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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.

>> See the photo here

"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."

Read more here.

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.

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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Procter & Gamble’s new ad ‘The Talk’ tackles racial bias

Procter & Gamble has, in the past, worked to used commercials to not only advertise its brands, but to bring greater awareness to bias that exists in many forms.

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The Cincinnati-based company’s latest effort, “The Talk,” is no exception.

2-minute version of the commercial depicts “the inevitable conversations many black parents have with their children about racial bias to prepare, protect and encourage them,” according to the company.

“Listen,” a mother says assuringly to her son on the front porch of their rural home. “It’s an ugly, nasty word and you are gonna hear it. Nothing I can do about that, but you are not going to let that word hurt you.”

Another mother sending her daughter off to camp gently reminds her, “Remember. You can do anything that they can. Difference is you’ve got to work twice as hard and be twice as smart.”

A teen son is warned by his mother to bring his ID just “in case they stop you.” And a woman advises her adult daughter about what to do when she gets pulled over.

“This is not about you getting a ticket,” the mother says. “This is about you coming home.”

In a scene toward the end that ties back to the video’s start, a mother tells her young daughter that being told by a woman at a store that she was “pretty for a black girl” was not a compliment and reminds her “You are beautiful, period. OK? Don’t ever forget that.”

The commercial wraps up with the words “Let’s talk about ‘The Talk’ so we can end the need to have it,” followed by the P&G logo and its “My Black is Beautiful” trademark.

“These depictions of ‘The Talk’ illustrate that while times have changed, racial bias still exists,” the company said in a post to its website.

P&G is doing its best “to ensure others see the world we too want for our daughters and sons,” according to the company.

“As a corporate citizen we have a unique opportunity, and a responsibility, to use our voice and our resources for good,” reads the post. “Through our brands, we can bring greater awareness to bias that exists in many forms, sparking conversations that motivate change, creating new expectations for people to live up to, and ultimately helping to create more equal opportunities for all.

“A more equal world is good for us, our consumers and our community.”

Florida woman scammed couple adopting her child, police say

A woman in Tampa got arrested on Friday after police said she scammed a couple trying to adopt her child.

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Jessica Bottoms, 32, allegedly collected money from the couple knowing she was not going to give up the baby, WFTS reports. 

Tampa police said Bottoms agreed to put her unborn child up for adoption in December 2015. When the child was born early, Bottoms did not tell the couple and kept collecting money from them. 

The victims found out the baby was born two weeks early, and they had already given Bottoms more than $1,000 in those two weeks, according to WFTS. 

In total, Bottoms got paid more than $7,200 in cash, gift cards and other services for the adoption plan.

>> Police: Florida man set pregnant girlfriend on fire in front of kids

The couple said they were aware that they could lose money in the process if the mother backed out, but contacted authorities when they learned they were still paying Bottoms while the baby was already born. 

"We understood that she had the option to parent and we respected that," the couple, who remains unidentified, told WFTS. "But we didn't want her to do this to another family."

Bottoms was released from the county jail on a $2,000 bond, arrest records show. 

Read more at WFTS

Teacher invites 20 students to be in her wedding

A bride is thanking 20 kindergarten and first-grade students for making her wedding day extra special.

>> Watch a video about the ceremony here

Indianapolis teacher Marielle Slagel Keller, 25, tied the knot on June 24. She knew the day wouldn’t be complete without including her 20 students and their families, who helped her through the wedding planning process, ABC News reports.

>> See photos from the wedding here

“They mean the world to me,” Slagel Keller told WTHR. “The kids and their families were part of the whole wedding planning process with me and gave me so much support along the way. They are a huge part of who I am, and it would not have felt right to not have them there.”

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The kids all wore white and walked down the aisle just before their teacher, holding garlands. Photos captured the touching moment.

Husband Mike Keller said he had some reservations at first but admitted that everything went perfectly.

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“I said, ‘This is lovely,’ but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, ‘There’s a 25 percent chance this will go according to plan,'" Mike Keller told ABC News. “But she really had a passion for it on this special day, and I’m glad she went with it. It ended up being perfect.”

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Slagel Keller said having her students be a part of the day made it even more special.

“To have those kids walk down the aisle for me was really special. There were a lot of tears,” she said.

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal.

Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town.

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Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister.

An hour and a half later, Jennifer went to check on the her and discovered the room was roasting hot. She panicked when she couldn’t wake Anastasia.

Jennifer shared a photo of the scary moment in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. In the photo, Anastasia’s skin is red and swollen.

“THIS is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heatstroke,” Jennifer wrote.

>> Protect your kids from the heat

First responders quickly arrived and discovered Anastasia’s blood sugar was dangerously low and her body temperature was at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to "Today."

“They administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying, clearly scared,” Jennifer wrote.

The temperature inside the room was around 122 degrees.

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“Hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car,” Jennifer wrote.

She said she’s grateful for the first responders’ swift action to revive her daughter.

“We definitely had god on our side yesterday,” Jennifer wrote.

Boy with autism receives rainbow photos from around the world after losing parents

People from around the world are sending 9-year-old Robbie Ecuyer pictures of rainbows after his parents died just 22 days apart in May.

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Crystal Skawinski, Robbie’s aunt, gained custody of her nephew after her sister, Shelly Ecuyer, died on May 2 from gastroparesis and cystic fibrosis, and her brother-in-law, Robert Ecuyer, died on May 24 after a battle with addiction. She soon became Robbie’s legal guardian.

“The first loss, my sister, was hard enough,” Skawinski, a mother of two from Cohoes, New York, told ABC News. “He lost his bedroom, his toys, his mom, his dad and everything that was consistent in his life. Robbie is autistic and the consistency in life is what [he is] used to, so all of that was taken away.”

She added that gaining custody "helped pull me out of the depression from the death of my sister. There was no second-guessing. Robbie was mine now and that was that.”

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Robbie, who loves rainbows, was told that when his mom died, she went “over the rainbow bridge.” The day after she died, Erica Toma, a family member, took a picture of a double rainbow that appeared over Robbie’s school.

“I sent [the photo] to his father to help make a mental picture for Robbie,” Toma said. “As you see, one rainbow so strong and another quite vague — another symbol for Robbie to understand mommy was waiting for daddy. Now we find double rainbows all over.”

Seeing the rainbow brought joy to Robbie, but after there wasn’t one the next day, Skawinski took to Facebook to ask for rainbow pictures from around the world using the hashtag #rainbowsforrobbie.

She made the request on July 22, and since then, Robbie has received more than 4,000 rainbow pictures from places including Niagara Falls, Australia, Hawaii and Taiwan. She said she hopes to put the pictures together in a slideshow with music for Robbie.

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“It’s very comforting knowing that so many people have reached out to him with the simple request of a rainbow,” Skawinski said. “It’s like he has a whole world behind him now.”

Those who would like to send a rainbow to Robbie can do so by clicking here.

Doctor preparing to have her own baby takes break to help mother in labor

You can say a doctor is never really off the clock, and for Amanda Hess, that’s also true even during labor. 

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The obstetrician-gynecologist was preparing to give birth at a hospital in Kentucky but ended up delivering another patient's baby before her own. 

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Hess told WKYT that a mother in labor was further along than her -- and as a doctor, she decided to take action. 

The patient was already fully dilated while waiting for her on-call doctor to arrive at the hospital, but the patient’s baby was not going to wait, Hess said to WKYT. 

“While she was getting into her patient gown to prepare for her induction and delivery, she overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress -- that baby was coming and needed help,” Dr. Hala Sabry, a friend of Hess’s, wrote in a post on Facebook. “The patient's OBGYN was on their way but Dr. Hess ... knew that the baby needed attention now.”

“I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room, and I knew her," Hess told WKYT. 

According to Inside Edition, the woman’s room was only two doors down the hall.

Hess said she realized the patient was one of her own because she performed a checkup on her just days before, WKYT reported. 

Once Hess delivered the patient’s baby, she gave birth later that day to a healthy baby girl. 

Read more at WKYT.com.

Parents lose custody of kids due to low IQ, intellectual incapacity

A couple in Oregon are fighting to get their children back after the Department of Human Services determined they could not safely raise their sons with their low IQ scores. 

>> Florida woman scammed couple adopting her child, police say

Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler have tried for four years to prove to the state that they are “intellectually capable of raising their children,” The Oregonian reports. 

Five months ago, the state took the couple’s second son, Hunter, “directly from the hospital,” according to The Oregonian. The pair have an older son, Christopher, who was also taken shortly after his birth---almost five years ago. 

>>Man ‘having a bad day’ drags girl, dunks head underwater at Florida beach

No evidence of child abuse was found between Fabbrini and Ziegler, but the state child welfare agency terminated the couple's parental rights and made their sons available for adoption.

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Court appeal documents stated the couple has “limited cognitive abilities that interfere with (their) ability to safely parent the child.”

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"They're saying that this foster care provider is better for the child because she can provide more financially, provide better education, things like that," a former volunteer with the state agency said to The Oregonian. "If we're going to get on that train, Bill Gates should take my children.”

Documents provided by the couple revealed that Fabbrini's IQ tested at about 72, which is considered an "extremely low to borderline range of intelligence,” and Ziegler tested around 66, which is a "mild range of intellectual disability,” The Oregonian reports. The average IQ for adults is between 90 and 110.

>> Physician to parents: You're doing it wrong

According to The Oregonian, an advocacy group for disability rights tried to pass legislation in 2013 that would have banned the state from declaring a parent unfit based on a parent's intellectual disability.

The bill did not pass the state House committee. 

Read more at oregonlive.com 

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