Postal worker on disability busted after active appearance on ‘The Price Is Right’

Cathy Wrench Cashwell 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A U.S. Postal Service worker was busted as a fraud after appearing all healthy on a U.S. game show while claiming disability payments, according to court proceedings in North Carolina.

Now. the former USPS worker in North Carolina will pay the price after her appearance on "The Price is Right" game show revealed that she was fully capable of spinning the wheel, despite claiming she could not lift the mail bins.

Cathy Wrench Cashwell pleaded guilty to fraud in federal court. Cashwell had been collecting workers' compensation payments since injuring herself at work in 2004.

In workers' compensation paperwork introduced in September 2011, Cashwell claimed that her shoulder injury left her unable to sit, stand, kneel, crouch, climb, bend, or reach, according to federal investigators.

However, Cashwell could come and turn the famous "big wheel" in "The Price is Right", not once, but twice, during her appearance in 2009 of the television program.

Cashwell "raised her left arm above her head and grabbed the handle with her left hand," according to an indictment filed in September 2012. During her second round, Cashwell "raised her arms above her head and grabbed the same handle with both her hands."

Cashwell was also seen ziplining while on holiday in August 2010.

U.S. Air Force Captain doubles up as only female rabbi in the Air Force

Captain Sarah Schechter 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A New York woman became the only female rabbi in the U.S. Air Force, according to a statement released by the U.S. military.

Minutes before sunset on Friday, she lowers her head and covers her face in prayer. Her hands are illuminated by the dim light of the Shabbat candles, each flame represent and honor a family member.

As the week draws to a close, Captain Sarah Schechter, a Jewish Chaplain of the 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, regularly invited the base community to join her family for a traditional Jewish Sabbath dinner, as a way to share not only their culture, but also to provide an opportunity for the community to meet.

She aims to break down barriers, open doors and help people understand their faith. That's her job.
After 40 years of women serving as military chaplains, Schechter is the first, and to date the only woman to serve as rabbi of the active duty Air Force.

"Frankly, I could be the hundredth in my work," she said. "I am an officer, I'm a rabbi, and I want to do my best to represent the military and Judaism in the best possible light. My main goal is not to be the first or the first female, but in providing first-class care. Our air members and their families. I definitely do not see myself as a pioneer. I'm walking down a well-worn path and drawn by people much older than I, and I am grateful to the women of the chaplaincy who preceded me and currently serve because I'm really on the shoulder of giants," she added.

Growing up in Greenwich Village, New York, the Schechter family was deeply rooted in the Jewish faith and culture. However, even though her father was a rabbi, she never dreamed of becoming a "teacher of the Torah" until her mother suggested the possibility in 1995.

Today, women are accepted as rabbis in all denominations except Orthodox Judaism, and their number is increasing. However, there are few who join the military. Schechter's decision to join, however, was easy to do, she said, when in the fourth year of rabbinical school, her world changed dramatically.

"I joined the Army because of September 11, 2001," she said. "Within seconds of the attack on our country, the Army suddenly stopped being an undefined culture, which I was vaguely familiar with its mission, and became absolutely clear, the protection of our country, protecting our loved ones, protecting our lives," she also said.

Schechter could not remain on the sidelines. The sense of duty as a New Yorker, and more importantly, as an American, would not let her rest.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Rare Dead Sea Scrolls fragments put up for sale

Dead Sea Scroll Ten Commandments 
By: Sarah Weiss

If you ever dreamed of owning the oldest written Jewish text ever found, now may be the perfect time to pull the trigger.

Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale, but in small pieces.

Almost 70 years after the discovery of the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, the Palestinian family that originally sold the trove to scholars and institutions, are quietly marketing some leftover fragments they have saved in Swiss safes, all these years.

Most of these remains are just postage stamp sized pieces, and some are even blank. In recent years, collectors and evangelical Christian institutions in the U.S. have spent millions of dollars for a piece of this archaeological treasure.

The Israel Antiquities Authority, which owns most of the scrolls, states that every bit must be recognized as a cultural asset of Israel, and threatens to confiscate any pieces coming on the market.

"I told William Kando many years ago, as far as I'm concerned, he can die with those scrolls," Amir Ganor, who is the head of the anti-looting squad of the Israel Antiquities Authority, speaking about William Kando, said. "The only place these scrolls are heading is to the State of Israel," he added.

Kando said his family offered its remaining fragments to the Israel Antiquities Authority and other institutions, but they could not afford them.

"If anyone is interested, we are willing to sell," Kando said, while sitting in his Jerusalem antique shop he inherited from his late father. "These are the most important things in the world," he added.

New Jersey man arrives in court dressed as Nazi soldier to fight for custody of his children

Heath Campbell outside New Jersey court 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A New Jersey man showed up in court in full Nazi uniform to fight for custody of his children, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Wearing the Nazi uniform, Heath Campbell entered the New Jersey court to request a family court judge to allow him to see his children.

"I'll tell the judge, I love my children. I want to be a father, I want to be with them," Campbell said before the court proceedings. "Let me show the world that I am a good father," he said.

The closed hearing in the Hunterdon County Family Court in Flemington, New Jersey, is set to determine whether the 40-year-old father of four who gave his children Nazi-inspired names, will be able to visit his 2-year-old son Heinrich Hons Campbell.

The boy was 16 hours old, when he was taken away from Heath Campbell and his now estranged wife Deborah Campbell from Hunterdon Medical Center, according to the father.

The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services said they took the boy because of previous violence in the home. An anonymous abuse claim was also made to the local police.

The couple said they did not abuse their children and argued that they were being attacked for the names they chose for their children. The authorities have denied that is the case.

The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services officials had placed the older siblings of Heinrich Hons Campbell, Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, JoyCeLyNn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, and 5-year-old Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell,in foster care because of the alleged violence in the Holland Township family, New Jersey home.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Israeli police officers welcome first ultra-Orthodox Jewish member

Israeli police cars 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The Israeli police force welcomed its first ultra-Orthodox Jewish member this week.

Twenty-eight-year-old Y, is only weeks away from active duty in the Israeli police force. The man, will be the first ultra-Orthodox Jewish officer to serve in the Israeli police. "I call on young ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are not engaged in sacred studies, to join the police force or the Army," he said this week.

Y., a resident of Jerusalem and a married father of one, is currently in training at the police academy. He began his career in 2010 when he volunteered for a proposed civilian police service.
"I did not go to the army because I was studying in a yeshiva," he explained.

"At 25, I started studying accounting. Due to my age, I could not join the military. I was given the option of doing civil service under the Tal Law and I took the offer," Y also said.

He was assigned to the banking unit of the police and during his service he completed his degree. In late 2012, he was offered a regular position in the police force.

"I get great satisfaction for being the first ultra-Orthodox Jewish police officer," he said. "I certainly feel like a pioneer," he added. However, Y feared revealing his identity. "I'm still part of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sector, and some people may not be so happy with my decision," he admitted.

He is not the first ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli to make headlines this week.
As we reported earlier, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish teen became the first Hasid to enlist with the Israeli Air Force.

Amid the political turmoil surrounding the new universal military law, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish 18-year-old, is set to make history by being the first haredi to enroll in flight school of the IAF.

Becoming a pilot is a childhood dream of the young man only identified by Y, whose father runs a Chabad center. His father expected his son to follow the family tradition and engage in the study of Torah. "I am proud to join the army in order to protect the Jewish people in the most meaningful way possible," Y told his family one month before making his decision.

"Of course, the study of Torah is important, however, I'm out to prove that being an observant Jew does not conflict with service in the elite units of the Israeli army. One can contribute in this way also," Y, whose family supports his decision, said.

"I don’t want to encourage all young ultra-Orthodox Jews to join the army, God forbid," the teen's father said. "We believe that just as the Israeli army protects Israel, the study of Torah also protects Jews. We need soldiers and students of Torah to protect Israel,” Y’s father said.

Joining the Israeli Air Force is considered extraordinary difficult, and only a small number of applicants are able to join.

Zionism to make comeback at Hebrew University

Students at Hebrew University 
By: Moses Gold

A new program has been announced at Hebrew University in order to get the Zionism spirit back into society.

By Tom Nisani

Tazpit News Agency For

A new program to get the Zionist discourse back into the center of affairs on Hebrew U's campus has been launched by the 'Im Tirzu' student body. The two month program touches on delicate issues such as Zionism, the de-legitimization of the State of Israel and the calling into question of the right of the Jewish people to exist and other such burning issues. The program, dubbed 'A Series on Zionist Thought' consists of eight lectures given by world leading scholars in their respective fields from Israel, France and the United States.

Ironically, such a program is not commonplace. 'Im Tirzu', a movement that works to strengthen and advance the values of Zionism in Israel and to promote what they call 'the second Zionist revolution', explained that the objective of the seminar is to expose the students to educational content they would not otherwise encounter throughout their academic studies.

"In light of the fact that Israeli academia suffers from a lack of pluralism and diversity in its educational content, while excluding various researchers and research methods, it is imperative such a program is run, enabling the students to access materials not provided by other sources, thus aspiring to academic excellences" Said Ronen Shoval, Chairman of 'Im Tirzu'.

Some 50 students have joined the program, and are grappling with tantalizing matters such as Israel's legal rights on the Land of Israel, the development of Anti-Semitism and Islam's approach to Judaism and Christianity. They likewise learn and experience the art of debating during the course.

An emphasis was placed on accessibility and so the cost of participation is very low. Amit Barak, the head of the Department of Policy and Advocacy at 'Im Tirzu', told Tazpit News Agency that an emphasis was put on materials that are not taught in regular courses, and pointed out that the academia was in no way involved.

Racheli Hirshfeld, a participant in the program, talked about her motivation: "I emigrated from New York two years ago. The driving force of my move was Zionism and my belief that Zionism is the most important element to ensure the future of the Jewish People. I felt like there was an inner voice telling me 'go east'."

"I heard about 'Im Tirzu' even before I came to Israel and joined them immediately when I came here because I always wanted to be part of an influential movement. I think that the only way to secure our future in Israel is by thinking and acting in terms of Zionism, understanding where we came from and what we aim to achieve in the future. I heard about the program and its content, and that I would be learning with people who want to make a difference. I had no doubt about joining."

"I wanted to hear the opinions and thoughts of the experts and my peers on these issues. From a young age I have been fascinated by others' opinions. I also write for a site about these issues, so these lectures broaden my horizons on these subjects."

'Im Tirzu' has plans to expand these educational activities, and depending on the success, they will continue the program for further sessions and export it to other campuses, hoping to create a Zionist elite and a renewed Zionist discourse in the academia, as Shoval defines it.

Hasidic Superstar Lipa Schmeltzer performs at Annual Israel Day Concert

Hasidic superstar Lipa Schmeltzer seamlessly
blends showmanship and "secular" musical
stylings with positive, wholesome lyrics
at the 2013 Israel Day Concert
in Central Park.
(Photo credit: Daniel Perez) 
By: By Daniel Perez

(Scroll down for video) Music fans of all ages and walks of life came together on Sunday, June 2 for a star-studded celebration of the special U.S.-Israel relationship. The 20th Annual Israel Day Concert was by far the biggest yet, with thousands coming to hear some of hottest musical acts in the Jewish world.

Dubbed “the concert with a message” by its organizers, the gathering, which was free and open to the public, also featured presentations by prominent American and Israeli leaders including media personality and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, and Israeli Deputy Defense Minister and Knesset Member Danny Danon.

The concert, which paid tribute to the memories of Carl Freyer—one of the event's original founders—and Dr. Manfred Lehman (z”l), was organized by Dr. Joseph Frager, with Dr. Paul & Mrs. Drora Brody serving as the Concert's chairpersons. Sponsoring the event was the Israel Concert-in-the-Park Committee in association with Young Israel Chovevei Zion, with catering by the ever-popular Mendy's Kosher Delicatessen.

Special thanks were also given by Brody and Frager to the National Council of Young Israel—and in particular the organization's Chief Operating Officer Chaim Leibtag—for their assistance. The program began just as the Annual Israel Day Parade (a separate event sponsored by New York's Jewish Community Relations Council) was drawing to a close, with many of the parade's participants ultimately finding their way to the concert. The Concert showcased a veritable who's who of Jewish entertainers.

Lending their star power to the event were headliners Lipa Schmeltzer and Edon Pinchot. The many opening acts preceding them, however, were celebrities in the own right. Brought together by Musical Director Zvika Bornstein, these included popular Israeli Chassidic-Folk trio Simply Tsfat; 2012 Jewish Star International Music Contest Winners Dovid Moskovits (of Queens, NY) and Choni Goldman (coming all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa); Dr. Meyer Abittan—a cardiologist who, fittingly, touched people's hearts with his moving rendition of the theme from Exodus; Jerry Markovitz—publisher of the popular weekly paper the Jewish Connection; The Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers; Chaim Kiss; Izzy Kieffer & Heshy R (who delighted with a musical homage to Reb Shlomo Carlebach); and rising music star Elron Zabatani.

Zabatani, a resident of Jerusalem's Old City and an alumnus of the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva (who has also worked as a tour guide and medic), was to be accompanied by piano phenom Shlomi Aharoni. Unfortunately, Aharoni, who helped Zabatani prepare for his performance, was unable to attend due to a recent automobile accident.

Staying true to the concert's theme, the entertainment was interspersed with impassioned speeches by top Israeli and pro-Israel leaders. The Israel Day Concert, declared Dr. Frager, is unique by virtue of its “significant message.”
“That message is, of course, one of unity. And the unity we're speaking of is the unity of Yerushalayim [Jerusalem], and of course the unity of all of Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel].”

Dr. Brody would later echo that sentiment, explaining that “The main purpose of the Concert is to show the world, from Washington to Jerusalem, that we are not prepared to give up any land, and we believe in Eretz Yisrael hashleima [a whole, undivided Israel], and Jerusalem ... will stay reunited forever.”

Following Dr. Frager's introductory remarks, the concert began in earnest with the performance of the Hatikva (Israel's national anthem) by Izzy Kiefer, and The Star-Spangled Banner, led by Shloime Dachs and his Orchestra.

Many well-known media figures attended or actively participated in the day's festivities, including radio broadcasters Nachum Segal (who served as the concert's MC), and Zev Brenner. Speaking with this reporter, Mr. Brenner discussed the concert in his usual eloquent fashion.

“It's an important day for Jews to show solidarity with Israel,” explained Brenner. “The concert is a unique institution which shows solidarity with Jews—especially in Yehudah & Shomron [Judea & Samaria]–and it's good to see people gather in song, all unified, because that's the reality. At the end of the day, we're all together. So it's nice to see people from all different backgrounds, unified. We need to see more people coming out for the parade and for the concert.”
“It's a great day to be Jewish in New York,” he added.

Striking a similar tone, noted attorney and Israel activist Mark Langfan praised the event as “beautiful,” and offered jocular but spirited praise for the concert's organizer, commenting that Dr. Frager “isn't a myth, but he is a legend.”
“Only Joe Frager could pull something like this off,” said Langfan, “G-d bless him.”

Making the Israel Day Concert all the more unique, community leaders and politicians rubbed elbows with musical celebrities and prominent rabbis, creating a happy, if unlikely, mix. Among that last group were such luminaries as Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Director of the Iggud HaRabbanim, and Rabbi David Algaze of the International Committee for the Land of Israel.

Tannenbaum discussed the miraculous victories of Israel in the face of repeated attempts of genocide leveled against them, and how this can serve to bolster one's faith. Rabbi Algaze offered a more politicized address, speaking of the futility of forcing Israel into a peace process with a group that is bent upon its annihilation.

He emphasized both the responsibility of Jews worldwide to support Israel as well as Israel's raison d'être being to defend the entire Jewish people. “We say 'Am Yisrael chai,'” thundered Rabbi Algaze, that Israel will endure “because of the love that we have for the Land of Israel, and because of the support of the Land of Israel for all the Jewish people. Am Yisrael chai!”

Among the more controversial figures in attendance, political commentator and anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller made an appearance. Geller, known for her public opposition to the construction of the “Ground Zero Mosque” (an Islamic Center near the site of the 9/11 terror attacks), made headlines again recently when her appearance at the Great Neck Synagogue was canceled out of fear of reprisals, political and/or physical.

Ultimately, she was invited to speak at Chabad of Great Neck, where she addressed an over-capacity crowd, for whom the controversy had become a First Amendment issue. Geller gave an impassioned speech against the libels frequently perpetrated against Israel, particularly by Islamist groups. Referring to the censure of herself and her colleagues for their anti-jihadist stance, she quipped: “Truth is the new hate speech.”

Underscoring the concert's significance as regards the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, Dr. Paul Brody recited a prayer for the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for over a quarter century. Though his crime (passing classified information to an ally without intent to harm the United States) normally carries with it a prison sentence of just a few years (as opposed to treason, a capital offense), Pollard was given a life sentence, and securing his release remains a cause célèbre among Israel supporters.

Rounding out the distinguished line-up of dignitaries were Ambassador John Bolton and MK Danny Danon. Never one to pull his punches, Dr. Frager lauded Bolton as “the only person to have accomplished anything at the United Nations in the last 64 years.” He went on to offer his own, none-too-subtle (though perhaps admirable in its candor) prescription for addressing the Iranian nuclear threat: “John Bolton and I discussed this,” he began.

“All it takes is maybe four bunker busters from the President of the United States. All he has to do is send four bunker buster [bombs] to Israel; we're not asking for a lot. And the world would be a safer place tomorrow.”He concluded his remarks by thanking the audience for their participation, and emphasizing the importance of their grassroots efforts to affect change in the current political status quo, particularly as regards U.S. foreign policy.

Taking the stage, Ambassador Bolton offered his own insightful perspective on current geopolitical issues affecting Israel. He discussed a wide range of topics, including what he characterized as the failure of the current administration to respond decisively to the terrorist massacre in Benghazi, as well as the Iranian nuclear program, which he dubbed a “true existential threat” to the State of Israel.

Tying these themes in to the Israel Day Concert, he told those gathered that contrary to the popular misconception that U.S. support for Israel is largely confined to the halls of political power, the majority of Americans are in fact strongly pro-Israel. He concluded by emphasizing the need to bolster and publicize this support, especially if Israel should launch a preemptive strike on Iran. Bolton stressed the need for America to “suppress Hezbollah, Hamas, and any terrorist group or state that tries to retaliate against Israel.”

“I don't know what decision Israel is going to make,” said Bolton, “It's a very, very difficult decision, with Israel's entire civilian population at risk. But I will say this: the government of Israel should know that if they decide to act, as they have acted twice before [e.g. against the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak -ed.], that the overwhelming majority of the American people will stand with Israel, whatever it takes.”

Following Ambassador Bolton, Israeli legislator and Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon was invited to speak. During his introduction Dr. Brody spoke of Danon's his consistent principled stances as a political and military leader. In what appeared to be a thinly-veiled criticism of certain other Israeli politicians, he praised Danon as someone who both “signals right and turns right.”

During his presentation, MK Danon spoke of the love for Israel manifested by such gatherings as the Israel Day Concert, thanking the attendees for their support. He also expressed his admiration and respect for those Israelis dwelling in Judea and Samaria. referring to them as “our brothers and sisters” and “pioneers.”

“You are the real Iron Dome,” he said, alluding to Israel's latest missile defense system. Reaffirming his support the Jewish residents of Judea & Samaria, he declared emphatically that an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-'67 lines (known colloquially among pro-Israel defense experts as the “Auschwitz borders”) “will not happen.”

In the end, for all the poignant political commentary and compelling speeches, what the people really came out for was the music. Lipa Schmeltzer, whose bombastic style has earned him nicknames like “the Jewish Elvis,” and “the Lady Gaga of Hasidic music,” enthralled concert-goers with his catchy, wholesome songs, interspersed with words of inspiration and unity. Sharing the spotlight and stealing the show, however, was musical wunderkind Edon, who rose to fame as a semi-finalist on the popular reality show America's Got Talent.

While Lipa entertained the audience with religious music in a more secular style, Edon showed himself to be at ease with both religious and secular music (as well as multiple instruments). Speaking backstage prior to his appearance, Edon expressed his pride at being able to perform in support of such a worthy cause. He spoke of his delight at seeing “so many Jews coming together to support Israel.”

“When they asked me if I would come and sing at the concert, I was excited to,” Edon added. “I'm still really excited.”
That excitement certainly came through in Edon's performance, and it proved contagious. Edon, who has been called the “Jewish Justin Bieber,” earned the esteem of the greater Jewish community both by virtue of his noteworthy performance on America's Got Talent, and perhaps just as much for having the courage to do so while wearing a yarmulke.

He was received by the younger members of the audience in a manner befitting a teen heart-throb, the crowd growing impatient and chanting “Edon! Edon! Edon!” prior to his appearance, the young ladies (and more than a few boys) screaming for joy as he finally took the stage. Edon dazzled the crowd, playing classic Jewish standards like “Ani Ma'amim,” along with secular Top 40 hits like “Titanium.” During the latter, dozens of teenaged fans slipped into the VIP section and rushed the stage.

Along with the parade that immediately preceded it, this year's Israel Day Concert, the most successful in the 20 years since its founding, is perhaps the most vibrant evidence in recent memory that despite apparent political indicators to the contrary, public support for Israel is not waning in the United States, but rather is stable, or even on the rise. If the enthusiasm generated at the Israel Day Concert is any indicator of the future U.S.-Israel relations, the future looks bright indeed.

To learn more about past and upcoming Israel Day Concerts, and what you can do to show your support, visit

Daniel Perez is a freelance writer, editor, and media consultant. His work has been published in numerous media outlets in print and online, including the Jewish Press,Yeshiva World News, and Israel's Arutz Sheva. He can be reached at video not loading? Click here to view

Facebook billionaire slapped with $2.5 million fine after spending $10 million on wedding

Sean Parker with wife Alexandra Lenas 
By: John Roberts

A Facebook billionaire was slapped with a multi-million dollar fine after spending a huge amount on his wedding, trampling on local laws, according to a statement released by the State of California.

Sean Parker spent $10 million on the wedding of his dreams, but the State of California was not quite satisfied, as he was fined $2.5 million for it.

The problem was that he built a country house, fake ruins, waterfalls, stairs and a very large dance stage on an environmentally sensitive area near the iconic redwoods.

Although they got permission from the property owner, they did not obtain the necessary permits from the California Coastal Commission. The land, is in a sensitive coastal area regulated by the Commission.

Parker still proceeded with his dream wedding. When the Commission learned of the construction, they quickly negotiated a deal with Parker so his wedding plans could proceed. Parker married singer Alexandra Lenas Saturday.

In addition to the fee, Parker also promised to create a video or mobile applications to educate people on how to access coastal land properly.

Bear seen on video walking away unharmed after being hit by car

Bear hit by car 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A bear was seen on video being hit by a speeding car and miraculously, it walked away like nothing happened, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Russian bears seem to have more muscles than brains like the video below shows.
The tough as nails animal attempting to cross a highway in northern Eurasia country, got into trouble.

The attempt to cross the roadway between two speeding cars turned out not to be a good idea, as the giant grizzly was sent rolling on the floor when the second vehicle slammed straight into it.

The bizarre incident was caught on the car’s dash cam. The video also shows how the bear got straight back up before running into a nearby forest.

The video of the bear collision went viral on YouTube racking up nearly one million views in just a few days.
“The bear got hit by a car, but walks away like a boss,” one man said.

Another added: "That bear walked away like nothing happened."
“Poor bear. I hope it is doing well," said another.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

New robot seen on video serving beer

Robot pours beer 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A cool robot was seen on video helping out in the kitchen and serving a beer to a man at his desk, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Designers, engineers and computer scientists have been working on a humanoid robot for years, but so far, they have been unable to reach the perfect robotic assistant. However, one robot is able to detect when you are in the mood for a beer, not only that, it will also serve you.

Researchers at Cornell University have used a Microsoft Kinect sensor and a special code which allows the robot to predict the behavior of the movements you make.

Among the moves it can predict is the need to open the fridge, and reaching for a glass on the table to drink. When the robot detects that you would like more of the drink it moves in and refills your cup.

Ashutosh Saxena, one of the scientists working on the project, revealed that about 120 actions were programmed into the robot in order for it to be able to help. Clearly, beer is one of the more interesting things it can do, but it can also serve cereal and brush your teeth.

"Looking ahead a little helps a lot," he said, noting that there will be no spills since the robot can predict whether you are about to move the glass.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Group seen holding office chair race in Denmark

Office chair race 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A group of people were seen racing down a hill on office chairs, according to video uploaded to the internet.

A contestant dressed as Santa Claus has earned the right to call himself the undisputed champion of office chair racing after crossing the finish line first at the annual office racing championship game.

This year’s race saw 24 contestants who participated in eight teams in the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen.

The rules for the race are simple, you race down a hill on top of your furniture with wheels in an attempt to cross the finish line first.

To protect the contestants from bruises and bumps, all must wear helmets, along with knee and elbow pads.
The champion of the office chair race this year was Celli Shenar.

Despite the fact that he was dressed in a character famous for giving gifts, there seemed to be nothing charitable about Shenar while shooting his way down to victory.

Other riders wore costumes and one woman even donned a Spiderman costume.
The multi colored chairs, sponsored and donated by a group of companies, often spun around as the drivers progressed down the hill at the Copenhagen Valby Bakke.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Dog thieves busted after trying to sell stolen dog back to its owner

The Bieber dog 
By: Sarah Weiss

A dog named Bieber went through a scary ordeal this week, but miraculously, it all ended well.

A couple in Victoria, British Columbia, had their Bieber pit bull go missing. Later in the day, they found an advertisement listing a dog for sale that sounded a lot like their dog. The couple then arranged to meet the seller, who indeed tried to sell them their own dog.

Police were contacted before the meeting, and when the meeting occurred, once the couple confirmed that the pit-bull was indeed their dog, they intervened. Police swooped in to detained a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.
Those two sellers were asking $800 for Bieber.

The dog and its rightful owner live in the Elk Lake Victoria region and their ordeal began when Bieber wandered away early Saturday morning. Bieber does not normally have the freedom to roam.

The couple was charged with theft related charges and were released on bail. They will next appear in court in a month.
Bieber was unharmed during the ordeal.

Police sniffing dogs are re-trained to ignore marijuana

Drug sniffing dog illustration  
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Washington police are re-training their dogs to stop searching for marijuana.

Since Washington State has passed a law to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for people over 21-years-old, police officers can no longer stop a person if a dog smells them carrying marijuana.

Traditionally, dogs were trained to alert police to the odor of marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and cocaine. Now, the dogs will be retrained so they do not alert police to marijuana.

While the new drug sniffing police dogs in Bremerton, Washington state are not trained to smell pot during searches, other police departments are working on re-training their dogs to ignore pot.

If an officer will smell the marijuana, they will have to figure out how to determine if a suspect is carrying more than one ounce of marijuana, without violating the rights of those carrying the legal amount.
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Victoria’s Secret employee arrested after stealing over $1 million from company in less the one year

Jacqueline Garcia 
By: Shifra Unger

A Victoria’s Secret employee allegedly had a well thought out scheme to become rich by stealing from her employer.

The Victoria’s Secret employee, Jacqueline Garcia, 22, of Texas, was arrested last week after stealing more than $1 million from the company over the past year.

Garcia allegedly falsified cash transactions averaging $10,000 to $20,000 per week for a period of 11 months, police said.

Garcia reportedly worked at Victoria’s Secret since 2009 and currently holds the position as the store’s manager.

After conducting an internal investigation, the employer detected suspicious transactions by Garcia. The theft was reportedly discovered during an internal audit. Police investigators met with loss prevention employees of Victoria’s Secret.

The investigation revealed that Garcia had been stealing money from the cash register and disguised her actions by conducting fictitious sales, police said.

Garcia was arrested on a first-degree felony theft charge. She was freed after posting $5,000 bail.

Woman gives birth to third set of twins

Rodger family  
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was surprised when her doctor told her she was having her third set of twins.

Karen Rodger, 41, of Scotland, gave birth to twin girls, Isla and Rowan, on Wednesday. The girls have four older brothers, who are also twins. Lewis and Kyle are 14-years-old, while Finn and Jude are 12-years-old.

The chances of having three pairs of twins is reportedly as slim as 1 in 500,000. “I did not feel that my family was complete, so I decided to try for just one more child,” Rodger said.

Then, in her sonogram at six-week , she learned she was carrying another set of twins. She immediately sent a text message to her husband, Colin, telling him the good news. "He thought I was joking and he immediately wrote back: “this is not funny.” I had to explain that it was actually true," she said.

Island and Rowan were born two minutes apart by Caesarean section, last week. Mom, dad and their four children are very excited about the new additions to their family.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Nightclub bouncer kills three friends over embarrassing video

Joseph Andrew Lobban 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A bouncer shot and killed three people after they recorded an embarrassing video of him.

Joseph Andrew Lobban, 31, of Ocala, Florida, fatally shot three bouncers who were his co-workers after they teased him about a video they recorded at a shooting range.

The men allegedly made ​​fun of his poor shooting skills. After seeing the video, which shows him repeatedly missing the target at the shooting range, he became angry.

Lobban allegedly told police he shot his three friends outside the nightclub early Sunday morning after they "punked" him by recording an embarrassing video of him misfiring his gun.

Lobban allegedly tried to shoot at Josue "Sway" Santiago, 25, who recorded the incident and then showed it to the other victims. The other victims were identified Benjamin Larz Howard, 23, and Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr., 20.

Lobban allegedly told police that he intended to shoot James, but he missed, and "by mistake" killed the other two victims.

Lobban is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Corrections officer arrested after blackmailing girl into giving him sexual favors

Derek Arnst 
By: Eva Fett

A Corrections officer was arrested after he attempted to blackmail a young girl into having sex with him.

Derek Arnst, was arrested by police in Gage County Nebraska, after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-years-old girl.

Arnst was caring for the victim on New Year's Eve in 2012, during which he discovered adult natured images on the teenager’s iPad.

On a later date, he sent the teenager text messages asking about the images and he requested sexual favors in exchange for not telling her parents about them.

Deputies arrested Arnst after the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report accusing Arnst of sending sexually explicit text messages to the 15-year-old.

He reportedly told investigators: "I must admit that it was inappropriate and I should not have gone down this road. I'm sorry."

Arnst worked as a social worker at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. After his arrest, he was suspended without pay, and he resigned shortly thereafter.

Animal shelter workers find man in cage having sex with dog

Gerardo Perez 
By: David Ross

One man had bad intentions when he signed up to tour the animal shelter.

A group of people were given a tour of an animal shelter, but one man allegedly slipped away from the group during the visit to have sex with one of the dogs.

Gerardo Perez, 50, of Chicago, Illinois participated in the tour of the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility when he disappeared.

A shelter employee saw Perez in a restricted area and told him to leave. When the employee returned a short time later, she was horrified, as she allegedly found Perez on all fours inside a cage with a pit bull. He seemed to have finished having sex with dog.

Perez was charged with criminal sexual contact with an animal and burglary. His bail was set at $80,000.

Florida police seen on video chasing out of control llama for 12 hours

The llama detained by police 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Florida police worked hard for 12 hours chasing an out of control llama, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The out of control animal has been tasered by the police in Florida, which ended the wild 12 hour chase around Tallahassee.

In scenes that sent a chill down the spine, agents resorted to shock tactics as they rushed the animal named Scooter into the back of a van.

The 6-foot tall llama had given the police the run-around after it escaped from his pen at its owner's house, who was identified by police as Jack Conrad.
Scooter, seven-years-old, showed his athletic prowess, jumping over a 4-foot fence about as it continued to evade police.

Even after being shocked, the animal refused to go down without a fight, attacking police officer Tony Drzewiecki of the Leon County police, leaving him with a kind of unpleasant reminder of the operation.

"I've been doing this for 20 years and I was told that there would a lot of action in this work, however, no one ever told me I was going to be spit in the face by a llama," Tony Drzewiecki said.

Drzewiecki defended the use of the Taser, arguing that the llama do not respond to voice commands and its violent struggle was reason enough to shock it.
Scooter's ordeal caused a traffic jam on Bannerman Road, as it took four officers and the driver of the van to detain the animal.

Scooter and Conrad were later reunited. Police do not plan on filing any charges in this case.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Mass public strip off held at beach to benefit cancer charity

The skinny dip event 
By: Moses Gold

A large group of people took their clothes off at the beach in order to raise money for a cancer charity, according to images uploaded to the internet.

The charity event was held in South Wales to show support for the cancer trust and to show off without their clothing at the pre-arranged mass skinny dipping event.

The brave souls bared all in order to benefit the Marie Curie Cancer Care fund at Oxwich Bay, with all proceeds going to help support nurses who work for the charity.

Organizers had hoped to break a record for the most people involved in skinny dipping, but fell short of the previous record of 400, achieved ​​in 2011. This year, only 91 people showed up to disrobe.
Multiple skinny dipping events took place in several places, including one at which Sharon Carter in Dorset participated.

“A sleepless night followed by panic, embarrassment, euphoria, more shame, more joy, and another sleepless night wondering if it really happened," Sharon Carter said when asked how she felt after undressing.

Marie Curie Cancer Care was hoping to beat the $60,000 total raised a couple of years ago, but this year’s cumulative final figure will not be known for a while.

Police detain three goats after damaging police vehicle

The three goats 
By: Debbie Gross

Several goats were detained by police after they were accused of damaging a police vehicle, according to a statement released by police in India.

Three goats have been captured and detained by police officers.

The animals were seized and placed in a cage at the police station after Indian authorities became upset with their persistent vandalism.

The last straw came when the goats were accused of damaging a brand new police car.
“We have the vehicle for two days,” one of the police officers at the station said.

The official complaint said that 12 goats had attacked the police vehicle, causing it to dent, damage the windshield, the windows, and scratching the paint of the hood and body.

When additional police officers arrived to the scene to detain them they found only three of the goats. The owner of the goats was identified as 37-year-old Maria Arogynathan.
Authorities have charged Arogynathan with criminal negligence.

After being detained for some time at the police station, the animals were released to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or SPCA.

Woman sexually assaulted after falling asleep in New York hospital emergency room

Harlem Hospital 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman was horrified after waking up in an emergency room only to realize that a man was sexually assaulting her, according to a statement released by hospital officials in New York.

A 49-year-old man, who police described as deranged, sexually assaulted the woman at Harlem Hospital after she fell asleep in the emergency room.

The woman, 45, whose name was not released, because she is the victim of a sex crime, fell asleep after doctors gave her a pain reliever because she injured her foot. She was awakened when Tyrone Brown, attacked her at 3:00 pm, a relative of the woman said.

"She woke up and he was on top of her, rubbing his privates on her mouth," the woman's niece said.
When the woman jumped up in order to get away, the man began to urinate on her, police said.

Hospital staff ran and grabbed Brown, who lives just a few blocks away and was being treated for an unknown injury, police said.
Police charged Brown of committing a criminal sexual act, a felony, before being transferred to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

"This incident will be thoroughly investigated," a hospital spokesperson said, adding that the staff offered the victim and her family counseling and support.

The family fears that the victim may have contracted a disease which cannot be detected for several weeks.
"We are just worried," her niece said. "My aunt is very upset," she added.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view