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New family leave plan would require you to delay Social Security benefits

New family leave plan would require you to delay Social Security benefits

Finance
Senate Republicans are pushing a new way for families to access paid leave when they have a child. But in order to take time off, parents must be willing to take their Social Security retirement benefits a little later. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) unveiled the plan, called the CRADLE Act, on Tuesday. Under terms of the proposal, new parents would be able to take anywhere from one to three months of paid leave, as long as they agreed to postpone the start of their Social Security retirement benefits. It's not the first time paid fam...
Giants CEO Larry Baer takes leave of absence after scuffle with wife

Giants CEO Larry Baer takes leave of absence after scuffle with wife

Sports
March 4 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence after a video was released Friday showing a public altercation with his wife. The video -- released by TMZ -- showed the Giants executive grabbing a cellphone from his wife's hands while the couple was at a park. Baer's wife, Pam, eventually fell to the ground while screaming. "The Board of Directors of San Francisco Baseball Associates is closely monitoring the matter involving Giants President and CEO Larry Baer," the Giants said in a statement. "Pursuant to League policy, Major League Baseball is taking the lead in gathering all facts surrounding the situation. The organization is cooperating fully with the process. "Mr. Baer has acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organizat...
Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Health
Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said.Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates, 77% said they were not given enough time off.One in 10 parents had to leave their job as a result of their baby's stay in hospital, the results suggest.The government is reviewing rules for parents of premature and sick babies.Gemma Reid, from Surrey, gave up her job as a special educational needs teacher when her son, Gabriel, was born 15 weeks early.Gabriel suffered heart, brain and lung problems and developed sepsis.'Big difference'When Gabriel was born, Gemma, 34, and husband Andy, 37, decided to...
Insects leave tiny traces of DNA on the flowers they visit

Insects leave tiny traces of DNA on the flowers they visit

Science
Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed new tools for identifying the tiny traces of DNA on flower petals left behind by insect visitors. By analyzing DNA signatures on flower petals, scientists can more easily track the movement and feeding patterns of vulnerable pollinators like bees and butterflies, as well as identify novel plant-insect relationships. Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is the mix of genetic material left behind by organisms. Previously, scientists have analyzed eDNA from ocean samples to characterize biological diversity in different marine ecosystems. Because a single meadow or field can host hundreds of insect species that visit hundreds of different plant species, tracking biological activity can prove difficult. The latests DNA analysis techniques "I have worked with ...