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Mother welcomes 13-pound baby after natural birth

A Missouri couple has welcomed their latest bundle of joy into the family, and it's a big bundle.

Lauren Flaugher gave birth to a 13-pound baby boy in early May, KTVI reported

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After over nine hours of labor, Flaugher gave birth to Finnis Steven Flaugher by natural birth. Flaugher said she did "a lot of visualizations, a lot of positive affirmations" to prepare herself for the natural birth, KTVI reported.

The Flaughers told KTVI that Finnis is laid-back and sleeping well. 

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need.

“I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

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For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations in their area. She passed away in 2015, but Clayton has continued the tradition.

“She was a seamstress,” said Clayton. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame, because I was always an outside person.”

Clayton came up with the idea for the project after talking to his son, who is a police officer. He said police blankets go a long way to help comfort those in need.

“We could show up to a crash, and the weather could be like it is now, where it’s nice and cold, and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.

>> Related: Elderly couple dies holding hands after 62 years together

Clayton spends some of his own money to make the blankets, but most of the money comes from friends, family and others who hear about the work and want to help.

 

Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Maddi Runkles is a senior at The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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With a 4.0 grade point average, athletics commitments and a leadership role in the school’s Key Club, she was all set to graduate this spring.

Then came her son, Grayson.

Runkles learned she was pregnant in January. The Heritage Academy, a conservative Christian school, considers premarital sex a violation of its code of conduct, as do many institutions with similar values.

Despite the fact that she attends a Christian school, she said she considered an abortion. A 2014 study found that nearly 60 percent of women who have abortions identify as Catholic or Protestant.

“I had worked so hard for (graduation), and I made one mistake, and all my hard work was being taken away from me,” she told WUSA-9.

WUSA-9 reported that she was first removed from her position on the student council and suspended for two days. She was also told that she’d be forced to finish the school year at home, by herself.

But that changed when a group of students and parents petitioned the school to allow her to finish the year.

“I mean, all I did that was wrong was just have sex before marriage, which they don’t agree with,” said Runkles, who said carrying the child was“the right decision.”

That’s not how her high school sees it. Principal Dave Hobbs planned to tell the entire school about her pregnancy and resulting suspension, according to Students for Life, an anti-abortion group that’s gotten involved on her behalf.

When interviewed, Hobbs said the school’s code of conduct is applied on a case-by-case basis, but that the school has already been generous in allowing Runkles to finish her school year on the premises.

Her father, Scott Runkles, said he resigned from his position as a member of the school’s board because of how his daughter was treated.

Read more at WUSA-9.

WATCH: Young girl left temporarily paralyzed illustrates dangers of tick bites

A 3-year-old girl in Oregon awoke on May 13 to find herself unable to stand or use her arms.

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Evelyn Lewis’ mother, Amanda Lewis, filmed her daughter’s failed attempts to stand with help from her husband. 

WGHP reported that the parents took Evelyn to the emergency room, where a doctor discovered a small but dangerous reason for her condition.

After combing through Evelyn’s hair, the doctor discovered a tick, diagnosing her with a condition called “tick paralysis.”

“The doctor talked to us for a minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about seven or eight children her age with identical symptoms and more than likely she had a tick,” Amanda Lewis wrote on Facebook. “It can affect dogs also and can be fatal. I’m glad we took her in when we did and that it wasn’t something worse and that we found it before it got worse.”

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, tick paralysis attacks a person’s muscles and results in symptoms like muscle pains and numbness of the legs. These begin after a tick has attached itself to a host, generally on the scalp.

>> Related: Rare tick-borne illness worries some medical professionals

Fortunately, Evelyn is now doing much better, as her mother wrote on Facebook that she “is now pretty much completely back to her feisty little self. She complains a lot about her head itching but otherwise, she’s just fine.”

Florida man accused of nearly beating dog named Elizabeth Taylor to death

A Florida man is facing charges that he nearly beat to death a dog named Elizabeth Taylor, according to an arrest report.

Jason Robert Snead, 40, is facing charges of animal cruelty, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

The dog, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has a fractured skull, according to Animal Care and Control Capt. Dave Walesky.

“We’re hoping she makes a full recovery, but she’s not in the clear yet,” Walesky said late Monday.

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Snead was seen by a witness and caught on surveillance video brutally beating the dog outside a car dealership in Palm Springs , the report said.

The video appears to show Snead kicking, punching and “aggressively swinging” the dog against the inside the vehicle, the report said.

A witness told Palm Springs police that the dog looked “lifeless” as Snead swung it around by its leash.

Snead told police that the dog, which belongs to his girlfriend, was injured when he was forced to brake hard while driving. Snead said he hit his lip against the steering wheel while braking, but the report states the man “did not exhibit any injuries to his face consistent with his story.”

During a search of Snead’s vehicle, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe, multiple syringes and a straw with drug residue were found, the report said.

Of the methamphetamine discovered in the vehicle, Snead allegedly told Palm Springs police: “Off the record, I started today.”

Walesky said that Snead’s girlfriend originally agreed to renounce ownership of the dog, but changed her mind Monday. Walesky said the agency will not willingly give the dog back to the woman and will go to court to remove it from her custody.

The dog is under the care of a private veterinarian, Walesky said.

Elizabeth Taylor weighs 8 pounds. The arrest report lists Snead as 6 feet 5 inches and 200 pounds.

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Megachurch pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen criticized for throwing ‘Hook ‘Em’ hand sign

Thousands of students graduated this past weekend from the University of Texas at Austin, flooding social media with photos of proud new alumni and their families.

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For most parents, documenting the occasion with a photo means throwing up the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign, too, usually without much fuss. But when your parents are the first couple of televangelism, a spirited hand gesture can take on a whole other meaning. 

>> Photos: Longhorns arriving for UT graduation ceremony May 20 

Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, draw thousands every week to their massive Lakewood Church in Houston, and millions tune in from across the globe to watch. The pair also head a massive multi-million dollar empire stemming from book deals and tours. Their son, Jonathan, recently graduated from UT, and he posed with each of his parents for a pretty common photo taken during commencement weekend: the graduate and his mom and dad both making the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign. 

Pippa Middleton’s wedding guests needed a secret password to get into the party

Pippa Middleton’s and James Matthews’ post-nuptials bash sounded like quite the party.

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According to E! News, after they were announced man and wife, guests of Middleton and Matthews reportedly got their party on in an ultra-exclusive reception.

At the Middleton family home, male guests were offered fresh white shirts if they wanted to change and had to provide photo IDs and secret passwords in order to get into the party. Each password was unique to every guest, and they were decided on three months before the wedding, E! News reported.

>> Related: Prince George threw a royal fit after his mom scolded him during Pippa Middleton’s wedding

Sources claim that guests were treated to an acrobatic performance by Supermarine Spitfire, and the first dance didn’t start until around 10 p.m. A Beatles sing-along reportedly broke out during Best Man Spencer Matthews’ speech.

E! News reported that “the whole night was running behind schedule.”

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Pregnant woman’s cure for morning sickness? Boxing

An expectant mother in Australia decided to take a swing at curing her morning sickness.

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Vicky Sims, 39, of Melbourne, who is nine months pregnant, found that working out helps to offset some of the symptoms of her pregnancy, according to Inside Edition.

Sims, a gym owner, has an exercise regime that consists of 30 minutes of boxing and 30 minutes of lifting weights that she has kept up throughout her pregnancy.

“When you are pregnant, there are so many restrictions and physical and emotional changes, which can be hard to adjust to, but exercise really helps (me) feel good,” Sims told Inside Edition.

She found that the exercise helped relieve the nausea related to her pregnancy. She also kept a strict diet through her first two trimesters, according to Inside Edition.

>> Related: Olympic swimmer who’s six-months pregnant enters swim meet

“Eating for two is a very old-fashioned mentality ... it’s not a green light to go crazy,” Sims told Inside Edition. “This is the most important time to be healthy, so although I have definitely relaxed with my food, I am still controlled and watching what I’m putting into my mouth.”

The mother-to-be gained fewer than 25 pounds while pregnant and started showing at seven months.

Read more at Inside Edition.

Here’s how much fruit juice children should drink, according to new guidelines

Next time you're grocery shopping for your kids, think twice before adding a carton of fruit juice to your basket. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on all juices, advising parents to pull back on how much they serve their little ones.

» Related: What Atlanta dietitians feed their kids 

Previous recommendations said parents should wait to give their babies juice until after six months, but its latest update is suggesting that they wait one year. 

In fact, infants should only be fed breast milk or infant formula for the first six months. After six months, moms and dads can then introduce fruit to their diet, but not fruit juice. 

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“Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,” said Melvin B. Heyman, MD, FAAP, co-author of the statement. “Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1.”

» Related: Should we slap a tax on sugary drinks? 

Scientists laid out instructions for older children, too. Toddlers who are ages 1 to 4 should only have one cup of fruit a day. Four ounces of that can come from 100 percent fruit juice, but it should be pasteurized and not labeled “drink,” “beverage” or cocktail.” 

For children ages 4 to 6, fruit juice intake shouldn't exceed four to six ounces a day. 

The amount increases just slightly for children ages 7 to 18. They can have up to two and a half cups of fruit servings, but only eight ounces of it should be juice. 

At Pippa Middleton's wedding, Duchess Kate returns the favor by holding sister's train

Six years ago, Pippa Middleton famously held the train of Duchess Kate’s wedding dress. On Saturday, the royal returned the favor by smoothing the back of her sister's custom lace dress as she got ready to walk down the aisle.

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In 2011, Middleton's figure went viral after photos were widely shared of her holding the train of sister Kate’s Alexander McQueen dress at Westminster Abbey, where the duchess joined the royal family by marrying Prince William.

>> PHOTOS: Wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

“As I have found out, recognition has its upside, its downside and – you may say – its backside,” Pippa later joked, according to People, adding that her infamous dress “fitted a little too well.”

>> Meghan Markle attends Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception as Prince Harry’s Date

Photos from both ceremonies are reminiscent of each other.

>> Pippa Middleton ties the knot with James Matthews in ‘almost royal’ wedding

Saturday’s ceremony took place at St. Mark’s Church in England, during which Middleton tied the knot with hedge fund manager James Matthews, whom she has been dating on-and-off since 2012. In addition to Duchess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte served as members of the wedding party. Prince William and Prince Harry also were in attendance.

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