WASHINGTON -- Fathers with children younger than 18 are now about as likely as mothers to say they feel pressed for time and have difficulty balancing the demands of work and home, according to a major report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
Far more fathers say they feel they aren't spending enough time with their children: 46 percent, compared with 23 percent of mothers. Although fathers' time with children has tripled since 1965, fathers still spend only about half as much time with their children, on average, as do mothers. The report found that fathers are also less likely than mothers to think that they're doing a good job as a parent.
Detroit to get manager
DETROIT -- Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan said Thursday that his administration was proceeding with plans to send an emergency manager to run the state's largest city, and that he favored a lawyer who worked on Chrysler's bankruptcy proceedings for the job.
Mr. Snyder said he was recommending Kevyn D. Orr, a Washington lawyer and partner at Jones Day who has focused on restructuring businesses, to become Detroit's first emergency manager.
Detroit has been strained by annual cash shortages and $14 billion in long-term liabilities even as residents have complained of fading, insufficient services.
Boston scraps school plan
BOSTON -- The Boston School Committee, in a momentous vote Wednesday, scrapped a school assignment plan developed under court-ordered desegregation almost a quarter century ago and embraced a new system that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.
Starting in fall 2014, the city will do away with three sprawling assignment zones that the School Department has operated since 1989, each of which offers about two dozen school choices.
Under the new policy, a computer algorithm will generate a list of at least six schools from which parents will be able to choose based on a variety of factors, such as distance from school, school capacity and performance. At least four of the school choices will be of medium or high quality.
GOP seeks next candidate
OXON HILL, Md. -- Republicans at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference are looking for a way forward for a party that has lost four of the past six presidential elections. For many, the path to 2016 begins with a lesson drawn from Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid: They want a candidate who stays true to conservative principles but also pushes a more inclusive message. They acknowledge it's a delicate balance.
Most also called for leadership that attracts a more diverse electorate -- particularly the Hispanic voters who helped President Barack Obama win re-election.
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John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, told a House committee Thursday that the agency stands by its decision to allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes. He added that he doesn't believe small folding knives would enable a terrorist to take over a plane and that finding and eliminating them is time-consuming. ... An overnight standoff between the police and a gunman suspected of killing four people in upstate New York came to an end early Thursday when police stormed the abandoned motel where he was holed up and killed him in an exchange of gunfire. The gunman, identified by police as Kurt Myers, 64, went on an apparently unprovoked shooting spree at two businesses in the quiet village of Herkimer on Wednesday.