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'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived.

>> Chip and Joanna Gaines: 10 things to know

The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name.

>> ‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined $40,000 over EPA violations

"Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy) entrance into the world two and a half weeks early – which is fitting given he was a sweet surprise from day one. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful."

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Earlier in the day, Chip tweeted: "And then there were 5.. The Gaines crew is now 1 stronger! 10 beautiful toes and 10 beautiful fingers all accounted for, and big momma is doing great!" He added the hashtag "#blessedBeyondBelief."

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According to Country Living, the couple have two other sons, Drake and Duke, and two daughters, Ella and Emmie.

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World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

>> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest

According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants

>> 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction." After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her.

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Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below:

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Senior citizens earn thousands by sharing their homes, says Airbnb

Thousands of senior citizens across the United States are finding a profitable side hustle --- opening up their homes to strangers on Airbnb.

Nearly 78,000 seniors (ages 60 and up) across the U.S. shared their homes on Airbnb in 2017 -- accounting for $700 million in earnings, the company reports.

The typical host earned an extra $7,000 in income a year -- a positive boost for people living on fixed incomes.

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Airbnb is a website that allows people to open up their homes for vacation rentals or short-term leasing. There are over 5 million homes listed on Airbnb in over 81,000 cities.

According to Airbnb’s annual survey, 41 percent of seniors reported that hosting their home has helped them afford to stay in their homes -- places they’ve often lived most of their lives. 

Airbnb states that 45 percent of senior hosts rely on that extra income to make ends meet and spend it on important costs of living. 

Senior hosts are beloved on Airbnb, the company said.

88 percent of trips hosted by seniors last year resulted in 5-star reviews.

Percentage of active listings with senior Airbnb hosts 

New Mexico34%Maine32%Vermont28%Hawaii26%Delaware26%

 

Typical host earnings for seniors by state 

Hawaii$14,000California$11,700Washington, D.C.$10,500Washington$8,700Rhode Island$8,500

Percentage of senior host reviews with 5-stars 

Nebraska93%North Dakota93%Kansas93%South Dakota92%Indiana91%

Teen girl helps blind, deaf man by signing into his hands on Alaska Air flight

A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO.

Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times.

The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter. 

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Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living. 

When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared.

A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button.

When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help.

Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand.

Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.

“Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.”

“When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”

After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate.

Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken.

Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was "meant to be," since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight.

On Thursday, Scribner added a note on her beloved post: “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”

‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

“Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married at an ancestral castle in Scotland on Saturday.

The couple and guests celebrated with an afternoon service at Rayne Church, which is close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle owned by Leslie’s family. 

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Guests included “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.

Harington wore a morning suit and Leslie donned an ivory gown and veil.

The newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.

Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. 

Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in the legal drama “The Good Fight” on CBS.

The bride's father, Sebastian Leslie, said Saturday he was “absolutely thrilled” about the wedding.

“It's an absolutely lovely day for us,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Ohio declares hepatitis A outbreak; joins growing list of states

Ohio is experiencing a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, with 79 cases so far this year.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A Friday evening.

Drug use, homelessness and incarceration are all risk factors, Ohio Department of Health officials said. Those who share needles or use street drugs -- injected or not -- are especially at risk. 

Outbreaks of hepatitis A are happening in several states across the U.S., including the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.

Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Missouri and Utah are also experiencing outbreaks of hepatitis A, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Hepatitis A is a liver disease that is preventable through a vaccine. It is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter -- even in microscopic amounts. This can happen through sharing food or drinks that are contaminated by the stool from an infected person. It can be spread through close personal contact, including sex, according to health officials.

Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, jaundice and stomach pain. People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Dog shot multiple times in face adopted by park ranger in Arkansas

A dog who survived three gunshots to the face has found a new home with an Arkansas park ranger.

Hope, a 4-year-old mixed breed dog, was tied to a pole and shot in the face three times this March, according to KFSM.

Hope has scars on her face from where the bullets entered and will need possible mouth surgery in the future, but otherwise her health is back to normal.

Amber Neal, shelter manager of the Hope Humane Society, told WGHP that she was by Hope’s side while she healed, but realized it was time for the dog to find a forever home.

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“She's one amazing dog and she deserves the most amazing home,” Neal said. “With me having such a busy work schedule, with all the other babies that I am trying to save, she needs to be somebody's constant companion and that would make her the happiest dog in the world.”

Hope was brought to the Fort Smith Nature Center on Wednesday, where she met Arkansas park ranger Levi Koch.

Koch said he was so moved by Hope’s story that he knew he had to adopt her.

“I would like someone to travel with me and see some neat places, do a lot of hiking and outdoor adventures,” Koch said.

The Hope Humane Society celebrated the news of Hope’s adoption on Facebook.

2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition is getting underway at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and this year, fans around the world can vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.

>>PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants 

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition takes place Saturday, June 23, after each contestant struts their stuff down the red carpet.

The California fair tradition dates back 30 years. Most of the World’s Ugliest Dog contestants are up for adoption and the event helps raise awareness of pet rescue and adoption.

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Past winners have been rescued from animal shelters and puppy mills.

Last year’s winner was Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff who was being fostered by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Group.

Martha has since been adopted.

The first place winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Competition wins $1,500 and the grand trophy. The second place winner will receive $1,000 and third place will be granted $500. 

One dog will also be awarded the Spirit Award, which highlights one special dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provided service in the community -- such as visiting nursing homes, reading at local libraries with children or spending time with patients in hospitals.

Cast your vote for People’s Choice Award in the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog competition here

Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

A Texas couple is formally engaged after the bride-to-be’s engagement ring was lost in a luggage snafu for nearly three weeks, WFAA reported.

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Ben Adams and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kahle landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport two-and-a-half weeks ago after a trip to Europe.

Adams hoped to propose to Kahle at her family’s home in Frisco, Texas. But the engagement ring was in one of his suitcases, and during a layover in Iceland all of their luggage was misplaced, WFAA reported.

The luggage was on Iceland-based WOW Airlines. When their flight to Dallas was canceled, Adams and Kahle were rerouted to New York and then Atlanta before finally reaching their destination. 

Adams had to confess to Kahle that the engagement ring was in his luggage, WFAA reported.

“The stakes just went from here to here!” Kahle told the television station.

Adams eventually discovered that their luggage was sent to Boston. The bags were shipped home, and Adams made his formal marriage proposal Wednesday night, WFAA reported.

Kahle said yes.

Wyoming family reunited 3 years later with dog who went missing in Iowa

A Wyoming family was reunited with a dog who went missing in Idaho nearly three years ago.

KSFY reported that the George family’s dog, Ginger, went missing in Burlington, Iowa, in August 2015.

Jennifer George, of Ucross, Wyoming, was visiting her husband BJ while he was on a business trip in Iowa and took their family dog with her to avoid leaving her in a kennel when Ginger got loose and went missing.

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George stayed behind after the trip to look for Ginger, who originally belonged to her late mother. Despite spending hundreds of dollars on ads and signs, she came up with nothing.

Three years later, Des Moines County Humane Society director Kandi Glick responded to calls about a loose dog near a car wash. 

“We started getting a lot of calls saying there was a dog running loose in town,” Glick told KSFY. “People said they saw a deceased dog, so I’d go to the spot where they'd say it was, and it wouldn't be there.”

Glick said the dog was seen hundreds of times to the point that residents thought she belonged to someone in the neighborhood behind the car wash, but she had been living in the woods near the facility.

Glick set up a trap on June 8 and, according to a Facebook post, was able to rescue the red heeler. 

“This is really funny to say, but McDonald's saved her life. People dumped food at the car wash and its McDonald's, its Taco Bell, its Burger King and she was digging every night in the trash,” Glick said. “The water that people washed their cars with, it’s just amazing she survived. We don’t know how she did it.

“Just for the record, the shelter does not have anything to do with the trapping of animals. This is something that I do on my own to help animals and people outside of my job at the Des Moines County Humane Society. I featured the post on our page more as an informational piece so people knew that this dog was finally caught. She has been spotted hundreds of times over the last three years.”

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The dog, who Glick named Hope, was photographed and posted on missing pets sites. Word got around, and some people recalled a dog that went missing in the area three years ago. Glick was able to contact the Georges and send them footage of Ginger.

“Her undercoat had grown out, she was twice as big as she is now, she had a lot of matting on her and of course, after three years her face has aged, so it just didn't look like the same dog,” Glick said.

A good wash and haircut revealed the purple and lime green collar Ginger had on when she went missing. Although faded, it was recognizable. They new it was Ginger.

Jennifer George and her 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, drove through a hail storm to meet Glick and Ginger halfway in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to reunite.

Although she was confused at first, Ginger soon recognized Samantha and cozied up to Jennifer George.

Because she was out on the street for so long, Ginger is heartworm positive. The family will be paying for the treatment in Wyoming.

Boy sick of eating salad calls 911 on parents -- twice

A 12-year-old boy decided he had enough and called 911 to report that his parents were forcing him to eat salad.

Police said he was so distressed that he called 911 twice, the CBC reports.

In the first call, the boy stated that one of his parents made a salad he didn’t like. Before police arrived, he called 911 again to see how much longer he would have to wait for a police officer, reiterating how much he disliked salad.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police decided to give him a break and use this as a teaching moment for the family.

“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Cpl. Dal Hutchison posted on Facebook. “The improper use of 911 is an issue with all age groups and it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies.”

When asked what type of salad it was, Hutchinson told the CBC, “Obviously one to his dislike, because he called 911.”

Hutchinson said the 12-year-old's parents "were not impressed" with what their son had done when police arrived at their door.

After a conversation with the family, officers decided not to fine the boy for misusing 911 emergency services. 

McDonald's offering free cold brew coffee to celebrate start of summer

McDonald’s is offering a new promotion to kick off the start of summer.

Customers who have the free McDonald’s app can get a free small McCafe Cold Brew Thursday. The new drinks are offered as a Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe. No purchase is needed to get the drink, but the offer may not be at every location.

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According to a June 13 news release from the fast-food restaurant, the drinks are available on menus for a limited time.

In addition to a free cold brew coffee, participating McDonald’s locations are offering a Frylus -- a stylus in the shape of a fry -- to help customers take selfies without getting messy fingerprints on their phones. For more information on where to snag a Frylus, visit Frylus.com.

School falls short for funding new weight equipment, NBA legend Shaq makes up the difference

A Louisiana high school can thank one of the biggest names in basketball for its new weight room.

Lafayette High School was given $21,000 by the Lafayette Parish School Board for the project to redo its weight room, but the total price tag was just over $40,000, The Daily Advertiser reported.

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But Shaquille O’Neal made sure they got the new weight equipment they needed for the school’s athletic programs by paying the remainder of the bill.

“If we didn’t have Shaq step in to help us, it would have been another two years for us to raise the money,” football coach Rob Pool told the Advertiser.

The coaches spent the day Wednesday putting the green and black customized machines together in time for Thursday’s football team workout, the Advertiser reported

The donation, which Shaq told the team about via a video back in March, was part of South Louisiana Giving Daythe Advertiser reported.

Watch: Deputy frees bear trapped in car near Lake Tahoe

A sheriff’s deputy had to rescue a bear that trapped itself inside a car near Lake Tahoe.

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The bear got locked inside a Subaru Outback in Carnelian Bay, officials said in the Facebook post.

The bear destroyed the car’s interior so badly that the doors couldn’t be unlocked, so the sheriff’s deputy had to break a window.

Police dash camera video from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office showed the brave trooper breaking the window, allowing the bear to jump out and run into the forest.

New boozy push pops contain more alcohol than a glass of wine

If you miss the summer days of cooling off with a Push-Pop, never fear!

Buzz Pop Cocktails, a Las Vegas-based company, has invented liquor-infused push pops with flavors including Lemon Drop Martini and Moscow Mule.

Each Buzz Pop Cocktail is 15 percent alcoholic by volume -- double the amount of alcohol in a glass of beer, or nearly two glasses of wine.

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The pops are infused with fresh fruit and vodka, rum, tequila or whiskey.

The company is part of a crowdfunding project that got a boost of funding from ‘Shark Tank’ original shark Kevin Harrington.

The drinks are sold online and in stores in South Carolina, New York, Colorado, Las Vegas and California.

Japanese, Senegalese World Cup fans clean up stadium after matches

It is something you’d probably never see at a sporting event in America, but Japanese fans of the World Cup are cleaning up their own mess after matches and it’s taking the internet by storm.

After their team won, they celebrated the win against Colombia, then the work began. They cleaned up their areas in the stands using the garbage bags they brought to the stadium with them, the BBC reported.

Video of the mass clean up was posted to social media. 

A sports writer told the BBC that it’s not just of the culture of soccer, but rather it is the culture in Japan.

“You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that’s the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football,” Scott McIntyre told the BBC.

But it isn’t just the fans from Japan who are cleaning up the stadium. 

Fans from Senegal also made sure there was no trash laying around their seats once they won their match over Poland, the Independent reported. Fans collected all of the empty food and beverage containers, and piled them in one area.

Starbucks adds new tropical pink drink to regular menu

Starbucks added a new drink to its permanent menu on Tuesday -- the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher.

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The drink is a “deep magenta color, bursting with sweet, tropical flavors,” Starbucks officials said. Company officials said the color comes from real dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) hand-shaken in the beverage. It does not have artificial colors or sweeteners.

For customers that want a creamier flavor, Starbucks recommends asking for coconut milk instead of water. This version is called the “Dragon Drink.”

The Mango Dragonfruit Refresher is available on the permanent Starbucks menu, alongside other refreshers beverages, including Strawberry Acai, Very Berry Hibiscus, Pink Drink and Violet Drink.

>>Read: Starbucks raises prices on brewed coffee

The beverage is available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Tuesday, June 19. A grande (16-ounce) beverage is under 100 calories.

'At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenade

A school receptionist's stunning ode to summer is going viral.

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According to USA Today, Regina Ballard, who works at North Lincoln High in Lincolnton, North Carolina, took to the school intercom Wednesday to welcome summer break with a joyful rendition of Etta James' "At Last."

The performance, which was captured on video, quickly made the rounds on social media.

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"I love my job, y'all, but I look forward to summers when I can spend time with my grands & family, sooo...here it is...At Last!!!" Ballard, 57, wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post that racked up more than 11,000 shares and 620,000 views by Sunday morning.

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Ballard told USA Today that she's "blown away" by all the attention.

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Love in the air: German couple exchanges vows in tightrope wedding

A couple in eastern Germany tied the knot high above the ground -- in a swing, dangling from a motorcycle on a tightrope.

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The couple, Nicole Backhaus and Jens Knorr, exchanged vows 46 feet above ground on Saturday in the town of Strassfurt.

The tightrope was stretched between the town wall and a tower, and the motorbike was ridden by Falko Traber, a member of a family of artists.

German news agencies said that the pastor who officiated the ceremony stood in a cage on top of a fire service ladder. 

While they exchanged vows in the air, the couple waited until they were back on the ground to kiss, to be safe.

More than 3,000 people watched the wedding in the sky, which took place during a local festival.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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