It was happy hour at the "Frog Shack," a tiny building at the Los Angeles Zoo offering all the amenities that Southern California's rarest - and perhaps fussiest - amphibians might need to survive. Aeration and water filtration systems hummed softly in rows of temperature-controlled tanks, where tadpoles of the southern mountain yellow-legged frog binged on a mix of algae flakes and vitamins. ...

CHICAGO - Most people who have a license to own a gun will never know what it is like to shoot and kill another human being. That's exactly how it should be. But increasingly, since Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law in 2013, people are killing other people with legal guns. And no one, it seems, is all that interested in determining whether the shootings are ...

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is due to give birth in about two months and we're worried about our dog, a 120-pound Bernese mountain dog who's less of a pet and more a part of the family. We keep hearing that it's dangerous to have a giant dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it? And is there some way to prepare our dog and keep our baby safe? A: ...

Because the husband is more a kid at heart than I am, he says we need to find souvenirs for the grandkids while on a trip we are taking. I can be a kid at heart, too, but I also can be a mathematician-and even cheap, tacky souvenirs x 11 grands, quickly adds up. The better half states that adults may be divided on the value of tacky souvenirs, but children are not. He says that children are of ...