Magnanimous otters, a firehouse baby boom and some impressive BFFs

(CNN) Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week Baby fever! Remember all those cute stories of nurses who all got pregnant and had babies around the same time? Well here’s a novel twist: Firefighters! Nine firefighters at the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District in California all welcomed sons and daughters into the world around the same time, between March and July (They SWEAR it was a total coincidence). Of course, such a blessed event deserves a seriously adorable photo shoot. Luckily, the dads were more than happy to oblige. One of the moms in this big happy firefighting family told CNN she’s excited her children will have so many built-in …

Vatican Suspends Decree That Punished Catholic School For Keeping Gay Teacher

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School can resume holding all-school, traditional Masses, Rev. Bill Verbryke, the school president,  Archbishop Charles C. Thompson Catholic school teachers are “ministers” who are required to uphold church teachings, which prohibit same-sex marriages.  Brebeuf leaders refused to budge, insisting that firing the “highly capable and qualified teacher” would violate “our informed conscience on this particular matter.” The school, part of the Jesuit religious order’s Midwest province, was also concerned that an archdiocese was overstepping by interfering in an employment decision that it believed should be made by leaders within the global religious order. IndyStar reported. said Monday that he does not know how long the appeals process will take. The archdiocese told the Michael Conroy/ASSOCIATED PRESS Archbishop …

Migrants nix offer to stay in Mexico, continue trek to US

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program on Friday dubbed “You are home,” which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca. Police commissioner Benjamin Grajeda said that authorities only blocked the highway Saturday to tell people about the government’s offer. “Here in this truck right now you can get help,” he said. Thousands of migrants in the city of Arriaga rejected the plan Friday night, but said they could be willing to discuss it again once they reach Mexico City. Some fear they will be deported if they take advantage of the program. The caravan is now trying to strike out for Tapanatepec, …

‘How Instagram became my support system’

“So I could literally look back and see ‘wow, that really isn’t very much,’” she says. “It was kind of the first step towards acknowledging that something had to be done.” Using hashtags, she built up a close-knit group of followers who would comment on her posts, celebrating her successes and supporting her through bad days. chicken arabiatta for #dinner with veggies. I remember when exercise used to make me feel so terrible afterwards, because it was forced. now it calms me down. now it makes me feel better. 🌞 recovery perk. no relapsing for me #recovery #balancednotclean #eatingdisorder #edrecovery #anorexia #anorexiarecovery #ana #anarecovery #2fab4ana A post shared by now @balancednotclean (@pathtosmile) on May 8, 2014 at 11:41am PDT Report …

Texas officer shoots and kills woman after stun-gun struggle

Police Lt. Steve Dorris said Tuesday that the officer shot at Turner after she hit him in the groin with the Taser. Turner did not fire the stun gun but it shocked the officer when it struck him, Dorris said. The lieutenant said police have since learned from the medical examiner’s office in Harris County that Turner, who was 44 and black, was not pregnant. She was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. A spokeswoman with the medical examiner’s office declined to comment. The officer, who police have not identified by name, has been placed on paid administrative leave, Dorris said. The department is reviewing whether the shooting was in line with its policy on the use of deadly …

Flu cases still high as first human universal vaccine trial begins

(CNN)Most states are seeing an unusually high number of flu patients as the season comes to a close. Meanwhile, the very first human experiments with a new universal flu shot have begun at the National Institutes of Health. Although flu has not taken as many lives this year as last, when more than 80,000 people died, the number of deaths is still considerable. Five children died of flu-associated causes during the week ended March 30, bringing total number of childhood deaths for the season to 82; overall, as many as 50,900 total deaths due to flu have occurred this season, according to the CDC. Not all flu-related deaths are detected or reported, so the actual number may be higher. The …

Elizabeth Warren Is Right. In The 1970s, Pregnant Teachers Didnt Keep Their Jobs.

Although the reports don’t contain evidence that Warren is lying, they show there is no written evidence she was fired from her elementary school job and they open the door to the possibility that she voluntarily resigned to raise a family. Mark Makela via Getty Images Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pinky-swears with Rebecca Buse-Morley, 8, at a May 13 American Federation of Teachers event. School districts around the country that terminated pregnant teachers or forced them to take unpaid leave, usually around the fifth month of pregnancy when they were obviously pregnant. A National Education Association survey in 1970 found that a of school districts “The principal did what principals did in those days: wished me luck, showed me the door, …

‘Bird Box’ memes are a hoot

(CNN)Note: This post contains spoilers relating to the Netflix film ‘Bird Box.’ To protect themselves from it, they block out windows and wear blindfolds if forced to venture outside. Birds also serve as something of an alarm system. The sensory deprivation experience by the characters serves well to build suspense, but has also been a gift to the social media gods, with the birth of countless memes in the movie’s aftermath. They range from jokes about what temptations would get people to remove their blindfolds to some spoilery takes on the film. Others imagined what the world what be like in the event of a mass pandemic. One thing most would agree on, however, is that the memes are much …

George Clooney Warns Ominously That Meghan Markle Is Like Princess Diana

George Clooney blasted what he described as “irresponsible” treatment of the “I do want to say, they’re just chasing Who Magazine on Tuesday. “She’s been pursued and vilified.” Striking an ominous tone, the “Catch-22” star said, “We’ve seen how that ends.” Clooney was presumably referring to Princess Diana’s death in a car crash while being chased by paparazzi in 1997. recently highlighted the rash of stories that nit-pick her public appearances, tell tales about her alleged misbehavior within the royal family and report on the ongoing efforts of her father and sister to badmouth her. Stay Kind!!! it’s the new cool! She does not deserve that.” Last week an anonymous band of the royal’s friends urged an end to “ Clooney …

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Reveals Her Own Abortion Story In Emotional Op-Ed

op-ed for The New York Times on Thursday, Rep. It is the first time the progressive Democrat has publicly discussed having an abortion.  “I decided I could not responsibly have the baby,” she said. “It was a heartbreaking decision, but it was the only one I was capable of making.” The representative’s essay comes as states including Alabama and Jayapal, a mother and stepmother, didn’t mention specific legislation or states in her op-ed, but she did describe what it was like to live in a state that allows people, including those who aren’t wealthy, to make their own decisions when it comes to pregnancy and abortion. While Jayapal said she doesn’t pass judgment on her colleagues in Congress who don’t personally believe …

Man challenges vasectomy lie rape convictions

His legal team will only be appealing against the convictions in relation to Lawrance’s vasectomy deceit, and not his other offences. Shaun Draycott, his solicitor, said: “Following the convictions recorded in this case, an application for leave to appeal has been lodged with the Court of Appeal and there is optimism with regard to its prospect of success. “If these convictions are upheld on appeal, the concern is that members of the public, both male and female, who have never been considered criminals in the eyes of the law will be at risk of prosecution for serious sexual offences.” The woman Lawrance deceived became pregnant, despite taking emergency contraception, then had an abortion. Who is Jason Lawrance? Media playback is …

Prosecutor: Mom plotted to kill pregnant woman, steal baby

When Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord, Clarisa Figueroa yelled at her 24-year-old daughter — “You’re not doing your f—ing job!” The daughter then pried Ochoa-Lopez’s fingers from the cord “one by one” while her mother continued to strangle the teen for another five minutes, Murphy said. Once Ochoa-Lopez showed no signs of life, Clarisa Figueroa cut her open with a butcher’s knife, removed the placenta and the baby, then put the baby in a bucket with the umbilical cord still attached, said Murphy, reading from court documents . The plot may have originated in late 2018, when Clarisa Figueroa told her family she was pregnant and later posted on Facebook an ultrasound and photos of a …

A woman in a coma for over 10 years gave birth last month. Now police want DNA from men who work at facility

(CNN)A woman who has been in a coma for more than a decade gave birth recently while in an Arizona care facility and now authorities are seeking DNA from the male workers there. The department’s family investigations bureau launched a sexual assault investigation, he said. San Carlos Apache Tribe chairman Terry Rambler called for justice. “When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers,” he said Tuesday. “Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.” Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix said police detectives served a search warrant Tuesday seeking DNA from men who work there. CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK has reported …

Dakota Johnson responds to pregnancy rumors: ‘The only thing Im pregnant with is a lot of really good ideas’

“The only thing I’m pregnant with is a lot of really good ideas,” Johnson told DeGeneres in a clip obtained by People. “But not any babies,” she added. Earlier this week, pink and blue balloons were spotted at an event held at Martin’s home, leading to false reports that the couple was having a gender reveal party. At the time, Johnson’s rep denied the pregnancy rumor to multiple outlets. The “Bad Times at The El Royale” star went on to explain that it was actually her birthday. “Well, it was my birthday and there were balloons that happened to be pink and blue, and so then I was pregnant,” Johnson said, adding that she “didn’t know that the balloons were going …

Serena & Venus through at Australian Open, Djokovic and Halep also win

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)During Serena Williams‘ first-round, straight-sets win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open, one question kept surfacing: How would you describe her green, one-piece Nike outfit? Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams also progressed, while the ever watchable Nick Kyrgios fell in straight sets at home to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Serena’s health concerns Not so much of a light-hearted matter for Williams is why she continues to sport compression stockings. The American revealed she almost died after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 due to a pulmonary embolism, a condition she had previously suffered from. “Definitely still concerned,” said Williams. “I have had some issues, and …

Commemoration held at trade center site for 1993 bombing

Six people died, one of them pregnant. Relatives read their names. More than 1,000 people were injured. Authorities say the bomb was set by Muslim extremists angry about U.S. policies in the Mideast. Six suspects were convicted and imprisoned. A seventh remains at large. Former trade center director Charles Maikish (MAY’-kihsh) told Tuesday’s crowd the 1993 bombing was “a lesson, hard-learned, and a wake-up call.” He credited subsequent safety upgrades with speeding the twin towers’ evacuation on Sept. 11, 2001.