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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hoverboards -- those futuristic-looking, electric powered hands-free skateboards -- are hot gifts this holiday season, but one family reported feeling the heat -- literally -- from their board.

Jessica Horne, the mother of a 12-year-old boy in Lafitte, Louisiana, said she saw flames shoot out of both ends of her son's hoverboard when charging its lithium battery with the charger that she said came with the hoverboard. Horne said she believes the board was responsible for setting her house on fire.

"Both wheels, it was like a firework. I saw sparks flying and before I could yell, 'The house is on the fire!' the middle part of the board that would go in between your feet -- it just went 'poof!'" she told ABC affiliate WGNO-TV.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. However, it's not the first time that someone has alleged that a hoverboard is a potential fire hazard. Last month, the London Fire Brigade in the United Kingdom issued a warning about charging dangers with hoverboards.

"Another hoverboard blaze this time in #Kent. We're warning about the charging dangers," the London Fire Brigade said in a tweet on Nov. 2.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received eight reports over the past three months regarding hoverboard-related injuries -- not necessarily related to fire-related causes -- being treated in the emergency room. YouTube is also full of videos showing "hoverboard fails" from users who have experienced some funny -- and some scary -- wipeouts while balancing on the boards.

While some of these reports may sound scary, a reputable retailer should be able to provide a clear instruction booklet on how to properly use and charge the hoverboard.

To stay safe, experts recommend wearing a helmet, wrist and knee guards. Balancing can be tricky -- beginners can also ask a friend or family member to help spot them as they get the hang of the hoverboard.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your favorite New York pizza slice might now come with a warning label thanks to a new regulation in New York City that aims to make consumers aware of salt levels in their food.

In the battle to ensure consumers know exactly what they're getting in a meal, chain restaurants in New York are being required to issue salt "warnings" starting Tuesday for foods with an outsized amount of sodium. The warnings apply only to foods that exceed the current daily recommended amount of sodium, which is 2,300 milligrams or about the amount in 1 teaspoon of table salt.

Eating high levels of sodium can "increase blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke," according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Janet Kramer, a registered dietitian at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, said too much salt can affect the ability for blood to clot and harden blood vessels, leading to long-term effects on the kidney, cardiovascular system and even nervous system.

"We've developed as a culture a liking for that salty taste," Kramer said. "But we can also undo that," by dropping sodium levels.

While some sodium is necessary, people can usually get enough salt from meat and other items in which sodium occurs naturally, Kramer explained.

The National Restaurant Association, a trade organization, has said they plan to file suit against the New York City Department of Health in order to curtail the use of salt warning labels.

The association is pushing for a uniform menu and believes local regulations like the salt warning labels could unravel plans for that uniformity. Additionally, they said the costs associated, including reprinting menus, could be a financial burden for the restaurant owners.

"With its sodium mandate, not only is the Board [of Health] inflicting financial burden on restaurants, it is imposing on both restaurant owners and consumers, a view regarding the health effects of sodium intake that is the subject of scrutiny based on recent and evolving scientific research," the association said in a statement. The Board of Health is the governing body that oversees the Department of Health.

“While the Board of Health thinks they are targeting corporate chains, in reality they are dealing yet another blow to many of New York’s small businesses that have been working and continue to work hard to provide nutritional access to their customers," the association added.

New York City is the first U.S. city to pass the requirement and currently it only applies to chain restaurants. The city has been at the forefront of trying to promote healthy dining and passed a requirement nearly a decade ago that chain restaurants post calorie counts in a bid to encourage diners to lower their calorie intake.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What are the top baby name trends of 2015 in the United States? The answers may surprise you.

Online parenting resource BabyCenter just released its findings for the top baby names of 2015, as well as some interesting trends that have risen this year that show where parents turned to for inspiration for naming their new babies.

BabyCenter's data showed that gender-neutral names were on the rise this year. Names like Wyatt, Piper, Riley and Carson all moved up in the baby name database from previous years.

The digital parenting resource also discovered that planets and stars are a hot trend with parents this year, with parents more frequently naming their babies celestial names such as Venus, Jupiter, Sunny and Stella.

"In the sixties, celestial baby names had a hippy vibe, but today’s parents are more inspired by planetary science and space travel,” Linda Murray, global dditor in chief of BabyCenter, said in a news release.

Year after year pop culture remains a staple in the inspiration behind some popular baby names. Last year, BabyCenter determined that TV shows such as House of Cards, Scandal, and Orange Is the New Black were the cause for increases in names that relate to TV show characters and the actors who play the characters. This year is no different.

BabyCenter revealed one popular baby naming trend of 2015 comes from the hit show Empire. The "empire effect," as BabyCenter is calling it, caused names from the show’s family to shoot up BabyCenter’s baby names database.

The name Dre moved up 77 percent, Lyon moved up 61 percent, Hakeem moved up 55 percent, and the name Lucious entered BabyCenter’s baby names database for the first time in three years.

In regard to the top baby names of 2015, BabyCenter's data shows multiple repeats from the data in previous years, which the digital resource center says is no surprise.

“Our data shows that the top-10 list stays relatively stable for three to five years," Murray said. "Sophia has been a powerhouse for six years, thanks to the variety of spelling options and the multi-ethnic, multi-language appeal of the name. I predict Jackson’s popularity will be more fleeting. We’ll likely have a new number-one boys’ name next year,” she continued.

So without further ado, here are the top baby names of 2015.

Top 10 Baby Names of 2015


1. Sophia

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Ava

5. Mia

6. Isabella

7. Zoe

8. Lily

9. Emily

10. Madison


1. Jackson

2. Aiden

3. Liam

4. Lucas

5. Noah

6. Mason

7. Ethan

8. Caden

9. Logan

10. Jacob

In addition to tracking the top baby names in the United States, BabyCenter also collected data for baby names in Malaysia, Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Do you have health insurance? If so, the first thing you should know is whether you have restrictions on what doctors or health care providers you can see.

In the current environment of medical change, one thing is for certain: Both patients and health care providers alike are stressed by the constraints, rules and restrictions placed on them. So what can you do?

Keep a folder or binder at home of all records, bill receipts, correspondence and communication with your doctor, hospital and insurance company.

And read the fine print. It may be hard to understand but, as they say, the devil is in the fine print. You don't want to think you're covered for something and then find out that you aren't.

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Ian Reay/EyeEm via Getty Images(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) -- A high court in Northern Ireland ruled on Monday that the country's abortion laws violated human rights.

The current law in Northern Ireland states that abortions are outlawed except when the life or mental health of the mother needs to be preserved. If hospital employees tried to assist women to carry out the procedure, they could face life imprisonment.

Though Northern Ireland is a part of the U.K., the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the country.

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission brought up the case for women to be able to terminate a pregnancy in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape, or incest. The ruling will now put pressure on the Northern Ireland assembly to amend the law, although according to the Irish Independent, the attorney general has already said he is considering whether or not to appeal.

According to the New York Times, more than 800 women in Northern Ireland, including five under 16 years old, traveled to Britain in 2013 to undergo the illegal procedure.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A walk-out by junior doctors in England has been canceled.

The state-funded health program doctors were planning to strike on Tuesday to protest a new proposed contract with the government.

The planned 24-hour strike was suspended after the British Medical Association said there was a last-minute breakthrough in talks between the government, BMA, and conciliation service Acas.

As a part of the deal, the new contract threat has been dropped temporarily and there will now be four more weeks of negotiations.

All planned strikes in December by the junior doctors have been suspended as well.

According to BBC, hospitals canceled more than 4,000 routine operations and treatments ahead of the strike on Tuesday, about 10 to 15 percent of all operations and procedures.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the start of a new nutritional era for New York City.

Starting this week, chain restaurants (with 15 or more locations across the nation) in New York must put a special symbol on foods that include more than 2,300 mg of sodium, according to the Department of Health.

The requirement will go into effect on Tuesday and will make New York the first city in the U.S. to require the warning label on high sodium items at chain restaurants.

According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, restaurateurs in the city believe the city should wait for federal regulators to release their own national sodium guidelines.

"Every one of these cumbersome new laws makes it tougher and tougher for restaurants to find success," said New York State Restaurant Association President Melissa Fleischut after the approval according to WABC-TV.

Restaurants will have 90 days to comply with the new guidelines before receiving a fine.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much is your workout really helping your heart years from now?

In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers studied nearly 5,000 subjects aged 18 to 30 who underwent a baseline treadmill exercise test and were then revisited more than 25 years later.

The researchers found that every extra minute the subject could endure on a treadmill test when the study began was linked to a 12 percent decrease in heart problems over the course of the study.

Keep that in mind the next time you think about skipping that next trip to the gym, because those who are young now and have a great exercise regimend, will face fewer heart problems later in life.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents who are firm with the “house rules” when it comes to behavior have teenagers who make better decisions about sex, a review of past studies shows.

Researchers examined 30 studies published over the past 20 years -- altogether they included more than 40,000 teens -- and found that kids whose parents enforced rules about dating and friends showed higher rates of delaying sexual intercourse, as well as higher condom and other contraception use. The findings were published Monday in Pediatrics.

The researchers say that physicians should focus on encouraging parental monitoring of their teens as another way to fight the problem of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Most expectant mothers want to wait as long as possible before heading to the hospital to give birth. But that doesn't always happen.

When a woman delivers her baby before making it to the hospital, it's called an extramural delivery. It can be stressful and dramatic, and it sometimes even makes the local news.

Even with a mom or dad with a medical background -- such as a cop, firefighter or paramedic -- delivering your own baby can be intense. So what should you know?

First, don't panic. If you or someone else is driving, pull over to a safe place and call 911.

Once the baby is out, wipe the nose and mouth of secretions and quickly wrap the baby in a dry blanket to keep it warm.

And don't worry about tying the cord of the placenta -- there's no rush.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Residents of a Texas apartment building are recovering Monday morning after one person was found unconscious after being exposed to carbon monoxide.

Twelve patients in total were transported to the hospital, the Houston Fire Department told ABC News.

Officials say the leak came from a boiler room attached to the building.

Exposure to the colorless, odorless gas can be extremely dangerous — as one couple from Oregon learned last week.

Kendra Platt and Steven Roberts were enjoying a quiet night at home, when Platt says she started to feel sick.

The next morning, she says she was still woozy, and then Roberts passed out.

“I knew something serious had happened, but not sure what,” Roberts said.

“If I passed out we both would have been dead right now,” Platt added.

She managed to call 911, but the audio of the call revealed the responding officers weren't certain of what caused the incident.

The couple was treated in a hyperbaric chamber to restore oxygen levels.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness and vomiting.

Experts advise to have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.

As of Sunday night, all the patients were OK, officials said.

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John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An E. coli outbreak caused by Costco's chicken salad has now been linked to specific ingredients within the salad.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sample of celery and onion was taken from a Costco store that was used to make the rotisserie chicken salad and results from the Montana Public Health Laboratory revealed the prsence of E. coli.

The CDC said laboratory testing was still ongoing.

Because of the lab results, Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. has recalled many of its products that contain celery due to the E. coli concern.

Earlier this week, 19 people were reported to be infected by the outbreak, according to the CDC. Five people were hospitalized, two developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, and most of the reported illnesses came from the western United States, said the CDC.

Consumers were advised to throw out any rotisserie chicken salad purchased before Nov. 20 bearing the label "Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken" with item number 37719, according to the CDC.

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Subscribe To This Feed --  Cookie, a Wheaton Terrier missing in suburban Maryland since October 2014, was rescued Friday afternoon by animal service officers and Montgomery Country firefighters, according to spokesman Pete Piringer.

The 30-pound dog, also known as Mai Thai, was originally rescued from Thailand after escaping the "illegal dog meat trade," according to the Facebook page set up to find him.

He was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday when a neighbor walking their great Dane was suddenly pulled toward the storm drain.

"I went over and I just saw a dog in there," Nick An told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. "[It was] pretty beat-up looking."

In video of the rescue, firefighters can be seen using a power saw to cut through the metal bars while the trapped dog waited below.

When the dog could not be coaxed out with food, workers used a firehouse padded with towels at the end to gently nudge the dog to one end of the drainpipe where it could more easily be rescued.

The dog's owner picked him up Friday night, said Piringer.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Synthetic drugs are not only deadly but also easily accessible.

The drugs began growing in popularity in 2013. Now, more than 300 synthetic designer drugs have hit the streets and under various names, like Spice, N-Bomb and K2.

Parents who believe their kids may be under the influence should look for these symptoms: A change in behavior, combativeness, anxiety or agitation.

To help protect your kids, ask lots of open-ended questions -- and ask often. Also, remember to explain the risks of drugs to your kids over and over again.

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ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — It was a heartwarming mother-daughter reunion that went viral this spring.

Zella Jackson Price overflowed with joy as she hugged her daughter Diane Gilmore, whom she hadn't seen since her birth nearly fifty years ago.

The initial awe of the reunion, however, soon turned to anger. Gilmore thought her mother abandoned her after birth. But Price pointed the finger at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo., where she said Gilmore was born.

Price claims that just hours after she gave birth at the hospital a nurse told her that Gilmore -- who was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds -- had died. Price's lawyer Al Watkins later went public with the claim that the hospital was at the center of a baby-stealing ring and that Price might not have been the only victim.

Despite records that contradict Price's claim, she said she is standing tall, and other mothers who gave birth at the hospital have newfound hope that they might too be reunited with children they thought died at birth.

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Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. ET., and read below to see who the key figures are in this story:

Zella Jackson Price

Zella Jackson Price, 77, saw her daughter Diane Gilmore on April 9, for the first time in 49 years. A DNA test before the reunion determined that Gilmore was indeed Price's daughter.

On Nov. 25, 1965, Price, then 26, said she was only six months pregnant when she went to Homer G. Phillips Hospital to give birth. Price was a young married mom with two children.

"When she was born I was by myself, nobody was with me, no one," Price told ABC’s 20/20. "She was crying [a] little faint cry, kept hollering."

When hospital staff arrived, Price said a nurse took her newborn baby and vanished. Price said she told staff she wanted to name her daughter Diane. Hours later, Price said the nurse returned and told her Diane passed away.

Price said she believed it because five years earlier she also lost a baby boy she named Michael. She said she then went home without a death certificate.

Price went on to gain local fame with her gospel music and became widely known for her rendition of "I'm His Child." She also had two more children at Homer G. Phillips Hospital.

At the time Diane was conceived, Price said she was separated from her then-husband and became pregnant by another man, who she later married.

Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Homer G. Phillips Hospital was a beacon of hope in the black community in St. Louis. The city-run facility was once considered one of the most technically-advanced hospitals in the world.

Dr. Will Ross, an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine, who is writing a book about the iconic hospital, was floored by Price's claims.

"They were going to deliver class A care, secondary to none with high standards, the best outcomes," Ross told 20/20. "[It was] the premier training ground for African-American physicians, the pride of that community."

But funding was for the hospital was an issue, according to St. Louis Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick.

"Homer G. Phillips Hospital struggled each year for money. And I think one of the things that suffered was administration, staffing, maybe record keeping," Patrick told 20/20. "They were putting their priority on patient care and perhaps not on writing everything down."

Former Homer G. Phillips nurses, who reunited recently, are proud of their association with the hospital and said Price's story doesn't make sense.

"No nurse would come and tell someone that their baby passed. That was the doctor's role and responsibility," former nurse Xenobia Thompson told 20/20.

"When you get the right truth, you owe us an apology, because you have just degraded us," former nurse Dorothy Thornton told 20/20, referring to those leveling the new charges.

Today, the former hospital is a senior residential community.

Diane Gilmore

Price's daughter Diane Gilmore was born deaf. After her birth, she was taken in by a foster family who told her she had been abandoned by her mother.

According to her birth certificate, Gilmore was not born at Homer G. Phillips Hospital but across town at St. Louis City Hospital 1, which Price denies.

Gilmore, now 50, was later raised by foster parents Muriel and John Young, who cared for her along with other foster children.

During her reunion with her mother, Gilmore told Price she forgave her for abandoning her, although she soon learned that was something her birthmother denied.

Gilmore has four children, including twin daughters Melika and Mehiska Jackson, who helped make Gilmore's reunion with her mother possible. Price is learning sign language to better communicate with Gilmore, who is deaf.

Al Watkins

Price contacted St. Louis attorney Al Watkins after she reunited with her daughter.

Watkins dug deeper into Price's story and made a stunning allegation about why Price and Gilmore were separated after Gilmore's birth.

"The place to buy was Homer G. [Phillips Hospital], and babies were being sold out of the parking lot. It was pay for play, cash on delivery," Watkins told 20/20.

Watkins even launched a website to help other women who believe their babies may have been stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. After the publicity of Price's story, dozens of women reached out to Watkins for help.

Watkins believes Gilmore was stolen from Price and sold into adoption, but once the adoptive parents realized Gilmore was deaf, Watkins guessed that the adoptive parents tried to return her to the hospital.

But because Price said the hospital told her Gilmore died, Watkins said, Gilmore was then put through the foster care system.

When documents that contradict these claims were found, Watkins suggested that these documents, including Gilmore's birth certificate, might have been forged.

Diane Gilmore's Foster Family

Barbara Richardson's parents Muriel and John Young took Diane Gilmore in as a foster child when she was 5 months old. Barbara Richardson was 25 years old at the time.

Richardson insists fostering Gilmore was about love and not money.

"They loved me, and they treated her the same as they treated me, so it sounds like love to me," Richardson told 20/20.

According to Richardson, Gilmore was abandoned after she was born prematurely.

"When it was time to be released, no one had been to see the child, and no one came, you know," Richardson said. "She was an abandoned baby, abandoned at birth."

Wilma Jones was a family friend who lived in the neighborhood. She said Diane's foster mother was quite open about Gilmore's origins.

"[She said they got the baby] through the division of family service," Jones told 20/20. "She was told that this child had been abandoned at Homer [G.] Phillips Hospital and that the child only weighed so many grams, less than a pound and that she had been in an incubator for all that time and that they needed someone to take her."

In fact, Richardson said when Gilmore was 9 years old they went looking for her biological mother. Richardson said her mother got a phone number for a woman named Zella Mae Jackson in St. Louis and called her. Richardson's mother asked the woman if she had given birth to a baby at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in November 1965, Richardson said.

"The woman just said, 'No, I didn't have a baby.' So, I mean, what do you do at that point?" said Richardson. "As far as we were concerned, that was not the woman."

Price denies ever getting the call and records do show there was another woman in St. Louis with the same name.

Richard Callahan

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan led the investigation into Price's story.

Callahan said old records his investigators dug up didn't add up with what Price had claimed.

"That began to paint a different picture from what Zella Price was saying," Callahan told 20/20. "The records were certainly contradicting the story."

Through the investigation, Callahan was unable to find evidence of a baby-stealing conspiracy, and decades-old records even put Price at a completely different hospital from the one where she said she was told her baby died. He said the records instead suggest that Price abandoned her baby, despite Price denying she would ever intentionally leave her baby behind.

Documents from 1965 also showed that authorities reached out to Price, even visiting the home address she gave, and were told she moved and didn't leave a forwarding address. Social workers called, wrote and visited relatives, according to records, but could not reach Price. The social workers noted that Price's grandmother and uncle "are either unable or unwilling to give any information regarding Mrs. Jackson's whereabouts."

Callahan went public with his conclusion of his investigation into Price's story on Aug. 14.

"We can say with complete certainty there are no truth to these allegations and our investigation is now closed," Callahan said at a press conference.
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