Couple kisses for 58 hours straight to nail new world record

Winners of longest kiss 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Nine couples competed to win the title of the world’s longest kiss as well as cash and prizes. While most couples gave up after a while, one couple was determined to keep the record that they have set earlier.

Participants Akekachai Tiranarat, 44, and his wife Raksana Taranarat, 33, of Thailand, have set a new world record for the longest kiss, which lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

The couple won the title for the second time in three years.

For the competition contestants were not allowed to rest or sleep. According to reports, the couples even had to go to the bathroom with their lips locked.

Last year's record, was set by two Thai men, as their kiss lasted about 50 hours and 30 minutes.

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Teenager released from prison steals bus to get home

Jonathan Cole Collins 
By: Shifra Unger

(scroll down for video) A teenager was re-arrested after he stole a bus on his way home from prison.

18-year-old Jonathan Cole Collins, from Georgia, had just been released from prison. He had nobody to take him home so he had no choice but to walk.

When he got tired of walking he decided to steal an empty school bus. The bus driver left the keys in the bus so his substitute drive can find it in the morning. Collins found the keys and took the bus.

Collins was released from prison after serving a sentence for a misdemeanor drug offense. When he was released he started walking home, but he was cold and tired. After several miles he decided to take the bus.

A security camera inside the bus is automatically activated every time the bus is turned on. On the Security camera, Collins is seen getting into the bus, putting the seatbelt on and driving away from the parking lot, while struggling to close the door of the bus.

Collins, drove about eight miles to his house. Then, he abandoned the bus at an elementary school a short distance from his home in an apparent effort to cover his tracks.

Police were able to identify Collins, and found him in his house where he admitted to the crime. He was arrested and now could face a year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian pulled off plane for TSA security check

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Celebrities are used to getting royal treatment, but this time it did not work out for celebrity lovebirds Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian, as they were pulled off a plane for a TSA security check.

West, and Kardashian, caused a plane full of passengers to wait almost an hour for takeoff at JFK airport, after an airline employee apparently allowed the two to bypass the security checkpoint, according to reports.

The stars, were running late for their American Airlines flight and they were led around a security checkpoint so they can quickly board the plane from New York to Los Angeles.

The stars arrived at JFK, on a flight from Rio de Janeiro. They were cleared by customs and went through the luggage area, when the airline employee escorted them through a restricted area, according to reports.

Airport officials soon learned of the special treatment of West. with Kardashian, and ordered them to be taken off from the plane. Then, the stars went through a pat down by TSA agents. The incident delayed the flight for almost an hour.

Rules require all airline passengers to pass through the TSA security check at the airport and stars have to play by the same rules as any other passenger.

Moroccan king vows to rebuild all Jewish synagogues

Restored synagogue in Morocco 
By: David Ross

The Islamist king of Morocco has vowed to rebuild all the Jewish synagogues in his country at a synagogue rededication event held this week, according to press reports in Morocco.

King Mohammed praised the spiritual wealth and diversity of Morocco, at a ceremony this week to mark the end of the restoration of a 17th century synagogue in the city of Fez.

The ceremony was held in the Medina, the Old City of Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site, before more than 200 people including the country's Islamist prime minister and German parliament speaker, Norbert Lammert.

Germany part-financed the $215,000 project.
“The two-year restoration of the Slat Alfassiyine synagogue shows the spiritual wealth and diversity of the Kingdom of Morocco and its heritage," Mohammed said in a message read by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.

"The secular traditions of Moroccan civilization drew their essence from the fact that Moroccans are deeply ingrained with the values of coexistence, tolerance and harmony between the different components of the nation," the king said.

The new constitution adopted in 2011 against the background of the Arab Spring, recognized the Jewish heritage as part of Morocco's national identity, he said, calling for the renovation of all Jewish place of worships in the country.

Among other speakers was Serge Berdugo, a Jewish former Moroccan minister.
Morocco historically had a vibrant Jewish population and 1,200 notable Jewish leaders are buried in cemeteries across the North African country, which was home to a community of almost 250,000 in the first half of the 20th century.

The Jews of Morocco are now estimated to number less than 3,000.
In 1900, Fez, then the imperial capital, had 10,000 Jews out of a population of 100,000 and 20 synagogues, according to Simon Levy, a specialist on Judaism in Morocco. The city lies 200 kilometers or 125 miles east of Rabat.

France to finally return stolen Nazi paintings to Jews

One of the artworks to be returned 
By: David Ross

After struggling for years, the French government finally decided to return several Nazi looted paintings to its Jewish rightful owners, according to press reports in France.

France announced that it will return seven artworks taken from their Jewish owners during World War II, part of an ongoing effort to return hundreds of stolen art that still hang in French museums.

The works were stolen or sold by force 70 years ago since their Jewish owners had to flee from Nazi Europe. The seven works were scheduled to be displayed in an art gallery of Adolf Hitler, which he wanted to build in his hometown of Linz, Austria, according to a planned museum catalog.

At the end of the war, with Hitler dead and the reconstruction effort of European cities, thousands of artworks were left behind and many of them has found its way into the country's most important museums.

The decision to return the paintings ends a seven-year struggle for the two families, whose applications were validated by the French government last year after years of investigating the fate of the works.

"This is very rare. It's the largest number of paintings that have been able to return to Jewish families in more than a decade," Bruno Saunier of the National Museums, said.

Many of the 100,000 artworks that were looted, stolen or appropriated between 1940 to 1944 in France have been returned to the Jewish families, but Saunier said that the country has increased its efforts in the past five years to track down the rightful owners of 2,000 works of art still in state institutions.

Filing errors and the challenge of identifying the paintings’ owners have made the return of the stolen work a slow go.

Europe horse meat scandal causes kosher meat sales to skyrocket

Kosher meat 
By: David Ross

The horse meat scandal that swept across Europe has caused consumers to flock to kosher meat because they feel secure that kosher meat will not contain any horse meat, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

The head of the Manchester Jewish Court has said that the Food Standards Agency and meat companies could learn a lot from the kosher meat producers.

The scandal of horse meat has caused an unprecedented buying surge for kosher meat, with meat sellers reporting booming sales as consumers are turning to safety of kosher.

Jacky Lipowicz, president of the Retailers Association of Licensed Kosher Meat, said the scandal could be best thing that ever happened to the kosher meat industry.

Buyers who previously have never bought kosher meat have run to kosher stores following concern about the threat of contamination of supermarket meat products.

A kosher meat seller in Edgware, which is located northwest of London, said there had been an increase in people who buy kosher meat. "People always said that kosher meat is more expensive, but now they know why," the meat seller told news reporters.

Manchester Jewish court Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, said: "The level of oversight that exists in all kosher establishments, whether commercial or otherwise, makes sure that any ingredient or meat meets strict requirements. There would be no way that anything could find their way in a kosher product that is not perfectly acceptable."

The animals are first checked by a veterinarian to ensure that no diseases are present.
Each piece of meat is sealed and then an inspector checks that the seals are still intact. Any meat with a broken seal is pulled off the shelf.

Inspectors also check the exact quantities to ensure that no additional animals were added.
The koran has allowed Muslims who eat only halal meat to also buy kosher meat.

Mother arrested after allowing her 3-year-old son to pump gas

Theresa Moran Cameras 
By: John Roberts

Some parents, expect their kids to grow up fast. It is a parent’s job to teach their children to be responsible and productive. But the tasks given must be age appropriate, or the child's life can be in danger.

One mother, was arrested after she allowed her three-year-old son to pump gas into her gas tank.

A child who should have still been in a car seat, was seen pumping gas into his mother’s car.

Theresa Moran Camera, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was teaching her son a valuable life skill, by making him filling the gas tank of her car. But unfortunately, a lot of the gas spilled on the 3-year-old boy.

The boy managed to squeeze the nozzle to fill the tank, but he continued to squeeze the nozzle after he removed it from the gas tank causing it to spill on him.

Other customers at the gas station were outraged when they saw the three-year-old handle the gas pump, so they wrote down the mother’s licence plate number and they called police.

Comara drove off with her son, but she was tracked down by the police through her licence plate number which was provided to police by witnesses.

Comara was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Store displays robots that mimic customers

By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Mannequins, are now becoming more than just dummies to be dressed by its owner, in order to display clothing. Now, robots are starting to communicate with customers.

In an effort to bring attention to the store and pull customers into the shop, one clothing store came up with an interesting idea, as they placed robotic mannequins in the window.

Whenever a person walks through the store the "MarionetteBots," mimics the persons movements.

United Arrows, a clothing store located in the Tokyo airport, found a great way to get people to pay attention to the display windows.

They placed "MarionetteBots," mannequins/robots in their window.

The robots were dressed with United Arrows clothing and placed in its storefront. Whenever a person walks through the store the "MarionetteBots," mimics the person’s movements.

These unique mannequins have made many people stop at the store to see what the "MarionetteBots," can do.

In the video below you can see people having good time getting the "MarionetteBots," to do different moves like walking and waving its hand.

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Man opens cafe replica of popular ‘Friends’ sitcom

Friends cafe in Beijing 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A cafe owner, replicated the cafe of the popular sitcom movie ‘Friends’ and is now serving people in the comfortable and well-known environment.

If you were a fan of the hugely popular sitcom Friends, you surely remember their favorite meeting place, the ‘Cafe Central Perk’.

One Chinese man who is a big fan of the Friends show decided to create his own ‘Café Central Perk’ coffee shop in Beijing.

Du Xin, loves the show Friends, he said: “I’m crazy about Friends.”
In order to get everything perfect and exactly as it was on the show, Xin, studied thousands of photos of the set and he watched reruns of the show. It took him five months to complete the cafe of his dreams.

But after all that effort, it was a very slow start for the coffee business.

But with the help of the Internet, the news about cafe Friends quickly spread throughout the capital of China and soon the place became a great success.

Customers even started calling the owner Gunther, after the guy who ran the cafe Central Perk in the sitcom.

Reruns of ‘Friends’ are played on plasma screens inside the China Cafe Central Perk.

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Hitler's sink and toilet on display at New Jersey auto body shop

Adolf Hitler’s sink and toiler 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) When he bought his repair shop in 1995, Greg Kohfeldt, owner of Kohfeldt auto repair in Florence, New Jersey, could not imagine that that the toilet and sink that once belonged to Adolf Hitler, would be of interest to many people.

Kohfeldt of the New Jersey garage said that up to a dozen people pass his business each month just to see the toilet, that once belonged to Adolf Hitler. “One pregnant woman asked to take a photo while sitting on the toilet, while others take photos and video of it,” Kohfeldt said.

Kohfeldt said that the sink and toilet were installed by the previous body shop owner in the 1950s. “When I bought the shop, the previous owner told me that the toilet came from Hitler’s favorite yacht, the Aviso Grille,” Kohfeldt said.

The Aviso Grille yacht had over 30 luxurious cabins and stretched 443 feet along the waterline. It was the largest yacht afloat at the time.

Last year, a television show asked Kohfeldt to bring his sink and toilet to London and he did. The show paid for his travel expenses as well as the expenses to ship the sink and toilet to London.

The items were displayed on the TV show, “Four Rooms.” It is a television program where four dealers make competitive offers to buy unique items from members of the public.

Unfortunately, nobody in the program wanted to buy the items since there is no way to authenticate it.

After the show, the items were shipped back to New Jersey. The toilet was not damaged but the sink was shattered into many small pieces.

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Apple loses exclusive right to iPhone trademark

Gradient iPhone 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) If you think that Apple and iPhone go together think again.

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property has ruled that Apple Inc. has no exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark in the country.

According to press reports in Brazil, Apple does not have exclusive rights to the iPhone name for mobile phones, but does have the trademark for other devices. Apple is planning an appeal, according to the report.

Gradient, a Brazilian company, which launched an iPhone with Android in December, has the option of sue Apple for exclusivity, but for now Apple can sell iPhones in the country, according to the report.

So basically now consumers can own an iPhone without paying a huge price for the Apple device.

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Rahm Emanuel considers run for president in 2016

Rahm Emanuel 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The first Jewish man in the White House might be just a few years away, according to press reports in the United States.

Will Rahm Emanuel really run for president?

He said absolutely not, no and not going to happen.
However, rumors persist that the Chicago mayor is considering a bid for the White House in 2016.

This week the most popular U.S. political leaning website splashed a headline across its site that said that two informed sources said that Emanuel will throw his hat in the ring if Hillary Clinton decides not to seek the highest office in the country in 2016.

If Clinton runs, she will most likely clear the field, the sources argue. But if she is not among the candidates, Emanuel, will likely join Andrew Cuomo, Joe Biden and Kristen Gillibrand in seeking the White House. Emanuel is a legendary fundraiser who has experience in almost all levels of government, including the White House.

Justin Bieber to attend lucky girl's Bat Mitzvah for free

Lucian GraingeE 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Most people need to shell out a small fortune in order to get music star Justin Bieber, to show up at their event, but one lucky girl will be getting him totally free, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Music boss Lucian Grainge made sure to get the singer for free at his upcoming special event.
The head of Universal Music Group is planning a bat mitzvah party for his daughter next month and has secured Justin to sing at the party.

For any ordinary person getting the star to perform at a private concert costs about $750,000. But London’s Lucian Grainge is not just any normal customer, he is considered the most powerful man in the music industry.

His label talent list includes Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Emeli Sande, and WILL.I.AM among others.
Lucian Grainge is known to have great music names at the parties for his children so they can impress their peers.
For his bar mitzvah son Elliot, in 2006, he secured Take That and SUGABABES performances.

SUGABABES would be happy to perform at any bar mitzvah these days.

Topless women celebrate Pope Benedict resignation inside church

Topless women storm Notre Dame Cathedral 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) 9 women were arrested and charged after they stormed a church topless to celebrate the resignation of Pope Benedict, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The women of a popular topless feminist group stormed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, this week to celebrate the resignation of the Pope.

Nine members of the Ukrainian group, Femen, drew crowds as they marched through the French capital with Pope no more scrawled on their bare breasts.

The Women, wearing only socks and shorts, then entered the Catholic church, which is 850-years-old and surrounded one of two big bells on display, before sounding them.
The staff quickly arrived and drove the protesters away and kicked them out of the cathedral where police detained them.

The women, who were described as provocative, refused to explain why they targeted Pope Benedict XVI, who shocked the world when he retired on Monday.

But they told passersby that they were also marching in support of gay marriage, which could be legalized in France, if it wins the support of the lower house of parliament in a vote this week.

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Man caught on video swimming in hotel lobby fish tank

Man inside hotel lobby fish tank 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man just couldn’t wait to go outside for a swim in the hotel swimming pool so he just jumped inside the hotel lobby fish tank, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Some jokes are all wet, as the one which recently took place in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Jersey, United Kingdom.

The man known only known by his first name Matt, decided to jump into a tank full of fish while staying fully clothed and take a swim.

His efforts at the prank failed to obtain the approval from the hotel management.
At one point during the short video posted on YouTube, an employee clearly tells Matt: "What are you doing? Get out now.” The man was severely intoxicated, according to press reports.

Hopefully the fish inside the tank will not be afraid from hotel guests after this traumatizing event.

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Woman drives over waitress after refusing to pay restaurant bill

Nicole Angelina Raia 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after running over a restaurant waitress in an attempt to escape from paying her bill, according to police reports in Arizona.

Peoria police confirmed that a woman was arrested for allegedly hitting a waitress in the restaurant parking lot with her car after trying to "eat and run."

Police said that 24-year-old Nicole Angelina Raia, is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery and drug possession after heroin was found inside her purse.

The International House of Pancakes in Glendale waitress told police that she realized that Raia and her eating partner had a lunch for almost $26 and the bill was not paid.

The waitress went outside and tapped on the car window in an attempt to talk to them.
The waitress then walked behind the car to her Raia’s car plate number when Raia allegedly backed up her car, hitting the woman before fleeing.