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Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Singer Jordin Sparks has become a mom.

>> Jordin Sparks announces she's married, pregnant

According to People magazine, Sparks, 28, and her husband, Dana Isaiah, 25, welcomed a son at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. The baby boy, named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, the magazine reported.

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The "American Idol" winner described giving birth as "miraculously beautiful," People reported.

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"He was and is everything we imagined," said Sparks, who plans to call her son DJ. 

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LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photo by Kate Middleton

Aww!

Britain's Kensington Palace released two adorable photos of new royal baby Prince Louis – including one of his big sister, Princess Charlotte, giving the newborn a kiss on her birthday.

>> Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles

The photos were taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace. This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday," Kensington Palace tweeted.

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A second tweet read: "This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April. The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday."

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Cinco de Mayo: 5 facts you should know (but probably don't)

Cinco de Mayo in the United States is widely known as a celebration of Mexican-American culture filled with margaritas, tacos and tons of fun.

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But before you prep for your upcoming fiesta or scramble to make some last-minute party plans, you may want to brush up on what the holiday is truly about.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo:

May 5 is not Mexico’s independence day.

The date is still widely misunderstood as Mexico’s independence day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the surprising Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

According to History.com, the Mexicans were both vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied as they prepared for the French.

But in the end, nearly 500 French soldiers died and less than 100 Mexicans were killed. While the victory wasn’t a major win in the overall war (the French won the next year and occupied the region for five years), it represented “a great symbolic victory.”

>> How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The battle stems from Mexico’s immense debt to France in the early 1860s, which led to Napoleon III’s decision to send troops to not only overtake Mexico City, but also to help form a Confederate-friendly country that would neighbor the South, according to Time.

Independence Day in Mexico, when it gained its independence from the Spanish colonial government in 1810, is commemorated on Sept. 16.

Cinco de Mayo isn’t all that popular in Mexico.

The holiday is primarily celebrated in Puebla, where the 1862 battle took place. There, locals gather for a big, colorful parade and reenact the war dressed as French and Mexican soldiers before breaking out in song and dance after the reenacted victory.

But for many Mexicans, it’s just another day.

How did the holiday get so popular in the U.S.?

The holiday’s popularity began as the unlikely Battle of Puebla Mexican victory reached California-based Latinos, many of whom were not only happy about Mexico’s victory, but had been rooting for Union forces in the Civil War at the same time, Time reported.

As California Latinos found out, they formed a network of patriotic organizations to raise money for the Mexican troops.

“They had to kind of make the case for fighting for freedom and democracy and they were able to link the struggle of Mexico to the struggle of the Civil War, so there were simultaneous fights for democracy,” Jose Alamillo, a California professor of Chicano studies, told Time.

Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s enactment of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1933 is also considered part of the holiday’s popularization. 

But the party-filled Cinco de Mayo Americans celebrate today didn’t become popular until U.S. beer companies began targeting the Spanish-speaking population in the 1970s and 1980s, Alamillo said.

Today, Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is primarily a celebration of Mexican-American culture.

How many Mexican-Americans are there in the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population of the U.S. as of July 1, 2015 was 56.6 million — 17.6 percent of the country’s total population.

And of the Hispanic population in 2015, 63.4 percent were of Mexican origin.

Americans consume a crazy amount of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.

According to Forbes, Americans eat 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo. 

This is great news for Mexico’s economy, considering 82 percent of America’s avocados come from Mexico.

Last year, avocado prices were at an all-time high due to high demand and reduced harvests in other major avocado production markets.

In fact, the average price of an avocado in the U.S. had increased from 98 cents each in April 2016 to $1.26 in April 2017. In 2018, however, the average price of an avocado is approximately $1.03, according to Hass Avocado.

WATCH: Texas teen walks for first time in months, stuns prom date in heartwarming viral video

A video of a San Antonio teen's heartwarming surprise for her prom date – and his emotional reaction – has gone viral.

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>> Stranger's act of kindness for mom, 2 kids on plane goes viral

According to KSAT, Health Careers High School senior Morgan Coultress, 18, has had conversion disorder, which affects the use of her legs, since she underwent surgery in June. She said she couldn't walk unassisted for 10 months, the station reported.

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So Coultress prepared a special surprise for her prom date, Tarik Garcia. 

On Saturday, a camera captured the moment that Garcia walked into Coultress' home – and the shocked look on his face as Coultress took several steps toward him.

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The clip, which Coultress shared on Twitter, has been viewed more than 13 million times.

Coultress, who was crowned prom queen that same evening, said she hopes to walk at her graduation next month, KSAT reported.

Read more here.

Cutting carbs? Noodles & Company unveils trendy new noodle replacement

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company, which operates four restaurants across the region, announced today the nationwide launch of zucchini noodles that restaurant officials say will be spiral-cut daily at each location.

The lower-calorie and low-carb zucchini noodles — or “zoodles” — are making their debut in two dishes: the new Zucchini Romesco, and the existing menu item Thai Green Curry with Shrimp. And they can be substituted in any other dish for a 75-cent charge.

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Zucchini Romesco is topped with roasted red pepper sauce made with almonds, sun-dried tomatoes and vegetables. The Zucchini Thai Green Curry with Shrimp pairs a sweet coconut green curry sauce with pineapple, broccoli, red onion, snap peas, lime, black sesame seeds and cilantro. 

In a release, Noodles & Company officials say the company is the first national fast-casual chain to offer zoodles nationwide.

"Expanding our noodle offerings from classic pastas like cavatappi, elbow and spaghetti to more adventurous noodles like udon, rice and ramen, zucchini is a natural step in providing our guests with more creative options,” Chas Hermann, chief brand officer at Noodles & Company, said in a release. “In addition to zucchini tasting delicious and being a great substitute in every dish we serve, zucchini noodles also meet many of today's dietary needs, such as low-carb and gluten-free."

Small zoodle bowls start at $5.75, with regular bowls starting at $7.25. To encourage guests to give zucchini noodles a try, the chain is offering a taste guarantee: Any guest who orders a bowl of zucchini noodles and doesn't feel the zoodle love can get a replacement traditional noodle dish at no additional cost, company officials said. 

Zoodles are available at all 476 Noodles restaurants nationwide. 

Stranger's act of kindness for mom, 2 kids on plane goes viral

An Arkansas mom's story of how a stranger helped her and her two young children on a flight is warming hearts across the country.

According to ABC News, Jessica Rudeen, 34, of Bentonville, ran into some trouble while traveling from Missouri to North Carolina with her 4-month-old son, Alexander, and 3-year-old daughter, Caroline.

>> RELATED STORY: Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

"My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane," Rudeen wrote in a Facebook post. "My 4-month-old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3-year-old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking, 'I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!' I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation."

Luckily, another passenger, Todd Walker, 52, was happy to help, ABC News reported.

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"This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie," Rudeen wrote. "Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams."

But Walker's kindness didn't end there. Rudeen said he also talked to Caroline during the flight and even colored and watched a movie with her. 

"By the end of the flight, he was Caroline's best friend," Rudeen wrote. "I'm not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window."

In another stroke of luck, the new friends discovered that they were connecting in Charlotte to the same flight to Wilmington.

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"He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand," Rudeen wrote. "If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life."

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Rudeen's Facebook post thanking Walker quickly went viral, with more than 28,000 likes and 7,000 shares. Although Rudeen did not have Walker's last name, social media users helped her get in touch with his wife, Stacey who said helping people is in her husband's nature.

Rudeen said she hopes that the families can get together soon.

Read more here.

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Boy, 1, hospitalized after alleged beating at day care; mom says worker blamed 2-year-old girl

An Indiana mom is looking for answers after she says her 1-year-old son was beaten at day care, leaving his face bloody, cut and swollen.

According to WXIN-TV, Tiffany Griffin said an employee at the Kiddiegarden day care in Indianapolis called her Monday to say her son, Jesse, had been hurt. When Griffin saw the boy's injuries, she punched the worker, who claimed that a 2-year-old girl had attacked Jesse.

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Griffin said there's "no way" that the girl caused Jesse's injuries.

"She didn't look like she was the violent type, and her mom said she wasn't the violent type," Griffin told WXIN

The boy was being examined at a nearby hospital. No one has been arrested, but police are continuing to investigate the incident, WXIN reported.

>> Montana day care worker arrested after allegedly smoking meth on job

In a statement, Kiddiegarden said it was "deeply saddened about what took place," WXIN reported.

"This was truly a sad, shocking and unfortunate event," the statement read, in part. "We have been diligently working with law enforcement, child protective services, as well as state agencies on this matter. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with law enforcement to complete their investigation."

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The licensed day care "has never had any accusations of abuse or maltreatment from any of our children or parents," the statement also said.

The worker reportedly was fired, WXIN reported.

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Parents, doctor say girl allergic to water

Imagine being allergic to water. Not being able to bathe. Not being able to jump in the pool even on the hottest of days.

That’s exactly what little Ivy Angerman has to battle every day.

She’s almost 2 years old and is allergic to water, no matter hot or cold, bottled, faucet or distilled, when water gets on her, she breaks out with red, painful blisters, the television program “Inside Edition” reported.

“She can feel the reaction coming. She can feel the heat,” Brittany Angerman, Ivy’s mother, told “Inside Edition”. “She says, ‘Mommy, ouch, it’s hot, touch it.’”

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Her doctor says Ivy suffered from aquagenic urticaria, a condition that affects fewer than 100 people in the U.S. Her baby sister is luckily not shown any signs of it.

She is so allergic that even her tears or sweat can irritate her skin, People magizine reported.

How does a family deal with simple things like bath time?

Ivy’s parents keep her inside as much as possible to keep her clean. When it’s time for a bath, she is bathed with wet wipes, “Inside Edition” reported.

Amazingly, Ivy is able to drink water without a problem and she’s been prescribed antihistamines to control the reactions. Doctors hope she will grow out of the allergy as she gets older, “Inside Edition” reported

Study says most Americans feel lonely, young adults are the loneliest

study on loneliness from U.S. health insurer Cigna says that most Americans feel left out or alone at least some of the time.

According to a May 1 news release, the national survey was conducted on 20,096 U.S. adults over age 18. The findings show that those who report being the loneliest are adults ages 18-22.

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NPR reported that Cigna used the UCLA Loneliness Scale -- one of the best-known tools for measuring loneliness -- to obtain results. The questionnaire, from University of California, Los Angeles, calculates a loneliness score based on a series of statements and a formula. Those who score between 20 and 80 are considered lonely. The higher the score, the more socially isolated and lonely the respondent is.

Twenty questions are on the questionnaire, which is balanced between positive, such as “How often do you feel outgoing and friendly?” and negative, such as, “How often do you feel alone?”

Forty-six percent of those surveyed said they sometimes or always feel alone. Forty-seven percent said they sometimes or always felt left out.

Other results said Americans who live with others were less likely to report feeling lonely, and those who were single parents or guardians were more likely to be lonely although they lived with children. About 43 percent of Americans said they sometimes or always feel their relationships are not meaningful. Fifty-three percent said they have meaningful in-person social interactions on a daily basis, and 27 percent rarely or never feel as though there are people who understand them.

Although young adults in the study have reported being the loneliest, the study reported that social media is not a sole predictor of loneliness. Those who spend more time or less time than desired with family have similar feelings of loneliness. Those who reported that they work, sleep and exercise just the right amount had lower loneliness scores.

“There is an inherent link between loneliness and the workplace, with employers in a unique position to be a critical part of the solution,” Dr. Douglas Nemecek, Cigna chief medical officer for behavioral health, said in the release. “Fortunately, these results clearly point to the benefits meaningful in-person connections can have on loneliness, including those in the workplace and the one that takes place in your doctor’s office as a part of the annual checkup.”

Independent market research company Ipsos, founded in France in 1975, conducted the study in the form of a poll on behalf of Cigna, the news release said. The poll was conducted online in English from Feb. 21 - March 6, 2018.

More information on the study, including the method for getting the results, are at Cigna.com.

How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and before everyone gets ready for happy hours and parties, it helps to go in with a plan.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, during the French-Mexican war.

Make sure you do not do any of the following:

Dress up in sombreros and fake mustaches

There is no need to "dress up" for this day, but if you do, do not wear a sombrero, mariachi suit, serape, fake mustache or anything of the sort if you are not a member of that culture. Those things have historical and cultural significance, and donning them just for a day caricatures and stereotypes people. That's not fun.

Go out and get drunk

There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and doing it socially, but responsibility is key. What is the use in celebrating a day if you get sick or can't remember it?

Make English words Spanish by adding an "o" on the end

Not only does it not make any sense, but by doing this, it makes fun of another language and turns it into a joke. The same goes for plays on the holiday name, so no parties or themes like "Cinco de Drinko."

You can make a margarita cupcake or a fun cocktail, or have dinner at a family-owned Mexican restaurant. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without doing any of the three above.

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