Having four kids is hard enough without an alcoholic husband

DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I’m concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I don’t mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried about his health.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

How Miley Cyrus fulfilled her destiny as a superstar

Miley Cyrus returns to the Sprint Center on Tuesday night with her worldwide “Bangerz” tour, which along the way has provoked the ire of some, shall we say, less culturally aware parents wondering whatever happened to that clean-cut child star who used to be on the Disney Channel. Check out the photos to see how that little girl has evolved into one of the most famous entertainers of her generation.

Staycation or bleisure? Travel loves made-up words

Hotels advertise “bleisure” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.” Whatever you’re doing on vacation, chances are there’s a made-up word to describe it.

Some deem 'Captain Underpants' too offensive for schools and libraries

The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, the works fall into the same category — they're just too offensive and should be restricted or removed from the shelves.

Families are reining in prom spending

Visa reported in a survey this week that the average American household will spend $978 on the annual high school rite of passage for tickets, dinner, attire, flowers, limousine rental and other items. That’s down 14 percent from the $1,139 that families spent on average in 2013.

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn't likely anytime soon.

Go out on a limb for a winner

We’re not sure if these two qualify as a dynamic duo, but they sure get your attention, don’t they? You could score a $25 gift card if you write the winning entry.