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  • Top of the Morning: Facebook Expands New-parent Leave Policy

    Plus, Iya Villania and Drew Arellano's baby plans, Pope Francis first children's book, and more!
  • 1. Facebook expands new-parent employee leave policy

    The social-media giant had just announced that it is extending its new-parent policy to four months paid leave for all parents "no matter their gender or where in the world they live," writes Lori Goler, Facebook's vice president of human resources and recruiting, in a Facebook post. The expanded benefit is good news to new fathers and people in same-sex relationships. It will take effect on January 1, 2016, and will cover all new-parent employees, even those who adopt, from all Facebook offices all over the globe. (huffingtonpost.co.uk


    2. Iya Villania and Drew Arellano plan to have a baby next year

    At the presscon of GMA7's new teleserye Because Of You, host-actress Iya Vilania shared that she and husband Drew Arellano plan to have a baby next year. "Sana early next year mabuntis na'ko para later next year ay present na," she said. Iya is already preparing for pregnancy by being conscious about her overall health. She has been taking folic acid, which is an essential nutrient in pregnancy. The two were married in 2014 and is currently enjoying the adjustment period married couples go through. (pep.ph



    3. Pope Francis to publish first book

    The pontiff's  first book is entitled Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World will feature Pope Francis answering kids questions. In the book, he responds to 30 handwritten notes from little ones ages six to 13, according to Jesuit publisher Loyola Press. Some 259 kids from 26 countries, including the U.S., Syria, China, Albania and Kenya, sent in letters and artwork. The children were curious about afterlife, family matters and social injustice, among other topics, and Pope Francis answers them all with his pastoral views coupled with charm that only he has when talking to kids.


    4. Premature baby born in cruise ship is finally home
    Baby Haiden who was born in a cruise ship has finally come home to Utah, albeit he still needs to be confined in a hospital. His parents Emily and Cahse Morgan were on a seven-day cruise when Emily started having contractions way earlier than her December-19 due date. Baby Haiden was born in open sea and with the help of makeshift incubator made of towels, he survived the 14-hour speed-sail to the nearest port in Puerto Rico. The one-and-a-half-pound preemie was whisked away to a hospital where doctors didn't expect him to live long. He was transferred to a children's hospital in Miami where he stayed for two months. His parents are positive the he will be home for Christmas.


    5. Bacon-scented undies, anyone?

    Since it has been labeled a possible carcinogen, how do you get your favorite bacon fix? J&D Foods created a bacon-scented underwear just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. According to the food company, the undies get their bacon scent because the smell is embedded in the ink and will last even after multiple wash cycles for up to a year. But if you don't want your private parts to smell like bacon, J&D also offers a bacon-scented pillowcase.

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