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Must-see: Mom's hilarious 'first day of school' photo goes viral

School's back in session, and nobody is happier than this Alabama mom.

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According to WTVM, Jena Willingham's children – Wrangler, Emmy and Sykes – headed back to Beulah Elementary School in Valley on Monday. Willingham celebrated the occasion by sharing a photo of herself lounging in the pool, drink in hand, as her kids, clad in school attire, look on.

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"Happy First Day of School everyone!" reads the now-viral post, which has been shared more than 9,000 times on Facebook.

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WTVM reported that Willingham said "her children have been arguing all summer, and she told them she was counting down the days until school starts so that she could have a pool day."

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Boy saves baby sister during massive house fire, becomes honorary firefighter

An 8-year-old boy is being called a hero after saving his baby sister during a fire.

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Harrison Holt was awarded the title of honorary firefighter by the Milan-Dummer Fire Department in New Hampshire for his quick thinking as his home went up in flames last month.

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Dad John Holt had just finished mowing the lawn when he noticed smoke coming from the home’s attached shed, according to WMUR.

>> On HotTopics.TV: North Carolina girl honored by police after pulling unconscious cousin out of pool

Holt grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the shed.

“By the time I got down there, it was fairly out of control already,” said Holt.

Harrison quickly dialed 911 and got his sister out of the house.

“Harry has her in one arm and the phone in the other, just chatting to 911,” Holt said.

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The fire destroyed the home, WMUR reported.

The family had recently practiced a fire safety drill.

“Exit drills in the home, use smoke detectors, practice it, make sure the children are familiar with it,” said Fire Chief Bud Chapman.

This senior couple's 90-second wedding kiss 'was one for the ages'

After their engagement photos went viral in June, 70-year-old Murphy Wilson and 67-year-old Lucinda Myers tied the knot at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, on July 29 in front of friends and family.

>> Older couple’s engagement photo goes viral, shows it’s ‘never too late’ for love

Those in attendance at the ceremony, including the couple’s combined 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, witnessed a memorable moment as the couple shared a 90-second kiss at the front of the church.

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“The kiss was one for the ages, and by the end had the entire church erupting into cheers,” Danita Jones told Yahoo Style. Jones is one of Wilson’s daughters who helped plan the wedding and reception with his other daughter, Gina Woods, through Productions by Danita Jones.

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It’s the second marriage for both Wilson and Myers, but they know they have a special love for each other.

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“This is one of the greatest days of my life, to be able to marry the love of my life,” Myers told family at the reception.

Your kitchen sponge is filthier than your toilet, study says

The toilet bowl holds quite a bit of muck, but according to a recent report, there’s another item in your home that’s even filthier: your kitchen sponge.

Researchers in Germany conducted a study to determine the different types of bacteria found on a sponge. To do so, they sequenced the DNA of 28 samples of bacteria collected from 14 sponges. 

 >> Dirtier than the toilet? These 5 items are among the filthiest in your home

They found 118 genera of bacteria. That’s more than what’s found on toilets. 

"Despite common misconception, it was demonstrated that kitchen environments host more microbes than toilets. This was mainly due to the contribution of kitchen sponges, which were proven to represent the biggest reservoirs of active bacteria in the whole house," the study said.

>> On AJC.com: Toothbrushes can be more germ-ridden than a toilet seat

However, the scientists noted that most of the genera of bacteria discovered was not harmful. The pathogens that were found were most concerning, because those can cause infections among humans. 

>> On AJC.com: How well are you cleaning the 10 filthiest places in your kitchen?

"Kitchen sponges are likely to collect, incubate and spread bacteria from and back onto kitchen surfaces, from where they might eventually find their way into the human body," the study said. “Direct contact of a sponge with food and/or the human hands might transfer bacteria in and onto the human body, where they might cause infections, depending on their pathogenic potential.”

Although many boil or microwave sponges to rid of toxins, analysts found that the latter method only kills 60 percent of bacteria. Plus, the bacteria could increase after cleaning, because the microbes re-colonize. 

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To minimize the spread of germs, researchers suggests that people replace their sponges at least once a week.

Barack Obama’s birthday is now a holiday in Illinois

To celebrate former President Barack Obama’s 56th birthday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner officially named the day a holiday in Illinois as a gift to Obama.

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All it took was Rauner’s signature to officially name Aug. 4 Obama Day, a day to celebrate, reflect and honor the Chicago-based former president. Ending his political career as 44th president of the United States, Obama’s rise in politics began when he was elected Illinois state senator, which led to his election in the U.S. Senate.

RELATED: Former President Obama unveiled plans for his future presidential center in Chicago

With the new holiday in place some Chicagoans may wonder about work and school closings, but life will continue on as normal on Obama Day, according to NBC Chicago. The day of honor will not get Chicagoans a day off of work or school, but it will still be there to remind them of the accomplishments made by the former president.

While Rauner’s original plan was to make the day a legal holiday, this was halted by his concerns for the economic impact it could have on the state at a time when lawmakers are struggling to pay a $15 billion backlog of bills, according to DNAinfo.

"It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said back in February. "I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration."

Supporters of Obama embraced the day, taking to social media with the hashtag #ObamaDay to post some of their favorite memories of the Obama term and to wish the former president a happy birthday.

Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

One stranger's act of kindness is showing others around the world what a little compassion can mean to someone.

While aboard a plane, Kesha Bernard of Savannah, Georgia, offered to help a fellow mother when two of her three children started crying and screaming before takeoff. The Alaska Airlines flight was delayed due to weight issues.

While Bernard waited for others who were closer to help, she noticed that instead many were "huffing and puffing."

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“Toddlers cry,” Bernard said. “You could be the most disciplined mother on the planet, and this could happen to you.”

After waiting for about 15 minutes, Bernard got up out of her seat and went a few rows back to ask the mother if she needed help.

Bernard told WSB-TV’s Kimberly Richardson the woman looked at her with complete longing and was beyond appreciative.

The mother said yes, and handed her one of her three children.

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As Bernard walked back to her seat, she says the baby immediately stopped crying, and eventually fell asleep in her arms.

The moral of the story? “Be nice and considerate,” Bernard said. “If someone needs help, for God's sake help them.”

The message, which has over 221,000 likes and almost 100,000 shares, concluded with: “How can we ignore a human in distress? Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another. It makes everything easier. I promise you won’t die.”

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Must-see: Kayaker with beer lets the good times roll during New Orleans floods

Flooding in parts of New Orleans apparently didn't stop some adventurers from enjoying their Saturday in the Big Easy.

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Famous 2-legged dog ejected in rollover car accident found after day-long search

A vacation turned tragic Friday night when a Washington family hit a bison with their truck and lost their beloved two-legged boxer, who is known around the world. 

After a day-long search the dog was found, according to an animal rescue group.

Gary Walters, his fiancee Amanda Giese, and her two children were traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Island Park around 11 p.m. when they struck a bison on U.S. Highway 20 at mile marker 403 near Idaho Highway 87. The family’s truck rolled multiple times and two of the three family dogs were ejected from the vehicle. 

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Duncan Lou Who is a two-legged boxer born with his rear legs fused in an X shape. His legs were removed because they were twisting Duncan's spine.

Duncan first rose to fame when a YouTube video was posted of his first trip to the beach. The video has been viewed nearly 7 million times.

The family is asking anyone who wants to help search for Duncan to meet them at the crash site. Regular updates are being posted on the Panda Paws Rescue Facebook page.

If found, the family asks that you please call (360) 609-7416 or (541) 690-6968.

WATCH: Man and cat’s handshake game is blowing people's minds

Secret handshakes and spirited fist bumps have been taken to a whole new level.

A man taught his cat how to fist-bump like a pro, and of course, it was all caught on camera.

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The cat smoothly sticks out its paw for a high-five and brings it home with a fist-paw bump. 

The video was shared to Twitter on Aug. 2 and has gone viral within days, with over 50,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes.

Suicide rate for teen girls hits 40-year record high -- is social media to blame?

According to new data released Thursday by Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among 15- to 19-year-old girls doubled between 2007 and 2015, reaching a 40-year high.

» RELATED: Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend's suicide, accused of convincing him to commit suicide via text messages 

That means for every 100,000 American girls in 2015, 5 died by suicide.

Additionally, the suicide rate among teen boys in the same age group and year range rose by more than 30 percent.

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The analysis mirrors a rising national trend in suicide rates across all age groups, CDC suicide expert Thomas Simon told CNN.

» RELATED: Read the full CDC report

So, what’s going on?

Experts such as Simon and Carl Tishler, adjunct associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the Ohio State University, said there are a lot of possible factors.

» RELATED: How to keep your kids safe on social media 

Some factors include substance abuse, relationship conflicts, lack of emotional support, the stigma associated with mental health, exposure to violence and economic instability.

Tishler specifically cited the rise of the opioid epidemic as a possible factor.

“Some of the opiate or heroin overdoses in adolescents may be interpreted by emergency departments as suicides. There may be more internet suicides,” Tishler told CNN.

» RELATED: The more social media you use, the lonelier you feel, study says

What about social media?

While some public health studies have shown negative effects of social media on young people’s mental health and well-being, Simon said social media isn’t always negative.

“Social media can help increase connections between people, and it's an opportunity to correct myths about suicide and to allow people to access prevention resources and materials,” he told CNN.

» RELATED: This social media platform is the worst for cyberbullying 

Still, he acknowledges that cyberbullying can greatly impact vulnerable youth.

Additionally, cyberbullying in social media may negatively influence teenage girls more than boys, according to Emory University School of Medicine professor Dorian Lamis.

» RELATED: Should kids be watching new Netflix series on teen suicide? 

“Some research has suggested that the timing of puberty in girls is a contributing factor for the increased suicide rate,” Lamis told CNN.

Lamis said the hormonal, mental and physical changes associated with puberty may leave teen girls “vulnerable to depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders earlier on in life.”

“The message for parents, teachers, coaches and religious leaders is to not be afraid to talk to a young person when they are concerned,” Simon said.

Read more from CNN.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, or if you are concerned for someone else, here are some helpful resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours)

Call 1-800-273-8255

Online chat

Suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians and families

Suicide prevention resources for teens

Suicide prevention resources for survivors of suicide loss

More resources and programs at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

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