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Parents Attach Camera to Son to Capture First Day of School

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — For the parents of a first-grader in Florida, simply asking their son what he did on his first day of school this year was not enough.

“We wanted to see what it was like to be a first-grader on the first day of school,” May Weber told ABC News.

Weber and her husband, Tim Weber, of Tampa, strapped a camera onto the chest of their 6-year-old son, Andrew, Tuesday for his first day at McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa.

“I have that challenge every day when I pick my children up from school, I say, ‘How was school? Tell me about your favorite part of school,’ and I always get that one word answer,” May Weber said. “Now I know maybe different kinds of questions to ask about their friends.”

The video shows Andrew walking down a shrub-lined street on his way to McFarlane Park, walking into the school’s decorated hallways and getting a hug from his new teacher, all from his own chest-level perspective.

“I was impressed by what the perspective was of a three-foot something child,” Tim Weber said. “How big everything was, the furniture, how big adults were, how big some of the other kids at school.”

“I think we sort of forget that perspective,” he said.

Andrew himself says he had no qualms about meeting his classmates while wearing the video camera, claiming that it was the object of envy in his first-grade classroom.

“My friends wanted to wear it,” he said.

Both Andrew’s teacher, Arianne DeClue, and the school’s principal, Denyse Riveiro, say they are using the video footage as a learning tool.

“On the first day of school everyone has nerves and jitters and it was exciting to see what the kids felt,” DeClue told ABC News.

“I thought about from the child’s perspective, what it looked like, what they were experiencing, the social skills, the developmental skills,” principal Riveiro said.

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Parents Attach Camera to Son to Capture First Day of School

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — For the parents of a first-grader in Florida, simply asking their son what he did on his first day of school this year was not enough.

“We wanted to see what it was like to be a first-grader on the first day of school,” May Weber told ABC News.

Weber and her husband, Tim Weber, of Tampa, strapped a camera onto the chest of their 6-year-old son, Andrew, Tuesday for his first day at McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa.

“I have that challenge every day when I pick my children up from school, I say, ‘How was school? Tell me about your favorite part of school,’ and I always get that one word answer,” May Weber said. “Now I know maybe different kinds of questions to ask about their friends.”

The video shows Andrew walking down a shrub-lined street on his way to McFarlane Park, walking into the school’s decorated hallways and getting a hug from his new teacher, all from his own chest-level perspective.

“I was impressed by what the perspective was of a three-foot something child,” Tim Weber said. “How big everything was, the furniture, how big adults were, how big some of the other kids at school.”

“I think we sort of forget that perspective,” he said.

Andrew himself says he had no qualms about meeting his classmates while wearing the video camera, claiming that it was the object of envy in his first-grade classroom.

“My friends wanted to wear it,” he said.

Both Andrew’s teacher, Arianne DeClue, and the school’s principal, Denyse Riveiro, say they are using the video footage as a learning tool.

“On the first day of school everyone has nerves and jitters and it was exciting to see what the kids felt,” DeClue told ABC News.

“I thought about from the child’s perspective, what it looked like, what they were experiencing, the social skills, the developmental skills,” principal Riveiro said.

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New Bill Pushes for Breastfeeding Rooms in California Airports

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A new bill in California would force airports to have lactation rooms for nursing moms.

At most airports in California, moms who don’t want to nurse in public often have to opt for a dirty bathroom stall.

Under a bill now approved by the California Senate, airports would be forced to offer rooms with a chair and an electrical outlet for a breast pump. New terminals would also have to have sinks in the rooms.

Now, San Francisco has the only airport in California with breastfeeding rooms.

The bill will now head back to the California Assembly. If it passes, it would go into effect in 2016.

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People in Gaza Facing Water Shortage Amid Fighting

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Thursday marked another day of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

The cease-fire last week gave Palestinians only a short respite to try to put their lives back in order after a month of fighting. One major challenge they are facing is coping with a water shortage.

Taking a shower or drinking a glass of water is far from easy in Gaza, where officials say they can only pump half the amount of water needed because of structural damage done by Israeli airstrikes. The Palestinian Water Authority says more than a dozen water wells and six purification plants have been damaged.

Cut power lines make pumping water erratic, and distribution is difficult with nearly 20 miles of underground broken sewage pipes.

Repairs began during the cease-fire, but renewed fighting means the severe water shortage could lead to a serious health risk for Gazans.

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Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

ABC/ Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday Nick Cannon discussed the rumors that his marriage with wife Mariah Carey is on the rocks.

“There is trouble in paradise,” he told The Insider. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”

He shot down rumors that the problems are the result of infidelity on his part and added that his children come first, no matter what he and the Grammy winner plan to do with their relationship.

“My main focus is my kids,” he added.

Cannon, 33, and Carey, 44, married in 2008 and welcomed fraternal twins in 2011 — daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

This past May, the couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary and around that time, he addressed the rumors to Parade magazine, and took a much different tone, saying there was no issue in the marriage.

“You kind of have to ignore it because every week it’s something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you,” he added. “It’s kind of humorous, really. It couldn’t be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers.”

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US Launches Six More Airstrikes Against ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military conducted six more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets near the Mosul Dam in Iraq, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Thursday.

The strikes, which are in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, “destroyed or damaged three ISIL Humvees, one ISIL vehicle, and multiple IED emplacements,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

The fighter and attack aircraft used in the strikes all managed to exit the area safely.

Since Aug. 8, CENTCOM says it has conducted 90 airstrikes across Iraq, 57 of which have been near the dam.

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US Launches Six More Airstrikes Against ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military conducted six more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets near the Mosul Dam in Iraq, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Thursday.

The strikes, which are in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, “destroyed or damaged three ISIL Humvees, one ISIL vehicle, and multiple IED emplacements,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

The fighter and attack aircraft used in the strikes all managed to exit the area safely.

Since Aug. 8, CENTCOM says it has conducted 90 airstrikes across Iraq, 57 of which have been near the dam.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Does Ice Bucket Challenge in Bikini, Nominates Ex Chris Martin

Phil McCarten/FOX © 2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. (LOS ANGELES) — They may have split, but Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t above involving her ex, Chris Martin, when she did the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association.

She posted a video on Instagram, accepted the challenge, and then wrote “NOW I challenge @camerondiaz Chris Martin and @stellamccartney to the #ALSicebucketchallenge. join me in donating to alsa.org.”

In the video, Paltrow is in a two-piece bikini out in the grass, presumably in her backyard.

After almost a decade of marriage and two kids, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, announced their split in March.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Does Ice Bucket Challenge in Bikini, Nominates Ex Chris Martin

Phil McCarten/FOX © 2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. (LOS ANGELES) — They may have split, but Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t above involving her ex, Chris Martin, when she did the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association.

She posted a video on Instagram, accepted the challenge, and then wrote “NOW I challenge @camerondiaz Chris Martin and @stellamccartney to the #ALSicebucketchallenge. join me in donating to alsa.org.”

In the video, Paltrow is in a two-piece bikini out in the grass, presumably in her backyard.

After almost a decade of marriage and two kids, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, announced their split in March.

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Ten-Hour ‘Pay It Forward’ Line Ends with Customer No. 458 Who Refuses

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A 10-hour stream of kindness abruptly ended at a Florida Starbucks Wednesday evening when customer No. 458 broke ranks and declined to “pay it forward” for the next drive-thru patron.

“She got a free drink from the previous customer,” Celeste Guzman, manager at the Starbucks on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, told ABC News on Thursday.

“She was happy about that,” Guzman said. “But she didn’t want to pay for the next patron.

“It all started at 7:21 a.m. yesterday morning when a woman paid for her iced coffee and decided to pay for the caramel macchiato the customer behind her ordered as well,” Guzman said.

For the next 10 hours, more than 450 customers at the drive-thru graciously accepted the kindness of strangers and then paid for the next customer’s order.

“Our barista would tell the customers: ‘Your drink has already been paid for by the previous customer. Would you like to return their favor and pay it forward?’” Guzman said.

But that all came to a halt at 6 p.m., when a woman pulled up in her white Jeep Commander and ordered an ice-coffee.

“She didn’t want to pay for the next customer,” Guzman said. “I don’t think she understood the concept of ‘pay it forward.’

“Sometimes customers can’t pay it forward, because they can’t afford the order.”

But the random acts of kindness began anew Thursday, Guzman said, when one customer bought a $40 gift card for the next customer at the drive-thru.

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