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    Ask anyone from La Leche League and they'll tell you that boobs and children simply don't mix. Yes, you bet I'm being extremely sarcastic right now, but one Disneyland worker would definitely argue in favor of keeping our womanly assets well hidden if we want to enjoy the happiest place on Earth. He even went as far as scolding a mom for letting her cleavage peek out!

    Melissa Behnken was enjoying a day at the theme park with her Marine husband and three kids when an elderly male Disneyland worker reportedly approached her and told her she needed to "pull her top up." When she asked him if he was serious, he replied, "This is a family park. You are showing too much."

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    Four people -- a woman and three men -- are dead and almost 300 others are still missing after a ferry sank while traveling from South Korea to a nearby resort island. The ship was carrying 459 people on board and most of them were high school students on an organized field trip. As of this morning, 164 passengers -- many of whom jumped into the freezing cold Yellow Sea so they wouldn't be dragged down by the sinking ship -- have been rescued, which gives us some hope that more people will be saved.

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    What an absolutely heartbreaking story. Ten people, including five high school students, were killed in a tragic fiery crash that took place on a California highway Thursday night. The students and their adult chaperones were traveling on the I-5 from Los Angeles to visit Humboldt State University in northern California when a FedEx truck crossed a median and hit the charter bus head-on. Both vehicles erupted into flames, killing five students, three chaperones, and the drivers of both the bus and FedEx truck.

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    Ah, family vacations. The joy and the misery, amiright? Trips can be sooo much fun, but they can also be the source of some serious strife. Things really get interesting when your kids turn into tweens and teens: It seems like you just start getting used to them being able to sit through a meal in a nice-ish restaurant without eating all the crayons or throwing a tantrum, when all of a sudden, they reach the age where eye-rolling and earbuds are on the menu. Permanently.

    To make sure your much-needed (and deserved!) vacay time is smooth sailing, have your tween/teen signs off on these 10 little rules before you hit the road ...

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    I haven't always been a huge fan of long road trips. To be honest, it was just an incredibly intimidating thought. I couldn't imagine spending endless hours in a car with anyone as an adult. Perhaps it was all those family car trips in the '70s that left me a bit traumatized. My mother had this insane fear of rest stops so we traveled with a bucket. Yes, a bucket.

    So when my boyfriend and I decided to take a road trip to Miami, Florida (from Washington, DC), there was a mix of excitement and panic. I LOVED the idea of going on vacation with him. I loathed the thought of getting there. This would really be a test of our relationship. If all didn't go well, I might come back a single, albeit sun-kissed, woman.

    Despite those fears, we planned our 20-hour trek. I didn't know it at the time, but that trip essentially sealed the deal on our romance. Here's how.

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    A car isn't just a car. That's especially true if you are a mom. That four-ton machine magically morphs into an office for quick conference calls, a dining room for meals on the go, and, most surprisingly, a dimly lit stage where you just might discover a burgeoning star. Nothing seems to inspire our little ones to let loose and sing more than being strapped in the back seat. For them, it's fun. For us, it can be an awe-inspiring, heart-melting moment.

    Take a look at these future Grammy winners -- all of whom had their big debut in the back of mom's car.

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    This past weekend brought a glimmer of hope in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. After a Chinese ship detected a pulse signal from the Indian Ocean, it was determined that the signal matched that from the airline's black box. Everyone breathed a (small) sigh of relief because -- finally -- rescue teams could at the very least narrow down their search area from one that was the "size of Texas" to one the "size of Houston." After nearly a month during which the plane's disappearance has been shrouded in mystery, any news is good news at this point.

    But the underwater pulses that got everyone excited have not been heard since the weekend. Investigators are quickening the pace of the search because, they say, time is running out.

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    My husband is about to turn 50. He has visions of his feet in white sand, bottomless drinks, and me running slo-mo down a beautiful beach, Baywatch style, as our kids happily frolic nearby. I may not be able to rock that iconic red one-piece without scaring the locals, but I can book our family on a flight somewhere memorable to mark his milestone. That I can do.

    I didn't think my airfare search would stress me out as much as bathing suit shopping with a C-section pouch, but it did. Scoring good travel deals requires patience, planning, and perseverance. Here’s what I learned on my journey to find affordable airfare for my family of four.

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    There's something so fun and liberating about hitting the open road to take a trip with the family -- mainly because it's so much less of a hassle than dealing with airports, missed flights, and lack of carry-on space. But even though driving from point A to point B is a lot less stressful than air travel in many ways, it still has its fair share of ups and downs, which can really make or break the entire journey.

    Check out these photos to see seven emotional stages parents progress through when embarking on a road trip.

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    As much as we absolutely adore every waking moment we spend with our kids (well, for the most part) -- there really isn't anything better than some much needed away time with our girlfriends, whether it be for one night or an extended getaway trip.

    We look forward to it for weeks or even months on end. Then when the day of departure finally arrives? Well, a loud "WOO-HOO" is definitely required.

    But let's not kid ourselves -- going away with the girls is a little different as moms than it was when we were in our 20s, single, and carefree.

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