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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill — along party lines — to give federal employees four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, according to Salon Broadsheet. Republican Pete Sessions of Texas sarcastically said, “Maybe we just ought to let federal employees take 16 years off.” Whatever. If the bill clears the Senate, President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law.  

In somewhat related news, employers in England are laying off women in pregnancy or on maternity leave at an alarming rate that it has set off a barrage of discrimination lawsuits, according to the Guardian.

Here is some welcomed news: A large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that women who take the anti-nausea drug Metoclopramide for morning sickness do not risk harm to their babies, according to the Associated Press.

Texas has become a minority-majority state due to the explosion of Hispanics in the border towns, according to the Laredo Morning Times.

In other news from Texas: Homeschooling parents and child protection advocates are at odds over a child abuse bill in the state legislature, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?