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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.”

>> On HotTopics.TV: Sick grandmother shocked when bride and groom surprise her in hospital on wedding day 

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.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Dad shares photo of daughter’s foot to warn others about scary mistake

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. 


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Transgender man gives birth to baby boy

A transgender Oregon man has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

According to CNN, Portland man Trystan Reese, 34, and his partner, 31-year-old Biff Chaplow, welcomed their first biological child, Leo Murray Chaplow, on July 14. The newborn joins the couple's two adopted children – Chaplow's niece and nephew.

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"WE ARE HEADING HOME!!!" the couple wrote on Facebook. "Leo has received a clean bill of health (and so has Trystan) so we are happily heading back home to settle into our new life with our newest little addition."

>> See the post here

Reese, who was born biologically female, stopped taking male hormones while trying to conceive, KATU reported last month.

"We've been under medical supervision the entire time to make it as healthy and safe as possible," Reese told CNN in June.

Chaplow told KATU that Leo's birth was "a pure moment of bliss, like the happiest moment of my life," adding, "To see the very beginning of Leo, of his life, was just amazing.”

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WATCH: Boy, 9, with Down syndrome belts Whitney Houston classic in viral video

In less than one week, a Texas boy has become an internet sensation.

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Last week, 9-year-old Dane Miller’s aunt, Jeanne Miller, posted a video on her Facebook page of the boy singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” in the car. She says Dane, who has Down syndrome, loves to sing.

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Within a week of being posted, the video has more than 16 million views and the post has been shared over 230,000 times.

"He's very high-functioning so if he hears music, it's just something that sticks with him. He's very proud [of the video]. He just smiles and giggles,” Jeanne Miller told ABC News.

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The Miller family has now created a YouTube channel titled Amazing Dane, where they plan to share more videos to spread joy and laughter.

Donald Trump's Boy Scouts of America speech sparks social media firestorm

On Monday, President Donald Trump ventured to West Virginia to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew tens of thousands of scouts.

>> Read the transcript of President Trump’s speech to the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree

During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling Nov. 8, 2016, “a beautiful date.” At one point, Trump mentioned meeting New York developer William Levitt at a cocktail party.

>> Watch the clip here 

Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, “Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Obama never spoke at a jamboree while he was president, but he did record a video message for the scouts on one occasion.

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The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was flooded with comments by parents who blasted Trump’s appearance, even on posts unrelated to the rally. One woman wrote, “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.” Another said, “I can’t believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president.” There were a number of comments calling the speech “propaganda,” and some even made comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s infamous rallies in Nuremberg.

John McLaughlin, who led the CIA under George Bush, tweeted that the jamboree “had the feel of a third world authoritarian’s youth rally.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza published a list of “The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts.” The piece included included statements such as “You know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier” and “I went to Maine four times, because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269.” New York Magazine published a similar list, though they only included 14 “inappropriate moments.”

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However, Trump’s supporters backed the president’s appearance and branded the backlash as another attack by the mainstream media and “leftists.”

The Boy Scouts released the following statement after the backlash to Trump’s speech:

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

Texas man ordered to pay child support for another man's child

A Houston man has been ordered by a judge to pay child support for a teenage girl who is not his biological daughter. 

A judge ruled that Gabriel Cornejo, 45, must pay $65,000 in back child support to an ex-girlfriend who had a daughter by another man, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The case goes back to 2003, shortly after the girl was born. Cornejo’s ex-girlfriend sued for child support, stating that she had only been intimate with him. Court records indicate the Cornejo was subpoenaed in the case, but he denies receiving the notice and never fought the case, the Chronicle reported. The attorney for the child’s mother claims that the refusal to dispute the case indicates that Cornejo was willing to take responsibility for the payments.

Since the relationship ended, Cornejo has married, has three children of his own, and is caring for his brother’s two children, according to KTRK. When he received court papers telling about the child from the previous relationship, he and his wife met with the child and her mother. Cornejo took a paternity test, which showed that he was not the child’s father.

Cornejo said the child was a nice girl. He described her as being wonderful and very smart, with a lot going for herself. She’s just not his daughter.

Despite the scientific evidence, both the state and the child’s mother insist that Cornejo make the child support payments, KTRK reported. He and his attorneys are attempting to have the case re-opened and get the payments dismissed.

“I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself for something that I am innocent of,” Cornejo said, according to KTRK.

Cheryl Coleman, Cornejo’s attorney, also spoke out about the decision.

“They say he should have fought back then and he failed to do so,” she said. “But how can you fight something you don’t know anything about? Unfortunately, this young child is the one who suffers.”

Read more at the Houston Chronicle and KTRK.

Parents dining with kids limited to one alcoholic beverage at N.Y. restaurant

A New York restaurant has committed to limiting parents’ alcohol intake when they dine with their children and plan to drive home. 

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Melissa Gravelle, the general manager at Peddlers Bar & Bistro in Clifton Park, New York, said she fears for the safety of drunken adult drivers and the children who accompany those drivers, and she hopes to prevent unnecessary accidents.

“I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving. I could never do that,” Gravelle told WTEN. “We love children. Everybody loves children, and children don’t have a voice ... It’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help.”

Bartender Cheryl Faas said restaurant employees explain the policy to adults upfront. 

“(Servers) do get berated at the tables and some come back very upset, but the managers go to the table and they explain we’re not picking on parents, it’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help,” Gravelle told WTEN

Customers who don’t adhere to the restaurant’s rule are directed to leave the establishment.

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