New York nanny claims millionaire employer kept her as slave

Malu Custer Edwards and Micky Hurley 
By: Moses Gold

A nanny claimed that her employer brought her to the United States in order to keep her as a slave, according to a new lawsuit filed in a New York court.

The nanny, who is originally from Chile, said she was forced into slavery by an Upper East Side Manhattan couple. She also claimed that the couple kept food and medicine away from her, and imprisoned her in a room with their children.

In the lawsuit, Felicitas del Carmen Villanueva Garnica, 50, said she was physically abused every day by the three children she was watching.

Her employers, Malu Custer Edwards and Micky Hurley, trafficked her to the U.S. fraudulently and illegally for the purpose of forcing her to care for their young children, the lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Manhattan said.

The three months of forced labor was nothing more than involuntary slavery, the woman alleged in court documents.
She was constantly berated, belittled, told not to talk to anyone outside the family, and was ordered not to leave the house.

Hurley locked her in the room with the children, and Villanueva sometimes ended up sleeping on the floor of any room in which she was locked in, court documents alleged.

Girl, 12, hurt while watching TV after man falls through roof, lands on couch

Mike Jacobs 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A little girl was rushed to a hospital after a repair man suddenly fell through the roof of her apartment while she was watching television, injuring her, according to hospital officials in Pennsylvania.

The roof of Philadelphia apartment building, on which the man was working on, suddenly collapsed into one of the units where the girl was watching television. The girl was hit by the falling debris.

Police said that the roofer landed on the couch and was not injured. Police also said that the 12-year-old girl was taken to a hospital, possibly with two broken fingers.

The accident occurred on Saturday morning in Northeast Philadelphia.
Police said that the 60-year-old owner of the roofing company initially told authorities that he fell into the apartment, however, investigators said that it was actually a 38-year-old employee of the company.

Police said company owner John Paul Kravchak, of Collingdale, was charged with making false statements to the police. The girl was identified as Maya Pur and the employee who actually fell through the roof was identified as Mike Jacobs, according to police.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman gets back $23,000 wedding ring husband mistakenly sold for $10

Racquel Cloutier and her husband 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman is relieved after getting back her wedding that her husband mistakenly sold inside a box at a garage sale.

A couple, who received a box with a wooden clock by one of their relatives, recovered the ring.

Laguna Niguel, California resident Racquel Cloutier had hidden her $23,000 ring inside the box to keep it safe from her two young children before going to the hospital to give birth to her fifth child. When she returned home she learned that her husband had sold the box at a garage sale for $10.

The story attracted media attention, leading the couple to find the ring.
Cloutier said her husband never really expected to get it back.

As we reported earlier, a woman was left devastated after her husband sold her $23,000 diamond ring for just $10.
The incident came about after the California woman hid her diamond wedding ring, which cost about $23,000.00, inside a watch case. She said that her husband sold the box for $10 because he thought it was empty.

Racquel Cloutier, 31, of Laguna Niguel said she hid the ring inside the watch box and put it in her husband’s closet in order to keep away from her 2-year-old twins while she was in the hospital giving birth to another child.

Cloutier said she went to get the ring when she returned home and was dismayed to learn that her husband, Eric, had sold the apparently empty watch box for $10 in a garage sale.

"I go into the closet of my husband, and couldn’t find the box. That is when he told me he sold it. I said: 'did you sell it? Why did you sell it? Immediately I began to cry," Cloutier said.

"I'm very, very, very upset," she said. "I'm trying to remain optimistic, but I don’t know if I can. There is a small possibility that whoever bought the watch box does not even know the ring is there," she said.

Cloutier said her husband described the buyer as a blonde.
She said her husband "feels really terrible" and expects the buyer to return the ring.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

South Korea ‘Gangnam Style’ star to perform in Israel

By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Israeli fans of the “Gangnam Style” star are delighted to learn that Psy will hold live performances in Israel this summer.

South Korean pop star Psy will perform two concerts in Israel in July.

Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, became a worldwide phenomenon last year with his "Gangnam Style" music video, which has been viewed over 1.6 billion times on YouTube, a record high.
Psy will perform in Israel on July 25 in Tel Aviv and in Eilat on July 27. Tickets are expected to cost around 200 shekels or about $50.

Since his sudden rise to international fame last year, Psy has performed in numerous countries around the world. In 2013, Psy showed that “Gangnam Style” was not a one-hit wonder after his "Lord" music video received over 400 million views on YouTube.
"Gangnam Style" was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video in YouTube history. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

“Gangnam” is an area in South Korea, specifically a small area in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years Gangnam became famous for its wealthy residence. “Gangnam Style” refers to the “new money”, wealthy culture and lifestyle that has sprung up around the South Korean region.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

British Holocaust center wins $750,000 lottery award

Beth Shalom Holocaust Center 
By: David Ross

A British Holocaust center received some good news after being issued a lottery award of about $750,000.

The Holocaust Center, Beth Shalom, in Nottinghamshire has been awarded 500,000 pounds by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money comes in the form of an endowment grant and will become available if the center is able to raise an equivalent amount within four years.

Helen Whitney, executive director of the Holocaust Center, said she was "thrilled" with the grant.
"It is vital that the work of the center, education programs and exhibitions only grow and flourish," she said.

"We have one of the few exhibitions in the world on the subject of the Holocaust that is appropriate for elementary school children," she said. "The donation will help ensure that our work can continue in perpetuity," she added.

The center has a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, as well as research services and seminars. The money will be used to develop effective education programs, to children, parents, adults and disadvantaged communities.

Beth Shalom is one of 13 organizations in the U.K. who have successfully applied for the grant, one of the others is the Wiener Library on Russell Square in central London. It has been awarded this week one million pounds.

New Israeli technology to give gift of sight to visually impaired

Woman using the ORCAM 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A new Israeli technology will soon give the gift of sight to those who are visually impaired.

An Israeli startup is set to give the gift of sight to visually impaired with their new device called “ORCAM.”

The “ORCAM” is a small camera that can be attached to glasses that when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read aloud or describe the sighting. The device went on sale this week for just $2,500. It was available in the U.S. last week, but the first shipment has already been sold out.

The company was founded by Israeli tech giant Amnon Shashua, who is the Sachs professor of computer sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He developed the device along with other faculty members and graduates.

The “ORCAM” is operated by hand gestures. The device is pointed at an item in order for it to read it. The device can be taught something new by shaking it. The device reads aloud and uses bone conduction technology, with the handset placed against the cheek, so it can be used with a hearing aid.

Unlike other reading aids, it can recognize traffic signs, people and objects. It can also read text on flexible surfaces, such as newspapers.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Hitler tea kettles not available anymore at JCPenney

Hitler tea kettle billboard 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) JCPenney reported that the tea kettle that some said looks like Adolf Hitler is no longer available as they have been all sold out.

As we reported earlier, a certain tea kettle is quickly becoming a red-hot hard to find item after JCPenney decided to pull their Hitler tea kettle billboard advertisement.

Within days that the world saw Hitler in the JCPenney teapot billboard in Culver City, California, the advertisement has been removed and the teapots are not available on the JCPenney company website. They are still available in some JCPenney stores.

They are, however, selling on ebay for up to $325 and listed as "impossible to find" and "red-hot". It started selling on ebay for $199.

JCPenney worked fast and furiously this week to reassure customers that any resemblance of its teapot to Hitler was unintentional.

As we reported earlier, some people were outraged by the sight of giant billboards which advertises a kettle that seems to resemble the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to photos uploaded to the internet.

A driver has published the first images of a giant highway billboard kettle that looks a lot like Adolf Hitler.
The advertisement by JCPenney has left motorists in Culver City, Los Angeles, California feeling as if they were just driven over the edge.

"I saw this yesterday and my boyfriend told me I was crazy, now, I feel better that I am not the only one who noticed this," that uploaded of the image said.

Another person said: "I'm looking at this from my office building every day and now I can tell my coworkers that I'm not the only one who saw Hitler the bells and whistles!”

“Even if it was not meant to resemble Hitler, JCPenney should immediately have all the billboards removed. Any resemblance of Hitler is extremely despised by most Americans,” Megan Long, 50, of Los Angeles, California told after being asked to comment about the kettle Hitler advertisement.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

American Apparel names new nail polish ‘Hassid’

American Apperal Hassid nail polish 
By: Shifra Unger

American Apparel has launched a new nail polish named "Hassid."

American Apparel said that the black nail polish is a tribute to the ultra orthodox Jewish community because the group typically dress all black.

The clothing store has therefore decided to name the bottle of black nail polish "Hassid."

American Apparel founder Dov Charney is Jewish, and it is unknown if he meant this as a friendly gesture or he intended to mock the ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The name is apparently based on the preference of the Hasidic community to wear predominantly black clothing. The black nail polish is for sale, and can be ordered on Amazon for just $6 each.

Summer Fun in Gaza: Islamic Jihad Hosts Terror Camp for Children

Gaza children receive terror training 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

For normal children, summer means summer camp fun, but for thousands of Palestinian children, summer fun means terror training.

By Aryeh Savir

Tazpit News Agency for

Summer camps are being kicked off around the globe; in Gaza, a camp run by the Islamic Jihad offers a special terrorist training regiment, which includes military exercises, the use of weapons, and the training of how to abduct Israeli soldiers.

Ma'an News Agency reported that the Islamic Jihad's summer camp in Gaza aimed to "prepare a generation of Palestinians ready to defend themselves and their people against Israeli attacks", as defined by the terrorist organization's spokesman.

The spokesman, Daoud Shibab, announced Wednesday that the movement completed a summer camp for 80 teenagers, ages ranging between 6 and 16. He said Palestinian children needed to learn to defend themselves. "We need to prepare our children to defend themselves, and protect themselves against Israeli persecution and crimes," Shibab told Ma'an. "We do not hide the fact that we are working on raising a strong resisting generation that is ready to defend themselves, their families and their brothers when the need arises."

Shibab said the summer camp included useful knowledge such as crisis avoidance management and training, adding that these subjects were not taught in schools.
"We are a resistance movement, and we are part of the Palestinian people who suffer daily from occupation. The whole world watches how Israel abuses children," the spokesman said.

The graduation ceremony included the use of live ammunition, explosions, and a staged abduction of an Israeli soldier, during which one of the campers was bound and dragged by his friends. One of the participants, a twelve-year-old, told an AFP correspondent that at the conclusion of his training that he was delighted to be a part Islamic Jihad: "Today a fired my first bullet and my blood is boiling in my veins. I will not rest until I have seen battle."

Anger as Nazi leader found living the highlife in the United States

Michael Karkoc 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) People are extremely angry as a former Nazi leader was found living the good life in the United States.

The suspected Nazi war criminal, 94, has been traced to Minnesota in the U.S. Midwest, after a tip-off by a retired physician who investigates Nazism in his spare time.

Michael Karkoc is accused of killing hundreds of women and children, and giving the final order to liquidate entire villages in Poland and Italy, during his time as commander of the SS during the Second World War.

Karkoc lied to immigration authorities of the United States in order to gain access to the country shortly after the war, telling U.S. authorities in 1949 that he not done any military service during World War II.

He concealed his work as a founding member of the SS directed by Ukrainian Self Defence Legion and later as an officer in the SS Division Galicia, according to records obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Both SS groups were included in a U.S. government blacklist of organizations whose members were barred from entering the country.

Karkoc’s unit was leading the way in massacres of civilians. Nazis files said that he and his team participated in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which the Nazis brutally suppressed the resistance.

One of Karkoc’s men, Vasyl Malazhenski, told Soviet investigators that Karkoc’s unit ordered his unit to "liquidate all" in the town of Chlaniow in 1944, in retaliation for the killing of an SS officer.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Assistant principal arrested after returning bloody motel room key

Neville Palmer 
By: Eva Fett

A Kentucky man was arrested after his motel room key had blood on it.

Neville Palmer, 37, of Christian County, Kentucky, who is a Middle School Assistant Principal, was arrested by police after a motel owner reported seeing blood on his motel key.

The owner of the Super 7 Inn called the police at 7:25 pm to report that the man, who occupied room #112, returned the room key with blood on it. After returning his key, the man walked away from the motel.

The motel owner checked the room and found it to be trashed with broken pictures, empty beer cans and a small amount of blood splattered in the room. Police searched the area but could not find the suspect. Then, an employee at the nearby Broadbent Inn called police about a man that matches the description of the suspect. That man turned out to be Palmer.

Palmer was arrested, but the blood apparently came from a cut on his hand. He was taken to Trigg County Hospital for treatment of his cut. Palmer was subsequently charged with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, and he was taken to the Christian County Jail.

Magician helps homeless people through $100 magic trick

Homeless man hugs Stuart Edge 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A magician made headlines after he graciously gave away $1000 of his own money to homeless people.

Stuart Edge became famous through his interesting YouTube videos.

Recently, Edge released a video of himself playing a magic trick with cash on homeless people. After completing the trick, he allowed them to keep the money. He delighted beggars on the streets of Provo and Orem, Utah, by turning a $1 into a $100 bill, and then letting them keep it.

Edge learned to do the money trick, and then, he and a friend, drove around all day looking for panhandlers and poor people. When they spotted someone in need, they went to talk to the person. Then, they performed the trick, leaving the poor person with $100.

Homelessness affects about 640,000 people in the United States. According to reports, 13 percent of these homeless people are veterans who suffer from a mental disability.

“Before I began recording the magic trick, I would talk to each homeless person and learn their stories. One of the guys was very sick and needed to pay his hospital bill. The gentleman in the video with a guitar had only pennies and nickels in his jar. These people are going through hard times and need help,” Edge said.

“The people who were in the video were very grateful for what I gave them. I make sure to talk with them a little in advance and I make sure they really need help. I want to make sure they use the money for good things,” he added.
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Judge orders psychic to pay $7 million after her prediction did not come true

By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A couple won a lawsuit against a psychic, who gave them false information.

Psychic Presley Rhonda Gridley was ordered to pay $6.8 million to a Texas couple after she told police that there were dismembered bodies in the couple’s backyard.

Gridley claimed that there was a mass grave at the home of Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton. The psychic called the Liberty County Texas Sheriff's Office in June of 2011, claiming that there was a mass grave containing dismembered bodies of children at the plaintiffs' home, according to court documents.

The sheriff's offices started an investigation and told the media about these accusations, before long, the story made international headlines. Many news media outlets were at the couple’s home, while officers looked for the bodies.

The lawsuit claimed that Bankston and Charlton were on vacation when the story first broke. They returned home to find "a house full of broken dishes, overturned furniture, animal urine and feces," according to the lawsuit. The suit also said the couple has lost friends because of the debacle.

“The investigation set off a wave of ‘bad will’ toward the victims because of the false claims,” the couple’s lawyer said.After an extensive search, no bodies were found at the property. However, the couple’s reputation was ruined and the damage was done. The couple got a bad name in the community and amongst their friends.

According to Benjamin Radford: “Psychic information often wastes police time and resources following up on false leads. Despite popular belief and claims to the contrary, there is not a single documented case of a missing person being found or recovered due to psychic information. Psychics have consistently failed to find missing persons, including high-profile disappearances like Natalee Holloway and Holly Bobo, the Tennessee woman abducted in April 2011, whose remains remain missing despite efforts by dozens of psychics.”

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Man arrested after counterfeit money is found in printer he was returning to Walmart

Jarad Carr 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he tried to return a used printer to Walmart.

Walmart has an easy return policy, as they take any item back, no questions asked, if one returns the product with a receipt.

It seems like people are taking advantage of the policy by using an item and then returning it when they are done with it. Jarad Carr, was one such person, as he tried to return a used printer. His problem was that he did not have his receipt to prove that he bought it at the store.

Carr tried to return the printer to a Walmart in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin, without any proof that he bought it there. When Walmart employees refused to take the printer back, Carr raised a ruckus, which prompted an employee to call the local police.

Employees examined the machine and found a single sheet of copy paper with two fake $100 bills printed on it. When officers arrived and heard about the counterfeit bills found in the printer, they searched Carr and allegedly found another $300 in counterfeit cash on him.

Officials of the Lake Hallie police are still searching for a man who was with Carr at Walmart at the time of the incident, but left before police arrived. Carr was charged with attempted theft by fraud, forgery and resisting arrest.
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Florida Woman, 21, held without bail after having sex with 11-year-old

Megan Nicole Hayes 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was arrested and held without bail after she had sex with an 11-year-old boy.

Megan Nicole Hayes, 21, of Brevard County, Florida, was arrested after she allegedly had sex with the 11-year-old boy, who she was hired to babysit.

Hayes was jailed despite her father's alleged claim that his daughter is intellectually challenged and does not know right from wrong. Hayes was arrested on Thursday on charges of felony sexual assault of a child under 12 years.

“If the woman is indeed intellectually challenged and she has a low IQ as the father is claiming, how is it that the family allowed her to babysit a young child? It seems like she is morally challenged more than anything else,” Jeffrey Miller, 32, of Miami, Florida, told after being asked for comment on the arrest.

The Cocoa Beach, Florida, Police Department said that Hayes confessed to sexually abusing the child, late last month in the coastal city of Cocoa, while the boy was in her care.

Hayes is being held without bail in the Brevard County Jail. Several months ago, Hayes was arrested on charges of credit card fraud and petty theft, according to court documents.

Sweden refuses to accept wine bottle shipment because they taste better than the samples

Woman enjoying fine wine illustration 
By: Eva Fett

In quite an odd turn of events, Sweden refused to accept delivery of wine bottles because the wine tasted better than the samples the company originally provided.

It all happened to a Swedish supplier of alcohol, who said that the state liquor monopoly sent back 6,000 bottles of Spanish wine. The reason provided was that the wine tasted better than the samples provided before the purchase.

Kare Hallden, who is the Spruce Up alcohol CEO, said that the state liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, chose their wine over other companies during a wine tasting competition.

However, the store sent back 6,000 bottles to the company last month, because the wine delivered was "clearly better" than the samples.

"I think the flavor-wise, it's exactly the same wine," Hallden said. "Systembolaget however, believes that the wine, which has been delivered to the stores, is much better than the one that won the bid earlier in the year," he added.
Lennart Agen, who is a Systembolaget spokesperson, said that Hallden’s statements are not entirely true.

"We never said that it tasted better. What we did say is that it tasted different. Simply a different wine," Agen said. "Whether the wine tasted better or not is up to personal judgment," he added.

Spruce Up said it was forced to pay the costs of returning the bottles, thereby losing tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

Man, 63, arrested after driving drunk on shopping cart

Motorized shopping cart 
By: Moses Gold

A man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was caught driving drunk on a shopping cart, according to police reports in Alaska.

Police arrested the Alaska man they said was driving a motorized shopping cart while intoxicated and was in possession of stolen cookies and cake mix.

Merrill K. Moses, 63, was charged this week in Fairbanks on charges of drunk driving, theft and refusing to take an official sobriety test.

An employee at the grocery store called police Wednesday night after seeing Moses drive in the parking lot. The employee was concerned that Moses would collide with a car.

"When an officer arrived, an employee of the store was holding the handlebar basket to keep the suspect from driving further," Sergeant Bruce Barnette of the Fairbanks Police Department said.

Another employee told police that the man was drinking while driving the motorized shopping cart, and that it was not his first time doing so. He has previously run over employees who tried to stop him, he told police.

Barnette said Moses did not seem to be disabled, but he could not stand without help on Wednesday night. One test measured the alcohol content in his breath at 0.31, almost four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He later refused to provide a breath sample at police headquarters.

Moses was charged with burglary because his cart allegedly contained items that he did not pay for, including chocolate chip cookies and Betty Crocker cake mix.

Moses has a long criminal history, including a driving under the influence conviction in 2011. He also has convictions for domestic assault, public drinking, open container, burglary and theft.

Bear gets its head stuck in plastic bottle for 11 days

Bottle stick on bear's head illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A bear, that had its head stuck in a plastic bottle for eleven days, finally got its head freed by concerned residents in Pennsylvania.

Four residents of central Pennsylvania said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear, whose head had been stuck in a plastic bottle for at least 11 days.

The frightened but powerful bear fell into a pool at least twice during the rescue attempt. However, the group finally removed the bottle and set the animal free.

"I thought, 'Nobody is going to believe this,’" Morgan Laskowski, 22, a bartender at the Jamison City Hotel said.
Area residents first saw the 100 pound bear with his head in a red bottle in the beginning of the month. The animal was attracted to the bottle as it once contained cooking oil.

"It put its head inside, and had a problem," Mike Jurbala, 68, who helped the bear, said. "He would have died within a couple of days," he added.

Jurbala saw the bear Thursday night, as he left the bar at Jamison City Hotel. He called Jeff Hubler, a local employee of the State Gaming Commission who had been one of those trying to help the bear.

The two were joined by Laskowski and her mother, bar owner Jody Boyle, to follow the bear through the darkness.
"You knew where it was because you could hear it banging on things," Jurbala said.

They cornered the bear in the backyard of a residence, where it ended up falling into a pool a couple of times. Finally, the animal was in a position that they could remove the bottle.

"You would think that the bear would be weak, because it did not eat or drink for a week, but it was strong," Boyle said.
Hubler said people should keep the lids on bottles of food they throw away.

New York parents angry after school orders students to write suicide notes

One of the suicide notes 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Parents, who have kids at one New York school, couldn't believe their eyes when they saw their children writing suicide notes.

The young children attending a private school in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, were ordered to write suicide notes as a homework project.

The task at one York Prep class required students as young as 14 to write goodbye letters from the perspective of a character who kills herself in "The Secret Life of Bees," a best-selling book and movie.

The task included to write a justification why they had committed suicide, a daunting process that struck some nerves.
"We are very disturbed by the scope of the mission," a parent of a student at the school, said.

"We felt it was a scandalous assignment for a 14-year-old to get," the parent added. "We paid a lot of money to send our children to school," the parent also said. The school headmaster, Ronald Stewart, said he saw nothing wrong with ordering students to write suicide notes.

Man gets 3 years jail for failure to pay $70 restaurant bill

Anthony Malabehar 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of theft related charges after failing to pay his $70 restaurant bill, according to court proceedings in Illinois.

The man was accused of running up a $70 bill in Illinois before telling the server he could not pay.

Prosecutors said that Anthony Malabehar, 47, had been out of jail for only 60 days before committing the crime. He was previously jailed for a similar offense. He ordered a meal for $70 at the Alamo Steak House in Mattoon and later told the server that he does not intend to pay.

"he said with a smile on his face, ‘I have to tell you a secret, I have no money,’" Alamo general manager Alex Schmink said.
State Assistant Attorney Rob Scales of Coles County said that Malabehar served a 60 day jail sentenced for eating at another restaurant before telling the server he would not be able to pay his $100 bill.

Malabehar has at least 13 previous convictions for theft or robbery and about 70 prior arrests on charges of theft.
Scales said the sentence was longer than usual because Malabehar’s extensive criminal record. Malabehar could be eligible for release in one year on good behavior credits.

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Iowa Police mistake art for bomb, blow it up

The suspect art piece 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) After police have mistaken an art piece for a bomb they decided to blow it up, according to police reports in Iowa.
The incident occurred with an art piece created by Russell Jaffe, who is an artist and poet. He creates art pieces from thrown away video game systems and garbage electronics.

One of his pieces, a painted broken television with a blood stained antenna, was purchased at an art fair. Then he left it in a newspaper vending machine that locals said is a leave something take something art exchange box.

According to the Police Department of Iowa City, private security personnel working at a festival realized the object and notified authorities who in turn contacted the Johnson County bomb squad.

Police said the bomb team followed protocol and examine the unknown suspicious electronic package. That is when they decided to detonate the package with a controlled robot.

"Having my art and poetry gutted by a bomb destroying robot is a thing that I never realized I always wanted," Jaffe joked said in a statement.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Republican Congressman attends gay event by mistake after opening wrong door

Congressman Ralph Hall 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Republican Congressman said he attended a gay event by mistake after entering the wrong door, according to a statement released by the office of Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas.

Republican Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas accidentally opened the wrong door last week and attended the Victory Fund event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender at the Capitol.

Hall, the oldest serving member of Congress at age 90, is a supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, and his appearance at the reception was met with surprise and confusion.

After getting some drinks and making small talk, Hall asked about the whereabouts of the legislator whose event he thought he was attending.

Turns out he and his staff was supposed to be in different meeting room. After discovering that he was in the wrong place, the conservative anti-gay congressman quickly left the room.

"At that moment, I realized that it was not the reception I intended to attend. I put down my cup, thanked the sponsor, and I told him we were leaving," Hall said in a statement.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view