Man arrested after faking his own kidnapping to avoid girlfriend

Man in duct tape 
By: Moses Gold

A man was arrested and charged with filing a false police report after making up a story about his kidnapping in order to avoid his girlfriend, according to a statement by the New York Police Department.

The man, who was identified by police as a 34-year-old from Brooklyn, was reported missing two weeks ago. Police said that the man faked his own kidnapping and has invented the whole story in order to avoid his girlfriend.

The New York Police Department said that Rahmel Wallace, also known as Rahmel Pettway, was arrested on February 28, and was charged with a misdemeanor count of filing a false report to police after admitting he faked his disappearance.

A police spokesperson said that Wallace, once arrested, admitted he had faked the kidnapping. He told police that he invented the story in order to explain his absence to his girlfriend.

Wallace was found with his hands, legs and mouth tied with duct tape a few blocks from his home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, early Thursday.

Police were skeptical of the kidnapping story after noticing a roll of duct tape hanging from his wrist.
"He is a total idiot," a police officer investigating the case, said. "It was a pathetic attempt to fool his girlfriend," he added.

Wallace first told police he could not remember what happened, then said he had been kidnapped by two men in a blue minivan on February 19.

Woman’s fake baby bump falls out on crowded train

Pregnant woman 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Seems like some people would do anything to get some attention, sympathy or just a seat on a train.

One Chinese woman was left red faced with embarrassment after her fake baby bump fell off while she was riding a train.

Now, the Chinese woman is suing the company over the incident.

The woman, named Zhang, was exposed as a fraud in front of many people after they believed that she was pregnant.

In her complaint, Zhang said that the belt which keeps the baby bump in place became loose, leaving her “found out and laughed at," according to reports.

She complained that she paid 300 yuan for the false bump, saying it was advertised as "very realistic."

The fake pregnancy bellies have reportedly become a hot item in the country online shopping scene.

Consumers apparently use the products among other reasons to fake a pregnancy before adopting a child and to enjoy the privileges of pregnant women.
These products are priced between $65 and $190 and are available in various sizes depending on how far along of the pregnancy stage the woman wants to appear.

One can purchase belly sizes to look two to four months pregnant, five to seven months or eight to 10 months pregnant.

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'Modern Family' cast members get stuck in hotel elevator

Modern Family cast members stuck in elevator 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) If you are a celebrity it does not mean that you can’t get stuck in an elevator.

Cast members of the popular television show 'Modern Family' had a pretty hectic weekend as they attended a fundraiser, met people in Kansas City and an unplanned event. They were stuck for an hour in a crowded elevator.

Cast members Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were caught in an elevator of a hotel full of people on the third floor. There were 15 other people stuck inside the elevator, according to police reports.

Just like a scene from their comedy episodes they did their best to make it fun, joking with the rest of the group they were stuck with, according to witnesses at the scene.

The three were in Kansas City for a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club.
While being stuck they made the most of it by taking photos, making videos and sharing them with their fans.

Finally, rescue workers from the Fire Department of Kansas City worked their way down from the 40th floor to free those trapped.
Ferguson tweeted: "Finally made it out of the elevator I was stuck in for one hour. At least KC firefighters are cute.”

Bowen wrote on twitter: "After an hour stuck in the elevator we were rescued by the Fire Department. Here is a picture of the inside.”

Stonestreet wrote on twitter: "Honestly, I handled being trapped in an elevator for 50 minutes better than I thought. All Jesse Tyler did was pass wind."

The three came on stage an hour later, joking with people about their ordeal.
Stonestreet ended the night by saying: "Have a good night and do not use the elevators."
People at the fundraiser at first thought it was a joke when the announcement was made that the cast members were trapped.

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Newborn infant girl found alive inside plastic bag

Little baby girl 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman walking her dog made a shocking discovery when she saw a shopping bag with a newborn baby girl inside, still alive, according to police reports in Texas.

The newborn girl is lucky to be alive after being left to die near a fence in Cypress.
That baby was discovered yesterday around 7:00 pm inside a Walmart grocery shopping bag near a fence along Grant and Jones Road.

According to the Sheriff's Office of Harris County, the woman was walking her dog near the fence line of the apartments when her dog noticed the baby wrapped inside the plastic bag. Authorities say the woman saved the child's life.

"That's a dead end cul-de-sac. If it were not for the resident who found that child she could have been there all night and she would have died," Sergeant Gordon Trott with the Sheriff's Office of Harris County, said.

The baby was in good condition and breathing on her own, according to a hospital official. Someone had already cleaned up the baby before she was dumped. The umbilical cord was still attached and was removed by the emergency services.

Police are trying to figure out how she ended up in the street.

Authorities believe the girl remained there only a short time. Authorities said that the mother could have left it at a fire station or hospital without questions, but the current situation is very different. Whoever is responsible could face criminal charges.

Child Protective Services has taken emergency custody of the child while investigators work to try to find her parents.
CPS said that they plan to return to the apartment complex to interview anyone who knows anything about who the parents could be.

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Woman sues FedEx after getting unexpected marijuana delivery

FedEx truck 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A woman is suing FedEx after they mistakenly delivered marijuana to her home and then gave her address to drug dealers.

Maryangela Tobin, from Plymouth, Massachusetts, is suing FedEx, alleging that the company risked her family's safety and their privacy was violated.

FedEx delivered drugs to her house and then gave the drug dealers the address to her house in order to pick up the package.

At first, Tobin thought it was a birthday present for her daughter. Instead, the package contained several pounds of marijuana.

Tobin called the police to report the package of drugs and police came to get the package.

The police narcotics unit called FedEx to flag the package, so that FedEx would not reveal where the package was delivered, in order not to put the family in danger.

But an hour later, a man was banging on her door looking for the package. Two other men were sitting in a vehicle in the driveway.

Tobin had already handed the package over to police. Tobin was very scared, so she locked her door as the man repeatedly asked for the FedEx package.

The lawsuit claims that FedEx disclosed the address despite police advising them against such disclosures which is a violation of Massachusetts privacy laws.

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New York to fight rat problem with birth control

Rats in New York City 
By: John Roberts

The rat problem in New York City is out of control so the City of New York has announced a new way to fight the problem, according to press reports in New York.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has issued a statement about their new way to target rats.

The MTA said it will now put rat bait containing birth control in certain select subway stations, specifically inside trash rooms.
New York City rats are known to love discarded pizza, bagels and French fries, so the challenge will be to get the bait to have the same flavor of their favorite food.

At the Flatbush-Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, one passenger said he knows what the best tasting food for rats is.
"Trust me, throw some donuts in there and they will eat it," he said.
He said that he thought that the rat bait is a good idea. "If they are doing it the right way it will be good," he added.

Female rats start breeding at four months old, and give birth up to four times a year.
The rat birth control was tested in other areas and was found not to be harmful to humans or other animals.
The city will start using the birth control bait later this month.

California woman dies after nurse refuses to perform CPR

Woman at nursing home 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman died after the nurse in charge refused to perform CPR, according to police reports in California.

Authorities said that the elderly woman being cared for at a retirement center in California died after a nurse at the center refused to perform CPR on the woman after she had collapsed.

According to a local newspaper the 87-year-old, Lorraine Bayless, from Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, collapsed at the facility around 11:00 am one day, when a staff member called emergency workers, but refused to give the woman CPR.

A Bakersfield television news station reported that the nurse can be heard telling the emergency operator that she does not want to perform CPR. The nurse can also be heard telling the operator that it was against the policy of the retirement center to perform CPR.

An ambulance arrived a few minutes after the call and took the woman to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The retirement center issued a statement saying protocol was followed.

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Horse meat found inside tacos at Taco Bell

Taco Bell location in the U.K. 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) The horse meat scandal across Europe continues to widen as horse meat was found inside tacos at Taco Bell, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Taco Bell is just the latest restaurant to be involved in the scandal of horse meat throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.
The ground beef at Taco Bell is one of four new products found by the U.K. Food Standards Agency to contain more than one percent of horse meat.

The restaurant chain has only three locations throughout Britain, and said that all affected products have been removed from stores. The products come from a European supplier, the company said.

At least 95 percent of restaurant chains in Britain have been tested for horse meat.
Horse meat was first discovered in January in frozen hamburgers in the U.K. and Ireland. Since then, tests have shown that many processed foods and products contained horse meat.

Burger King in Ireland admitted that some of their burgers contain horse meat. Ikea meatballs in Europe were also affected.
Taco Bell assured U.S. customers that the issue of horse meat is contained to Europe.

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Senior Turkish politician with chronic illness treated in Israel

Kemal Unakitan 
By: Sarah Weiss

Despite the fact that ties between Israel and Turkey is on the low, a senior Turkish government official suffering from a severe illness came to Israel for treatment, according to press reports in Israel.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For

A senior member of the Turkish government, former Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, recently visited Israel for stem cell treatment. Unakitan, who is suffering from chronic renal failure, served seven years with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government from 2002-2009.

According to Turkish media, the 67-year-old Turkish politician was treated at Tel Aviv's International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI) for almost two and a half months.

Chronic renal disease, also known as chronic kidney disease, is a common condition of the worsening and loss of the kidney function. The kidney disease can be treated with a form of dialysis to replenish lost renal or by a kidney transplant. However, Israel's groundbreaking methods in stem cell treatments of the disease may help Unakitan avoid a kidney transplant and cease dialysis treatments.

Turkish media reports indicate that Unakitan will visit Israel again for additional treatments in the future.
Israel's highly advanced medical innovations and treatments have been utilized by patients across the Middle East. The Jewish state has opened its doors to patients of adversary countries, including Iraq and Iran. In 2008, Israel treated a 12-year-old boy from Iran suffering from a brain tumor.

In August 2012, the husband of Suhila Abd el Salam, the sister of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, was admitted to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva for immediate medical treatment following a serious heart condition. Haniyeh's brother-in-law opted to come to Israel instead of Egypt for treatment and was transferred at the Gaza border by a Magen David Adom ambulance.

Two arrested after attacking synagogues in New Jersey

Anthony Graziano 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Two men were arrested and charged with hate crimes against Jews, after attacking several synagogues in New Jersey, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

The two men were charged yesterday in a series of attacks on synagogues in Bergen County, New Jersey, prosecutors said.

Anthony Graziano and Aakash Dalal have been accused of attacking synagogues during a one month crime spree that included the attempted murder of Rabbi Neil Schuman, the bombing of the Temple Beth El Rutherford and Temple Beth El Hackensack, prosecutors said.

Graziano is also charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of bias intimidation, conspiracy and aggravated arson. Dalal faces bias intimidation, conspiracy and aggravated arson charges. If convicted, Graziano faces 30 years to life. Dalal could face up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors have said that Graziano confessed to bombing a synagogue in Paramus and a synagogue in Rutherford. Graziano has pleaded not guilty. He is being held on $2.5 million bail.
Dalal, pleaded not guilty. He is being held on $5.5 million bail.

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Ancient synagogue in Syria destroyed

Prophet Elijah synagogue in Syria 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) The civil war in Syria has taken a huge toll on the Jewish community after an ancient synagogue in Syria was destroyed, according to video uploaded to the internet.

One of the oldest synagogues in the world was partially destroyed by bombing, according to the video posted on YouTube Friday night.

The Jobar Synagogue, located in a suburb of Damascus, is about 2,000-years-old and is said to have been built on top of a cave where the prophet Elijah hid from persecution of an evil Jewish king.

Rebels claim that Syrian government troops had fired mortars at the building. The video, uploaded by military council of the Syrian opposition, seems to show that parts of the building and the roof were torn, with debris seen on the floor in front of the synagogue. The condition of the interior of the building is unclear in the video.

An inscription in English reads: "Sanctuary of the prophet Elijah and synagogue since 720 BC", although the exact date of the building of the structure remains unclear. One of the first mentions of the synagogue is in the Talmud, which states that Rabbi Rafram Bar Pappa prayed there.

The synagogue is one of the holiest sites for Jews of Syria.
It is possible that Syrian rebels used the synagogue to fire at government forces, hoping that Assad’s forces would refrain from hitting back at the synagogue.

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Orthodox Jewish couple killed on way to hospital to have their first child

Nathan and Raizy Glauber 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A shocking tragedy hit the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, as a young couple was killed as they were on their way to the hospital to give birth to their first child, according to press reports in Brooklyn, New York.

The young Orthodox Jewish couple on the way to a hospital to have their first child died in a car crash early Sunday, but their son survived.

Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were traveling with a car service to go to the hospital when another vehicle crashed into the side of their car at an intersection in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, the Hasidic community activist, Isaac Abraham, said. Nathan Glauber was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital, while his wife died in Bellevue, police said.

The couple's son was delivered at the scene and was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Abraham, who is also a neighbor of the parents of Raizy Glauber and lives two blocks from the scene of the accident, said.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the couple's car fled the scene, police said. No arrests have been made.
The car service driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said.
Abraham called the couple's death "a tragedy beyond belief”, as they prepared to welcome their first child.

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Orthodox Jews visit Tent City homeless residents in Lakewood New Jersey

Tent City Homeless Encampment 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Some ultra Orthodox Jews had a tour of the Tent City Homeless Encampment, in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Lakewood, is the fastest growing city in New Jersey, and is growing rapidly. Lakewood, has a diverse community, but is comprised mostly of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

In the past 7 years the community has been expanded by a group of homeless people. Lakewood, New Jersey, is home to the largest camp of homeless in the state. The homeless people live in tents in the woods.

Since the economy is becoming worse and more U.S. residents are losing their homes, many more people have joined Tent City which has been growing at a rapid pace.

Tent City became home to many homeless people, the people have become like family and formed a close knit community where people help each other out.

At first, there were less than 10 homeless people living in the woods in Lakewood, New Jersey. Sadly, to date there are about 125 homeless people living in the woods in tents.

Some ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, met with a homeless man who resides in Tent City. The homeless man gave the ultra-Orthodox Jewish men a tour of the grounds and a glimpse into how people are living.

Surprisingly, these people have set up nice tents, with a homey feel. Their tents are neat, clean and they have the basic necessities needed for everyday life.

The homeless people hope that the government will step in and provide them with a decent place to live.

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Skechers targeting teenagers by selling sneakers called ‘Daddy'$ Money’

‘Daddy'$ Money’ shoes advertisment 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Girls have always been known as “Daddy’s girl.”

Father’s love their daughters and many would go out of their way to keep their daughters happy.

Now, Skechers is playing on that fatherly love by targeting young girls with their ‘Daddy'$ Money’ line of shoes and it has caused controversy.

Skechers is under fire for marketing a shoe called "Daddy’$ Money" for teenagers. The "s" of Daddy’s money is a dollar sign.

The message to young girls is "Get spoiled with Daddy's money.” The shoe sells for between $50 and $80.

Some people are angry with the name of the shoes and are going as far a calling it sexist, since nowadays with the bad economy and with the ever growing single mom households, many moms are the ones paying the bill for their children's clothing and shoes.

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Panhandler now accepts credit card donations

By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Most people are compassionate and do not want to see others suffer especially those who are down on their luck, are homeless and hungry.

One man, who was panhandling, asked people for donations so he can buy food.

When he encountered a person that said he did not have cash, the panhandler offered to take credit cards. "I accept credit cards," the panhandler said as he pulled out his expensive smartphone which had a credit card swiper on it.

At that point, many people criticized the panhandler, saying that if he can afford a smartphone then he should not be collecting money.
But many others did however hand over their credit card and donated money after the man explained that he needed the money to buy food.

Turns out that the panhandler was not a homeless man, he just wanted to see how many people would give donations to panhandlers via credit card.

At the end of the day, the man took all the money he received and bought meals for homeless people who appreciated the meal.

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Government official caught on video trashing airport after missing flight

Government official trashed airport 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A high ranking government official and his wife went to the airport.

After checking in their luggage the couple went to eat breakfast leisurely in the Kunming Changshui airport, in China.

When the couple returned to the gate they learned that the plane had already left. The official became very angry and trashed the airport.

The man was identified as Yan Linkun , a member of China's top advisory council government level CPPCC, or Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

What happens next was captured on CCTV. It's not pretty.

Linkun approached the gate with his wife and they realized that they had missed their flight. After talking with staff members, Linkun and his wife were asked to wait.

Linkun became very angry so he headed straight to the boarding gate desk and grabbed the computers and smashed it. He ripped wires out of the socket and he threw the computers to the floor. He also destroyed the phones.

He then grabbed an airport sign and tried smashing the glass doors.

During the tirade, security personnel gathered on the other side of the security gate but they did nothing to stop him.

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