Oscar nominated Natalie Portman won't attend Academy Awards 'due to pregnancy'

Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite being nominated for an Academy Award, Natalie Portman won't be attending the ceremony Sunday.

A rep for the actress told ABC News that the Jackie star would like to attend the show, but can't because of her pregnancy.

The Oscar winner and her husband Benjamin Millepied announced they were expecting their second child last September. They are already parents to a 5-year-old son.

"Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards," the statement read. "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."

Portman was nominated for best lead actress for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the historical film, Jackie. In the film, she details the former first lady's life a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

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Couple keeps pregnancy a secret for 9 months, surprises grandma

Tannin Pease(NEW YORK) -- A grandmother got the surprise of her life Saturday when her son and daughter-in-law revealed they were expecting -- just two days before the baby was born.

Tannin Pease of Roy, Utah, captured the moment when his mom, Carolynn Pease, learned she was going to be a grandma for the 11th time.

"Speechless," Tannin Pease told ABC News of his mother's reaction. "You see it in the video but ultimately, it was better than I expected. I thought she was going to hit me, but she turned around and hit my dad and kind of laughed it off."

After Tannin, 30, and his wife Katie Pease, 26, learned they were expecting their third child, they decided to wait to tell friends and family until they found out the baby's gender. The couple had two miscarriages after the birth of their second child so this time didn't want to share the news too soon, Katie Pease told ABC News.

"We had already been through two miscarriages where we told people we were pregnant and then we had to tell them we weren't anymore," Katie said. "That was heartbreaking and we didn't want to have to go through that again, so it helped waiting so long."

Except for telling Katie's close family and one or two friends, the couple kept quiet about the pregnancy. As Tannin's family lives in another state, Montana, he said it wasn't too difficult keeping the secret.

"We Skyped them every once in awhile, but we just made sure to keep the belly out of the picture and keep the two grandkids the center of attention," Tannin said.

Both Tannin and Katie changed their Facebook settings so all tagged photos required approval before being posted. Katie also wore baggier clothes than normal and "stayed home a lot," she said.

Katie had a scheduled induction Feb. 19, which happens to be the birthday of Tannin's mother, Carolynn.

When on Feb. 18, Carolynn visited her son and daughter-in-law, Tannin met her at the door to tell her that not only was she going to have another grandchild, but the baby would come a day or two later.

Tannin's dad, Jeff, had learned of the pregnancy during the fifth month, but to Carolynn, it was a wonderful surprise.

"When we Skyped and I saw [Katie's] face, I thought, 'Oh she stopped jogging. That's OK ... no judgment here," Carolynn, 57, told ABC News with a laugh. "I didn't really expect to hear anything this soon especially with the last miscarriage they had, which was traumatic. I was just completely floored. I feel really elated because they've a hard time and I was really excited for them. I thought the whole thing was very thoughtful to surprise me."

"[My mom] said to me that it was the best birthday present she's ever had and was super excited to be able to hold another grandchild," Tannin said. "She loved the surprise too."

He posted a video of his mom's reaction on Facebook with an announcement for the rest of their friends and family.

On Feb. 20 at 10:09 a.m., Saul Pease was born weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins big brothers Cooper, 4, and Gray, 2.

Katie Pease said their extended family and friends were shocked that the couple was able to pull off such a big surprise.

"A lot of people, they were wondering how on earth we did it," she said. "We had a couple of people say, 'Did you lock her up in a closet?' But it just worked out, I guess. People eventually saw us and a couple of pregnancy photos and a picture of the baby and were like, 'You really did it!'"

When grandma Carolynn was asked what she will do if one of her kids surprises her again nine months into a pregnancy, she said, "They won't. I am on alert."

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Bush daughter scheduled to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Bush, 35, will headline Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Forth Worth luncheon, according to an announcement from the women's health organization.

The older Bush daughter has publicly supported Planned Parenthood, despite her father's pro-life history. In a June New York Times interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Bush referred to Planned Parenthood as "exceptional." 

Bush, the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, was also spotted at a Paris fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in October.

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Husband works out with fake belly to see what it's like for his pregnant wife

Remy Biase/Remy Photography(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- One thoughtful husband worked out with a fake pregnancy belly to better understand what it was like for his pregnant wife to head to the gym with him.

Kristin Milchuck, who is 9 months pregnant, heads to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck.

While the two were working out with their coaches at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, last week, they decided to see if Blake Milchuck would sport a faux belly to really see what it's like for his wife at the gym.

So, Blake Milchuck strapped a 14-pound medicine ball to his belly using duct tape and began their work out, which included running, modified burpees, rowing and biking.

"It was different," Blake Milchuck, 26, admitted to ABC News. "You definitely feel the frontal load, so things that I can normally do pretty easily weren't as easy."

He added that his workout last week was "the highlight of that morning's workout." So much so that the gym shared a video of Blake Milchuck working out with his fake belly. It quickly went viral on Instagram with more than 18,000 people watching the hilarious video.

Blake Milchuck said it made him appreciate his wife, Kristin, 26, a bit more. And it helped her laugh, which "was the main purpose," he added.

He added that he's always thought his wife of two years "was a bada--. She gets up at 6 o'clock in the morning to work out with me every day and now she's 38 weeks pregnant and she's still doing it."

"It's different at times to understand where your wife is coming from with the pregnancy ... so doing something like this makes it a little bit more fun for her, which makes it fun for me," Blake Milchuck added.

The two, who are expecting their first child together in three weeks, have no idea whether it's a boy or a girl. They said they want to find out at the hospital.

Still, Blake Milchuck is looking forward to "just being a father. I don't think I have anything in mind. ... I'm excited."

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2-year-old boy loses race because he wanted to hug his father instead of crossing finish line

Courtesy Imoh Umoren(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A 2-year-old boy lost his school's race after he ran over to hug his father instead of crossing the finish line.

Imoh Umoren told ABC News that his son, Imoh Umoren II, likely ran to him in his nursery school's race because that's the way they had been practicing all week.

"I would run along [with] him in the front yard," Umoren, of Lagos, Nigeria, recalled. "Of course I would always let him win and when it got to the main event he assumed it was going to be the same thing."

Instead, however, the independent film director went over to the parents' area to watch the toddlers' race.

Umoren, 34, said that when his son realized he wouldn't be running too he "was upset that I didn't run along with him."

"So spotting me, he was overjoyed and ran to me," the father continued. "Being the hugger that he is, he would usually end most races by running into my arms at home, so for him, it was a natural ending."

Umoren said he didn't mind that his son lost the race because he didn't cross the finish line.

"When he came to hug me, I was immediately teary because it showed me that sometimes love is actually the prize," he said. "As adults ... we need to be reminded that love and friendship are more important than winning trophies."

And his son did go home a winner. In a second competition, Imoh Umoren II came in third place.

For Umoren, his family means everything to him, especially sine he lost both of his parents at the age of 13.

"So I have always craved that relationship with a child and I couldn't wait to have my own family," the father gushed. "And I'm really trying to raise him right to be a gentleman and expressive."

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Your Body: High intensity workouts

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

Three members of the University of Oregon football team were recently hospitalized following what’s been described as a “grueling workout.” We’re talking about something called rhabdomyolysis.

This type of injury involves muscle trauma or injury, which then causes a leaking of the main protein in muscles into the blood, which -- among other things -- can then cause a clogging of the kidney’s filtration system.

Here’s what you need to know about spotting and preventing rhabdo:

  • The signs are swollen, red, tender and hard muscles that are exquisitely painful, as well as a dark color to the urine.
  • Treatment is in a hospital setting with IV hydration and monitoring of kidney function.
  • Just go easy. No sudden increases in frequency or intensity and you’ll do just fine.

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Fatal drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999, CDC finds

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The rate of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled since 1999, outpacing suicide and car accidents in 2015 as a cause of death, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC researchers examined data from the National Vital Statics System to see the effects of drug trends across the nation from 1999 to 2015.

Rates of fatal drug overdoses have dramatically increased since 1999, rising from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 16.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, according to the CDC report.

That number is higher than the rate of death for suicides in the U.S., 13.4 deaths per 100,000, or the rate of death from car accidents, 11.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.

The overall number of deaths due to opioid overdoses quadrupled during the same time period, according to figures previously published by the CDC. Opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the CDC, which estimates that 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Some 5000,000 Americans died from 2000 to 2015 as a result of the opioid epidemic, the CDC says.

People in all age groups were more at risk for dying from drug overdoses but those between their mid-40s and their 60s were hardest hit, according to the new report.

And despite persistent concerns over teens and young adults abusing drugs, middle-aged adults were the most likely to suffer a fatal overdose, according to the report.

People between the ages of 54 to 65 saw the biggest percent increase in fatal drug overdoses during the study period, rising nearly five-fold from 4.2 deaths per 100,000 to 21.8 deaths in 2015.

Americans between the ages of 45 to 54 had the highest rate of fatal drug overdoses overall in 2015, with 30 deaths reported per 100,000.

Dr. Caleb Alexander, a co-director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, said the report shows overdose deaths related to opioids are increasing at an "incredible rate"

"Each year I think it's hard to imagine it getting much worse and yet last year we had the highest number of deaths on record," Alexander said.

Alexander pointed out that the data highlighted how many people the drugs have impacted from across various age groups.

"Sometimes there's this perception that this is a problem of only teenagers or young adults and nothing could be further from the truth," Alexander said. "Middle aged and elderly adults are also being affected by the epidemic."

The deadly spread of illicit opioids were also reflected in the numbers. The percentage of fatal overdoses related to heroin more than tripled from 8 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015. Synthetic opioids also took a heavy toll accounting for 18 percent of fatal overdose deaths in 2015 up from 8 percent in 2010.

But the increase was not all due to opioids, the percent of drug deaths from cocaine increased slightly to 13 percent in 2015 compared to 11 percent in 2010.

The percentage of overdose deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids — which includes prescription heroin drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone — decreased from 29 percent in 2010 to 24 percent in 2015.

In 2015 the states hardest hit by fatal drug overdoses were West Virginia with 41.5 deaths per 100,000 people, New Hampshire (34.3), Kentucky (29.9) and Ohio (29.9.)

Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Fire Department and National Airport, said the current drug epidemic is "the worst that I've ever seen it."

With opioid use increasing, Slovis said emergency services has had a hard time responding to all the overdose calls.

"It's that it's not just heroin anymore between the fentanyl [and] of the synthetic variants including carfentanil" an elephant tranquilizer, said Slovis.

Slovis said some illicit synthetic opioids can be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which was designed to be an elephant tranquilizer, has led in some instances to EMS personnel running out of the opioid antidote Narcan while treating a single patient, he said. Rather than use one or two doses they're using 10 doses to try and save a patient's life.

"When you use an elephant tranquilizer on a human, bad things are going to happen," Slovis said, explaining EMS personnel had to double the amount of Narcan they bring with them in the field.

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Eleven-year-old boy recovering after being stung by bees 400 times

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — The good news: an Arizona boy is happily buzzing around after being stung angry bees.  Four hundred times.

ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV reports that Andrew Kunz, 11, of Safford, is swollen and covered in bee stings but otherwise OK after his misadventure.

Petrea Kunz, his grandmother, said Andrew was out in the desert with a friend Monday shooting old cars with his BB gun. Kunz hit a beehive and bees began to chase the boys. Andrew fell down and used his cellphone to call for help as he was being attacked by bees.

"He called me and he was crying. He was saying, ‘The bees are killing me! The bees are killing me,” the boy’s grandmother said.

Multiple responders including the Safford Fire Department rushed to help Kunz, who was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is recovering and in good spirits, despite his condition.

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Photographer captures childbirth in hospital parking lot

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Noah Parker van Rhyn Strunk was born exactly on his due date, Feb. 22, but he came into the world in a most unconventional way -- in the parking lot of the hospital where he was supposed to be born.

His parents, Noah and Lauren Strunk, left their Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home around midnight on Wednesday for the short drive to a nearby hospital for the birth of their second child.

The couple was joined in a caravan to the hospital by Lauren's mom and their birth photographer, Stephanie Knowles.

As Noah exited from the highway, Lauren's contractions began to increase.

"He started going faster and I knew something was going wrong," said Knowles, the owner of Jaiden Photography, who was driving behind the Strunks.

When Noah took a wrong turn that left him near the hospital's emergency room instead of the maternity unit, Lauren told him to park the car immediately because the baby was on its way.

"She said to come over to her side to catch the baby, in her words, so I did," Noah, 35, told ABC News. "Maybe a contraction or two later, our son was on Lauren's chest."

On hand to capture the minutes-long delivery was Knowles, who was photographing her first client birth photo shoot.

"It went through my head if I should put my camera down and help and then I said, 'I'm just going to stand back,'" Knowles said. "That was my goal even before, just to stand back and capture the moments, so I just started shooting."

The photos taken by Knowles show Parker resting on Lauren's stomach with Noah by their side. The newborn came into the world at 12:21 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

"A very anxious moment of love," Noah said of his son's birth, adding that his emotions included "shock, awe, anxiety, love, all of it."

Lauren, who had prepared for a natural childbirth, was taken by hospital medical personnel into the hospital for care with her son. Both mom and baby and older brother, Harrison, 3 are doing well.

The family is expecting to be discharged from the hospital tonight. The baby's middle name, Parker, is a nod to his unconventional delivery location, his parents said.

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Kindergartners deliver Keep a Baby Warm boxes to newborns in need

Gretchen Hertler McInvale (NEW YORK) -- A kindergarten teacher and her class are helping mothers who may struggle to afford necessities for their newborns.

Teacher Gretchen Hertler McInvale leads her students at Spencer Elementary School in Middletown, Connecticut, in assembling boxes of donated necessities for babies and taking them to nearby Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

"It starts even with the littlest ones knowing that they can help someone else and they love it," McInvale told ABC News. "When it's snowing or rainy the first thing they think of is, 'A baby gets to go home warm today.' I just don't think character could wait to be taught until you're older. It needs to be taught in the youngest of ages -- to be a good person and to give back."

McInvale gave birth to all three of her children at Saint Francis. She was inspired to start her Keep a Baby Warm" project after having her daughter, Courtney, at the hospital.

"When I was having my first daughter, the woman next to me, we were in the recovery room and I heard her ask the nurse if she had anything to bring her baby home in," McInvale recalled. "I felt so bad because I just had this beautiful baby shower and she had nothing new."

McInvale began gathering baby items to infants born to financially-struggling parents. The project started small with her daughters helping with donations.

Soon, the teacher got her kindergarten students involved. Items are donated by the students' families, school staff and community members.

 This Valentine's Day, McInvale and her 21 students delivered 30 boxes filled with blankets, onesies, knitted hats, socks, rattles and pacifiers.

The children were even introduced to a newborn through a hospital nursery window during their visit.

"Gretchen McInvale has been doing this for 29 years, and our staff really looks forward to the visit from the children," said Fiona Phelan, Saint Francis' media relations manager. "They bring lovely gifts for the newborns, many of which don’t have warm clothes or blankets waiting for them at home. The children are thrilled to be able to be a 'big' person and see what it was like to be a baby."

McInvale is also an author of a book, "Between the Darkness and the Light." All proceeds from its sales go to the Keep a Baby Warm" initiative, McInvale said.

She hopes that one day her daughters will carry on the project for years to come, McInvale said.

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