Florida man falls into sinkhole that opened under his bedroom

By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man who was relaxing in his bedroom suddenly fell into a sinkhole that opened under his bedroom, according to press reports in Florida.

The large sinkhole opened in the bedroom of a house near Tampa, trapping a 34-year-old inside the rubble.
The house collapsed on Thursday night in the suburb of Brandon. At dawn on Friday, officials of the Hillsborough County Fire Department determined the house had become too unstable to continue rescue efforts.

Listening devices and cameras were placed in the hole, but there had been no contact with the man who disappeared early Friday.
Engineering officials Friday morning returned with more sophisticated monitoring equipment to determine the actual diameter and depth of the sinkhole.

A spokesperson said that the man's brother was trying to get the man out of the sinkhole when sheriff deputies arrived. The first deputy on the scene pulled the brother out of the still collapsing hole. The spokesperson said the brother and the deputy were not injured.

The man who fell into the sinkhole is dead.
Authorities evacuated residents living on both sides of the house.

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Dog shoots its owner in the behind during hunting

Dog on a boat 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man who was out hunting for some ducks became the victim when his dog shot him in his behind, according to press reports in Utah.

The hunter in Brigham City Utah, was rushed to a hospital after he was accidentally shot by his dog on the behind. The man, who was identified as 46-years-old and has not been named, was duck hunting along with his friend Sunday at 8:30 am at the north end of the Great Salt Lake when the accident occurred.

The police confirmed that the incident was not a hoax. The man left his 12-gauge shotgun in the boat before the dog went into it, causing it to discharge. This happened when the man got out of the boat, the dog inside the vessel jumped up on the trigger and the gun discharged.

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Pizza hut worker lives as an imaginary police officer

Christopher Sharp 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested after he lived as an imaginary police officer.

The 37-year-old had a police uniform which he put on everyday before he left his house for his real job at Pizza hut.

Christopher Sharp, from Spring Hill, Florida, was jailed after he allegedly pretended to be a police officer for several months because he wanted to impress his live-in girlfriend.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Sharp wore a deputy's uniform for a period of several months and told stories about his various law enforcement duties, all to impress his girlfriend.

Sharp allegedly told his live-in girlfriend that he was an officer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Department.
Sharp took the ruse to an extreme level by dressing as a deputy every day before he went to work and then changing back into the uniform before he returned home.

In reality, according to investigators, Sharp was an employee at Pizza Hut.

Sharp told friends and family members that he was a deputy and often regaled them with stories of DUI arrests and various traffic stops he had made. Other times, Sharp gave legal advice, based upon his alleged vast experience and credentials gained with the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said that Sharp acquired the uniform by stealing it from his sister's boyfriend who actually works for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives interviewed Sharp and arrested him after learning about his exploits.

Sharp, who unsuccessfully applied for a job with the Hillsborough Police Department, admitted to the ruse stating that he never actually performed any law enforcement duties while he was dressed in the stolen uniform.

Sharp was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $2,000.

Blimp lands on Jerusalem Israel sidewalk

Blimp over Jerusalem Israel  
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) One man made a grand entrance to the Jerusalem Marathon by landing in a blimp.

The amazing view of a blimp hovering over Jerusalem, Israel, before landing on the sidewalk, was caught on video.

The marathon is an annual event held in Jerusalem on March 1st. The marathon attracts thousands of people from around the world who participate in the marathon. About 20,000 people ran in the marathon.

The starting point of the marathon is at the Israeli parliament, Knesset, in the western part of the city.

There runners then head to the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University, they pass through different neighborhoods on their way to Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus in East Jerusalem.

The route descends to the Old City, taking runners through the Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter and outside Zion Gate, on their way to the Jerusalem Forest.
Then they run to the finish point at the Soccer Park.

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8-year old boy drums Gangnam Style

By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A up and coming rock star drummer is showing off his talent by rocking it out to Gangnam Style.

The 8-year-old boy named Phoenix, has his own drum set. He has been playing the drums for just over a year. He's currently being taught by Dylan Elise, according to a video uploaded to YouTube.

We have brought you many interesting Gangnam Style videos that have popped up around the web, since the official PSY video was released but this is the first time an animal was seen doing the Gangnam Style dance.

“Gangnam Style" became very popular. The first Gangnam Style video was released by South Korean musician PSY.

As of January 2013, the music video has been viewed over one billion times and is Youtube’s most watched video.
Gangnam Style was recognized by the

Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video in YouTube history. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Gangnam is an area in South Korea, specifically a small area in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years Gangnam became famous for its wealthy residence.

Gangnam Style refers to the “new money”, wealthy culture and lifestyle that has sprung up around the South Korean region.

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Weird animal with face of a horse, body of a pig and claws of bear washes ashore

mysterious creature 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Can this be the work of different species of animals having sex with each other?

A mysterious creature washed ashore in Wales. The animal was spotted on the Tenby South Beach.

Peter Bailey, was walking his dog on the beach when he came across this weird looking dead animal.

Bailey was stunned by the discovery, took photographs and he sent it to the local press.

27-year-old Bailey, said that he was taking his dog ​​for the evening walk along the beach when the dog started acting out by screaming and running around in circles.

Bailey ran to the dog to see if the dog was alright, that is when he saw the weird looking decomposing creature.

"I immediately thought it was a horse, but it had claws like a bear and a body of a pig," he said.

Some have suggested that the new creature is related to the Montauk Monster, a hairless beast which washed up on the beach in the Hamptons area of New York in 2008, leaving the wealthy area residents afraid to go into the water.

But the Pembrokeshire council claims that the weird looking creature was probably a dog who was affected by a prolonged period in water.

The council believes that a dog had probably been in the water too long and became bloated beyond recognition.

Walmart sells $499 piece of plastic iPad

Plastic iPad 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman finally saved up enough money to buy herself a new iPad but was very disappointed after she purchased one at Walmart, according to press reports in Massachusetts.

She spent $499 on the new iPad at Walmart, but found only a piece of painted plastic when she opened the box.
Suzanne Nassie is furious after someone exchanged the real tablet for a fake, it had no power cord, no way to turn on and the ink spots where speakers were supposed to be.

To make matters worse, the store in Brockton, Massachusetts, refused to refund the money when she complained.

Nassie told a television news station that she knew there was a problem when she opened the package.
"When I looked at the port in the back where you're supposed to charge it, it was just plastic. There was no metal spikes or anything of that nature," Nassie said.

She returned to the store with the fake tablet just 20 minutes after the purchase, but the staff said that she could not speak to a manager.

After some press exposure the store manager relented and offered a full refund.
"It's frustrating that someone tries to take advantage of others for their own benefit. We have apologized to our customer and offered a full refund," a spokesperson for Walmart, said.

The spokesperson also said that the store was investigating the incident and that future iPad buyers were welcome to open the box after making the purchase to verify that the actual product is there.

Israeli hospital and church join forces to treat Palestinian children

Living Bread International Church in Jerusalem 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Palestinian children will begin receiving fantastic state of the art medical care after an Israeli hospital and a church joined forces to help those children, according to press reports in the United States.

The Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv has been associated with the Living Bread International Church, in providing medical care to children in Gaza and in the West Bank. The church based in Jerusalem and the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center is calling the project "Rescue A Child".

Israeli and Palestinian authorities have approved the project coordination and transfer of patients from Gaza and the West Bank to Israel for treatment. "It's a great move to reach out in love and compassion to the children, who are in a state of despair. It is a Godly act for a church and a Jewish hospital to show love to the enemies of Israel at this time," Karen Dunham, director of Living Bread International Church, said. Dunham has been called as "the Mother Teresa of Israel."

"I think as an Israeli citizen, we always have the right to defend ourselves against any aggression. However, we will always extend our hand for peace and compassion to the suffering of children," Aharon Cholow, director of international resources for friends of Assaf Harofeh, said.

Turkish prime minister calls Zionism 'a crime against humanity'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) The prime minister of Turkey this week called Zionism “a crime against humanity”, according to press reports in the United States.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech in Vienna, described Zionism as "a crime against humanity".

"We should strive to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but we see that people act based on prejudice, exclude others and belittle them," Erdogan was quoted by the press as saying, citing a simultaneous translation of the United Nations.

"That is why it is necessary to keep in mind, like Zionism, anti-Semitism or fascism, Islamophobia is a crime against humanity," he said.

Erdogan spoke Wednesday at the official opening of the fifth World Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Austria.
U.N. Watch, a group that monitors anti-Israel bias and violations of human rights, issued a statement slamming the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for his silence during those comments.

"Erdogan’s misuse of this global platform to incite hatred and his use of Ahmadinejad style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only reinforce the belief that his government is bent to a confrontational position and fundamentally not willing to end its 4-year-old fight with Israel," U.N. Watch, said.

The group also said: "We remind the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that his predecessor, Kofi Annan, acknowledged that the 1975 U.N. Zionism is racism resolution was an expression of anti-Semitism and welcomed its repeal."

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New study blames Israeli miscarriages to Gaza rocket attacks

House hit by Gaza rocket 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A new study shows that Israeli women are suffering miscarriages due to the ongoing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, according to press reports in Israel.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For

This past week, researchers from Ben Gurion University shared a very important study, linking the rocket attacks from Gaza to the increased number of miscarriages in Sderot from 2004-2008.

The study, which was published in the Psychosomatic Medicine Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine found “statistically significant correlations” between exposure to life-threatening rocket attacks in Sderot and spontaneous abortions (more commonly known as miscarriages) and prenatal maternal stress.

The authors explain in the study that the Israeli southern town of Sderot had been the constant target of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip since 2001. Between April 2001 and December 2008, more than 1,000 rocket alarms were sounded in or near Sderot, with 500 of them during 2008 alone.

Out of the 1,132 women who took part in the study from Sderot, only seven had never experienced a siren six months before and during pregnancy.

The researchers, Tamar Wainstock and Professor Ilana Shoham-Vardi from the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion and their colleagues, Dr. Liat Lerner-Geva and Saralee Glasser, both of the Gertner Institute at Tel Hashomer and Dr. Eyal Anteby of the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, compared two groups of women with similar health characteristics from Kiryat Gat and Sderot.

Wainstock told Tazpit News Agency that there was medical literature which had found associations between prenatal stress and adverse pregnancy outcomes from difficult situations including natural disaster, terror attacks, and war. “We thought that the women in Sderot might also suffer stress and felt that this must be studied,” Wainstock said.

The author also cited that the stress was reflected in the rise of prescriptions for anxiety medication across southern Israel in past years.

Kiryat Gat was chosen as the “unexposed” city that was compared with Sderot for several reasons. The city’s socioeconomic and demographic features were very similar to Sderot and pregnant women from both cities took part in the study at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center which serves both populations.

It is also important to note that during the time period that was chosen to record the women, Kiryat Gat was still out of rocket range, although during Operation Cast Lead and since then, the city has been the target of rocket attacks from Gaza as well.

The final study population included records of 3,488 pregnancies of 2937 women, 1,132 from Sderot and 1,805 from Kiryat Gat. It was found that women in Sderot exposed to the stress of a rocket environment had higher rates of miscarriages than women in Kiryat Gat who did not suffer from that kind of stress(6.9% verses 4.7%).

The perceived stress level among Sderot women was also higher, with the exposed group scoring 4.36 on the stress questionnaire and the unexposed group, 3.05.

“The findings demonstrate a significantly increased risk of SA among women exposed to potentially life-threatening situations for a prolonged period, both before and during pregnancy, compared with women of similar demographic characteristics who were not exposed to missile-attack alarms or missile attacks,” the authors wrote.

The researchers theorized that one possible reason for miscarriages was an increase in Cortisol due to the stress. They suggested that it was important to assess the level of stress among women at the very early stages of pregnancies and in couples trying to conceive.

Wainstock also added that she believed that the study was important because “it may be relevant to many women, especially since rocket attacks and alarms have been sounded in much wider ranges [across southern Israel] since 2008.”

Anav Silverman lived for two years in the city of Sderot, Israel where she experienced constant rocket attacks on the city working as an international media liaison and frontline reporter between 2007-2009.

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Man who put noose around black man gets off with probation

Matthew Herrmann 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was arrested, charged and convicted after placing a noose around a black man, according to court proceedings in Illinois.

The northern Illinois man who helped put a noose around the neck of an African U.S. teenager has been sentenced to probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in the United States.

A Cook County judge also ordered 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann of Alsip, to then read the essay to the victim of aggression and other community members in an event known as a circle of peace.

A local Illinois newspaper reported that Herrmann was initially indicted on charges of committing a hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery. However, under an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Prosecutors say he and two accomplices attacked 17-year-old Joshua Merritt, putting the noose around his neck and threatened him with a knife.

Miss Delaware Teen USA resigns her crown after sex video surfaces

Melissa King ready for some action in bed 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A Miss Teen USA, was forced to give up her crown after a sex video emerged this week on the internet, according to press reports in Delaware.

Melissa King, Miss Delaware Teen USA, resigned her crown after facing questions about an online sex video.
"I would like to confirm that the Miss Delaware Teen USA contest has received a letter of resignation from King's lawyer," pageant spokesperson, Dara Busch, wrote in an e-mail this morning.

A website posted a sex video Monday with a woman who looks and sounds like King. The site claims that the woman is King. King said that she was aware of it, but denied it was her.
"Absolutely not," she said. "Not so," she added.

King, 18, ​​was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA last year.
Busch, who is the executive vice president and general manager of Rubenstein Public Relations, said the runner-up winner will now take over King.

According to the website of Miss Delaware Teen USA, Hailey Lawler had won second place.

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Police caught on video tying and dragging suspect behind police vehicle

Mido Macia dragged behind police vehicle 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Several police officers were caught on video tying and dragging a suspect behind a police vehicle until he died, according to video uploaded to the internet.

They tied his hands to the back of a van and then sped off, dragging the thin taxi driver along the road as a crowd of onlookers shouted in dismay. The death of the man was later confirmed by emergency workers.

The heartbreaking video of the scene is even more worrying because the men who abused the suspect are South African uniformed police officers and the van was a marked police vehicle.

The graphic scenes of the victim fighting for his life shocked a nation accustomed to police violence.
A South African newspaper published a video on Thursday and the video was quickly picked up by other news agencies in South Africa and carried over the Internet. This caused immediate outrage.

"They are there for safety, but we as a people are more afraid of them," Johannesburg resident Alfonso Adams, said. "You do not know who to trust," he added.

Some of the people in the crowd who watched the scene unfold in Daveyton township east of Johannesburg shouted to the police and warned them that they are being video recorded.

The police did not seem at all concerned by all the witnesses and the presence of the cameras as they tied Mido Macia, 27-years-old, from neighboring Mozambique, on the back of a police car, with his hands behind his head. At least three police officers were involved in the incident. Macia was found dead in a police cell later that day.

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New Zealand shark attacks and kills movie director

Adam Strange 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A beloved movie director was attacked and killed by a shark while enjoying a day at the beach in New Zealand, according to emergency officials in New Zealand.

The 14 foot long shark disappeared after killing the swimmer near the popular beach in New Zealand, when police, who were trying to save the man fired shots into the huge predator.

Muriwai Beach, which is located near Auckland, was closed after the deadly attack, one of only 12 in New Zealand in the last 180 years.

Pio Mose, who was fishing on the beach, told a local newspaper that he saw the huge shark coming. He told the man to swim to the rocks, but it was too late.

"Suddenly, there was blood everywhere," Mose said. "I was shaking and scared," he added.
Police Inspector Shawn Rutene said in a statement that the swimmer was about 650 yards offshore when the shark attacked. He said police went in with inflatable surf rescue boats and shot the shark, which was estimated to be 12 to 14 feet long.

"He turned over and disappeared," Rutene said, without saying if the police are sure they killed the creature.
Police recovered the body of the swimmer. The newspaper reported that the victim was Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short movie directors. His family issued a statement expressing their shock and asked the public for privacy.

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