NASCAR racing car slams into fans injuring at least 33

NASCAR car crash 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) What seemed like a typical race at Daytona International Speedway took a violent turn towards the end with numerous fans leaving injured, according to press reports in Florida.

At least 33 fans were injured on Saturday during a NASCAR race when a car blew up at the Daytona International Speedway, throwing a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

The accident happened on the last lap of a Nationwide Series race, on the eve of Sunday's Daytona 500, which officials said would go on as planned.

The crash began as racers approached the checkered flag and Regan Smith tried to block leader Brad Keselowski in order to preserve the win. That caused a chain reaction crash and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence.

The entire front of Larson’s car was shaved off and the engine flew through a hole in the fence. Pieces of the car were thrown into the stands, including tires that cleared the top of the fence and landed halfway up the stands.

The 20-year-old Larson was in shock a few feet away from his car as fans in the stands waved frantically for help. Smoke from the burning engine briefly clouded the area and emergency vehicles descended on the scene.

Ambulance sirens could be heard from behind the bleachers at a time when the race winner usually celebrates.
There were injured fans on all levels of the stands. There were five ambulance stretchers that seemed to be carrying out fans and a helicopter flew overhead. A forklift was used to pull Larson’s engine away from the fence.

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Afghan president orders U.S. special forces out from Afghanistan

Western forces in Afghanistan 
By: Moses Gold

The U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan received another huge setback after the president of that country ordered some U.S. forces out from some provinces, according to press reports in the United States.

The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has given the U.S. special forces two weeks to leave key battleground provinces after allegations that Afghans working for them tortured and killed innocent people, a presidential spokesperson said Sunday.

Karzai's decision could further complicate negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan on the presence of U.S. troops in the country once NATO forces leave in late 2014.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, a Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, said that villagers in the province of Wardak had filed a number of complaints about the operations carried out by U.S. special forces and a group of Afghans working with them.

The decision was taken at a Sunday meeting of the National Security Council of Afghanistan, chaired by Karzai, Faizi said.
"The Ministry of Defense was assigned to ensure that all U.S. special forces are outside the province in two weeks," he said.

Two women arrested after pouring hot sauce in boy's eyes

Robin Willette Rumsey and Krista Jean Miller 
By: David Ross

Two women were arrested after abusing a boy as a form of discipline.

The 14-year-old boy, suffered abuse at the hands of his mother and her roommate.

The mother is accused of pouring hot sauce in her son’s eyes while her roommate held him down.

The mother told investigators that the reason for pouring hot sauce in his eyes was because the boy broke a plate, according to reports.

The boy was abused by his mother, Robin Willette Rumsey, 38, and her roommate, Krista Jean Miller, 33.

This was not the first time the boy suffered abused from the women. On several occasions the women locked the boy in the basement. The women also forced the boy to smoke marijuana and they poured alcohol all over his face.

The two were arrested on multiple charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The women are accused of cruel and unusual forms of punishment in the discipline of Rumsey’s 14-year-old son.

Rumsey and Miller are being held in the county jail, while the boy was handed over to his father.

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Convicted New York tax cheat wins $5 million lottery prize

Lottery jackpot 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man who was convicted of cheating on his taxes got lucky for a change and won millions of dollars in a lottery jackpot, according to press reports in New York.

The Long Island man who was accused of not paying taxes for five years was announced yesterday as a winner of the $5 million lottery jackpot.

Doctor David Shaffer, a podiatrist working in Flushing, Queens, will take home $3.1 million, after tax, after scratching the winning ticket of a $5 million grand prize.

State tax authorities hit Shaffer with four felony counts several years ago for failing to file tax returns from 2002 to 2007. He owed $13,419 in back taxes, according to a press release from the Department of Taxation and Finance.

He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and agreed to pay compensation, a department spokesperson said.
Shaffer, 61, called winning the lottery a life changer during a morning event in Manhattan.

He bought two tickets during a coffee break. The second ticket contained the grand prize.
He has no plans to quit his job, but he said that he will now have more time for his hobby, which is writing songs.

"Now I can concentrate on writing songs instead of working all day," Shaffer, a podiatrist for the past 31 years, said. "It seems that 2013 will be my year," he added.

Fearless cat caught on video slapping crocodile in the face

Cat facing the crocodile 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A fearless cat took on a crocodile at a zoo and won, according to video uploaded to the internet.
The fearless cat still seemed to have a lot of his 9 lives left in the tank.

The astonishing images were shot at an Indian zoo. The video showed the bold ginger and white cat fighting the crocodile.

The fearless feline hit the hungry reptile twice in the head as he approached, to the surprise and delight of the spectators.
British couple Manu Chaudhary, 25, and her husband, Vishal, 26, caught the action on camera last week at Jaipur Zoo.

the video has since gone viral and has been seen thousands of times on YouTube.

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Woman arrested after making up story that two men shot her son

Anna Ayala 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged after telling police that two men shot her son, which turned out to be a lie, according to court proceedings in California.

The woman who once planted a human finger in a bowl of chili from Wendy’s as part of an extortion scheme is back in trouble for allegedly serving up another hoax.

Anna Ayala, 47, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lying about a shooting involving her son last year in San Jose, California.
The mother allegedly gave a vivid descriptions to the police of two men who allegedly shot her son, who is 26-years-old on his ankle for no apparent reason.

The long arm of the law investigated and determined that she lied in order to hide the fact that he accidentally shot himself, a prosecutor told the a New York newspaper.

The son, Guadalupe Reyes, has a criminal record and is not allowed to own or operate a firearm, the prosecutor said.
"She clearly has a history of manipulating the system to her advantage. This was another attempt," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, Bret Wasley, told the newspaper.

Ayala was a brief media sensation in 2005 when she planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili after purchasing the finger for $100 from a man who lost it in an accident at work and knew her former husband.

Ayala now faces up to four years in prison if convicted of filing a false report and acting as an accomplice of a criminal with a gun.

A police report obtained by the newspaper said that Reyes eventually admitted that he shot himself.

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Celebrating Purim Smartphone Style

Mehilas Esther app 
By: David Ross

With the advancement of technology it is now possible to celebrate Purim with several cool apps, according to press reports.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For

There are a number of unique Purim apps available to smartphone users that help make the holiday marking the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia, an even more unique experience both in Israel and across the world. What would Purim be without the following apps?

For the complete reading of Megillat Esther, there is an app available for Android users, which includes the Hebrew text of Esther, complete with vowels and cantillation marks, seven different font sizes, as well as a verse-by-verse English translation.

One of its unique features is that it provides a noisemaker (grogger) to drown out the name of the evildoer Haman during the reading, with several options for noisy sound effects.

The English translation is based on the 1917 Jewish Publication Society version, whose text has been updated to replace “thee” and “thou,” “hast” and “didst,” and similar archaisms.

In addition, the app also includes the text for the Purim Service (seder Purim) with the appropriate texts for four different customs: Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Nusach Sefard and Nusach Ari.
The app is available on Google Play Store by the name of Esther by ZigZag Inc. and costs $1.99 or NIS 7.46.

Other Purim apps, which are both fun and free, include the Megillas Esther app, which was made available to Android users this year (it was available to iPhone and iPod Touch users last year).

According to the Google Play Store description, the app allows you to scroll through verse by verse with a flick of a finger and the ‘virtual’ noisemaker (ra’ashan) allows you to choose the flowing noises including crowd booing, air horn, firecrackers, and machine gun for the reading of Haman’s name. There is also a helpful Haman highlighter.

And finally, in order to enjoy a safe and happy Purim, there is SoberApp, developed in Israel, which helps a person monitor the intake of drinks and estimates the blood and alcohol level.

By entering basic information about weight and gender and the type of drink a person has had as well as the time he had it, the app will inform if one can drive now or later or if the drinker has exceeded the alcohol limit in whatever country he is located.

The free app is available on Google Play Store and is especially suitable to those celebrating Purim with plenty of traditional drinking. Happy Purim!

Hundreds of people gather to do the Harlem Shake in Tel Aviv Israel

Harlem Shake in Tel Aviv 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) The Harlem Shake meme, is the new craze which seems to be taking over Gangnam Style dance.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Rabin Square, in Tel Aviv, to do the Harlem Shake, in honor of Purim.

Traffic was closed on King Saul Boulevard, as people gathered to celebrate Purim. There has been a in huge street party which was open to the public, featuring music, good food, drinks and lots of fun activities which included the Harlem Shake. See at :33 in the video below.

What is The Harlem Shake meme?
The Harlem Shake, is best known as the video meme with the dance done to the song Harlem Shake, by Baauer.

The Harlem Shake meme consists of a 30 second short video, which begins with one person dancing, typically wearing something that covers the head.

The person enters a room and casually bops the head to the music, while other people around go about routine business.

Then the camera shot changes and suddenly an entire crowd of people appear, as they dance along with doing silly moves. They also wave their hands while moving their feet. They may seem silly but they are actually doing the popular Harlem Shake.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish groom gets Pizza delivery at his wedding Mitzvah Dance

Pizza delivered to groom 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Wedding guests were surprised when a pizza delivery man walked into the wedding hall, casually walked over to the groom and handed the groom a box of pizza.

The bride, who sat next to the groom seemed as surprised as everyone else. The groom took the pizza placed it on the table and then went to dance with the pizza delivery man.

It was then discovered that this was a prank set up by friends of the groom.

“Your wife will not cook dinner every night,” the uploader of the youtube video said as the reason for the prank, therefore friends bought him pizza for his first night together with his wife.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish weddings are very different than traditional weddings, as men and women are separated into different sections of the ballroom, because men and women do not mingle.

But toward the end of the wedding, most acquaintances leave the wedding, while close friends and family stay at the wedding.

Then, the women go into the men’s section of the hall, for the last part of the wedding which is called a Mitzvah Tanz. Men and women stay at opposite ends of the hall, but the groom is seated next to his new wife, at the women’s section.

At this part of the wedding family members are honored to dance with the bride, not by holding hands though. The bride and the men dance while holding opposite sides of a long belt.

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Trump Plaza resident has $150,000 in items stolen after subletting his apartment

Dong-Hyek Lim 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A Trump Plaza resident lost his $140,000 grand piano after subletting his $4,000-a-month apartment.

South Korean-born musician, Dong-Hyek Lim, 28, now lives in New York, in the famous Trump Plaza.

He subleased his apartment to a man he met through a Craigslist-type website called The website caters to Korean Americans.

When Lim came back to his apartment he found that his $140,000 grand piano was stolen amongst other things that were taken from the apartment.

Lim tried to reach the mystery man, who subleased the apartment but was unsuccessful as the man apparently used a bogus name, email address and phone number that cannot be traced.

Lim reported the theft to police and to the Trump Plaza Management. Management worked along side detectives to help hunt down the piano.

The Trump Plaza Management handed police the records of the trucking company who used the building's freight elevator to move the piano.
Police have found the piano at the shipping company in Long Island, but the company refused to turn the piano over to police
because it has been sold to a San Francisco man who has paid a $20,000 deposit.

Lim is trying to get a temporary restraining order blocking the shipping company from shipping the the piano to the West Coast.

Lim made ​​a big splash on the international music scene when he was just 9-years-old.

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Man spanks his tenant’s behind with a belt for not paying rent

Ron Kronenberger 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested for spanking his tenant with a belt on his exposed behind.

The 53-year-old man from Ohio, has been charged after he allegedly spanked his tenant because the victim was late on his rent.

Ron Kronenberger, decided to teach one of his tenants a lesson when the man fell behind on his $2,800 rent, according to police.

Kronenberger, told his 29-year-old tenant: “if you are going to act like a child, I would treat you like one." That's when he struck the victim repeatedly on the behind with a belt, according to police reports.

Kronenberger, owns Hometown Market Grocery, and is a former president of the area's Chamber of Commerce. He was voted Citizen of the Year in 2006 in Waynesville, Ohio.

According to reports, the tenant was called into the office of his landlord inside his grocery store. After a confrontation, the tenant was so afraid of his landlord, that he just followed Kronenberger, orders to remove his pants and bend over on a chair. Then, Kronenberger, carried out the bizarre punishment.

Officers, took photographs of the man's injuries which show red stripes across his behind.

When confronted by police, Kronenberger admitted to spanking his tenant, according to Police Chief Gary Copeland.

Kronenberger has been charged with assault.

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Disney World employee arrested for sexually abusing children

Matthew Sepik 
By: Eva Fett

When taking kids to Disney World, parents expect it to be kids friendly and a safe environment.

It is creepy to have an employee working at Disney World, who abuses young children and might look at children in a sexual manner.

One employee at Disney Word has been suspended without pay after Orange County police, in Orlando Florida, arrested him for sexually assaulting two young children.

20-year-old Matthew Sepik, who worked at the theme park is accused of sexually assaulting two young children for years.
So far, two victims came forward.

Sepik did not meet these victims while working at Disney World. Sepik molested a boy and a girl who were under 12, according to his arrest report.

The report detailed the inappropriate behavior that occurred during a period of five years. Investigators recorded a call between the victim and Sepik before he was arrested.

Ohio neo-Nazi arrested after keeping hit list of popular Jewish leaders

Richard Schmidt 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A neo-Nazi was arrested and charged with weapons related charges after he was caught hoarding a large cache of weapons and ammunition, according to police reports in Ohio.

When Scott Kaufman first heard about the FBI capture of Neo-Nazi supporter Richard Schmidt, his first reaction was dismissive.

"I thought: Good job, FBI," Kaufman, who is the executive director of the Bloomfield Hills-based Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, said.

The news that Schmidt, 47, of Toledo, had included the federation on a list of possible targets surfaced on Thursday.
Currently, the man is charged with various offenses related to the possession of firearms, 18 bulletproof vests and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition despite a previous conviction for the crime of murder.

Schmidt was arrested in late last year after searches of his home and business. He was convicted of murder in 1990 in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, where Schmidt was prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition or body armor as a result of his conviction, according to information released by the U.S. Attorney's office.

North Dakota hockey fans spotted wearing KKK hoods

North Dakota hockey fans wearing KKK hoods 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Several North Dakota hockey fans were caught wearing KKK hoods during a hockey game, according to photos uploaded to the internet.

The principal of a North Dakota high school said that appropriate action is taken after three students briefly put on KKK-style white robes and hoods Friday night during a state semifinal hockey game.

The photo caused a stir on twitter when it was published by 19-year-old Shane Schuster, who was sitting with friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when something weird caught his eye.

"I thought, 'Are those bells KKK hoods?’ I could not believe it," Schuster said. "I was very surprised,” he added.
Schuster said he focused his camera phone on those fans and took a picture, then uploaded it to twitter.

Kristopher Arason, the principal of the Red River High School, said that the investigation of the school determined that the students put on the suit right after the first goal of Red River and wore the KKK hoods for about 30 seconds to a minute. The teens undressed after the students were told it was offensive, he said.

"We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students," Arason said in a statement sent. "This behavior is not a representation of our school and the student body," he added.

World's richest people lose $21 billion last week

Carl Icahn 
By: Debbie Gross

Last week was not kind to the world's richest people, according to press reports in the United States.

The 100 richest people on Earth shed $21.3 billion of their collective fortunes as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index posted its first weekly decline so far this year.

Activist investor Carl Icahn, the world's 34 richest person, was one of the big losers of the week, dropping $1.3 billion as shares of Icahn Enterprises LP sank 15.6 percent. He is worth $20.4 billion.

Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world, saw his net worth drop of almost $700 million. Slim leads Latin America's largest mobile phone company by market value, which fell 2.2 percent, capping its third consecutive weekly decline. Slim, 73, has a net worth of $73.4 billion.

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, 57, who is the second richest man with a fortune of $66 billion, saw a decrease of $260 million for the week.

Amancio Ortega, 76-year-old founder of Inditex SA, the world's largest clothing retailer and owner of the Zara clothing chain, is number 3, with a net worth of $56.1 billion. He lost $1.3 billion for the week.

Egyptian police arrest 4 students after dancing Harlem Shake

Egyptian police 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Teens from around the world are enjoying the new Harlem Shake dance but Egyptian teens are getting arrested after dancing the Harlem Shake, according to press reports in Egypt.

Four Egyptian students were arrested in Cairo after recording themselves doing the Harlem Shake while wearing just their underwear.
Police discovered the half-naked students doing the Harlem Shake in public in a middle class neighborhood of Cairo on Saturday.

Their erratic dance moves did not impress the neighbors. An angry crowd tried to stop the students in their tracks.
Due to strict public indecency laws of Egypt, the group is accused of committing an outrageous act, an official disclosed.

A larger team of youth along with a camel managed to record 30 seconds of the dance, despite being harassed by police throughout the recording.

As dictated by the Internet, a solo dancer begins the video in the center frame, enthusiastically shaking around this time in front of the iconic pyramids of Giza. His friend come up behind him, leading a camel and yawning.

But when the beats decline, the video explodes into a mess of crazy costumes, with lots of students dancing.
A naked man appears in this video, too, placed right in the melee in his white briefs, black gold hat and bow tie.

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Massachusetts man arrested after serving poisoned wine at Scotland University

Alexander Hilton 
By: Eva Fett

A U.S. man was arrested and charged after serving poisoned wine at Scotland University, according to press reports in Scotland.

The college student, who was arrested in Massachusetts, faces possible extradition for allegedly convincing a classmate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, to drink red wine laced with methanol, an antifreeze chemical during a drinking game.

Alexander Hilton, 21, of Princeton, Massachusetts, was arrested by U.S. authorities last week under the U.S. and the U.K. extradition treaty. He appeared in federal court in Boston on Thursday and his extradition hearing is scheduled for next month.

If extradited to Scotland, will face a charge of attempted murder for giving a bottle of wine laced with poison to fellow student Robert Forbes.

"Hilton continually encouraged Forbes to drink from the bottle, but said that no one else should," the charge sheet said.
Hilton also allegedly dropped a coin in the bottle. Known as pennying, this move in British college culture requires the drinker to chug the rest of the contents. The alleged victim finished the whole bottle by himself.

In the days after the incident, Forbes reportedly suffered joint pain, nausea, headaches, balance problems and temporary blindness. He still has not fully recovered his vision, the court papers said.

Police found significant pieces of evidence in the investigation of the facts, which included a plastic funnel and glass measuring jug that Hilton bought at a local store.

Hilton left the country shortly after the alleged murder attempt and went to college in New Mexico for a year before learning about the charges against him in Scotland and returned home to his parents.

Woman arrested after duct taping several children's heads

Tiffany Ennis duct tapes child 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after duct taping several children’s heads, according to police reports in Ohio.

The Ohio mom pleaded not guilty to two counts of child neglect after wrapping duct tape around children’s heads.

Police said that Tiffany Ennis, 31, of Sandusky, Ohio, sent a text message with a photo of her son, 8, with his forehead, eyes and mouth wrapped in duct tape to the child's father. Fearing for the safety of his son, Rudy Yado contacted police and asked officers to check on the child in Ennis’ house, according to the police report.

Ennis told police that she was playing with the tape along with her friend and her children and that she had wrapped tape on her child's eyes and mouth. She told police that she thought it was funny, the report said.
Only the boy's nose was exposed.

She also wrapped the head of an 11-year-old girl, according to the police report. The report did not identify the parents of the girl.

According to the report, Ennis told police that the children were not injured and there were no marks on them. Ennis said she was not meant to be hurtful and was joking, said the report.

In investigating the complaint, Newell said that Ennis was later arrested for duct-taping the children's heads and eyes, and transported to the Sandusky Police Department. She was released on bail.

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