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Watch: Grandma baffled by 'bun in the oven' pregnancy announcement

According to the “Dictionary of American Slang,” a bun in the oven means that a woman is pregnant.

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A Louisiana grandmother was not familiar with the phrase, and it made for a hilarious back-and-forth dialogue between herself, her son and daughter-in-law.

Shantelle Dozier wrote in a Facebook post that “after 11 years of infertility,” she learned that she would be having a baby. She and her husband Wesley wanted to surprise Cynthia Dozier, already a grandmother of 11, so the couple put a hot dog bun in the oven, ABC News reported.

As a family member took video, Cynthia Dozier seemed puzzled.

“A bun’s in the oven," she said. “Who put a bun in the oven?”

After some laughter, Cynthia Dozier asked her son if he had put the bun in the oven.

“Maybe not that oven,” Wesley Dozier said.

Finally, Cynthia gets it. “Are y’all pregnant?” she asks before hugging her son.

“It actually played out exactly like we thought it would," Shantelle Dozier told ABC News. "We knew she wasn’t going to get it right away.”

Shantelle and Wesley Dozier got another surprise recently, as they found out they would be having twins.

“The funny thing is when (Cynthia) grabbed the bun out of the oven, it broke in half,” Shantelle Dozier told ABC News. “That was our first sign.”

As for Cynthia Dozier, she managed to have a good sense of humor about the announcement, as her Facebook post shows:

22 Minnesota courthouse workers split $250,000 Powerball jackpot

Some workers at a Minnesota courthouse were out of order Thursday morning, but nobody was held in contempt. They were too busy celebrating.

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A group of 22 workers at the St. Louis County Courthouse were celebrating after learning they would split a $250,000 Powerball jackpot, The Duluth News Tribune reported.

“I was upstairs in my office and I could hear these guys hollering downstairs,” facilities manager Angie Baumchen said.

The winning Powerball numbers Wednesday were 7-24-33-49-50, and the Powerball was 4. The courthouse crew matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball. Normally that would be worth $50,000, but since the players added the Power Play multiplier, the jackpot was multiplied by five, the News Tribune reported.

After some figuring, group members believe they will clear $7,500 apiece after taxes.

Head janitor Grant Ellis bought the ticket Wednesday in Hibbing at a convenience store across the street from the courthouse.

The winners work in several departments at the courthouse and the annex. They began buying lottery tickets as a group 15 years ago, and the most they had won previously was $44, the News Tribune reported.

Group members said they would take a bus on Jan. 19 to the Minnesota State Lottery office, to file the paperwork and claim the prize as a group, the News Tribune reported.

Florida teacher donates kidney to student’s mother

Donna Hoagland wasn’t even supposed to be Troy Volk’s fourth-grade teacher -- she was just filling in while his regular teacher was on maternity leave -- but the two are forever linked, now that she gave a kidney that’s keeping his mother alive.

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Hoagland knew enough to ask what was wrong when the young math fanatic was too distracted to answer basic questions in his Florida elementary school class.

His answer sometimes came through tears. His mom was sick. He didn’t know if she was going to get better.

“A lot of days, he looked like the weight of the world was on his shoulders,” Hoagland said.

She did what teachers do and asked Troy’s mom Anahita to come in for a conference. But Hoagland was who walked away with homework, researching kidney donations, something she’d considered for a friend.

Volk promised to share some reading material, thinking Volk’s friend was lucky. It turns out, however, that the friend was too sick to be a candidate and unbeknownst to Volk, the teacher had another idea.

Whenever Troy kept asking his mom “What if you don’t get a kidney?” she’d assure him she’d live to see him grow up, go to college, become a CEO and get married. She’s been “sick mommy” for nearly half of Troy’s life.

As much as Volk tried to shield Troy and his younger brother Armaan from her condition, downplay its severity, she couldn’t.

She was hooked up to a dialysis machine every night. She couldn’t cuddle with her boys to watch a movie or for a bedtime story. She couldn’t jump into the pool with them. And in the morning, she’d wake up, retching in the bathroom before school.

“It breaks your heart that you’re the one who is supposed to be taking care of them and they’re the ones taking care of you,” Volk said.

Symptoms of her illness began late in her pregnancy with Troy, but doctors weren’t able to identify a cause. She was sluggish, but they brushed it off as anemia.

Her pregnancy with Troy’s brother tipped doctors off to the kidney disease. Her obstetrician told her she should end the pregnancy and predicted she’d never be able to have more children. She and her husband Joseph insisted — after a second opinion from her kidney doctor — that their second son would be born.

By the time Armaan was a year old, she was in the final stages of kidney failure -- and not one of her large extended family members was a match, not even her sister.

Volk is amazed to get a kidney within a few years of her diagnosis, knowing that people have died on a waiting list.

Volk said she was merely joking when she asked Hoagland at a parent-teacher conference last December if she wanted to give her a kidney. The mom sent Hoagland information, thinking she’d use it to research how to donate to her high school friend fighting cancer.

It turns out he is still too sick for a transplant. Hoagland’s kidney was destined for Volk. After spring break, Hoagland told Volk she wanted to be tested as a match.

“I was flabbergasted. I was like ‘No, are you serious?! I was in total disbelief,” Volk said.

They were compatible. Volk was at Troy’s boxing club in September when his teacher called her with the good news.

“I just fell to the ground and started crying in the middle of the parking lot,” Volk said.

Troy, now 10, was stunned.

“We all went crazy about it. Finding out it was my teacher — shocking. It was shocking. I was blown away,” Troy said.

He says he’s looking forward to waging Super Soaker battles and jumping into the pool with his mom again.

Not wanting to disrupt her students’ lives, Hoagland scheduled the surgery for the winter break. Doctors at University of Florida Health’s Shands Hospital in Gainesville removed Hoagland’s kidney and hooked it up in Volk days before Christmas.

The new kidney started working almost immediately, Volk said. She has more energy than ever before and can’t sleep at night if she doesn’t walk at least two miles a day, she said.

Her doctor told her Thursday that her one kidney is working as well as his two. She tells Hoagland “I got your super kidney.”

The story was featured on Steve Hartman’s “On the Road” segment for CBS Evening News Jan. 5. Hoagland said she’s happy to have done something to make her 21-year-old daughter and 18-year-old twins proud, but she seems unfazed by the attention.

“Three weeks out of my life to sacrifice, to be a little bit uncomfortable, to help her have a normal, healthy life is nothing to ask,” Hoagland said. “She never asked me for my kidney. I just kind of said, ‘Hey, I can give you mine.’”

Volk is blown away by the gift of life and the second chance with her boys that Hoagland has given her.

“The amazing amount of selflessness this woman has is inspiring,” she said.

Hero delivery driver saves woman after she suffers medical emergency behind wheel

A delivery truck driver from Pennsylvania is being called a hero after he jumped into action after seeing a driver having trouble staying on a highway.

Brian Berry was making deliveries for Inco Beverage near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was on his way to a community when he noticed an SUV swerving and out of control behind his truck. 

Berry told The Tribune-Democrat that the vehicle was bouncing off the concrete median. He pulled his truck over, jumped out and ran after the Subaru, which Berry said was going about 20 miles an hour. 

“I just started running after the car. I tried getting into the passenger side, but the handle broke off. The car was bouncing off the barrier and almost hit me,” Barry told the newspaper.

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He was able to make his way to the driver’s side and open the door. He got his foot in and slowed it down before getting it into park.

Police said that the woman had suffered a seizure before losing control of her vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Witnesses saw the whole thing. 

“He was running with the car that was picking up speed. He stayed with it the whole time, got her off the highway and got the car to stop. She could have ended up in a terrible accident,” Christine Lampel told The Tribune-Democrat.

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This wasn’t the first time in his seven years of working for Inco Beverage that he helped a motorist. 

Two years ago a driver spun out of control on ice and crashed. He pulled her car off the road and sat with the woman until police could respond, he told the newspaper.

Girls meet ‘Maui’ from Disney’s ‘Moana’ at Hawaiian Costco

Imagine running into Costco to stock up and running into one of the Hawaiian demigods, and a Disney character at that, in real life.

That’s exactly what happened to two little girls in Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported.

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They went to their local Costco with their mother, and as they were checking out, they thought they ran into Maui from Disney’s film “Moana.”

In reality, they met cashier William Vaana, who does look very close to the cartoon version of the demigod, Hawaii News Now reported.

Vaana admits that his look is very similar to the cartoon character voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

He’s even fashioned a giant fish hook like the one cartoon Maui must retrieve in the film, Hawaii News Now reported. Vaana also has perfected the signature “chee hoo” yell.

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He has started to bank on the resemblance and has appeared at some children’s parties as Maui. Now he hopes to ride the wave of going viral and his celebrity to booking more.

But there is one thing more important. Vaana told Hawaii News Now that he just wants to make people happy.

Dog missing in blizzard for five days reunited with family

A dog was reunited with her family after she was lost during last week's blizzard and was missing for five days.

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Albert Silver, from Bryant Pond in Woodstock, posted about his missing 13-year-old dog Sophie on Facebook.

He said she went outside on Jan. 4 while the family was plowing and shoveling, and went missing. 

His post was shared more than 2,400 times as the family spent days searching for her - calling animal control, notifying the town, and asking neighbors for help.

Finally, on Jan. 9, Silver gave an “exciting update.”

"Yup it's a miracle," he wrote on Facebook. "Sophie has been found alive and well. She spent 5 days in extreme cold and winds and in the snow."

Silver said someone plowed a path to rescue her after seeing her head above the snow. 

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Sophie lost 5 pounds while she was out, but Silver said a trip to the vet showed she was otherwise healthy. 

Silver said Sophie will be "ridiculously spoiled for the rest of her days."

Encore: Kentucky principal’s snow day cancellation was a lyrical gem

It was a lyrical encore for a Kentucky principal who announced a school cancellation for the second time this week.

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Wearing a cowboy hat and a plaid shirt Thursday night, Chad Caddell of Union Pointe Academy warbled “I got friends in snow places,” a parody of Garth Brooks’ 1990 soing, “Friends in Low Places,” WCPO reported. 

Caddell posted the message to the school's Facebook page. Union Pointe canceled school because of icy roads and cold weather, WCPO reported.

On Monday, Caddell announced that school was canceled with his own version of Mariah Carey’s ballad, “Hero,” which included an ending that made fun of the diva’s demand for hot tea during her New Year’s Eve performance in New York’s Times Square.

Caddell’s originality begs the question: If the weather remains poor next week, what will Caddell sing if he needs to cancel school? 

Here is Caddell’s message announcing Monday’s cancellation;

Here is the Garth Brooks version that Caddell parodied: 

Husband, wife win $1 million prizes in separate contests just months apart

Imagine finding gold at the end of a rainbow — twice. That’s how lucky a Massachusetts couple has found themselves over the last few months.

Robert Goodwin won a $1 million jackpot after scratching off a $5 instant lottery ticketthe Massachusetts State Lottery announced Monday. Anyone would be astonished at his good fortune, but for Goodwin and his wife, this wasn’t their first rodeo.

Back in August, Jane Goodwin won a $1 million prize in the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.

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Robert Goodwin is taking his winnings home in a lump sum, which will leave him with $650,000 in his pocket — definitely nothing to scoff at.

The couple is planning on combining their earnings to buy a home in a retirement community. Their reason?

“No more shoveling,” said Robert Goodwin.

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Just last week, a New Jersey woman found out she’d be taking home a staggering $5 million after finally checking the numbers on a scratch-off lottery ticket she accidentally purchased two weeks ago.

Oksana Zaharov, 46, meant to buy a $1 scratch-off ticket while she was shopping in New York City, but she was mistakenly issued a $10 one by the clerk instead. Even though she went ahead a bought it anyway, she waited a full two weeks to check it.

“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” she said on Tuesday, according to a Fox News report. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”

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She plans on setting her winnings aside for her children’s college plans, but before then, a family vacation to the Bahamas is on the horizon.

“I never win anything,” Zaharov said. “I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real.”

Police officer goes sled riding with kids

A police officer in Pennsylvania took a few minutes out of his busy day to have some winter fun with a group of children in his community.

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A viewer sent WPXI a video of Kittanning police Officer Michael Bartosiewicz sled-riding with some kids this week.

He said it's all about community relations.

Officer Bartosiewicz was just hired with the department last month.

Man injured pushing pregnant wife out of truck’s path

A California man is being credited with saving his pregnant wife’s life after he pushed her out of the way of an oncoming truck.

Aaron Gutierrez, of Fresno, suffered a broken leg and shoulder when he was struck by the fast-moving vehicle Friday night, ABC30 in Fresno reported. Gutierrez’s mother was also struck, and she remained in the intensive care unit Wednesday with a broken back and bleeding on the brain. 

Gutierrez and his wife told ABC30 that they were returning from a pizza place, where they celebrated their son’s sixth birthday. 

“It was one of the best nights,” Gutierrez told the news station. “And then followed by, as a father, the worst fear.”

As the family members walked home from their bus stop, a speeding Toyota Tacoma veered toward them. 

“I pushed her,” Gutierrez said about his wife. “I think that’s why she got the concussion, because I just pushed her out of the way as fast as I could.” 

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Gutierrez’s wife was knocked unconscious, but their three children were unharmed in the accident, including the couple’s 1-year-old son, who was in his father’s arms. 

A GoFundMe page has been established to help pay Gutierrez’s medical bills. According to the fundraising page, Gutierrez was also recently diagnosed with cancer and will begin chemotherapy in the next couple of months.

Police officials said that the Tacoma’s driver ran a red light before plowing into the Gutierrez family. 

“They weren’t doing anything wrong. They weren’t in the roadway,” Fresno police Lt. Mark Hudson said. “He took the actions that obviously probably saved his wife’s life by pushing her out of the way.”

“This could be a different story right now,” Gutierrez told ABC30. “He wasn’t paying attention and my kids could’ve been dead right now. It’s hard to think about that.”

It was not immediately clear what charges the driver of the truck faces in the crash.

Boston museum to protect art with pest-sniffing dog

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has a new four-footed employee to help battle bugs.

The museum introduced Riley, a 12-week-old Weimaraner puppy that will be trained to sniff out pests that could damage the museum’s priceless works of art.

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Riley is owned by Nicki Luongo, the museum's director of protective services, who will also train the pup.

Riley is part of a pilot program that is the first of its kind for a museum. 

The MFA already has a series of safety measures in place, but with thousands of people walking the halls every day, the staff felt Riley's strong sense of smell would be a big benefit.

The museum’s deputy director, Katie Getchell, says she doesn’t know of another museum using dogs to find pests.

Riley, who will be going through training over the next year, eventually will be working in private areas of the museum and won’t interact with or be seen by visitors. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.”

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Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels.

“I see a survivor,” said Chuck Veidt, 60, who cares for Slade in his West Alexandria Road residence. “She is something else. A true survivor. Her mind is better than mine. She’s a tough act to follow.”

When asked about her 104th birthday, Slade said: “I don’t believe it myself.”

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About 10 years ago, Veidt checked on Slade in her home up the street from his to see if she needed anything from the grocery store. He was shocked to see her lying face down in the kitchen as about a foot of snow accumulated just outside the door. She was rushed to Middletown Regional Hospital, where her body temperature returned to safe levels after two hours. She suffered frost bite.

She later told Veidt she listened to the furnace turn off and on so she wouldn’t fall asleep.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, she had her left breast removed. Thirty-one years later, the cancer returned in her right breast.

Longevity is part of Slade’s DNA. Her father and mother lived to be 91 and 89, respectively, though she has buried her two younger brothers and sister.

She credits eating fresh food from the family garden for her long life, but Veidt chimed in that Slade often told him not being married was the reason.

Born in a farmhouse in Madison Twp. in 1914, Slade graduated from Middletown High School in 1932. Her last MHS class reunion was her 60th in 1992. She’d probably be the only one still alive for her 86th class reunion.

“A class of one,” Veidt said with a smile.

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Slade taught two years in a one-room school house, then 35 years after Poasttown built a new school. One of her former first-grade students, Homer Hartman, 86, attended Slade’s birthday party. Before Hartman was wheeled into the house, Slade gave a warning: “He’s going to tell a bunch of lies about me.”

Hartman didn’t disappoint. While he called Slade his “favorite” teacher, he said she frequently put him in the corner of the classroom.

“She didn’t let me get away with much,” he said.

She responded: “I never put him in the corner. None of my students.”

Slade retired in 1972 and said there is no way she could teach today because of the lack of discipline shown by some students.

“Kids would tell me where to go,” she said with a smile.

Is Slade afraid to die? She just shook her head.

“A new experience for me,” she said.

She paused, then added: “When (God) comes for me, I will be ready to go.”

Young cancer victim says 'each day is a gift, not a given right'

young cancer victim wrote a heartbreaking letter of advice to the world moments before she died. 

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Holly Butcher, 27, of Australia, asked her family to post the letter on her Facebook account once she was gone. 

Butcher died on Jan. 4 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, according to News.com.au.

In the letter, she wrote about enjoying life to the fullest and explained that life is fragile, precious and unpredictable, saying that each day is a gift, not a given right. 

As a reminder to not sweat the small stuff, Butcher assured people that, when you’re on your death bed, you won’t be worrying about most of the things you complain about now: 

“You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling," Butcher wrote. "Let all that sh**t go. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more." 

Not only that, Butcher urges everyone to do a good deed for humanity, and for those like her, by starting to donate blood regularly.

"It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives," Butcher said.

She wrote that it's something that is so overlooked, especially when you consider that every donation can save three lives.

She explained that blood donation helped keep her alive for an extra year -- a year she said she will be forever grateful that she "got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog."

Since her letter was posted, it has been shared more than 111,100 times and has been liked by more than 150,000 people.

You can read Butcher's entire message below. 

Man raises more than $30,000 on GoFundMe to help Harlem kids see ‘Black Panther’

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and one New Yorker wants to make sure a group of Harlem kids gets to see it.

Frederick Joseph launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month to help young students “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign’s page

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“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he continued. 

Joseph set a goal of $10,000 and has tripled that amount, raking in more than $30,000 in five days thanks to more than 800 contributors, some of which included director J.J. Abrams and Chelsea Clinton.

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Joseph told The Root that while he initially planned to gift the money to 300 children from the Harlem Children’s Zone, the nonprofit, which expressed much gratitude, was unable to accept the money. The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem will now receive the donation.

“We want to thank the organizers of this great fundraiser. Your commitment will help our kids see how powerful they can be!” the organization said on its Facebook page.

The funds will go toward purchasing tickets and refreshments for the children and chaperones. Remaining funds will be given to the Boys & Girls Club to help continue their work.

After the success of the GoFundMe campaign, Joseph launched what he’s calling the Black Panther Challenge. The challenge encourages people to set up GoFundMe campaigns to buy tickets for local children to see the film.

“If you’re a teacher, buy tickets for your entire classroom. If you’re a coach, take your team,” Joseph said in an update under his original campaign. “If you’re a community leader, do some organizing and get the kids and parents in your community to the theater. 10 campaigns that answer the #BlackPantherChallenge will receive a $100 donation from GoFundMe.”

“Black Panther” hits theaters Feb. 16 nationwide. Tickets are on sale now.

Hundreds of students, parents welcome third-grader back after cancer fight

A little girl who was diagnosed with and has beaten cancer not only earned her first day back at school, she deserved it.

Bridget Kelley missed 15 months of school, but when she finally made it to class on Jan. 2, she was greeted by her classmates and their parents, bringing smiles to the Kelley family’s faces.

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Bridget was met by hundreds of students, parents, teachers and police officers, all braving temperatures at  4-degrees to hold signs of welcome and encouragement for the third-grader, the “Today” show reported.

Her parents thought it would be too much for the girl who fought leukemia, but instead, she embraced the welcome and and raised her arms in victory, her mother, Megan, told “Today.”

Bridget was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in Sept. 2016. She had been seeing a doctor to have a swollen tonsil removed, but an MRI found it was worse than initially thought. She then had to undergo chemotherapy and surgery, before having a stem cell transplant.

Bridget was tutored while she was out of class so she could stay on educational track with her classmates, but also remain isolated as she healed, “Today” reported

The welcome was organized by the parent of one of Bridget’s classmates. She originally invited 50 people, but that number grew to more than 150. 

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“We had anxiety about sending her back to school because we were so trained to avoid germs, but it was also such a relief,” Megan Kelley told “Today.” “It’s like we’re finally on the upswing now that she’s allowed to come back.”

WATCH: Toddler born deaf hears music for the first time in adorable viral video

A formerly deaf toddler is discovering a love of music after hearing for the first time.

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Owen Montoya is 15 months old, and until recently, he was unable to hear. The boy from Phoenix was born deaf and recently underwent surgery to place a cochlear implant in his left ear, according to the Daily Mail.

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Footage shows Owen reacting to hearing his parents’ voices for the first time and even dancing to music.

“We were so excited to see him enjoying music this much, it was the craziest moment ever,” said his mother, Janae Montoya, 26. “When we found out Owen was deaf, it was very hard for us, because our family is very musical. I’ve always wanted him to experience it.”

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Montoya said Owen comes from a long line of musicians; both she and her brother used to sing, and Owen’s maternal grandparents used to sing as well.

Montoya said Owen has wide-ranging taste.

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“He’s been plugged in the last two days listening to different stuff and absolutely loving it. He loves live music most. I think he feels like he’s actually there,” said Montoya.

She’s glad she can share his passion for music as he explores it.

“It can be heartbreaking knowing something is closed off to your child, and now he has every opportunity in the world,” said Montoya.

Couple in their 70s loses 400 lbs together, cite divine inspiration

A North Carolina couple in their 70s has lost almost 400 pounds together after they said they received divine inspiration to get healthy.

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Becky and Donnie Hensley live in Weaverville, North Carolina. Their home has a lot of their old pictures, which show how much they weighed seven years ago.

Becky Hensley said the inspiration to get healthy came to her while saying her prayers.

“I was praying, and the Lord spoke to me, and said, ‘Go find Donnie, and ask him to go to Weight Watchers with you,’” Becky Hensley said.

Through the buddy system, they dieted and went to the gym together.

The Hensleys said they’re happier now that they’re able to do simple things, like walking and tying their shoes.

Kindhearted cop drives family stranded in Boston after surgery home to Maine

A police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when he drove a family that was stranded at Boston’s North Station back to its home, in Portland, Maine.

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Kori Malenfant, 19, underwent brain surgery several days ago at New York City’s NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. She and her family were traveling back home by train, but a late arrival to North Station on Saturday caused them to miss their connection to Maine.

Looking for a place to store their luggage, the Malenfants turned to officers at the Boston Police Department’s North Station office. Kori Malenfant’s mother, Wendi Malenfant, described her surprise as a police captain loaded the family’s belongings into his unmarked cruiser.

Capt. Kelly McCormick offered to take the family on a ride around Boston, but the trip turned out to be anything but quick.

“All of a sudden, I notice we are on the highway north and I said, ‘Um, where are you taking us?’” Wendy Malenfant said. “He said, ‘Well, I told you I was kidnapping you. I'm taking you to Portland. Isn’t that where your car is?’ And we were just floored.”

McCormick said he could tell the family had been through a lot.

“They burst into tears, and that was very emotional,” he said. “They were just very tired. I could see it, and I just felt like they (were) going to sit in North Station all night no matter what.” 

McCormick said his personal experiences compelled him to drive the family the more than 100 miles to its home. He once donated a kidney to his wife and has seen firsthand how physically and emotionally draining a major operation and the post-op experience can be.

“Being in that moment is so exhausting,” he said. “If you just make a small difference, it must have had a great effect on them, which is great, but we like to do that every day. Every officer wants to do that every day.”

The Malenfants said they still can’t believe the kindness McCormick showed.

"We just didn't have words,” Wendy Malenfant said. “We kept trying to thank him, and it just didn't seem enough.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Cleveland Zoo announces names for 3 otter pups

Cleveland’s newest otter pups finally have names.

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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced that the three Asian small-clawed otter brothers, born Sept. 24, were named Adhi, Bejo and Cipto, WJW reported.

According to zoo officials, Adhi means “first,” Bejo means “lucky” and Cipto means “create.”

The pups were born to parents Bitzy and Kibble, bringing the otter population at the zoo to seven.

Zoo visitors were given the chance to visit the otter family on the second floor of The RainForest – and, with a donation toward the Future for Wildlife Fund, cast a vote to name the brothers.

Asian small-clawed otters are one of the smallest species of otter, WJW reported. The International Union for Conservation in Nature considers them a vulnerable species and the Species Survival Plan Program manages their population in zoos , WJW reported.

Big brother comforts sick baby sister in heartwarming viral video

A video of a boy comforting his baby sister is warming hearts across the country.

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A video shared to Facebook by mom Danielle Davis of Haughton, Louisiana, shows her son quietly rocking his sleeping sister in his arms when she wasn’t feeling well. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Instagram.

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“The kids adore each other,” Davis told “Good Morning America.” “He can always make her laugh. They are siblings, so they have their moments of jealousy, but that’s to be had. Ninety percent of the time they really very loving toward each other.”

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Check out the adorable clip below as 5-year-old John comforts 1-year-old Clara.

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