Palestinians caught on video smuggling in KFC chicken from Egypt into the Gaza Strip

KFC meals inside the Gaza smuggling tunnels 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) The Palestinians living in the isolated Gaza Strip are still enjoying some KFC chicken, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Junk-food starved Gazans can now order KFC chicken to go thanks to a new service that brings the fast food menu items from Egypt into Gaza through a network of underground tunnels.

It is not exactly fast food as it takes several hours to get from Egypt to Gaza. Palestinians are paying high prices for the delivery company behind the operation in order to cover the cost of fuel and transportation.

"The deadline to order KFC for delivery on Thursday 6:00 pm is Wednesday night," the delivery company Yamama, writes on its facebook page.
Yamama then orders meals from the KFC outlet in the Egyptian city of El-Arish, about 25 miles away.

“With all the chatter about how poor the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are I wonder how they find the money to pay for the high priced KFC chicken. Seems like they are putting the U.N. aid money and other worldwide aid money to good use,” Stanley Chapman, 21, of Newark, New Jersey told after learning about the Egypt to Gaza KFC smuggling operation.

"We place the order with the KFC restaurant in El-Arish, then we drive with the meals to the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing," Yamama director Khalil al-Ifranji said.
"Someone takes it from there through the tunnels into Gaza. Then, the food is delivered to our headquarters in Gaza City," al-Ifranji added.

Motorcycles then deliver the food to individual locations, with the whole process taking three to four hours.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak Israel unveil world's longest Shabbat table

The world's longest Shabbat table 
By: Shifra Unger

The Shabbat table and the ultra-Orthodox Jews, will soon enter the Guinness World Records after the world’s longest Shabbat table was unveiled in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak.

The table, which is nearly 200 feet long, comfortably seats more than 300 people and includes all the classic symbols of Shabbat, including a tablecloth, challah, bowls, candlesticks and everything else.

The group behind the project invited hundreds of people, including celebrities and journalists of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sector in Israel, to sit at the table and enjoy a Shabbat meal, just before Shabbat.

Coca-Cola Israel, which is based in Bnei Brak, and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish advertising agency Meimad, joined together to create the project.

"The ultra-Orthodox Jewish public as a consumer sector cannot identify with normal business messages such as sports, the beach or music, because those things are not in their world of values," an ultra-Orthodox Jewish advertiser said.

“It is nice to see a religious Jewish world record recorded in the Guinness World Records, as a religious Jewish record will probably be another record,” Yakov Schwartz, 20, of Brooklyn, New York told after learning about the world’s longest Shabbat table.

The world's longest Shabbat table will also be competing for the title of the world’s best prepared food table.

Millions in New York cigarette sales went to finance Hamas and Hezbullah

Basel and Samir Ramadan 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) The federal government busted a group of Palestinians in New York, who were selling illegal cigarettes and using the proceeds to finance terror organizations in the Middle East, according to a statement released by the New York Attorney’s office.

The smuggling ring made the fortune by selling more than one million cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, officials said Thursday.

The group of cigarette smugglers lived modestly, but had links to known terrorists, including Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric sentenced to life for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.

"We know they made tens of millions of dollars, but so far have found only a fraction of that," Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced at a press conference. In total, 16 people, all Palestinian immigrants, were charged.

The two ringleaders, brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan, were arrested on Wednesday in Maryland. Investigators found $1.5 million, some hidden in plastic garbage bags black, in the house and car of Basel Ramadan, officials said.
Arrests were also made in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

During a yearlong investigation, it was uncovered that Ramadan and other suspects were purchasing large quantities of cigarettes from a wholesaler in Virginia, authorities said. The cigarettes were hidden in a warehouse in Delaware, where dealers collected around 20,000 boxes per week for sale in the markets of New York City and in the grocery stores in the state of New York, authorities said.

Schneiderman and the City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters that similar systems in the past have raised funds for militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

"This is not the end of our investigation," the attorney general added. "We are following the money and we will track it wherever it went," he said.

“It is frightening to learn that New York cigarette sales went to finance terror against Israel and against U.S. targets around the world. I am glad that the authorities caught the ring and put them out of business,” Albert Carr, of Queens, New York told after learning about the Palestinian cigarette smuggling operation in New York.

Ramadan is being held without bail pending extradition to New York.
The total amount of money involved in the scheme is unclear, but financial records show the smugglers deposited at least $55 million in profits in small banks around Ocean City.

The Ramadan brothers sometimes were seen bringing cash to the banks in beer cooler bags, authorities said.
The illegal operation cost new York State about $80 million in tax revenue.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Judge blocks unpaid interns from suing former employers

Unpaid intern illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A judge has blocked a lawsuit by a group of unpaid interns that sought to force their former employers to pay them at least minimum wage, according to a statement released by a court in New York.

The group of unpaid interns, sued for back wages, but a New York judge has dismissed the lawsuit against Hearst Corp., saying it does not meet the definition of a class action lawsuit. “If you want to sue, you must do so as individuals,” the judge ruled

The rejection comes at a time when tens of thousands of college students are looking for summer internships, many of them without pay.

New York attorney Maurice Pianko, who represents a group of unpaid interns said that the ruling is a blow to college students seeking to enter the job market.

“I do think that interns deserve some type of pay. I thought we outlawed slavery in the United States a long time ago. Using young students for free is a form of slavery in my opinion,” Alice Rose, 29, of New York City told after learning about the judge’s rejection of the class action lawsuit.

"This is not good news," Attorney Pianko said. "If you can’t make a class action, then very few will sue, and very few lawyers will take the case," he added.

Pianko said that although many lawyers could find economically attractive a class action lawsuit because aggregate wages represent a lot of money, individual cases are worth at most a few thousand dollars each to a lawyer, just enough to pay for the filing fees.

Abercrombie & Fitch clothes given to homeless as revenge to its CEO

A&F CEO Mike Jeffries 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Abercrombie & Fitch CEO has publicly discriminated against the poor and obese, angering many people.

Most people do not tolerate discrimination against the less fortunate, the poor, or bigger size people.

A&F CEO Mike Jeffries is in hot water after he said that he doesn't want "fat" or "not-so-cool" people wearing his company's clothes. That comment included uncool children and women who wear large size clothing.

“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kids with great attitudes and with lots of friends. A lot of people don't belong and they cannot belong,” Jeffries said seven years ago.

One man named Greg Karber, recently came across Jeffries’ comment and was highly offended by it. Karber came up with a fun and creative way to get back at the insensitive CEO. He went to the local goodwill and bought as many A&F brand clothing as he could put his hands on and then he went to Skid Row in Los Angeles, California to deliver the clothes to the homeless, for free.

“I love his idea, he changes the brand by getting it into the hands of those people who the company would rather not sell to, good job! I heard Kirstie Alley saying that her children will not shop at A&F after she heard Jeffries’ comment. Boycotting the brand might hurt them but giving their clothing to homeless will kill the brand’s image as “for only the cool,” Roger Timberland, 43, of Los Angeles, California told after learning about the A&F clothing donation drive.

Karber, a writer based in Los Angeles, is encouraging others to do the same, thereby getting many poor and homeless people to wear the A&F brand making it a brand for everyone not only for the elite, cool, or good looking people.

After Karber’s video went viral, A&F CEO Mike Jeffries was forced to apologize.

“While I believe the quote has been taken out of context, I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense. A&F is an aspirational brand that like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers,” he said.

However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate, are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We hire good people who share these values. We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other antisocial behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics, he added.
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8-year-old boy creates application to help children eat vegetables

Nicolas Come 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A young boy created a application to help picky eaters like himself, eat vegetables.

Eight-year-old Nicolas Come, was a picky eater, therefore, his father was at loss of what to do and how to get his son to eat healthy foods. So he started growing his own vegetables and taught his son the health benefits of the veggies.

"My father and I were in the garden, and my dad taught me the benefits of fruits and vegetables, then I thought it would be great if I could share this information with other children online," Come said.

Come’s father encouraged him to take his idea to an event called Hack-a-Thon, where computer enthusiasts meet to collaborate software. There, Come pitched his idea and found a team of experts who were willing to work on the application. Together, they got the project off the ground.

“If kids feel empowered to make their own choice they are more likely to choose the healthy foods,” Jessica Brown, 33, a nutritionist in Williamsburg, Virginia told after hearing about the healthy eating application which is geared towards children.

The application, is called Nicolas' Garden. The application allows users to search favorite foods and get healthy recipes.
The application is available for the iPhone and is free.

In the video below Nicolas, and his father Stephane, can be seen making a chicken curry dish which he plans to submit to the First Lady's healthy lunch recipe contest.

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Teens on way to prom stop their limo to save accident victims from death

Teenagers in prom dresses help victims  
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A group of teenagers are called heroes after they helped save the lives of a family whose van had overturned.

Dressed in tuxedos and gowns, heading to their prom, 20 teenagers along with their limousine driver came to the rescue of a family after the family’s van overturned on a highway in Florida.

The well-dressed students managed to get seven passengers out of the van and get them help before they made their way to the prom, limo driver Danny Izzi said. The students were traveling on Interstate 595 to their prom at the Westin Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach when the van, which was in front of the limo, began to swerve.

"The van hit the wall and flipped over, I was right behind the van," Izzi said. He slammed on the brakes and got out to help, the students followed and helped save the family. The limo driver along with the students managed to rescue the five adults, and two children from the van. The children are a 9-year-old and a 2-year-old.

“What a beautiful story, as young students partying in their limousine headed to their prom, took the time to help a suffering family, heartwarming indeed,” Elizabeth Jones, 32, of Miami, Florida told after learning about the incident.

One of the children was not wearing a seatbelt, Sergeant Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol said, and she along with the other passengers suffered minor injuries. When the ambulance took the victims to the hospital, the students continued the prom, arriving only 15 minutes late and a bit shaken.

The driver was charged with failure to use due care and with failure to use a child restraint, he said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman, 22, arrested after McDonald's employee spots her stolen car in drive-thru

McDonald's drive-thru 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A McDonald's employee was surprised when she saw her stolen car pull up at her drive-thru window.

The employee in Washington State got the surprise of her life when she spotted her stolen SUV at her drive-thru window while the car thief placed an order.

One night, Virginia Maiden of Kennewick, Washington, parked her car outside her apartment complex, but in the morning her car was gone. She called police and reported that the vehicle was stolen and then she went to work at her job at the local McDonald's.

During her shift, Maiden, spotted her 1995 Toyota 4Runner at the drive through window. She immediately called police and officers made ​​it in time to arrest the driver, 22-year-old Katherine York.

“That is what we call the right place at the right time for the employee, but the wrong place at the wrong time for the car thief,” Allen Lewis, 23, of Long Island, New York told after learnign about the incident.

Large amounts of clothes, which is believed to be stolen from JCPenney and Sears, were also found in the car, according to the Kennewick Police Department. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Company pays men to place advertisements in their beard

Advertisement in beard 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Men can now make money by placing an advertisement in their beards.

A company found a new untapped place to advertise, “big bushy beards.”

A Kentucky-based advertising agency came up with the idea of putting advertisements in real estate that consumers see every day, beards. "I think it's the next big thing, everybody loves beards," Whit Hiler who works at Cornett-IMS advertising agency in Lexington, Kentucky said.

The company pays men with facial hair $5 a day to walk around with a mini advertisement in their beards. The campaign will not be limited to Kentucky, but will be exported anywhere people with beards will be willing to host these little “beardboards”, according to Hiler.

“Do you have an epic beard? Do people stare at it? Do you want to get paid for having a beard? Of course you do. Join the world's first Beardvertising network. Get paid.
It's simple - turn your beard into a business. Hang a BeardBoard in your beard. Sit back and get paid up to $5 per day,” reads their website.

“This is an interesting idea, seeing a sign in a man’s beard will definitely make people stop to look,” Gary Allen, 26, of Houston, Texas told after seeing the beard advertisement.

Want to have your advertisement on someone’s beard?
Join the network today. Everyone stares at an epic beard. Why not have these people also stare at your brand,” their website also states.

A while ago, we brought you a story of a company that came up with a sure way to get people to see their advertisement. They are now using the naked legs of hot girls to advertise their products.

A Japanese marketing company offers a way for girls to make money while getting companies a prime spot where they will surely be seen. The company pays girls to put advertisement stickers on the their bare thighs.

One might think that such advertising would be frowned upon by most of the girls, but so far more than 1,300 young girls have participated in this form of advertising and the number is growing rapidly.

Girls interested in having their thighs registered with the “Absolute Territory” PR company must be at least 18 years of age. They also need to have a social media account with at least 20 friends.

Once the sticker advertisements are pasted on their thighs it must be their for at least eight hours a day. The girls must keep the advertisements exposed by wearing shorts or miniskirts, in order to comply with the conditions of the contract and receive payment.

The girls also have to post photos of themselves wearing the stickers on their thighs, on their Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts.
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Couple jailed after starving their female maid to death

Mey Sichan 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A couple was arrested, charged and convicted after their female maid died of starvation, according to court proceedings in Malaysia.

Now, the couple has been sentenced to 24 years in jail by the High Court for starving their maid of Cambodia to death.
The woman weighed only 50 pounds when she was found by police.

Soh Chew Tong, 44, and his wife Chin Chui Ling, 41, were found guilty of causing homicide not amounting to murder. The couple owned a local hardware store.

Ling, who had appeared calm when Justice Zamani Abdul Rahim read the sentence immediately began to cry after leaving the courtroom, while her husband, Tong, remained stiff.

Ling cried and hugged her family members including her 3-year-old daughter.
In his opinion, Judge Zamani said he was convinced that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

"After listening to the prosecution and the defense, I think the defendant is guilty of failure to act in providing adequate assistance to the health of the maid," he said in his judgment.

Justice Zamani used the opportunity to warn Malaysians to care for their maids.
"We have to be a loving society. No need to abuse and torture our maids. I have a maid myself. If there is any problem, you can send the maid away. Do not abuse them," the judge said, adding that these cases create a bad image for the country.
The couple was accused of causing the death of Mey Sichan, 24, at their family home.

“Starving a maid to death is extremely cruel. If you don’t have the money to feed a made then don’t hire one. I am glad that the couple received the 24 year prison sentence, I hope such an incident never happens again,” Julie Reyes, 32, of Bangor, Maine told after learning about the maid who was staved to death.

"This should be a lesson to others not to abuse of domestic workers," a government official said.

Thief dies of heart attack while stealing car with child inside

Abandoned car illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A thief collapsed and died while fleeing with a car he had just stolen, according to a statement released by police in Malaysia.

In an unusual turn of events, the car thief drove away with a seven-year-old child inside only to die a few miles away in Setapak.

The boy was safely reunited with his family after passersby who noticed him crying alone in the vehicle, turned him over to police.

The incident began at 7:00 am, when the child's mother, a 30-year-old teacher, was taking her two daughters to a childcare center in Taman Melati.
The mother accompanied her daughters to the center when the thief stole the car with the 7-year-old boy still inside.

"She left the child in the car with the engine running when the thief got into the car and drove away," police officer Datuk Ku Chin Wah said.

Police suspect that the thief was frightened because the child was crying continuously.
The thief stopped and fled on foot with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash belonging to the mother.
However, after a few steps, the thief collapsed and died.
Police later found his body on a road in Taman Setapak Indah, about 300 feet from the abandoned car.

“Seems like the thief faced divine punishment for his crime. I hope other thieves will learn from this that they could face sudden death when committing a crime,” Gloria Shaw, 34, of Portland, Maine told after learning about the sudden death of the thief.

Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the body of the suspect, who had been arrested several times because of drug-related crimes, was sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Mother commits suicide after giving her last dollar to drug addicted son

Knife illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman decided to commit suicide after giving away her last dollar to her son so he can buy drugs, according to a statement released by police in Malaysia.

The mother, who was identified by police as 59-years-old, gave money to her unemployed son.

Police said that her son, who is 37-years-old, is addicted to drugs and had been regularly asking for money from his mother in order to fuel his drug addiction.
On Wednesday night, the man threatened to commit suicide if he does get $2,700.

The woman gave her son $1,400 and then stabbed herself.
Police said that the woman worked hard as a janitor, and that she has given away all her money to her son.
The son, after learning of the death of his mother, cried uncontrollably straight to the police station.

"Children need to learn from this not to press their parents for money. We can never know when nagging can drive a parent over the edge, and once we realize it could be too late," Jean Burns, 35, of Indianapolis, Indiana told after learning about the mother who committed suicide after giving money to her drug addicted son.

Man cuts off his own penis during argument with girlfriend

Knife illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A man cut off his own penis to get revenge at his girlfriend after a heated argument, according to a statement released by police in Taiwan.

The man from Jilong, Taiwan, who was drunk, used standard scissors to cut off his own penis and testicles during an argument with his girlfriend.

The 46-year-old, who was not identified by police, then took his penis and flushed it down the toilet before his girlfriend rushed him to a nearby hospital. By the time he got there, the man had fallen into a coma due to blood loss.
Doctors said that if the man had not flushed his penis down the toilet, they probably would have been able to reattach it

Doctors also said that the man left 1.2 inches of manhood, just enough to still be able to urinate. The man has since come out of his coma and is expected to recover.

“When the man recovers from his penis cutting injuries he should be checked into a mental health facility, as he seems to be totally disturbed. Why did he cut off his own penis after seeking revenge against his girlfriend? The only person to suffer from this action is himself,” Janet Shaw, 35, of Evansville, Indiana told after learning about the man who cut off his own penis.

FBI movie scene turns into real police chase after woman calls police

FBI agents illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A fake FBI chase turned into a real police chase after a passerby decided to call police.

A student movie project in Wellington, New Zealand, involving an FBI chase scene and a false pistol, resulted in an actual chase scene, according to a statement released by New Zealand police said.

The movie scene, which included a student dressed in a hospital gown being chased through the streets by FBI agents, drew the attention of a woman who called the police.
"The caller said she saw what appeared to be a kind of gun that was chased around," police Sergeant Vaughan Mead said.

The students had left the area by the time police arrived, but their car was pursued by police officers, resulting in a police chase.

"The students said that they were recording something for their movie class. Unfortunately, the students did not inform us of their plans, which could have had serious consequences," Mead said, adding the police take reports of weapons seriously.

“The woman who called police freaked out for no reason. Any rational person would come to the conclusion that a man dressed in a hospital gown being chased by U.S. FBI agents in another country is either a movie scene or the real deal. If I would see this unfold I would have never called police,” Heather Henry, 36, of Wellington, New Zealand told after learning about the FBI chase that turned into a real police chase.

Police identified one student as Matt Siller. Siller and 4 other students were charged with disorderly conduct and each received a $412 fine.

Woman throws jar of pickles at server after her sandwich had too many pickles

Employee who was victimized by Tina Drouin 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with assault related charges after throwing glass jars of pickles at a restaurant work after the employee placed too many pickles on her sandwich, according to a statement released by police in Massachusetts.

Police in Massachusetts said the woman also punched the female employee with her fists due to the amount of pickles on her sandwich.

Police said that Tina Drouin, 49, ordered a steak and cheese sandwich at Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs restaurant located at the Quincy metro station on Saturday and complained how the sandwich was being prepared. She then began to scream that there were too many pickles in him.

Several Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs employees could just not please Drouin, according to police.
Drouin demanded a full refund and allegedly became violent when the employee does not return her money. She allegedly struck another woman in the face and threw two large jars of pickles on her, causing the worker to fall to the ground.

"Drouin fled the station, however, the female restaurant worker was determined not to let Drouin flee justice. She chased the suspect and caught up with her, holding her until officers arrived,” police said.

“I am happy that the restaurant worker stood up for herself and fought back. Restaurant workers do not need to take abuse from crazy customers. If the woman did not like Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs sandwiches she could have just prepared the sandwich herself or go to a different restaurant,” Joyce Ramos, 37, of Boston, Massachusetts told after learning about the pickle attack.

Police said that the suspect used profanity and seemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the attack.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Toronto mayor caught on video smoking cocaine

Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking cocaine 
By: Moses Gold

The mayor of Toronto, Canada, Rob Ford, was caught on video smoking cocaine, according to a video recently made public.

The video was recorded by a private citizen who is looking to sell the video for at least $100,000.

According to the person who shot the video, the video was recorded in the past six months.
Ford allegedly bought the crack from a dealer who is popular among the elite of the city. Staff members along with the mayor’s brother were seen buying the crack.

A Canadian newspaper offered $40,000 to buy the video, but was told it was not enough. The owner wanted to sell it for at least $100,000.

“This is a serious charge, and if true the mayor should immediately resign. We cannot have politicians in a position of leadership while under the influence of drugs, and that is besides the criminality involved in purchasing and possessing illegal drugs,” Doris Kennedy, 38, of Toronto, Canada told after learning about the cocaine allegations against Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

This is not the first time that the mayor has been accused of smoking crack. Former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson said that Ford appeared to be under the influence of cocaine at a party in March, at which time he grabbed and squeezed her behind.
Ford called her a liar and demanded an apology.

School boy angry after being labeled as a freak in school yearbook

The school yearbook photo with the freak label 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A student was extremely angered after being labeled as a freak in the school yearbook.
The teen became upset after finding the insult printed under his yearbook photo.

Dylan Worthen, a student at South Paulding High School, which is west of Atlanta, Georgia said he was identified in the caption under the photo strip as a "freak".

"When I realized what was written I was like, 'Wow, who would do that,'" Dylan Worthen said.
Two other photos of Dylan in the yearbook were listed under his name in the index, but not the one with the freak label, leading his mother to believe it was an intentionally cruel joke she calls "bullying".

"He is my son who I think the world of, and in no way is he any kind of freak. He has the biggest heart of any 16-year-old child, I know," Dylan's mother, Susan Powell said.

The yearbook has a faculty adviser, whose job is to review the pages. School officials said they do not know who is responsible for writing the word freak, or how it happened.

In a statement, the school district has apologized to the family. They said the matter is under investigation and are working with the yearbook supplier to remedy the situation.

“Freak is an extremely cruel label for a child. I hope the child receives counseling to recover from this. The school should fire all those responsible for putting the freak label under the child’s photo,” Janet Dixon, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia told after learning about the freak label in the school yearbook.

"My son has to go to school and deal with all these kids who saw him in the yearbook with the freak label. I do not know what is going to be," Susan Powell said. The mother also said she wants all the 900 school yearbooks destroyed.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view