New York City Mayor Bloomberg under attack with poison ricin letter

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) The New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, came under a poison ricin attack, according to a statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Federal investigators are trying to figure out who sent the two threatening letters laced with the deadly poison ricin to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and his gun control group in Washington D.C.

Authorities said that officers who responded to the letters suffered minor injuries. Nobody was seriously hurt, but now, a joint group against terrorism, including the FBI and the New York City police, are investigating.
Bloomberg spoke to reporters shortly after the poison letters became public.

"No, I'm not angry," Bloomberg said. "Some people, I would say, do things that may be irrational, things that are wrong, but it's a complex world out there, and we just have to deal with that," he added.

On Friday, a worker at a mail center in lower Manhattan intercepted a letter to Bloomberg that was laced with ricin, a highly toxic poison.

Another tainted letter was discovered two days later in Washington D.C., in a building that houses Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit group launched by Bloomberg. That envelope was addressed to the director of the group, Mark Glaze.
The letters were stamped in Shreveport, Louisiana, with no return address.

The substance contained a pink-orange grease, and each letter threatened physical harm against the Mayor and referred to his stance on gun control.

A police said that the letter to Bloomberg said something along the lines of "this is a sample of what is to come if you come to take my gun."

Bloomberg said that the latest threats are not going to intimidate him at all. “I will continue the fight against guns,” Bloomberg said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Nearly 1,000-year-old Torah scroll found in Italy

The nearly 1,000-year-old Torah 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) For the first time ever, a nearly 1,000-year-old Torah scroll was found in Italy.

The world's oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in Bologna university, according to an Italian professor who said that the text could be from the 12th century.

The precious parchment had been classified by the university library as from the 17th century.
Professor Mauro Perani however, realized that the text does not conform to the fundamental changes in Torah writings implemented in the 12th century.

"I immediately thought it was much older than the 17th century," he said, adding that the scroll contained letters and signs that were banned by the Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides in the 12th century.
The Torah was one of about 30 Jewish manuscripts in the library of the college.

"The scroll is very strange because when manuscripts spoil and lose their sanctity, they cannot be used. Then are buried," he said. "The condition is excellent," he said.

The previously oldest known scroll dated back to the late 13th century, but a biblical codex, which looks like a book instead of a scroll, exists in St. Petersburg, dating from 1008.

Carbon dating in Italy and the United States confirmed the findings, placing the manuscript from the late 12th and early 13th century.
The intact roll is 36 meters or 118 feet long and 64 centimeters or 25 inches wide.

The professor said the scroll came to the University of Bologna form a Dominican monastery in the city, most likely after Napoleon dissolved the religious orders in the country in the 19th century.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

New York boy wins National Spelling Bee after being asked to spell knaidel

Arvind Mahankali 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Do you know the Yiddish word for “matzoh ball”? You should, because a boy just won the National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “knaidel”.

After years of heartbreaking close calls, Arvind Mahankali from Germany, became the champion of spelling of the English language.

The 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, correctly spelled "knaidel", to win the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. The spelling bee tested brain power, composure, and for the first time, the knowledge of vocabulary.

Arvind finished third in 2011 and 2012 and on both occasions, was removed for wrongly spelling German-derived words. This time, he got a German word in the final, and the winning word was derived from German Yiddish, causing groans and laughter from the crowd. He writes both with ease.
"The German curse has become a German blessing for me," he said.

Arvind beat 11 other finalists, all but one of whom had been in the National Spelling Bee earlier. The bee was nearly 2 and a half hours long, and the competition was televised nationally.

When he was announced as the winner, Arvind looked up at the confetti falling on him and cracked his knuckles, his signature gesture during his appearances in the bees. He will take home $30,000 in cash and prizes, along with a large cup-shaped trophy. The skinny teenager, wearing a white polo shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, was joined on stage in the Washington area room by his parents and younger brother.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Florida teen facing 15 years jail for having lesbian relationship with underage girl

Kaitlyn Hunt 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A teenager was arrested after having a lesbian relationship with a younger classmate.

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, was arrested for having a physical relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

The two have been dating for a while but as soon as Hunt turned 18, the underage girl’s parents called police and pressed charges.

Under Florida law, Hunt faces up to 15 years in prison and she might even have to register as a sex offender for having sex with a minor. The teenager was offered a plea deal, which would spare her jail time. If she pleads guilty to the crime, Hunt may spend two years in-house arrest and one year of probation, her family said.

"Does my daughter deserve to lose 15 years of her life or even two years of house arrest, because of a choice she made in high school? No way!" the girl's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, wrote on Facebook.

The family is trying to have the district attorney's office drop the charges. So far, they had no luck, as by law, the teen committed a sex crime against the underage girl. The age of consent in Florida is 18-years-old.

“Why would her gender be an issue? If an 18-year-old boy had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl then he would face the same charges. Under the law, an adult cannot have sex with a minor regardless of their sexual orientation,” Nicole White, 26, of South Beach, Florida, told after learning about the nature of the arrest.

After the arrest, Hunt was expelled from high school and agreed to have no contact with her victim. She was transferred to another high school. Hunt was arrested on two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery of a minor, jail records show.
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Man builds world’s smallest functioning mobile home

Andy Saunders shows off the mobile home 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A mechanic built a small traveling mobile home which is fully functioning.

The tiny mobile home is called “pedal buggy.” It was built by Andy Saunders, 50, of Dorset, England. He took a Bedford Bambi camper van and attached it to a Butlins pedal cart. He spent two weeks and about $1,500 to build the home.

The mini mobile home, has one room with a table, stove, sink, and a bed. Traveling with it might not be so easy since it relies on pedal power to pull it along.

Saunders is a mechanic, who has spent his life creating extravagant cars for fun. He is reportedly set to make a fortune with his creations after his work has been recognized as "art". Saunders Collection consists of weird but functioning vehicles. The vehicles are sold at prestige auctions.

The custom-built car fanatic, has done it again. This time with his unique custom built mobile home. Inside the cabin there is a table with seating for four, a sink, stove and bed. The roof space spans out 2 feet 6 inches, providing enough room for a small bed.
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British soldier loves to mix wife’s breast milk with his tea

Myleene Klass with her father Oscar Klass 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A well-kept family secret was revealed by the daughter of a british soldier.

Television presenter and singer Myleene Klass told a reported that her father, Oscar Klass, of Gorleston, United Kingdom, used to enjoy his tea with breast milk.

She has continued the Klass family tradition, by drinking her own breast milk and feeding it to others. Klass, 35, who split from husband Graham Quinn last year, reportedly told a newspaper that her father, who is a senior officer in the Royal Navy, drank his wife’s breast milk in his tea when she grew up.

Klass then appeared surprised when the interviewer found the concept as odd. “What? It’s not weird,” she said. “I grew up knowing that he did it, so it’s not weird to me. Or maybe it is weird now that you’ve put it in my head,” she said.

“God, have I just blown a Klass family secret without realizing? Come on, it’s normal!” She added. Klass, who became famous in 2001 as part of pop group “Hear’Say”, admitted that she made her friends and family taste her breast milk after she gave birth to her daughters.

“I made everyone try mine. It tastes just like those probiotic yogurt drinks. Sweet, but not as sweet as condensed milk,” she said. Klass is a single mother to her two daughters Ava, who is 5-years-old, and Hero, who is 2-years-old.

“Who knows, maybe one day her daughters will continue the odd family tradition as well,” Julia Flores, 43, of London, England, told after learning about the family tradition.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman seen on video giving birth in wheelchair outside hospital

Amy Beth Bennett giving birth in wheelchair 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A Florida woman did not have time to make it into the hospital to give birth.

She gave birth outside the hospital while a photographer recorded the birth.

The birth of a new baby is usually an intimate time for the new parents, but for one family, it happened publicly, in front of a busy hospital.

Amy Beth Bennett of Boca Raton, Florida, is a photographer for a newspaper. She is used to taking photos of other people’s special moments. This time, however, she was on the other side of the lens as she gave birth to her baby on the sidewalk of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

"I was not in any particular hurry, but once my water broke, it became obvious it would happen immediately," Bennett said. Someone brought her a wheelchair so she can be rushed inside, but before she could sit down in the chair the baby came. "I never sat in the wheelchair, I just leaned on it for support and pushed the baby right out," she said.

little Sienna Grace made ​​her grand entrance into the world before her mother could enter the hospital. Her friend and fellow photographer Emily Robinson, was there to capture the special moments.

After the birth, the mother and baby were taken into the hospital, and are doing just fine.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Florida man donates 100 gallons of blood after wife dies of cancer

Harold Mendenhall  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A Florida man was devastated when his wife died of cancer. He wanted to do something good in her honor and memory.

The Lake Park man decided to donate blood to help other people suffering from cancer.

Harold Mendenhall, 84, started giving blood, on July 7, 1977 after his wife’s death. Now, the proud South Florida man has reached a rare milestone. He is credited with donating 100 gallons of blood. He had donated 100 gallons which is the equivalent to the amount of blood inside 66 adult male bodies.

Part of his blood donation was platelets, a blood product. OneBlood blood bank spokesperson said: “The platelets are donated to help cancer patients.”

Mendenhall started donating blood and platelets after his wife, Frankie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her death, Mendenhall said he was brokenhearted. One day, on his way home from work, he stopped by the blood bank, and then is when he started donating regularly.

Although he has no idea who is receiving his donations, he knows that many people are being helped through his generosity. Mendenhall said that the blood donation helped him cope with the loss of his wife and later, his two children.
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New perfume that makes you smell like a firefighter on sale

Firefighter perfume 
By: Debbie Gross

If you like the smell of a smoking house you don’t need to start a fire or look for burned items.
A new perfume hit the market that makes its user smell like a firefighter.

A perfume manufacturer in New York, came up with the unusual idea after the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people.

Demeter Fragrance Library CEO Mark D. Crames said: "We have an unusual approach to fragrances, we are constantly looking for things that resonate with consumers. We originally wanted to create a perfume for the fire department in New York, but after the events of Boston, we decided to adopt the perfume for the Boston Fire Department."

The new perfume is made of spices and flowers, but also has hints of smoke and rubber.
It is sold in two bottles of different sizes, ranging from $20 to $39.

Demeter said that 75 percent of the proceeds will go to the Boston First Responders Fund.
There has been a mixed reaction among consumers to the unusual odor.

"For me, it's a little offensive to try to put the tragedy in a bottle. Rescuers were not only firefighters, but also police officers and marathon goers," one consumer said.

Meanwhile others have described the scent as “a wonderful scent" and "just very unique."
This is not the first unusual fragrance that the company has produced. Last year, the company put out to market perfume that smells of sushi.

Miracle pig survives pit bull attack, 23 stab wounds, 2 arrested

Injured pig 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Two men were arrested and charged with animal cruelty related charges after unleashing two pit bulls on a pig and stabbing it twenty-three times, according to a statement released by police in Georgia.

Of the two suspects, one was arrested early last month while the other man remained at large.
Now, authorities in southeast Georgia said the second man has been arrested in the attack that left a domestic pig, with 23 stab wounds.

Effingham County Sheriff Spokesperson David Ehsanipoor said that 52-year-old Clyde McFearin, of Springfield, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

A 23-year-old man, who was accused of unleashing two pit bulls on a pigs and stabbing it 23 times, was arrested in earlier. The pig miraculously survived.

Ehsanipoor said investigators determined one of the dogs involved in the attack belonged to McFearin. Police said the pig was attacked in an unprovoked attack after wandering into the suspect’s mobile home.

McFearin has been taken to the Effingham County Jail.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Elderly woman killed after her own car drives over her in front of school

Chrysler PT Cruiser belonging to Isabel Fuerta 
By: Sarah Weiss

An elderly woman was tragically killed after her own car ran her over in front of a school, according to a statement released by police in Texas.

The woman, 67-years-old, was killed Thursday morning when she was run over by her own car, police said.

Isabel Fuerta was driving north between Blanco Road and Sir Winston Churchill High School at around 6:00 am when she pulled over on the right shoulder of the road, stopped her beige 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and left the vehicle.

The PT Cruiser suddenly began traveling back down the street and the car ran over her, police said.
A passerby managed to track down Fran McLaughlin, who is a nurse at Methodist Hospital, and was on her way to work.

McLaughlin called police and said the fire department firefighters arrived soon thereafter. The rescue workers used a jack to lift up the PT Cruiser. They performed CPR in an attempt to save Fuerta.
She died at the scene.
"I feel sorry for the family," McLaughlin said.

"There are several theories circulating why she got out of the car," Sergeant Javier Salazar, one of the officers on the scene said.
The case is still under investigation, he said.

Woman drowns her son, 9, because his private part was too small

Bathtub illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder related charges after drowning her son in the bathtub because his private part was too small to enjoy life, according to a statement released by police in Indonesia.

The woman, 38, was arrested after her son, 9, drowned in the family bathtub. During police questioning, the woman admitted to drowning her son, telling police that her motive for the murder was because his penis was too small to possibly enjoy a happy life.

The woman was not satisfied with the size of her son’s private part after a routine circumcision operation, so she decided to end his life. She also told police: "I thought that with such a small private part, my son would have no hope of a bright future."

After the son had bathed, the mother drowned him in the family bathtub. Then, she pulled him out of the bathtub, dressed him and put him to bed.

A judge ordered the woman to undergo a full psychiatric evaluation.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Grandmother arrested after sneaking drugs into the U.S. in wheelchair

Old woman in wheelchair illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman was arrested and charged with drug smuggling related charges after being caught smuggling drugs into the United States in her wheelchair.

The grandmother was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport by customs inspectors, who blocked her attempt to smuggle heroin and cocaine into the country, officials said.

Fior Daliza Garcia flew in with JetBlue flight number 838 from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and immediately caught the attention of federal officials.

Garcia, 58, looked nervous to Customs and Border Protection inspectors who also noted that the wheelchair appeared to be newly painted according to the charges filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

She was escorted to a private room and transferred to another wheelchair. Her two suitcases appeared to be clean, so instead, inspectors focused on the wheelchair.

"During the subsequent search, Customs officers raised the wheelchair and realized it was unusually heavy and fragile," U.S. National Security Special Agent Edward Romeo said in the complaint.

Indeed, officers found heroin and cocaine hidden in the body of the wheelchair.
Garcia, a grandmother of Boston, Massachusetts confessed that she was paid $12,000 to smuggle drugs from the Dominican Republic, according to the complaint.

Girl, 9, kills herself after being jealous of her baby brother

Justice Williams, her mother and baby brother 
By: Shifra Unger

A little girl ended her life because she was very jealous of her new baby brother, according to a statement released by the New York Police Department.

The girl, nine-years-old, is believed to have committed suicide in the bathroom of her home on Sunday after telling family members she wanted to die.

The girl, identified by police as Justice Williams, was found by her distraught mother hanging from the shower frame in their Bronx, New York home around 8:20 pm on Sunday.

Police investigators believe she may have killed herself because she was struggling to adapt to her new half-brother, and after her parents had placed her in treatment last year after she told them she was suicidal.

The mother, Tamiqua Torres, 31, went to check on her daughter because she felt she had been too long in the shower, and on entering, she found her daughter with a white cloth tied around her neck.

Family friends said that the nine-year-old had been seeing a therapist since she became distraught about the birth of her new brother.

Torres and her new husband, Raymond Torres had welcomed their new baby into the world, eight months ago, and had become the stepfather of Justice.

However, Justice began to tell family members that "she wanted to die" during the pregnancy of her mother.

Two U.S. embassy workers shot at Venezuelan strip club

The Antonella club 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A U.S. embassy is in hot water again after two of its workers were shot at a strip club.

The two U.S. diplomats were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Caracas, Venezuela. According to eyewitnesses, the two shot each other after a heated argument.

Deisy Ron, who manages the girls at the Antonella club, said that the men, identified as military attaches assigned to the U.S. Embassy in the capital, had been arguing and hitting each other outside the club in the early hours of the morning.

She said that although she was not working on the night of the shooting, those who were there have seen the men fighting.
She said: "One of them pulled a gun and shot the other in the stomach and legs."

She said she did not know how the second man was wounded, though none of the U.S. residents who were shot suffered from life threatening injuries.

Venezuelan police earlier said that the two men had been attacked at 4:00 am outside the club, located in a rich area in the city of Caracas, which is off-limits to Embassy staff.

It is not yet clear how the men were able to enter the club with weapons, as it is a gun free zone.
The U.S. State Department confirmed that the men were injured in the incident and that, despite working in the embassy were not direct employees.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view