Lucky births, luckier fortune cookies: Our favorite heartwarming, bizarre headlines this week

Time for a break from wrong-way crashes, shootings and all the other tragedies the world presented us with this week. Here's a few of our top stories from Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 that made our week a little brighter:

1. Yuma firefighter leaves hospital after nearly losing his life to COVID-19: 52-year-old Brad Henderson, who was not vaccinated against COVID-19, had to be placed on an ECMO machine for 55 days. Now, the veteran firefighter is leaving Banner Rehabilitation Hospital. 

2. 2-2-22 baby: California couple welcomes son born at 2:22 p.m.: A Southern California couple welcomed a baby at an incredibly unique birthday and birth time: 2:22 p.m. on 2/2/22.

3. High winds knock down McDonald's sign onto car in western Arizona: High winds in Mohave County on Wednesday knocked down a McDonald's sign that came crashing down onto a car.

4. Veteran wins $4M lottery using fortune cookie numbers ‘on a whim’: A retired Army veteran from North Carolina just became a multi-millionaire after using the numbers he got from a fortune cookie to throw his name into a Mega Millions drawing.


FILE - Mega Millions lottery tickets. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

5. Phoenix area students and groups help repair the home of Navy veteran's widow: "It feels good," said one student. "It's helping the community, and it's helping me to be a better person."

6. Florida boy hauls in two .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifles on fishing trip: An 11-year-old Florida boy decided to try out magnet fishing with his grandpa in a canal and discovered two .50-caliber M82A1 Barrett sniper rifles submerged beneath an overpass.

Courtesy: Duane Smith

7. Georgia police department suggests turning in your bad ex for Valentine's Day: Have an ex who did you wrong and know they're into something ... less than legal? A Georgia police department has a suggestion: give them a date night they'll never forget by turning them in.

8. Community rallies around Arizona girl who is set to undergo surgery for rare disease in Baltimore: "It's amazing. It's huge. I'm so grateful. Not a chance could I do this on my own," said the 10-year-old girl's mother.

9. Meteorologist goes viral after doing forecast using American Sign Language: A meteorologist in Oklahoma is making forecasting more accessible and inspiring the next generation of meteorologists along the way.

10. Aunt throws San Francisco nephew a birthday limo surprise in heartwarming, viral video: A California aunt said her nephew had never seen a limousine in person. So she surprised him by picking him up in one from school for this 10th birthday. The heartwarming birthday surprise has gone viral.

Nita Fisher of Richmond surprised her nephew by showing up in a limousine at his school on his birthday on Jan. 27, 2022. (Nita Fisher)

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