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Chicago experiencing baby boom 9 months after Cubs World Series win

On Nov. 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

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The celebration that came afterwards filled the streets, bars, homes and rooftops across the city, but the celebrations didn’t stop there.

Approximately 38 weeks later, the result of some celebrations are being welcomed to this world.

With names like Wrigley, Theo (after Theo Epstein) and Addision (one of the streets bordering the ballpark), many new babies are being named after the event that may have helped bring them into this world.

On Thursday, Clark the Cub visited babies at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and brought with him the World Series trophy, World Series ring, Cubs oneies and newborn fan Cub memberships.

Child with double hand transplant can play baseball now

He underwent amazing surgery, all to have a normal life. Now a 10-year-old little boy is beating the odds after he had both of his hands replaced.

Zion Harvey was only 8 years old when he became the youngest child to have a double hand transplant, NBC News reported in 2015.

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Zion lost his arms and legs after contracting a dangerous infection when he was 2 years old. He then had a kidney transplant. But when he was 8, doctors were able to undergo an 11-hour hand transplant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Since the transplant, he’s been through hours upon hours of physical therapy to learn how to use his new hands. 

Two years later, doctors told the BBC that they’re amazed how well he, as well as his body, adapted to his donated hands. 

Zion is able to write, feed and dress himself. He can also grip and swing a bat, the BBC reported.

He is still gaining new sensations as his brain is mapping the touch senors.

The BBC reported that Zion can touch his mother’s cheek and feel the touch now.

Click here to read more about Zion’s recovery.

Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

The nation’s highest ranking military officer said in a letter Thursday to top military officials that there will not be changes to the military’s transgender policy until after President Donald Trump sends direction to the Pentagon.

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"I know there are questions about yesterday's announcement on the transgender policy by the president," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message, addressed to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders, according to Politico. "There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

A photo of the letter was shared on Twitter Thursday by CNN reporter Barbara Starr.

Coca-Cola replacing Coke Zero with new beverage

Addicted to Coke Zero? You might want to make sure you get your fill of the fizzy low-calorie soft drink before it goes away. Coca-Cola announced plans Wednesday to phase out the beverage in the United States in the coming months. 

But Coca-Cola won’t leave Coke Zero lovers high and dry. 

The company plans to introduce Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in August.

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Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is already being sold in 25 markets across the globe, including in Latin America and the United Kingdom, where it was introduced in April 2016. The soft drink has shown significant sales success abroad.

According to Coca-Cola spokespersons, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will taste more like standard Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called the new drink a “reinvention of Coke Zero,” according to CNN.

“We’ve made the great taste of Coke Zero even better by optimizing the unique blend of flavors that gave Coke Zero its real Coca-Cola taste,” the company announced in a statement. “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is our best-tasting zero-sugar Coca-Cola yet.”

Many people don’t know that Diet Coke and Coke Zero are no-sugar drinks. Coca-Cola officials said they named the new beverage Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in an effort to be as “clear and descriptive as possible” about the beverage’s sugar-free ingredients.  

Coke Zero, introduced in 2005, was specifically marketed to men, who were shown to associate diet drinks with women’s interests. 

Fire Ball rides closed in California after deadly Ohio State Fair accident

Officials in California shut down Fire Ball rides at a trio of state fairs and attractions after a similar ride in Ohio malfunctioned Wednesday, killing one man and injuring several others.

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The swinging, spinning Fire Ball amusement park ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday, the opening day of the fair. Dramatic video captured by a bystander shows the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off, throwing riders to the ground.

The cause of the malfunction is under investigation.

The accident prompted officials to close similar rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the California State Fair in Sacramento and the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, KSBW reported.

A spokesperson for the popular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk told KRON that its Fire Ball ride was closed Wednesday in light of the accident. It was expected to reopen Thursday, after officials are able to thoroughly inspect the ride, KSBW reported.

“We inspect the rides daily,” Boardwalk community affairs director Kris Reyes told KSBW. “The Fire Ball was inspected Wednesday morning and passed.”

Barry Schailble, an inspector with the company hired by the California State Fair, told KCRA that officials “shut down the ride immediately, unloaded it and it’s closed right now.”

On its website, Amusements of America said that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball, which was manufactured by KMG, had become "one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway." The company's description of the ride said it swings riders 40 feet above the midway, while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kid who was pranked by dad with birthday bat hits HR; guess who caught it

Last year, a dad and his son went viral after Braheim Fowler thought his dad forgot his birthday. Braheim was surprised when his father gave him a bat for his birthday right before a game.

Fast forward to the 2017 season, when Braheim took to the batters box and, bam, he hit a home run to deep center field with the bat he got last year from his dad, ESPN reported. What’s better is, guess who caught it? If you said dad, you’re right. The whole thing was caught on video.

66-year-old runner dies after being hit by police car

A Georgia woman hit by a police cruiser died from her injuries overnight.

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Janet Pickney, 66, was running in the crosswalk at the intersection of Chamblee Tucker Road and Brown Road when she was hit Tuesday morning. 

Police said a car pulled out in front of Officer Ian MacGowen, 31, who was driving on Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County, causing him to swerve into Pickney. MacGowen's cruiser then slammed into a house. The four-year police veteran was severely injured.

Pickney was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died hours later.

The other driver, identified as Brenda Yarini, has not been cited, and police said citations or charges likely won't be filed until the investigation is complete. They said the outcome of their investigation will determine who was at fault, and right now they still don't know.

"We pray for the policeman and her. My wife was very concerned about it," Yarini’s husband, Joe Yarini, told WSB-TV.

Joe Yarini said the intersection where the incident happened is a problem intersection that needs a caution light.

"A caution light would help, but also enforcing the law. You know, a speeding law," Joe Yarini said.

Police said the black box in MacGowen's cruiser will tell them if he was speeding.

In the meantime, friends of Pickney are still trying to come to terms with her death.

"She was very caring, had a very good heart. She was very dedicated with anything that she did," friend Dodie Doss told WSB-TV.

Eric McCaskill, who sponsored the Tucker 5K Road Race in which Pickney had participated said she placed first in her age group and told him how to map the routes.

"She had this energy about her to say, 'Hey, all eyes on me, and here's how you're going to do this race according to my specs.' So, I couldn't do anything but respect that. She'll be dearly missed,” McCaskill said. 

The Tucker 5K will be on Oct. 14 this year. The race will be run in honor of Pickney. 

Alexa helps solve house break-in mystery

A 9-year-old boy from Massachusetts is in trouble with police after an Amazon Alexa, owned by the victim, apparently recorded his voice.

According to police, someone had entered a Gloucester home three times over the past week and took an iPhone, charger, cash and the Alexa Echo digital assistant, The Gloucester Times reported.

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Police said the victim had evidence on her phone, pointing out who broke into her home -- a voice recording that sounded like her 9-year-old neighbor.

Police questioned the boy and his mother. At first he denied knowing what they were asking about, but police said he eventually confessed to breaking into his neighbor’s house and taking the items on the list they were given by the victim, The Gloucester Times reported.

Police returned headphones, charger, iPhone and $46 in cash taken from the woman’s home. They kept the Alexa Echo and a smartphone projector that was damaged by being left outside.

Police said they do not have a motive from the child concerning break-ins. He will face charges in juvenile court, The Gloucester Times reported.

The Echo does record what it is asked to, according to Amazon, “improve the accuracy of the results provided to you and to improve our services.”

To listen to the recordings, you need to use the Alexa companion app on your phone. Launch the app, open settings, then open history.

You can also do a bulk delete by going to “manage your content and devices” on Amazon via desktop. Find your Alexa, open Manage Voice Recordings, then click delete.

Ford recalls 117K trucks, SUVs

Ford has issued a recall involving almost 117,000 trucks and SUVs.

That’s because the company says the bolts in the seat, seat belt or seat belt buckle may break. If they fracture, the seat or the seat belt could fail in a sudden stop or a crash, the Associated Press reported.

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Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the issue, but customers will be notified. Dealerships will replace the bolts for free.

The 2014 F-Series pickup, 2014 E-Series van, 2014 and 2015 Ford Escape and the 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV are all under this latest recall, the AP reported.

Facebook ads: How Facebook tracks more than your likes to target what you see

Tech watchers have lifted the veil from Facebook, giving users a glimpse of how the social media giant tracks nearly everything that interests its customers.

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Facebook touts 1.32 billion active daily users and 2.01 billion monthly active users and the social media company knows that its users like more than crazy cat videos.

And the longer those billions of users stay on the site, the more data Facebook collects, using it to target advertising back to the users, The Next Web reported.

But you can see what data Facebook sees by doing a little digging to find your ad preferences. 

Your ad preferences lists, click here

The page lists your interests broken down to news and entertainment, people and hobbies. It also remembers which ads and sponsored content you’ve clicked on. But it goes deeper than that. if you click on the box that says your information, then click your categories, Facebook knows what browser you use, what your political views are, if you travel and if you like to shop among other facts about your life.

While you can edit some parts of the page, don’t think it will lessen the amount of ads that show up on a page. It will just take the ads targeted to your likes from the rotation, replacing them with more generic ones, The Next Web reported

You can also tell Facebook not to share your data with other companies, Reader’s Digest reported.

Rick Perry duped by Russian comedians in prank call

Energy Secretary Rick Perry believed he was speaking to the Ukrainian prime minister in a phone call last week, but was actually speaking to two men who call themselves “Jerky Boys.”

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A spokesman for the Energy Department confirmed that Perry was prank-called, speaking to “two Russian pranksters,” according to the Washington Post and Pravda Report.

The pair refer to themselves as the “Jerky Boys of Russia.”

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov have made a sort of career from prank-calling celebrities and national leaders, including Elton John and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan.

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A statement to the Washington Post from Energy Department spokesperson Shalylyn Nynes reads:

"These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine."

As secretary of energy, Rick Perry is responsible for the security of much of the United States’ nuclear materials, as well as the cybersecurity of the American energy grid, among other objectively serious tasks.

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Perry and the “Ukranian Prime Minister” spoke about a wide variety of topicsThe Washington Post reports that the three touched on a pipeline in the Baltic Sea, cyberattacks on the American power grid, the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and a new fuel source derived from moonshine and pig manure.

7-year-old takes wheel, crashes into ambulance after father allegedly overdoses on opioids

A father in New York faces DUI charges after police said his 7-year-old daughter took the wheel of a car when he overdosed on opioids

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Officers said Eric Roman was unconscious in the driver’s seat while his daughter sat on his lap to try to steer the car to safety, WCBS reports. The car crashed into the back of a FDNY ambulance in Brooklyn around 5 p.m. last Thursday.

“When we asked her what happened, she said, ‘My dad was sleeping so I was going to finish driving him home,’" an emergency medical technician at the scene told the New York Daily News. “There’s no way her feet could reach the pedals. We were turning with her, telling her to pull over, waving our arms wildly at her, but she wasn’t pulling over.”

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Officials told WCBS that medical responders had to revive Roman with Narcan and then took him to a local hospital. Both Roman and the girl are reported to be OK, according to WCBS.

It is still unknown how the girl got into the driver’s seat, but she allegedly told medics that she was in the back seat when her dad passed out, according to the New York Daily News

Police arrested Roman on charges of driving while intoxicated, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, WCBS reports. 

Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about the Fire Ball ride

A man was killed and seven people were injured while riding the Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday.

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Here are five things to know about the ride: 

1. The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit for the Fire Ball to Amusements of America, a carnival operator, on Wednesday, according to state documents obtained by WHIO

>> 1 dead after ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair

2. The Fire Ball swing riders 40 feet about the fair midway — the area where games, rides, entertainment and food booths are grouped — and spins them at 13 revolutions per minute, according to the company website

3. The state’s chief ride inspector, Mike Vartorella, said he and his four-person crew signed off on the Fire Ball. Vartorella called the Fire Ball "a spectacular piece" of equipment on Wednesday. 

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4. The Fire Ball received a “satisfactory” rating on its daily inspection report on Wednesday. The inspection report includes a total of 25 points of inspection that must be reviewed daily, including checking the attachment brackets on the seat, making sure the ride will not start with a seat fault light on, and checking operational controls, according to state documents obtained by WHIO.

5. The Fire Ball debuted in 2002 and is one of Amusements of America’s most popular thrill rides, according to the company’s website.

Justin Bieber accidentally hits photographer with pickup truck, police say

Pop star Justin Bieber reportedly hit a member of the paparazzi with his pickup truck late Wednesday in Beverly Hills, California.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Bieber accidentally hit the 57-year-old man about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills police said. CNN reported that City Church had just held a service at the nearby Saban Theatre.

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TMZ and other outlets, including ABC News, posted a video of Bieber starting his truck, which is surrounded by paparazzi. The photographer is shown walking toward Bieber's vehicle as Bieber begins to drive away. The truck then hits the man. Bieber also appears to try to help the man after the incident.

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The man is being treated at a nearby hospital for "injuries that were not life-threatening," the LA Times reported. Bieber was not injured.

CNN reported that no one was cited in the crash.

Bieber recently made headlines when he canceled the remaining dates of his "Purpose" tour "due to unforeseen circumstances."

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Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley to be released from prison

Convicted pedophile and defrocked priest Paul Shanley is set to be released from prison Friday.

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In 2005, Shanley was convicted of two counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. The abuse happened between 1983 and 1989 at St. Jean's Church in Newton, Massachusetts. Shanley, now 86 years old, was sentenced to a 12- to 15-year prison sentence. He will be released on Friday and begin 10 years of supervised probation and cannot have contact with children under the age of 16.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan released a statement to WFXT:

“The Commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. To that end we hired two qualified examiners. We are awaiting their final reports; however, both doctors have informed us that they have concluded that Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria for a petition to be filed.

"The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next ten years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under sixteen years of age. Our office continues to provide support and assistance to the victims in this matter.”

Other priest abuse victims are fighting his release, saying he is still a danger to the public.

"He sexually abused children for decades upon decades... dozens upon dozens of children. Why would he change now?" said Mitchell Garabedian, lawyer for victims. 

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SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, agrees with Garabedian, saying in a statement:

"While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released.

"Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.

"The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. We hope that they will insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children."

The Archdiocese of Boston sent WFXT the following statement about Shanley's release:

"Paul Shanley's crimes against children were reprehensible. No young person should ever have to experience such violations of their safety and dignity. We continue to assure all victims of abuse of our prayers and our concern. 

"Any person who has been harmed by clergy sexual abuse, and in particular those who may need additional support at this time, are encouraged to contact the Archdiocese's Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5995."

Ellen DeGeneres fires back at Trump's tweet about transgender military ban

Ellen DeGeneres certainly doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s latest announcement about banning transgender individuals from joining the military.

>> Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Following the news of the ban, the TV host shared a message with fans on Twitter to express her disagreement.

>> These 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

“We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong,” DeGeneres wrote.

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DeGeneres previously expressed her dismay when she used humor to address Trump’s refugee ban. In January, DeGeneres used her film “Finding Dory” to explain why she disagreed with the ban.

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“I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against [the ban],” she said. “I am not going to talk about the travel ban. I am just going to talk about the very non-political, People’s Choice Award-winning film ‘Finding Dory.’”

>> Report: Transgender health care would cost fraction of what military spends on Viagra, similar drugs

“Dory arrives in America with her friends, Marlon and Nemo, and she arrives at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. And you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out,” she said. “The other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that have nothing in common with her. They help her even though they are completely different colors, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”

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In November, when Trump was first elected president, DeGeneres shared an inspiring message with her viewers to help bring give hope to Americans who were despondent about the poll results.

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“You may have heard that there was a presidential election on Tuesday. The big winner was alcohol,” she said at the time. “Obviously, a lot of people were disappointed with the results. My job is to be hopeful and make everybody feel good, so I am going to keep doing that as long as I can.”

>> Texas mayor: Transgender and kicked out of military? Join our police force

She added: "If you are feeling a little anxious or scared, I am here to tell you that things can turn out OK."

Bobby Brown remembers Bobbi Kristina Brown two years after her passing

Two years after her tragic death, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father is paying tribute to his “baby girl.”

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On Wednesday, Bobby Brown took to Twitter to share a video of his late daughter singing Adele’s “Someone Like You” as his way of commemorating the second anniversary of her death.

“I [heart] you Baby Girl,” he wrote as the caption, adding the hashtag #BobbiKristina.

>> RELATED: Nick Gordon, former boyfriend of late Bobbi Kristina Brown, is in more legal trouble after being arrested

He also shared the same clip on his Instagram account, writing “Today we remember you #BobbiKristina” and urging people to call The National Domestic Violence Hotline if someone they know is in danger.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub back in January of 2015. She remained in a coma for six months before passing away that June at the age of 22. The tragedy came a few years after her mother Whitney Houston’s passing in 2012.

Her boyfriend Nick Gordon was found liable for her wrongful death last September and was ordered to pay $36 million to her estate. He is still under investigation for the ongoing criminal case regarding her death and has been accused of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before she was found unresponsive

One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested in Maine

Maine saw its first “creepy clown” sighting of the year on Tuesday when residents reported a machete-wielding man in a clown mask near their neighborhood.

WCSH in Portland reported that 911 dispatchers got multiple calls around 6 p.m. Tuesday from residents in Hollis, who reported that the man was walking near a convenience store before running off into a wooded area. 

Maine State Police troopers searched the woods for about an hour before the man emerged from the trees in Waterboro, more than 10 miles southwest of Hollis. A state police spokesman told WCSH that the man was identified as Corey Berry, 31, of Hollis.

Troopers who arrested Berry determined that the machete was duct-taped to the sleeve of his shirt where an amputated arm used to be, the news station reported. 

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Berry, who troopers said was very intoxicated, told the troopers he was attempting to play a prank in the vein of previous “creepy clown” sightings. 

He was charged with criminal threatening and released from the York County Jail on $200 bond, WCSH reported

Sean Spicer could be joining ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ report says

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was seen in Manhattan Wednesday, and according to Page Six, the reason for his visit may be negotiations for “Dancing with the Stars.”

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They report that sources saw Spicer leaving meetings with NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News, apparently shopping his contacts, knowledge and know-how after abruptly departing the Trump administration last week. Spicer, apparently, is a big ratings draw, not to mention being a prominent and recognizable face from the administration.

A source that Page Six calls a TV insider said Spicer’s move to “Dancing with the Stars” “has legs,” adding that DWTS reached out to him to inquire about it.

Page Six said Spicer said, “I have no comment” when asked about the report. An ABC network representative said, “We don’t comment on casting.”

Spicer wouldn’t be the first Republican to appear on the show. Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry competed on season 23 of DWTS after losing the presidential nomination.

Stranger captures photo of elderly man feeding his wife ice cream in touching display of love

A man’s photo is going viral for capturing a touching moment of love.

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Brent Kelley of Nashville, Tennessee, wrote on Facebook that he had stopped for an ice cream with his kids on their way home from the pool when he spotted an elderly couple.

“When I got my ice cream and pulled out, I realized that this elderly man beside me was sitting outside his car door, spoon feeding his wife ice cream who also looked in her late eighties,” wrote Kelley. “He draped a towel over her and slowly fed his bride in the 98-degree temperature.”

The touching moment touched a lot of hearts, getting more than 380,000 likes and 291,000 shares.

“It was a beautiful display of love,” wrote Kelley.

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