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Matt277/iStock(BALTIMORE) -- A baby boy was delivered to his adoptive parents in the most memorable way possible: with firetrucks, firefighters and the surprise of a lifetime.

Mike Faherty and his wife Karen Faherty had been in the process of adopting a baby for some time, Lieutenant Erik Kornmeyer of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland told ABC News. Mike Faherty is a firefighter with the department.

A video, posted to Facebook by fellow firefighter Nick Dooley, has been viewed around a quarter-million times since Feb. 16. It shows a group of fire fighters -- and a fire truck - helping to deliver baby Michael Terrance Faherty III to his parents.

"Mike was always doing everything in his power to help anyone out, he was a great leader," Dooley told "Good Morning America." "Being able to give something back to him was an incredible experience.”

The adoption agency the Baltimore couple was using worked with Faherty’s fire department to make the arrival of the baby an unforgettable moment.

Fire fighters John Long and Cole Eicholtz helped coordinate the baby’s big engrance. Long enlisted the use of the ambulance and the rescue squad from Ferndale and Baltimore City Fire Department Engine 42.

"The fire service is a brotherhood and doing things like this is just what we do for our brothers and sisters,” Eicholtz told "GMA."

Mike Faherty told "GMA" that he and his wife were feeling "grateful" to his "brother and sister firefighters who came out to show their love and support, who pitched in to fill our refrigerator with food, and who showered little Michael with all the toys, clothes, and diapers he could possibly need."

He added that baby Michael is doing great.

"We had dozens of visitors and the outpouring of love and support from not only members of our family but also people in our community has been incredible."

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toeytoey2530/iStock(NEW YORK) --  The show that brought you the Red Wedding is now offering you the chance to attend its final season premiere... if you open a vein.

Game of Thrones is teaming up with the Red Cross to allow some lucky fans to attend the world premiere of the show's eighth and final season -- in exchange for your blood. Literally.

The Red Cross is in dire need of blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma, and is willing to trade trips to the premiere for it.

If you donate blood to the Red Cross between between Feb. 19 and March 17, you will be automatically entered to win one of five trips to the premiere.

A teaser shows some of the show's characters' suffering, and asks, "They all bleed for the throne. Will you?"

You could also get a bloody Iron Throne T-shirt and sticker -- while supplies last -- if you give blood to the Red Cross between March 7 and 12. Go to for more details.

In case you don't win, Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.

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Courtesy Tawnee Gonzalez(CYPRESS, Texas) -- A couple expecting a baby via surrogate welcomed not one, but two children after a mom became pregnant in addition to her surrogate.

"I was told that I was never able to get pregnant," Andrea Valentine of Cypress, Texas, told ABC News' Good Morning America. "It makes me speechless every time I look at [my children]. It was worth the heartache and every single emotion."

Valentine and her husband, James, had trouble getting pregnant. The couple married in 2013 and began IVF in 2014, but the embryos were not implanting.

That's when their neighbor Tawnee Gonzalez, a mother of one, stepped in.

"I said, 'When it comes down to it, I'm more than willing to become your surrogate,'" Gonzalez told GMA. "James and Andrea deserved to be parents more than anyone I know so I wanted to help them."

A few months later, Valentine asked Gonzalez if she was serious about the offer to carry her baby for her.

"I was just shocked that someone would offer that gift," Valentine said. "I was scared she might changed her mind or my husband wouldn't agree with it, or her husband wouldn't agree with it. Then, I was down because I wanted to feel all these things -- the butterflies, the baby kicking. So it was a roller coaster of emotions."

With her family's blessing, Gonzalez went ahead with the process. On Feb. 20, 2018, she underwent an embryo transfer. Within a week, she and the Valentines learned she was pregnant.

Valentine said that one day later, she found out she herself was pregnant via natural conception.

Now, the Valentines are parents to Britton and Kinsley Valentine, who were born 24 days apart.

"It's so surreal," Valentine said. "I daydream about how we started and how much struggle we faced with the losses we faced ... Now, I am blessed that I have two healthy babies. I have a boy and a girl."

Gonzalez said she hopes the Valentines' story reaches aspiring parents who are losing hope.

"If you are struggling [to have a child], I don't know how this can't restore your faith in a higher power," Gonzalez said.

She went on, "Everyone said, 'It's crazy that you did this for nothing.' I get so much more out of this than money. I'm going to get to watch him grow up and it's pretty amazing. It's a wonderful little miracle."

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(NEW YORK) -- Ketamine is often used in hospitals as an anesthetic, but it’s also well known as a street drug. Now, an expert panel wants to convince the Food and Drug Administration that ketamine may help treat severe depression when no other drugs work.

Tests for ketamine as a depression treatment began in the late 1990s, when psychiatrist Dr. Dennis Charney and a team of researchers saw that patients with severe depression, who were undergoing operations, were given ketamine and subsequently experienced fewer symptoms. The team quickly got to work on a study, which was published in 2000 and found similar results.

The only problem with the study was that “no one cared,” Charney told ABC News.

That was not the case for the next study on ketamine’s effects on people with depression, which was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. After it showed that patients with major depression benefited from two ketamine treatments a week apart from each other, doctors who didn’t have anything else to offer patients with severe depression began treatment with the drug.

Several other studies since then have also found success in treating depressed patients with ketamine. Most recently, Johnson & Johnson has developed a ketamine-based nasal spray called esketamine. On Feb. 12, an advisory committee at the FDA voted in favor of approving the nasal spray, an action that the FDA will decide on by March 4.

What is esketamine and what would it be used for?

Esketamine is a nasal spray derived from ketamine, a medication most commonly used to put people to sleep during an operation. Ketamine has also been given off-label intravenously to people with severe depression for over a decade now. Both physicians and patients have reported rapid improvement in their depression symptoms, sometimes within hours of taking their first dose, Charney said.

While Charney said it’s still unclear how the drug fights depression so well, he said it might involve restoring brain cell connections through totally different neurotransmitters than conventional antidepressants.

Charney said that based on his study of ketamine, side effects are generally mild, with the most common ones being dizziness, increased blood pressure, sleepiness, and dissociative symptoms (feelings of being “detached” from one’s surroundings). If esketamine is approved, Charney said that a ketamine nasal spray would have to be administered in a doctor’s office so that patients could be monitored.

Will it be approved?

Esketamine is currently undergoing human clinical trials, but preliminary data has been so promising that the FDA assembled that panel of experts to see if it should be made available to the public immediately. Dr. Charney is “very optimistic,” and that recent vote, 14 to 2 in favor, is also promising. They haven’t mentioned how much the treatment would cost, but if it’s FDA approved, it often means that insurance companies will begin to cover it.

Why is it controversial?

Ketamine is used for anesthesia, but it also has a reputation as a “club drug” that alters consciousness by distorting vision and sound as well as causing feelings of being detached from one’s environment.

That said, there is currently no evidence that people can become addicted to treatment doses of ketamine, which are much lower than they would be for recreational or anesthetic use. The longest study on its effects against depression show that it can be taken safely for up to a year, however, that’s only because the drug hasn’t been studied for a longer period of time. Charney said that it’s possible the drug could be used for longer than a year, but that patients could probably be tapered off of it over time or use it as a “bridge” while waiting for more conventional antidepressants to work. It is unclear at this time if patients will require ongoing, lifelong treatment, he said.

As a fierce supporter of using the drug’s in people with depression for almost 30 years, Charney is optimistic as he waits for the FDA to make a decision.

“For those patients who have had depression for years and have never responded to treatment,” he said, “there is now hope.”

Theresa Scott, DO, MS, is a pediatric resident and member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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toeytoey2530/iStock(NEW YORK) -- It sounds like science fiction, but some companies are promoting the infusion of “young blood” into older people. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has gone on the record saying there is no evidence that these treatments have any effect on signs of aging or diseases, and it is warning people about getting transfusions from companies, calling them "unscrupulous actors."

Start-up companies like Ambrosia have received a lot of attention for promises about the benefits of transfusing plasma from young donors (ages 16-25). It has claimed that the transfusions can combat memory loss from aging, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a press release that they have “significant public health concerns about the promotion and use of plasma” for the aforementioned purposes.

Plasma is the clear, liquid part of blood that moves blood cells around the body. It is rich in proteins that help clot blood and fight infection. Currently, plasma transfusions are used in serious medical situations, such as traumas and bleeding disorders, but even in these cases, a transfusion carries the risk of complications, most notably new infections, allergic reactions, and lung injuries.

"There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product," they said in their statement.

Despite possible adverse reactions to another person’s plasma, Ambrosia, specifically, allowed people to purchase one unit of plasma for $8,000 directly from its homepage, without even going through a medical assessment or examination. The company noted that “checks and money wires are accepted” and “laboratory fees may be extra.” This service has since been removed after the FDA statement was released on Feb. 19.

Ambrosia did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on Tuesday.

The FDA statement says there is no clinical evidence that infusions of young plasma are effective and there are no official regulations on dosing, frequency or recommended monitoring associated with the transfusion.

"Today, we’re alerting consumers and health care providers that treatments using plasma from young donors have not gone through the rigorous testing that the FDA normally requires in order to confirm the therapeutic benefit of a product and to ensure its safety,” the statement said. “As a result, the reported uses of these products should not be assumed to be safe or effective. We strongly discourage consumers from pursuing this therapy outside of clinical trials under appropriate institutional review board and regulatory oversight."

"Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” the statement continued. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them and are potentially harmful. There are reports of bad actors charging thousands of dollars for infusions that are unproven and not guided by evidence from adequate and well-controlled trials."

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(NEW YORK) -- Is there such a thing as “zombie deer?” The answer is yes, and they may be your newest neighbors.

Since the first report of “zombie deer” about 50 years ago, sightings of the deer have spread to several parts of the United States, mostly because the cause of the disease has spread as well. “Zombie deer,” of course, have more to do with a fatal disease than with any kind of zombie flick.

What is ‘zombie deer’ disease?

“Zombie deer” disease, also known as chronic wasting disease, is a type of prion disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. Prions are small, abnormal, infectious proteins that cause proteins in the body to fold abnormally, especially in the brain and spinal cord. The disease gets more serious as it progresses, and it is always fatal.

“A lot of the concern [about chronic wasting disease] is based on something that occurred years ago,” Ryan Maddox, Ph.D., epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ABC News.

Maddox was referring to fears from another prion disease, “mad cow,” which was first found in England, where it spread to humans as the rare variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. “Mad cow” disease is not what is affecting the deer.

Where can chronic wasting disease be found?

According to the CDC, this disease is present in at least 24 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada. Cases have also been reported in Norway, Finland and South Korea. Chronic wasting disease was first reported in Colorado in the late 1960s. Since then, the disease has spread to involve states in the Midwest, Southeast and east coast. There may be even more cases that we do not yet know about.

How is chronic wasting disease spread and how common is it?

Chronic wasting disease is spread between animals through direct contact with contaminated body tissue or fluids (blood, saliva, urine or feces), or through indirect contact with infected soil, water or food. Once introduced to an area, this disease can spread quickly among animals. Even after an infected animal dies, the risk of it spreading to other animals can last a long time. Although the overall rate of infection in deer, elk and moose across the country is low, infection rates may be as high as 10 to 25 percent in places where it is common.

What are signs of chronic wasting disease?

Animals with chronic wasting disease may not show it for several months to years. But slowly, signs of the disease may develop, including dramatic weight loss, impaired coordination, stumbling, drooling, excessive thirst or urination and aggression. Infected animals may also display a lack of fear of people and may be more out in the open, making them more susceptible to hunting.

Can chronic wasting disease spread to humans?

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease occurs in humans or that humans can even get infected. Current studies have also shown no evidence to support the possibility of it spreading to humans. However, one experiment showed that this disease can affect macaques, monkeys that have close genetic similarities to humans.

“There is concern about the potential for the disease to transmit to humans” said Maddox.

If the disease were able to spread to people, the most likely way would be through eating infected deer or elk, and many people eat these animals. In areas where the disease is common, the CDC recommends that hunters strongly consider testing the animals before eating their meat and/or checking with local wildlife or public health departments regarding their testing policies. If animal tests positive, meat from that animal should not be eaten.

Again, the disease, while deadly for animals, has not been known to infect humans. Regardless, proper precautions should be taken in areas where this disease is common.

Amrit K. Kamboj, MD, is an internal medicine resident and member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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kieferpix/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Perinatal depression – which affects women during pregnancy and up to a year after delivery – can be prevented with counseling, according to a new report.

The report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a hopeful sign for women, one in seven of whom are affected by perinatal depression. Despite major medical organizations recommending screening for it over the past several years, half of all women in the U.S. remain undiagnosed and untreated, studies show.

The task force found that women who are at risk for depression (those with socioeconomic risk factors, a history of depression or current depressive symptoms) are most likely to benefit from counseling interventions, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on changing negative thinking patterns and changing behavioral patterns, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Interpersonal therapy (IPT) works to improve relationships and social functioning through techniques like role-playing to help reduce distress.

The USPSTF found those two forms of counseling were more effective than other options for women like physical activity, dietary supplements and medicine. The counseling sessions could be done either one-on-one or in group settings.

The USPSTF’s report comes just two months after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a call for increased screenings of women for perinatal depression.

The AAP now recommends doctors screen mothers for depression once during pregnancy and again at each of their baby's 1, 2, 4 and 6-month checkups. The organization also encourages pediatricians to identify community resources that can help mothers who screen positive for the condition.

Symptoms of perinatal depression include “loss of interest and energy, depressed mood, fluctuations in sleep or eating patterns, reduced ability to think or concentrate, feelings of worthlessness, and recurrent suicidal ideation,” according to the USPSTF.

Symptoms must be present for at least two weeks for the diagnosis. The task force stressed that receiving a diagnosis of perinatal depression is not the same as suffering from "baby blues," or feelings of fatigue, crying and irritability that usually goes away 10 days or less after delivery.

Moms may want to keep a written diary or even document symptoms in a calendar on their smartphone so that they can discuss them with their doctor. Having a journal of how a patient is feeling helps with the diagnosis, experts say.

The task force singled out two counseling programs for women in its findings: the Mothers and Babies Program, which offers a cognitive behavioral therapy approach, and the Reach Out, Stand Strong, Essentials for New Mothers (ROSE) program, which offers an interpersonal therapy approach.

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tatyana_tomsickova/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that the amount of time children ages 2 years old and younger spend on screens has more than doubled since the mid-90s.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, was based on parent diary data, aggregating the reported screen time of children under age 2 from 1997 to 2014.

In 1997, this age group spent approximately 1.32 hours a day on a screen, while in 2014, they spent 3.05 hours per day on a screen, according to the results, with most of that screen time spent watching TV.

While the long-term consequences of excessive screen time for babies and toddlers' developing brains remains unknown, the American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends no screen time for babies under age 2 and only one hour a day maximum for children aged 2 through 5.

The young brain rapidly changes in both its structure and function, according to ABC News' chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, and because it remains unknown whether excessive screen time produces any long-term meaningful effects, the study's findings may spark concern for some parents.

Ashton adds, however, that not all screen time is the same and there are plenty of educational programs that shouldn't be lumped into the same group as other forms screen time.

Below, Ashton shares some tips for how parents with small children can keep track of or replace excessive screen time:

1. Keep track of time: Monitor how much time your child spends in front of a screen and set limits if it's something you are concerned about.
2. Make screen time interactive: Download educational games, apps or programs as opposed to or in addition to simply putting on a movie or TV show.

3. Remember 'Old-fashioned' toys and games: Swap out the iPad or television for Legos or other toys without a screen.

4. Don't replace the face: Don't forget to spend time interacting face-to-face with developing children.

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Courtesy Angie Phillips(NEW YORK) -- After an embarrassing incident at an amusement park, Angie Phillips knew it was time for a change.

"My husband, who is a big guy at 6 feet and 300 pounds, told me, 'If I can fit you can fit,'" she told ABC News' Good Morning America.

But at 376 pounds, Phillips couldn't fit. After not being able to latch the belt and having to be released from the ride with a special tool, she "had to do the walk of shame off the ride in front of my kids."

That was September 2016.

"I can't do this anymore," Phillips said.

She added, "I thought, I was a bigger girl, whatever. But I had gotten a lot bigger than I realized."

At first, Phillips started dieting and using supplements on her own. She lost 43 pounds. But she hit a plateau.

Between April and June of 2017 she lost another 10 pounds. It was around that time the Sandy, Utah, mom of two joined the Title Boxing in nearby Cottonwood Heights.

"Dash [Cox, the owner of Title Boxing Cottonwood Heights] was so welcoming and supportive. He told me if it took six months, five years, he was in it with me for the long haul," she said.

He's been true to his word. The two meet every Friday to weigh and measure Phillips. Today, she's gone from a size 32 to a size 14. She's now 216 pounds -- 160 pounds away from that day on the amusement park ride.

Phillips credits her 6 a.m. Title Boxing workouts and Cox's nutrition plan for the dramatic weight loss.

"It was hard to remember to eat five times each day," she said. "I had to set an alarm on my phone."

In addition to regular exercise and nutrition management, Phillips credits the "amazing" community at Title Boxing Cottonwood Heights for helping her continue to succeed.

"I'm still on my journey," she said. "These people changed my life."

Phillips works as a Playworks teacher supporting physical health in schools. She teaches at the same school her 11-year-old daughter attends.

"I can run and play tag. I can jump. I never thought I would jump again. I fly without a lap belt extender," she said.

And that amusement park where her journey began? The family now has season passes.

"I can ride any ride I want," Phillips said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s American Heart Month, meaning it’s the perfect time to for a refresher on heart disease and how to prevent it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with 800,000 people dying each year from it. Nearly half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that at least 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented.

People face an increased risk for heart disease when they don’t get enough physical activity, have poor diets and higher body weights, smoke cigarettes and have poor cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Here are some basics for preventing heart disease.

Be more mindful of the foods you eat.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more people are now eating foods that are high in calories, fat, added sugar and salt/sodium. Not enough people, on the other hand, are eating enough nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains. These foods should make up the majority of someone’s diet, and WHO recommends eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic suggest eating oily fish, such as salmon, tuna or sardines, twice a week to provide the body with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids — essential nutrients that lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Also, cook with olive oil, canola oil or peanut oils, as these are high in monounsaturated “good” fat and lower in saturated “bad” fats.

Get off the couch and out of the house.

The CDC recommends that adults partake in aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes at a moderate intensity (brisk walking, gardening or slow biking) or 75 minutes at a high intensity (walking uphill, jogging, running, swimming or tennis). Adults should also do strength training using free weights, weight machines or resistance bands on at least two days of the week, making sure to target every muscle group with moderate or greater intensity. If you need motivation, consider getting a dog so that you’ll be forced to go on walks or start a family hobby involving sports, such as a weekly soccer match.

Make sure you’re sleeping the recommended amount of hours.

Getting good sleep is important for several reasons, but with regard to the heart, not getting enough has been associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

The recommended amount of sleep the average adult should be getting each night should be between seven to nine hours, according to the Mayo Clinic. Digital devices can contribute to lost sleep because the blue light they emit suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in sleep. To avoid this from happening, most smartphones now have settings that allow you to change the light emitted from the screen to a red rather than blue color once the sun goes down. It’s possible this might improve sleep quality.

If you snore a lot or consistently feel fatigued during the day, you may have sleep apnea, a condition characterized by the throat muscles intermittently relaxing and contracting, and causing breathing to start and stop. If you think you have sleep apnea, see a doctor. Researchers have estimated that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.

Make an effort to see your doctor for a once-yearly physical.

The best way to predict heart troubles is by visiting your doctor, who will assess your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight to figure out how your body and heart are doing. Chronically high blood pressure can put excessive strain on the heart over time. If your LDL “bad” cholesterol is higher than normal or your HDL “good” cholesterol is low — or you have both — your doctor may prescribe you medication that will help prevent a heart attack in the future.

Try your best to quit smoking.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, according to WHO. Not only does it cause heart disease, it is also a major risk factor for stroke, lung cancer and lung disease and damages nearly every organ in body, including the mouth, esophagus, cervix and colon. Second-hand smoke is also dangerous to those around you and increases their risk of these diseases and cancers.

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting at any age adds extra years to your life, but the earlier you quit, the better. Research suggests that smokers who quit at 35 years old will gain six to eight additional years in life when compared to people who continue to smoke. Even people who quit at age 65 can gain another two to three years, according to the research. Quitting can be hard, but there are free resources available that can help.

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KGO(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A medical emergency sparked panic and fears of an active shooter situation at a performance of "Hamilton" in San Francisco Friday night.

The incident happened at the SHN Orpheum Theatre when a woman suffered a medical emergency at about 10 p.m. San Francisco police said the woman collapsed at the same time as a scene on stage involving gunfire and audience members apparently though the woman might have been shot.

Theatergoers fled in a panic and the performance came to an abrupt conclusion.

In the resulting mayhem caused by the woman's medical emergency, three people suffered injuries. One person suffered a broken leg, according to the San Francisco Fire Department, while two other people suffered "moderate" injuries.

The woman who suffered the initial medical emergency is in critical condition.

"The original patient who required an AED [automated external defibrillator] had a return of pulses with CPR and paramedic and remains in critical condition," the fire department tweeted.

There was no shooter and no shots were fired.

"Hamilton had just died and what I saw, we were in the back of the orchestra, was someone stand up and get carried out. That's when someone screamed, 'Lights, lights,'" eyewitness Leo McCaffrey told San Francisco ABC station KGO.

The musical was almost over and was not continued, but attendees were allowed to go back in and get their belongings.

In a video posted by an attendee outside even the musical's performers can be seen going back in the theater to cheers.

The smash-hit "Hamilton" was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and first debuted on Broadway in 2015. It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, the country's first secretary of the treasury, his relationships with the other Founding Fathers and his feud with Vice President Aaron Burr. It won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor and Best Actress. It was nominated for five other awards.

The musical is being put on in San Francisco through Sept. 8. Its first showing was just on Feb. 12.

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Family of Ashanti Jordan(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) --  When Tracy Jordan sees people darting around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on one of the thousands of motorized rental scooters available in the city, she says she sometimes has to cover her eyes as her heart sinks and her anger rises.

In December, Jordan's 28-year-old daughter, Ashanti, was riding a two-wheeled Lime e-scooter home when she was broadsided by a car at an intersection in west Fort Lauderdale. Her daughter, she said, has been fighting for her life and in a coma ever since.

"It's so traumatizing," Tracy Jordan said during a news conference this week. "Every time I see someone on a scooter, it's like, they don't understand the danger behind these scooters."

On Thursday, Jordan filed a lawsuit against Lime, blaming the scooter company for the crash that has, according to the court document, left her once vibrant daughter in a "persistent vegetative state."

 The case is the latest in a string of serious injury accidents linked to e-scooters in cities across the country where the scooter craze has taken hold.

Dark side of scooter craze

Emergency rooms across the nation are being inundated with patients injured while riding the scooters, which have braking and accelerator systems and can go 15 to 35 mph.

A study published in January in JAMA Network Open analyzed 249 people treated for scooter injuries in emergency rooms in Los Angeles County between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018, and found that 40 percent suffered head injuries and 32 percent sustained fractures.

In September, a 24-year-old man in Dallas was killed while riding a Lime scooter home from work, according to police. An autopsy ruled that Jacoby Stoneking's death was an accident caused when he fell off a Lime scooter and hit his head. He was not wearing a helmet at the time and the scooter he was riding was found broken in half, police said.

Also in September, a 20-year-old man riding a Lime scooter was killed when he was struck by an SUV and dragged 20 feet in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle, according to police.

Ashanti Jordan, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a devastating brain injury around 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 28 while riding a Lime scooter home from her job as a security guard at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where she is now a patient in the intensive care unit.

Todd Falzone, the Jordan family lawyer, blamed Lime's operating instructions for Ashanti Jordan being hit by a car while riding the scooter on the street, as instructed by the Lime smartphone app and by stickers on the scooter she was operating.

In November, the city of Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance prohibiting riders from operating the dockless rental scooters on the street and requiring that they be used on the sidewalk.

"Between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31, there have been 40 incidents involving scooters" in Fort Lauderdale alone, ABC affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami reported, citing Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. "A total of 31 of them required someone [to] be transported to the hospital, and four of those were level-1 traumas."

Since Fort Lauderdale allowed e-scooter rentals into the city on Nov. 1, there have been more than 320,000 rides through January, adding up to more than 460,000 miles traveled, according to the city.

Falzone said a big part of the dangers the scooters impose in Fort Lauderdale stems from the instructions given by Lime on where to operate them.

"Well, Lime's app as of that time and really as of today, tells you the opposite" of the new Fort Lauderdale ordinance, Falzone said. "It tells you literally do not operate this on the sidewalk. Not only does the app tell you that three times, but the scooter itself has a sticker on it that says, 'Do not operate on the sidewalk.'

"So you have a scooter company that's supposed to be knowledgeable on the law ... instructing the user to violate the law without telling them they are violating the law," Falzone told ABC News. "They are operating in violation of the law down here and that's got to stop."

He said Ashanti Jordan was injured for obeying Lime's instructions.

"She had left work a few minutes before and she was only about a mile-and-a-half from where she works ... on a side street in sort of a mixed residential business neighborhood and she got T-boned by this car," Falzone said.

'Persistent vegetative state'

The accident has left Jordan with "catastrophic and permanent injuries, including a severe brain injury which led to a coma and has left her in a persistent vegetative state," according to the lawsuit the Jordan family filed in Broward County Circuit Court.

 In a statement to ABC News, Lime officials said, "The safety of our riders and the community is our highest priority, and we're committed to making our streets safer by working with local governments to support safe infrastructure for scooters and bikes. Our thoughts remain with Ms. Jordan and her family."

Lime did not comment on its operations in Fort Lauderdale.

The company -- like its competitors Bird, Jump and Lyft -- has expanded rapidly in the last couple of years. It now operates in over 100 cities around the world.

Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan said she is praying for her daughter, who has undergone brain surgery and had part of her skull removed to relieve swelling on her brain, to survive. She also hopes her lawsuit prompts Lime to take steps to prevent others from ending up like her daughter.

"I just want everybody in the community to understand this is dangerous and this is wrong," Tracy Jordan said. "These things can ultimately end your life."

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Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) --  Actress Courteney Cox recently opened up about getting facial fillers in the past and why she chose to stop.

The 54-year-old "Friends" star told PEOPLE that she wasn't confident in her appearance as she got older.

"I would say it's a common thing you go through as you age, especially in Hollywood," she told the outlet. "You have to accept getting older, and that's something that I had a hard time doing."

"[I tried] to keep up with time in a way that was anything other than maintenance," she continued. Nearly two years ago, she hit a point where she decided it was time to stop, she told the publication.

"I didn’t realize it until one day I kind of stepped back and went, 'Oh s----. I don’t look like myself,'" she shared.

Since dissolving the fillers, Cox has accepted aging and found confidence in her skin.

"So now I just embrace who I am and getting older with what God gave me, not what I was trying to change," she said.

"I kind of own everything. And the things that I am not as comfortable with myself, they're things that I continue to work on to grow and change," she continued. "I am at a stage of my life where it’s very easy to be comfortable with who I am and who I’ve become and who I strive to be."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- If you have not yet heard of Marie Kondo, you may be living under a pile of clutter.

The home organization guru who sparked a phenomenon with her KonMari method of tidying based on joy is back in the spotlight again.

Kondo is the star of a new Netflix series in which she travels across the U.S. to teach American families the Japanese art of decluttering.

“My mission is to spark joy in the world through tidying,” Kondo says in the opening of her show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Joy is at the heart of Kondo’s organizing process. The first thing she says to ask yourself when cleaning and getting rid of items is, “Does the item spark joy?”

If the answer is no, then it should be donated or given to a friend, according to Kondo, the author of the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

Being able to determine what items spark joy is a skill that has to be developed, Kondo told ABC News' Good Morning America.

If you have an item, such as a piece of clothing, that doesn't spark joy but is well used, you can change the way you think about the item, according to Kondo. Those items can stay.

"When you wear it, if it gives you, you know, at the most important moment, it really helps you to have this or wear this then hold onto it and say, 'Thank you for helping me in those moments,'" Kondo said.

Closets for most people include a section of clothes they used to fit into at a different size. When it comes to those items, Kondo has one question to ask.

"The determination point is by looking at it, does it make you want to go exercise so you can fit into it? Or does it make you dread that you have to exercise because you want to fit into it?" Kondo explained.

Kondo's practice also includes thanking the clothes you decide to part with before putting them in the donation pile.

"It's difficult for us to let go of things because of, for one, the memories associated to it, but also, a lot of people kind of associate their identity with their possession," she said. "So that makes it much more difficult for people to throw things away."

Kondo suggests tackling clutter by category, not location. For example, instead of taking on an entire bedroom, first start with clothes, then books, then paper, then miscellaneous items and then sentimental items. De-cluttering by category is one of Kondo's six rules of tidying. The six rules are, in order:

1. Commit yourself to tidying up.

2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

3. Finish discarding first.

4. Tidy by category, not by location.

5. Follow the right order (clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous items, sentimental items).

6. Ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?"

Viewers of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo can see that Kondo's method is truly life-changing for the families she visits.

"There's nothing ... happier than hearing them, that their life changed," Kondo told GMA.

Viewers have also been quick to take to social media to show off their tidying, including Kondo's most famous organizing trick, the KonMari folding method.

Kondo recommends folding clothes in halfs or thirds so you end up with a rectangle that stands up by itself. The clothes can then be placed in drawers or on shelves upright so you can easily see what you have.

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Nicolette Cain/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Sex therapist Dr. Ruth said she is concerned about millennials’ issues with intimacy and loneliness.

Ruth Westheimer, better known as legendary sex therapist Dr. Ruth, voiced her concerns about the younger generation’s issues with intimacy on Valentine’s Day at The View.

Ruth said she is well aware that millennials might not know who she is, but she knows them, and they’re the reason why she updated her book Sex for Dummies for the 21 century.

In a digitally-driven world, Ruth makes it clear that she understands the level of access people have to address their sexual concerns, so this book isn’t filled with instructions on the birds and the bees. Publishers approached Dr. Ruth because they thought the younger generation needed to hear from her.

“They’ve heard people like me. I’m not the only one,” she said about people in her field giving advice.

“I can talk about orgasm, I can talk about erection -- I’m a sex therapist,” Ruth continued.

She grabbed the hand of co-host Abby Huntsman, who’s pregnant with twins, and assured her that she can help her discover what kind of sex is best when you’re very pregnant.

Ruth said that she's concerned that a lack of intimacy among millennials is a worrying development in the age of social media.

“I’m very concerned about loneliness in the millennials,” Ruth said. “And I’m very concerned about the art of conversation ... getting lost.”

Ruth said she hopes to help guide younger generations by specifically addressing these issues in her book.

The world-renowned psycho-sexual therapist doesn’t have a PhD, or even a high school degree. She’s a German-born Jewish refugee who refers to herself as a Holocaust orphan. Her parents sent her to Switzerland before World War II.

When the war ended, she learned that both of her parents had died in the Holocaust. Making the best of her situation, Ruth sneaked away with books provided by her first boyfriend, to learn on her own.

Ruth, now 90, holds multiple honorary doctorates and helps people learn how to be happy with their intimate relationships.

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