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Sailor gives birth on carrier in Persian Gulf

A Navy ship had a stowaway of sorts on Sunday.

A sailor checked into the medical clinic of the Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier suffering from stomach pains, the Navy Times reported.

It turns out that she was pregnant and didn't know it. 

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Hours later, Navy medical staff delivered a healthy 7-pound baby girl in the middle of the Persian Gulf.

Mother and baby are doing well, a Navy spokesperson said.

And since the closest Babies R Us is thousands of miles from the ship, the Eisenhower had to fly in diapers, formula and an incubator to help care for the baby, the Navy Times reported.

Sailors who find out they're expecting would not deploy or would leave an operational command once they hit 20 weeks.

Students rally behind deaf teen whose backpack was stuffed in toilet by bullies

High school students in Omaha, Nebraska, are rallying behind a deaf classmate after he was the target of bullies.

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Earlier this month, students at Burke High School shoved Alex Hernandez's backpack into a toilet during lunch.

"It's not OK to bully someone who is disabled, deaf or hard of hearing," Hernandez, who's been deaf since he was 1 year old, told Newsy's partners at KMTV. 

According to KMTV, Hernandez left his backpack on a chair in the school cafeteria while getting some food. And when he returned, the backpack was gone.

Hernandez immediately told school administrators about the missing bag, and they found surveillance footage that showed two male students walking off with it.

Another student later found Hernandez's belongings stuffed in a school toilet.

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The backpack contained some valuable items, including a battery for his cochlear implant, his debit card, school supplies and his English project.

"I was very upset because I know I work really hard on my project and homework because I just want to make my mom to be happy and know that I did a good job on the homework," Hernandez said.

Other students said they are outraged by the incident. 

"It just absolutely sickened me," Burke High School student Devon Fuller said.

Some of Hernandez's friends even set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to replace his ruined belongings. They raised more than $800 in just three days.

“Due to the increase and high donations, we decided to stop the fundraiser,” a student who helped organize the fundraiser tweeted. “We raised enough money for the student to replace his school supplies!”

Hernandez, who has said he wants to transfer schools, said he was grateful for the support.

"I wanted to thank all of my friends and those who wrote me for supporting me," he told KMTV. "I am very happy. It made me feel like I am not alone."

Hernandez says he wants to talk to the two students responsible and their families about doing the right thing. School officials investigating the incident issued a statement saying that the students involved "targeted an unattended backpack versus an individual student."

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So today at school my brother was bullied super hard at his high school. Some kids stole his back pack from the lunch...Posted by Analy Luevano on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Man soothes son of pregnant passenger during flight

When a man saw a pregnant woman trying to calm down her young son who was becoming upset on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta this week, he offered a helping hand.

Passenger Andrea Byrd captured the heartwarming gesture in a photo, which has gone viral after she posted it on Facebook.

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The man, who said he was a father himself, offered to walk the boy up and down the plane’s aisle so that the mother could get some rest. Byrd took a photo of the man holding the child as he walked down the aisle. Byrd said the man continued to walk the aisle with the child for most of the flight.

The Facebook post has been shared over 100,000 times. Byrd said the man’s actions “showed me today that there are still good people out there in a world full of turmoil.”

...on my flight back to Georgia I saw this man, who was a stranger to this woman, offer to help her because she was...Posted by Andrea Byrd on Monday, September 5, 2016

Bank allows parents to bring infants to work — every day

Many working mothers are forced to drop their infants off at day care. But a California bank offers a unique employee benefit: After taking maternity or paternity leave, new parents are encouraged to bring their infants to the office every day until they turn 6 months old or start to crawl.

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Alyssa Palomino works at a Schools Financial Credit Union in Roseville. She went back to work Tuesday with her 8-week-old twins, Brielynn and Mayana.

“It was one of the reasons I was interested in coming over here,” Palomino told WFAA. “I knew we were going to start a family at some point, and a huge benefit was being able to bring our babies to work for six months.”

The twins are the 129th and 130th babies to participate in the program, which began in 2001. While mothers are the primary beneficiaries of the program, nearly 20 percent have been new fathers.

“Even though you get to have time off under the law and all that, some people can’t afford to take off as much time as others,” said Lisa Mackay, the vice president of human resources at Schools Financial Credit Union. “So they end up being forced to come back to work sooner than they would want, and [have] to put their child in day care. This gives them the option to come back to work, but still be able to stay with their baby.”

While it’s true that infants can be noisy and demand a lot of attention, Mackay says that is not a problem.

“We know going in the employee is not going to be 100 percent productive. That is just part of the program, and it’s part of the intention of the program,” she said. “It’s not a problem.”

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It certainly makes the transition easier for Palomino. She is back at work earlier than she would have been otherwise — and is happy to be there.

Cotton Candy Girl becomes new internet sensation

With a blue cotton candy cone in hand and spun sugar on her face, a little girl at a Seattle Mariners game had the perfect reaction to a Seattle win -- with the help of sugar.

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Her photos and GIFs have gone viral, with people calling her Cotton Candy Girl.

Somebody isn't going to sleep anytime soon.Posted by Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fans wanted to name her the player of the game, and the team shared a Photoshopped image of Cotton Candy Girl wearing the "Swelmet," a helmet worn by the player of the game.

The player of the game ended up being Adam Lind, who hit two homers. 

"Cotton Candy Girl, unfortunately, (was) not eligible," the team tweeted.

Cotton Candy Girl's father shared a photo her sleeping on the way home from the game, saying, "Beatrix sleeps the deep and satisfied slumber of (a Mariners) victory!"

Orlando boy's confidence restored by tattoo artist's act of kindness

A 12-year-old Florida boy recently got a whole new look and a lot of his confidence back thanks to a local tattoo artist who stepped up to help.

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Xavier Holly has scoliosis and wears a back brace, something that has been hard for him, his mother, Ashley King, said.

When the boy found out in mid-August that he would have to wear the brace longer than he’d expected, King took to Facebook looking for some help.

"He's embarrassed to wear this to school," she wrote. "Last year he wore it under his shirt, but it's very noticeable, and (he) got picked on. I'm looking for a place that can possibly do an airbrush design on (his brace) in Orlando."

Angel Ruiza, owner of Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando, contacted King and offered to do the job free of charge.

"I was excited and amazed at how fast it all happened," King said.

Ruiza, who also did free Pulse-themed tattoos after the June 12 nightclub shooting, asked King what her son liked and they settled on a shark theme.

Now, instead of a conspicuous white brace, Xavier is sporting a nighttime ocean scene with a great white shark and detailed moon and sky.

"He was shocked and instantly wanted to wear it to school to show all his friends," King said.

She couldn't thank Ruiza enough for what he did for her son.

"I cried," she said. "I never expected it to be so amazing and full of details ... I'm so grateful that something like this has changed my son's confidence and makes him smile."

I'm so touched I just had to share this positive story. My son has scoliosis, and has to wear a back brace until he...Posted by Ashley King on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Okay FB , I just left the Orthopedic Dr. , And Xavier is going to have to wear this back brace  longer then expected. He...Posted by Ashley King on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Attention, parents: 4 obscure apps you need to know about

Kids and teens will pick up the newest technology fast as they head back to school, and that means they could be using apps that could put them in danger without parents even realizing it. 

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are all popular, but WFXT uncovered obscure apps that should keep parents on alert. 

Robert Siciliano, online security expert with Hotspot Shield, said what you don't know can harm your kids.

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"There are apps out there today that look and act like apps we know and trust, but they are in fact ruses – fake apps designed to confuse or lie to the parent," Siciliano said.

Siciliano took WFXT through a list of apps parents might not know about and fall off their radars:  

CALCULATOR%Siciliano said this app is designed to mask itself as the calculator app and the parent would not know that the child installed it to hide all their inappropriate pictures.  

AUDIO MANAGERHe said this app is a decoy. It's designed to pose as the audio manager for the phone, but it is in fact there to mask and hide inappropriate photos and inappropriate text messages – essentially, anything the child wants to hide from the parents.  

BURN NOTESnapchat is old news for some kids and teens, and "Burn Note" is becoming more popular. Siciliano said, "Burn Note is essentially is designed like Snapchat to hide and mask data and in the end it erases or deletes any instant messages quickly and efficiently so parents can't see it."

OMEGLESiciliano says savvy online predators are lurking on apps on your child's smartphone and you might not even know it. He warns parents to take a look to see if their kids are using Omegle.

"Omegle is another one of those apps that can facilitate chats with complete strangers, so your child could be communicating with a user named 14-year-old Charlie who is 40-year-old Ed and your kid or you may never know it," Siciliano told WFXT.  

He advises a simple step for parents to take to keep an eye on their kids' apps.

"It's really important that parents set up their devices so that they sync up with iCloud so that parents know exactly what apps are being installed on the child's device. That way, if a child installs an app, it's installed on the parents' device, as well," Siciliano said.  

Family welcomes newborn on same day for third year in a row

A family in North Dakota celebrated last week as they welcomed their third child born on the exact same day for the third consecutive year.

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The number three appears to hold some special significance for the Stevenson family. Lauren and Seth Stevenson met in 2013 and married after a three-day engagement, three months after they met, according to The Dickinson Press.

The couple welcomed their third child, Henry, on Sept. 1. He shares his birthday with his siblings, 1-year-old sister Tommie and 2-year-old brother Axel.

"We were just overwhelmed with excitement and joy," Lauren Stevenson told "Good Morning America." "A healthy baby boy and the fact that he came on Sept. 1, the doctors, the nurses, my husband and I -- we just couldn't believe it."

Like his sister Tommie, Henry was born three days earlier than doctors expected. Axel's due date was Aug. 31, according to "Good Morning America."

The children were delivered by Dr. William Lowe, the family's obstetrician, at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson.

"I think it's going to be a lot like herding cats. (It's) going to be very difficult (but) a lot of fun," he told KFYR. "They're young. They can do the running around they need to do. If the grandparents keep all three for the weekend, they're going to be exhausted by the end of the weekend, I'm pretty sure."

Lauren Stevenson told The Dickinson Press she hopes to have another child, although the family will likely wait for a few years. Axel and Tommie have been well-behaved, and "that's why we didn't have the common sense to stop," Seth Dickinson joked with the Press.

"Every time we try to have their birthdays, I'm always in the hospital having a baby," Lauren Stevenson told "Good Morning America." "I think for their birthdays we can have one big party. If they can share together, we can do one big birthday cake. If not, we'll have to give them their own cake and get them each their own present."

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson shares Labor Day message, photo of daughter

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is working hard to instill good values in his baby girl.

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On Labor Day, he shared a heartwarming photo and a story about a philosophical talk he had with his 8-month-old daughter, Jasmine.

"In the spirit of Labor Day, I had an amazing philosophical conversation with my baby girl about the value of hard work and how respect is given when it's earned," Johnson wrote on Facebook.

The photo shows Jasmine sitting on her dad's shoulders, staring into the camera with her big, blue eyes. Her hands are placed on his head, and Johnson wrote that she loves "drum time on daddy's big head."

"I told her, 'Baby girl when you grow up, you get out there and dent the universe thru hard work and sweat. And always make sure you do it in a positive way with class, dignity and respect,'" Johnson wrote.

But apparently, little Jasmine wasn't having any of it.

"She responded by poo'ing on me in this moment," Johnson wrote.

The wrestler turned actor also noted that Labor Day is one of his favorite holidays, "as we celebrate the blue collar American worker and their contributions to our country thru labor and sweat."

Its Labor Day. One of my favorite holidays as we celebrate the blue collar American worker and their contributions to...Posted by Dwayne The Rock Johnson on Monday, September 5, 2016

Single mom dresses as dad for son's 'Donuts with Dad' event

A single mother's determination to ensure her son didn't feel left out during a father-son breakfast at his school has caught the attention of the Internet.

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Yevette Vasquez asked her son, Elijah, why so many cars were parked at Sue Crouch Intermediate School in Fort Worth, Texas, as she was dropping him off Thursday, KDFW reported. He told her people were visiting for a "Donuts with Dad" school breakfast.

Determined to make sure her son didn't feel left out, Vasquez headed back to the family's house with her son in tow and opened up her wardrobe.

"I wasn't about to let him miss out," she wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. "I know seeing other dads with (their) kids isn't easy for mine, but it's life. At least I can do whatever it takes to put a smile on that face."

Vasquez threw on baggy pants, a plaid shirt and a baseball cap. She completed the look with a fake mustache.

She told KDFW she was nervous about showing up at the school in her chosen outfit but that she's gotten overwhelming positive responses on social media.

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