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Cotton Candy Girl becomes new internet sensation

With a blue cotton candy cone in hand and spun sugar on her face, a little girl at a Seattle Mariners game had the perfect reaction to a Seattle win -- with the help of sugar.

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Her photos and GIFs have gone viral, with people calling her Cotton Candy Girl.

Somebody isn't going to sleep anytime soon.Posted by Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fans wanted to name her the player of the game, and the team shared a Photoshopped image of Cotton Candy Girl wearing the "Swelmet," a helmet worn by the player of the game.

The player of the game ended up being Adam Lind, who hit two homers. 

"Cotton Candy Girl, unfortunately, (was) not eligible," the team tweeted.

Cotton Candy Girl's father shared a photo her sleeping on the way home from the game, saying, "Beatrix sleeps the deep and satisfied slumber of (a Mariners) victory!"

Orlando boy's confidence restored by tattoo artist's act of kindness

A 12-year-old Florida boy recently got a whole new look and a lot of his confidence back thanks to a local tattoo artist who stepped up to help.

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Xavier Holly has scoliosis and wears a back brace, something that has been hard for him, his mother, Ashley King, said.

When the boy found out in mid-August that he would have to wear the brace longer than he’d expected, King took to Facebook looking for some help.

"He's embarrassed to wear this to school," she wrote. "Last year he wore it under his shirt, but it's very noticeable, and (he) got picked on. I'm looking for a place that can possibly do an airbrush design on (his brace) in Orlando."

Angel Ruiza, owner of Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando, contacted King and offered to do the job free of charge.

"I was excited and amazed at how fast it all happened," King said.

Ruiza, who also did free Pulse-themed tattoos after the June 12 nightclub shooting, asked King what her son liked and they settled on a shark theme.

Now, instead of a conspicuous white brace, Xavier is sporting a nighttime ocean scene with a great white shark and detailed moon and sky.

"He was shocked and instantly wanted to wear it to school to show all his friends," King said.

She couldn't thank Ruiza enough for what he did for her son.

"I cried," she said. "I never expected it to be so amazing and full of details ... I'm so grateful that something like this has changed my son's confidence and makes him smile."

I'm so touched I just had to share this positive story. My son has scoliosis, and has to wear a back brace until he...Posted by Ashley King on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Okay FB , I just left the Orthopedic Dr. , And Xavier is going to have to wear this back brace  longer then expected. He...Posted by Ashley King on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Attention, parents: 4 obscure apps you need to know about

Kids and teens will pick up the newest technology fast as they head back to school, and that means they could be using apps that could put them in danger without parents even realizing it. 

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are all popular, but WFXT uncovered obscure apps that should keep parents on alert. 

Robert Siciliano, online security expert with Hotspot Shield, said what you don't know can harm your kids.

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"There are apps out there today that look and act like apps we know and trust, but they are in fact ruses – fake apps designed to confuse or lie to the parent," Siciliano said.

Siciliano took WFXT through a list of apps parents might not know about and fall off their radars:  

CALCULATOR%Siciliano said this app is designed to mask itself as the calculator app and the parent would not know that the child installed it to hide all their inappropriate pictures.  

AUDIO MANAGERHe said this app is a decoy. It's designed to pose as the audio manager for the phone, but it is in fact there to mask and hide inappropriate photos and inappropriate text messages – essentially, anything the child wants to hide from the parents.  

BURN NOTESnapchat is old news for some kids and teens, and "Burn Note" is becoming more popular. Siciliano said, "Burn Note is essentially is designed like Snapchat to hide and mask data and in the end it erases or deletes any instant messages quickly and efficiently so parents can't see it."

OMEGLESiciliano says savvy online predators are lurking on apps on your child's smartphone and you might not even know it. He warns parents to take a look to see if their kids are using Omegle.

"Omegle is another one of those apps that can facilitate chats with complete strangers, so your child could be communicating with a user named 14-year-old Charlie who is 40-year-old Ed and your kid or you may never know it," Siciliano told WFXT.  

He advises a simple step for parents to take to keep an eye on their kids' apps.

"It's really important that parents set up their devices so that they sync up with iCloud so that parents know exactly what apps are being installed on the child's device. That way, if a child installs an app, it's installed on the parents' device, as well," Siciliano said.  

Family welcomes newborn on same day for third year in a row

A family in North Dakota celebrated last week as they welcomed their third child born on the exact same day for the third consecutive year.

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The number three appears to hold some special significance for the Stevenson family. Lauren and Seth Stevenson met in 2013 and married after a three-day engagement, three months after they met, according to The Dickinson Press.

The couple welcomed their third child, Henry, on Sept. 1. He shares his birthday with his siblings, 1-year-old sister Tommie and 2-year-old brother Axel.

"We were just overwhelmed with excitement and joy," Lauren Stevenson told "Good Morning America." "A healthy baby boy and the fact that he came on Sept. 1, the doctors, the nurses, my husband and I -- we just couldn't believe it."

Like his sister Tommie, Henry was born three days earlier than doctors expected. Axel's due date was Aug. 31, according to "Good Morning America."

The children were delivered by Dr. William Lowe, the family's obstetrician, at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson.

"I think it's going to be a lot like herding cats. (It's) going to be very difficult (but) a lot of fun," he told KFYR. "They're young. They can do the running around they need to do. If the grandparents keep all three for the weekend, they're going to be exhausted by the end of the weekend, I'm pretty sure."

Lauren Stevenson told The Dickinson Press she hopes to have another child, although the family will likely wait for a few years. Axel and Tommie have been well-behaved, and "that's why we didn't have the common sense to stop," Seth Dickinson joked with the Press.

"Every time we try to have their birthdays, I'm always in the hospital having a baby," Lauren Stevenson told "Good Morning America." "I think for their birthdays we can have one big party. If they can share together, we can do one big birthday cake. If not, we'll have to give them their own cake and get them each their own present."

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson shares Labor Day message, photo of daughter

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is working hard to instill good values in his baby girl.

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On Labor Day, he shared a heartwarming photo and a story about a philosophical talk he had with his 8-month-old daughter, Jasmine.

"In the spirit of Labor Day, I had an amazing philosophical conversation with my baby girl about the value of hard work and how respect is given when it's earned," Johnson wrote on Facebook.

The photo shows Jasmine sitting on her dad's shoulders, staring into the camera with her big, blue eyes. Her hands are placed on his head, and Johnson wrote that she loves "drum time on daddy's big head."

"I told her, 'Baby girl when you grow up, you get out there and dent the universe thru hard work and sweat. And always make sure you do it in a positive way with class, dignity and respect,'" Johnson wrote.

But apparently, little Jasmine wasn't having any of it.

"She responded by poo'ing on me in this moment," Johnson wrote.

The wrestler turned actor also noted that Labor Day is one of his favorite holidays, "as we celebrate the blue collar American worker and their contributions to our country thru labor and sweat."

Its Labor Day. One of my favorite holidays as we celebrate the blue collar American worker and their contributions to...Posted by Dwayne The Rock Johnson on Monday, September 5, 2016

Single mom dresses as dad for son's 'Donuts with Dad' event

A single mother's determination to ensure her son didn't feel left out during a father-son breakfast at his school has caught the attention of the Internet.

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Yevette Vasquez asked her son, Elijah, why so many cars were parked at Sue Crouch Intermediate School in Fort Worth, Texas, as she was dropping him off Thursday, KDFW reported. He told her people were visiting for a "Donuts with Dad" school breakfast.

Determined to make sure her son didn't feel left out, Vasquez headed back to the family's house with her son in tow and opened up her wardrobe.

"I wasn't about to let him miss out," she wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. "I know seeing other dads with (their) kids isn't easy for mine, but it's life. At least I can do whatever it takes to put a smile on that face."

Vasquez threw on baggy pants, a plaid shirt and a baseball cap. She completed the look with a fake mustache.

She told KDFW she was nervous about showing up at the school in her chosen outfit but that she's gotten overwhelming positive responses on social media.

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How a bottle of wine helped woman find out she's now grandma

Some pregnancy stories start out with a bottle of wine, but this one ends with it. 

Andy Burr decided he was going tell his mother that she was going to be a grandmother soon. 

He came up with the idea to use a bottle of wine for the announcement, "The Today Show" reported.

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And, of course, he recorded the entire thing.

Burr had his mother get the special vintage out of his bag. She took it as if it was any other bottle of wine, not taking a close look at the label. 

She commented on the do-it-yourself label with transparent tape, then eventually the realization hit her. 

She even apologized to Burr's wife for saying she had been looking tired.

The video is now all over the internet, thanks to Facebook.

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Mom's post goes viral after daughter nearly dies of alcohol poisoning

A Massachusetts mother warning against the dangers of alcohol overdose after her 15-year-old daughter nearly died after binge drinking over the weekend.

Melissa Aho's Facebook post about the terrifying incident has gone viral.

Fifteen-year-old Ryleigh Ackles told her mother she was hanging out with friends and was going to a sleepover.

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"Everybody thinks this would never happen to my child. Ryleigh's a good girl. She doesn't go out to friends' houses much," she said.

Later, her mother received a Facebook message at 1 a.m. from a friend that had received a phone call. Someone on the phone had told her Ryleigh was passed out.

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“Immediately my heart sank and I tried to call her phone repeatedly and of course, there was no answer. I questioned who, where, when, why's and received no answer back,” Aho wrote on Facebook.

That was because the person who messaged Aho was picking up Ryleigh and another teenager who reached out for help, bringing them to Aho’s driveway.

"She was unconscious. She was bleeding from her eye and just completely unresponsive," she said.

What happened next was a terrifying whirlwind of calling 911 and rushing to the hospital.

Aho said in the ambulance to the hospital, Ryleigh was foaming at the mouth and vomiting into her lungs. She was administered narcan four times to no effect. Then doctors tested her blood - the teenager had a blood alcohol level of .28 after drinking Ciroc vodka, WFXT reported.

The CDC says 6 people a day die from alcohol poisoning nationwide on average. Ryleigh is 92 pounds, according to her mother. At .30 BAC, which can be reached after six drinks, death is possible. 

Ryleigh was put on a respirator, her mother unsure of what the future would hold.

“I waited 14 hours begging for my daughter's life. And just going over and over in my head the flashback of my daughter's life,” Aho said.

Then the teenager opened her eyes. It took several days for the alcohol to clear her system, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

Aho’s powerful Facebook post outlined how when her daughter became sick, they were scared and hesitated to call for help. Fortunately one girl, who didn’t know Ryleigh well, helped find a way to contact her mother.

“She didn't care about getting in trouble herself, she wanted to get her the help she so desperately needed, the other kids who left her I'm sure were scared and didn't realize the severity of her condition at the time,” she wrote.

Symptoms of alcohol overdose include confusion; difficulty remaining conscious; vomiting; seizures; trouble with breathing; slow heart rate; clammy skin and dulled responses.  Even when someone passes out or goes to sleep, they’re BAC can rise to fatal levels.

Mother says she found bugs in son's Gerber formula

A Lumpkin County mother is warning other parents about a popular baby formula.

Chanda Peck said she found bugs in her 5-month-old son’s Gerber formula just minutes after his morning feeding. She was starting to make the rest of the day’s bottles using the Gerber Good Starts Soothe Formula when she said she noticed things crawling in the can.

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"There was one, maybe two in every bottle I made," Chanda Peck said.

Peck showed WSB the can, which still had live bugs crawling inside it.

"That thing's crawling around down there,"  she said. "It's disgusting. There's no other way to describe it," she said.

Her son got sick soon after drinking the formula.

"He started throwing up all over the place, and it wasn't spit up, it was projectile and more of it. He was also having diarrhea," she said.

Peck said it’s been two weeks, and Gerber has yet to send the promised shipping material to return the product for testing. She hasn’t received the coupon to replace the can either.

Peck, who bought the formula at Walmart, said that despite what she found, she’s still a fan of the formula.

"I honestly love Gerber, I just don’t like the way it’s being handled," she said.

Gerber emailed a statement that said a discovery like larvae would be highly unusual, and also said that they are "in the process of retrieving the product to investigate." The company did not respond to WSB's questions about any other similar complaints, and refused to divulge where the formula was made.

WSB reported the Food and Drug Administration said they immediately told the mother they will test the can.

"I think parents need to be aware that this could be in their formula, and I just think Gerber could have handled it a lot better," she said.

 The following is Gerber's entire statement:

Gerber has nearly 90 years of childhood nutrition expertise, and the safety of our products is – and always will be – our top priority. Whenever a consumer has a question or concern, we encourage them to contact us immediately.  We treat every consumer call with the utmost care and attention and investigate product concerns thoroughly, including the recent information brought to us by Ms. Peck.  Gerber was notified of the presence of a foreign object in a canister of GERBER® Good Start® Infant Formula. We take great care with every product we make and it is highly unusual that something of this nature would be found in a finished product. As part of our usual procedure, we are in the process of retrieving the product in question to investigate this alleged incident. We have been in touch with Ms. Peck to resolve this issue. We continue to encourage parents to contact us if they have questions about our products. Parents can contact the Parents Resource Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, toll-free at 1-800-4-GERBER.

Target pulls girls' T-shirt after parents complain of offensive message

Target Australia received backlash for a girls' T-shirt that it was selling when parents called the message on the shirt "offensive" and insulting.

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The powder-pink shirt chronicled the "Batgirl to-do list:" Dry-clean cape, wash Batmobile, fight crime, save the world."

Some parents criticized the message, saying that it perpetuated gender stereotypes by suggesting a female complete chores before getting out to do more meaningful work. 

"I'm insulted that you present a future where our daughters need to complete their 'home duties' before they can go out and save the world," a Melbourne mother, Ninac Ollins, wrote on Target Australia's Facebook page. "We know that working mothers still do more housework than their spouses,. We don't need you to perpetuate this inequity."

Target, can you explain why you are selling something as offensive as this in your stores currently? What message are...Posted by Ninac Ollins on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Another user, Summer Edwards, said the T-shirt's message "is utterly offensive and must be removed."

Target, are you serious? In a world where so many are fighting so hard for equality for our daughters, you put this on your shelves? Speechless.Posted by Shelley Wedemeyer on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Target, your Batgirl T-shirt is out of step with 21st century family values," Edwards wrote.

"In a world where so many are fighting so hard for equality for our daughters, you put this on your shelves?" customer Shelley Wedemeyer asked the retailer.

Dozens of other customers and parents said they didn't see an issue with the shirt.

A Target Australia representative responded on behalf of the company, saying: "Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. It absolutely wasn't our intention to cause any offense with this shirt, so we really appreciate you all getting in touch with us to let us know your thoughts. We've taken this feedback on board, and sincerely apologize for any disappointment caused."

The shirt was later pulled from stores.

"After reviewing and reading our customers' concerns on the Batgirl tee, we have decided to remove the shirt from our stores. It was never Target's intention to offend our customers with this item," a spokeswoman told The Guardian.

Target Australia has no connection to the U.S. version of Target, according to Mashable.

The "Today" show pointed out that other messages on children's clothing have roused similar sentiments, including an Old Navy shirt that called boys "Ghostbusters" while girls were "Ghostbusters in training."

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