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In this Monday, April 30, 2018 photo, Morlie Hayes, 16, and her aunt Laura Creager, both of Eden, pose for photos with Creager's newborn daughter Kayla Faith Creager in Eden, Utah. Hayes unexpectedly delivered her aunt's newborn in the bathroom of her home on Saturday, April 28. (Jacob Wiegand/The Deseret News via AP) UTSAL201
In this Monday, April 30, 2018 photo, Morlie Hayes, 16, and her aunt Laura Creager, both of Eden, pose for photos with Creager's newborn daughter Kayla Faith Creager in Eden, Utah. Hayes unexpectedly delivered her aunt's newborn in the bathroom of her home on Saturday, April 28. (Jacob Wiegand/The Deseret News via AP) UTSAL201
Published May 1, 2018

Utah

Teen learns about childbirth. Days later, she helps aunt deliver.

A high school student delivered her aunt's baby Saturday, days after learning about childbirth in her child development class. Morlie Hayes, 16, was at home in Eden over the weekend while her mom was out running errands and a surprise visitor showed up: her pregnant aunt Laura Creager, who was going into early labor. "My mom's outside. She's going to have her baby!" Creager's 7-year-old daughter said through tears, the teenager told the Deseret News. The baby wasn't due until May 19. Creager thought she had another hour before she would make it to the hospital, but her baby was already coming. Remembering what she had learned in class, Hayes told her aunt to lie down on pillows and towels in the bathroom. When Creager had another strong contraction, she pushed hard and out came a new baby girl. "My 16-year-old niece delivered the baby," Creager said. "She was amazing." When the baby came out, Hayes made sure the umbilical cord was not tangled around the baby's neck and that her skin color was okay. An ambulance arrived later, but by that point, Hayes was already cleaning the baby. Paramedics cut the umbilical cord, but the family said the birth could not have been smoother. "It happened the way it was supposed to," said Creager's husband, Wendell.

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San Francisco gives cultural status to leather, gay district

Decades ago, San Francisco's gay and leather culture sought shelter in the city's seedy South of Market district — forced there by brutal police crackdowns on LGBTQ people. Over time, the area became a vibrant place teeming with bathhouses and bars. These days, gentrification and skyrocketing rents are threatening to drive the gay and leather crowd out of a neighborhood that's now home to Airbnb, Twitter and high-end condos. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution creating the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District as a way to honor the past and ensure the area remains a refuge. San Francisco, birthplace of the rainbow pride flag, has several neighborhoods significant to LGBTQ history, including the Castro and Tenderloin, where transgender women fed up with police raids rioted in 1966. South of Market attracted the leather crowd with a rich record of public service and remains the site of gay bars and the popular Folsom Street Fair. But the scene today is nothing like the bustle in the late 1970s and early 1980s, said a community group that supported the resolution.

Love it or not, Facebook gets in dating game: Facebook doesn't think hookups are meaningful and doesn't want you to date your friends — but it's known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could help people find long-term partners. At least, that's the takeaway from a dating feature Facebook is launching because, well, why not? After all, it lets you broadcast your relationship status. Facebook even keeps track of all the past partners you've listed. The dating feature seems to borrow some ideas from Tinder. The Facebook dating profile is separate from your regular profile, and it won't suggest your friends. Yet timing seemed odd: As Facebook is still recovering from its worst privacy crisis, is this really the time to start tracking something so private?

Watch out for those bug bites: The number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been newly discovered or introduced. The CDC's Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, lead author of the study, said many factors were probably at work, including two related to climate change: Ticks thriving in regions previously too cold for them, and hot spells triggering outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. In 2016, 96,000 cases of 16 insect-borne illnesses were reported. The real case numbers were undoubtedly far larger, Petersen said. CDC officials called for more support for state and local health departments, which are chronically underfunded. Officials emphasized that everyone needs to protect themselves from bites.

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Pentagon says retaliation reports over sexual misconduct complaints increase: Nearly double U.S. service members said they faced retribution for filing sexual assault or harassment complaints last year than in 2016, according to an annual Pentagon report. According to the report Monday, there were 146 cases of retaliation last year, and the number of sexual harassment complaints jumped by 16 percent. Nearly two-thirds of the harassment cases that were resolved were substantiated. The number of reported sexual assaults grew by 10 percent to 6,769. Pentagon officials say the increase in reporting reflects a broader confidence in the system. But it's unclear if the larger jumps in harassment and retaliation complaints reflect a similar confidence or represent a growing problem.

Dozens of white supremacist Texans arrested: Federal authorities say 57 people associated with white-supremacist gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, including four accused in a kidnapping in which a hatchet was used to chop off a victim's finger. "Not only do white supremacist gangs subscribe to a repugnant, hateful ideology, they also engage in significant, organized and violent criminal activity," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. — tbt* wires