family met to celebrate the life of a loved one who had recently died, reports say.

Bentley, the dog who went missing after a fatal car crash, makes it home

Nearly three weeks ago Bentley, a one-year-old Goldendoodle, was thrown from a Jeep that crashed in Colorado. The pup’s family, friends, and strangers have been searching for him ever since. Finally, Bentley was spotted this weekend and successfully reunited …

BBC presenter’s family pay hugely loving Twitter tribute following her death

BBC presenter Rachael Bland spent the last two years of her life working to help others cope with cancer. On Wednesday, Bland’s family shared a heartbreaking tweet via her account, announcing she’d passed away from breast cancer at age 40. SEE ALSO: 5 tips to…

Fall movie preview: What to watch if you’re with the family

Welcome to our 2018 fall movie preview. We’ll be coming at you all week with the movies you need to know over the next few months. We’ve already covered what to watch if you want something emotional or offbeat. Today, the films to see with your family. The fa…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have added a furry friend to their family

With the Royal Wedding now in the rearview mirror, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are taking the next big step in their marriage: They’re adopting a dog. The newlyweds have reportedly adopted a Labrador according to People. SEE ALSO: Prince …

Finally released after four years of captivity under Islamic State

Finally released after four years of captivity under Islamic State

Ghazal’s family raised thousands of dollars to get her and her children released.

Lens: He Photographed What Hurricane Maria ‘Couldn’t Take Away’ From His Family

Eliam, the photographer’s cousin, cooling off in a small pool of water after hiking down from their grandfather’s home, in the barrio of Dajaos. Villalba, P.R., July 2018.

2-Year-Old Boy With Deadly Cancer Gets an Early Christmas From His Neighbors

Shilo Allen holding her son Brody, 2, on Friday outside their home in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Brody’s family was told that he had an aggressive form of brain cancer in May and he stopped treatment last month.

Canters restaurant royalty raises $9.5 million for Ordermark, a takeout order management service

Alex Canter knows the restaurant business. The scion of Los Angeles’ famous first family of the deli business — the owners of the eponymous Canters restaurant — Canter has been in the food business longer than many seasoned restauranteurs twice his age. While…

One Face of Immigration in America Is a Family Tree Rooted in Asia

More of the United States population is foreign-born now than at any time since 1910. Many immigrants came through family reunification policies that the Trump administration hopes to scale back.

What’s the best way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken?

What’s the best way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken?

Is there anything better than a nicely roasted rotisserie chicken from the store? Just pick one of those bad boys up, and you’ve got dinner already halfway made. Depending on the size of your family, though, you might end up with a few pieces of leftover bird…

Off the Registry: Homemade Wedding Gifts

The author’s marriage ring, which she made for her older daughter’s wedding. The ring is a collection of marital advice from family members.

Charged With Killing His Family, Colorado Man Turns Blame on Wife

Christopher Watts, accused of killing his wife and two daughters, at a bond hearing last week. Mr. Watts told the police that he killed his wife after she strangled the children, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

California Today: California Today: A Rare Look Inside Steve Jobs’s Family

Friday: Diving into Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s memoir about her famous father, Duncan Hunter pleads not guilty, and surfing the Wedge on an air mattress.

Family of Jordan Edwards Says 15 Years Is Not Enough for Officer Who Murdered Him

Jordan’s stepmother realized immediately that the sentence was as long as his life: 15 years. “That’s not enough because Jordan can’t see life again,” she said.