Barbra Streisand sings ‘Hatikvah’ in Hebrew during Tel Aviv concert

Barbra Streisand sings in Tel Aviv 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) United States singing sensation Barbra Streisand sang in Tel Aviv the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah, in front of thousands of cheering fans, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Streisand was received with enthusiastic applause by 16,000 fans in her first ever concert in Israel, which was held at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Yafo.

The show, which lasted about two and a half hours, sported 60 musicians, and opened with a video of images from Streisand’s childhood to the present.

The concert took place two days after the 71-year-old singer performed at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem as part of the celebration of the 90th birthday of President Shimon Peres. She also performed at a second concert at the Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday night.

As we reported earlier, U.S. singing sensation Barbra Streisand will give her Israeli fans a special treat. The singer is planning to sing in Hebrew at her upcoming concerts in Tel Aviv.

A member of the Streisand team, who is involved in the touring plan of the legendary singer, confirmed that she is preparing to sing one or two songs in the local language.

Streisand, 71, will perform twice at two concerts in the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv this week. This will be the first time that the Jewish star will perform in Israel. The singer, who suffers from stage fright, refused to perform at concerts around the world, despite her huge popularity.

The visit to Israel is particularly significant because Streisand is celebrating her 100th performance of her career in Tel Aviv.
The singer is very excited about her upcoming Israeli performances, one of her managers said.

Streisand is currently on a ten-day stay in Israel. She met with President Shimon Peres, received an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and toured the country.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Israel shows off ‘David’s Sling’ missile defense system for the first time

David's Sling in action 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Israel showed the world its new missile defense system meant to destroy mid range missiles like those in possession by Iran, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Once shrouded in secrecy, the “David's Sling” missile defense system was on display for the first time last week at the Paris Air Show.

David’s Sling was co-developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Raytheon of the United States. It is designed to protect Israel from medium-range missiles. It has a range of over 160 kilometers, or about 100 miles.

The system is expected to be operational within two years.
David’s Sling will become part of Israel’s complex missile defense system, including the Iron Dome short-range missile defense system, which is now operational, the Arrow 2 and the Arrow 3 long-range missile defense system, which is still in development.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Israeli scientists find brain switch that can prevent alcohol addiction

Woman drinking alcohol illustration 
By: David Ross

Those suffering from alcohol addiction may soon be able to get relief after Israeli and U.S. scientist found a so-called brain switch, which can be shut off to alcohol, according to the latest results of a research study.

Scientists were able to shut off the switch in the brain of mice with an alcohol problem and prevent them from falling off the wagon, according to researchers from the United States and Israel.

The new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, identified a key brain molecule involved in reconsolidation of alcohol-related memories caused by the presence of alcohol. This discovery could lead to treatment for people with alcohol abuse disorders and other addictions.

Professor Dorit Ron of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues were interested in the study of the brain mechanisms that underlie "cue-induced cravings" in people with alcoholism.

"The majority of alcohol-addicted patients will relapse in the first year of abstinence," they wrote. "A major cause of relapse is the cue-induced cravings, a process in which a signal that was previously associated with the reinforcing effects of alcohol causing alcohol cravings in itself," the researchers wrote.

If there was a way of erasing the memory of cue-induced cravings, researchers thought, then it might be possible to reduce or prevent relapse due to cue-induced cravings.
The scientists were able to successfully shut of the molecule responsible for cue-induced cravings in mice.

California man arrested after using Holland Tunnel booth in New York as toilet

Holland Tunnel 
By: Debbi Gross

A man caused heavy traffic in the Holland Tunnel after he was caught using a booth as his bathroom.

Traffic was delayed after the man stopped his car, entered the Holland Tunnel booth in New York and defecated in it.

Police said that 21-year-old Kevin Nam of California was visiting New York when he allegedly left his car in the Holland Tunnel and defecated in the toll booth causing him to be arrested. Nam, who reportedly seemed to be intoxicated, answered the call of nature, which earned him a trespassing charge, Port Authority spokesperson Steven Coleman said.

Port Authority Police allegedly saw the man get out of his car while traveling in the north tunnel. He then walked inside the tunnel booth. Police allegedly caught him in the act of defecating in the booth, Coleman said. Nam had been in the car with three other passengers about 10:00 pm when he fell ill and asked the driver to let him out of the car. He then walked through the tunnel and used the booth to relieve himself.

The incident forced the closure of the north tunnel for about of 10 minutes as police conducted a "standardized security sweep," Coleman said. The Holland Tunnel runs under the Hudson River connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey.

Food critic falls into coma after binge eating free biscuits

Kevin Shalin  
By: John Roberts

A food critic was hospitalized after he ate too many butter cookies, which he received for free.

After he was told that the cookies were free, Kevin Shalin, a food critic, tried to break the record of eating the most butter cookies in a restaurant, but he was unable to reach the record as he went into a coma.

Shalin, better known as The Mighty Rib, joined a number of fellow food critics to try the food at Red Lobster. They received a plate of butter cookies, which are free to anyone who orders food. "He sat at the bar while waiting for a table and decided to try one of the cookies. He thought they were the greatest thing he ever put in his mouth," Local food critic Daniel Walker said.

The signature Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster are given to customers for free with purchased food in unlimited quantities. They list of cookies as 150 calories each.

Another guest, Kelly Gee, added: “They said those are free, eat as much as you like.” After eating 30 cookies, Shalin went to the manager and asked what the record for most cookies eaten by a customer was. He then returned to the table and said: ‘I think I can do 415’, and he started to dig in. His beard was covered in crumbs as he ate the cookies.”

After eating 412 cookies Shalin said he felt dizzy. Friends encouraged him to stop eating, but he continued as he wanted to reach his goal of 415. After consuming 413 cookies, Shalin fell to the ground in convulsions.

He was taken to a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Doctors confirmed that he went into a coma shortly after being admitted to the emergency room. Doctors believe that th ebutter blocked his arteries. Hospital officials said they have drained about two liters of butter from him. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

In 2010, Shalin started a food blog called The Mighty Rib. Within six months, Shalin became a contributing writer for the Houston Press’ food blog, Eating Our Words. He is a food critic and writer on food for news media, as well as daily updates to his personal blog.

He also founded TheMightyRib.com, where he manages a team of unique and diverse writers spread throughout the country. These writers contribute pieces on a monthly basis, ranging from restaurant reviews to gourmet recipes.

Traffic cop sentenced to jail after falsely accusing motorist of running him over

Karl Crompton 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) An innocent man was facing jail after a traffic cop lied, and claimed the he was hit by the man.

A traffic cop has been jailed for perverting the course of justice, when a surveillance camera video proved that he lied.

Karl Crompton, 43, lied to police about being hit by a motorist, who he had given a parking ticket. He fabricated an accusation that he was hit by an angry driver. Crompton told police officers that Edward Phipps, 63, plowed into him after an angry confrontation outside a pub in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England. He was given a ticket for parking in a disabled space.

Crompton accused Phipps of deliberately driving into his knees, which made him roll onto the hood of the car. The traffic cop failed to realize that there was a surveillance camera in the area, which confirmed the man’s version that there had been no such incident.

After a four-day trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Crompton was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and jailed for four months. Paul McGreary, the group manager of public protection and enforcement in the Shropshire Council, said after the event: "It is clear that the sentence reflects the seriousness of this case.

"We expect our civil servants to act with the highest integrity and honesty. As unfortunate as this case was, it highlights the pressures that civil enforcement officers may be under while performing their duties. We are saying that this was a very unusual situation and we are sure it was an isolated case," he added.
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Woman sleeps with dog-sized pet rodent

Melanie Typaldos with her pet rodent 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) While most women would squirm at the sight of a rodent in their house, one woman paid to have a rodent live with her.

Some people adopt dogs as pets, while others choose cats, but Melanie Typaldos, 57, chose a capybara rodent as her pet.

A capybara is the largest species of rodents in the world. They are the size of a dog. Melanie and her husband Richard Loveman, 54, share a home in Buda, Texas, with the rodent they named Gary, who weighs 112 pounds. "Although some people might find it strange, it is not really different from having a dog or cat.

Gary is actually very intelligent and very affectionate," Typaldos said. "I love when the rodent sleeps with me in my bed. It learns tricks very fast, faster than your typical dog,” she added. Typaldos and Loveman, fell in love with the huge rodent on a trip to Venezuela, and they later found a capybara breeder in Arkansas.

Since capybaras spend most of their time in the water, the couple added an above-ground pool to their home. They also introduced Gary to their other pets. The two own a horse, a dog, a cat, rabbits and turtles. "He gets along well with other animals. It likes to chase the rabbits for fun," Typaldos said.

Typaldos is not content with the fact that she and her husband like the rodent, she takes Gary to local schools to educate children about capybaras. While she is happy with the pet and sings its praises, Typaldos explains that the species are not the perfect pet for everyone. "Capybaras can be very aggressive at times and its teeth are very sharp. Gary is not at all aggressive, but a bite from a capybara can be very serious," she said.
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Magician levitates from roof of rolling double-decker bus

Magician levitates on double-decker bus 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A Magician in Britain has stunned many people with an unusual sight of suspending himself mid-air.

The Magician, who is known as Dynamo, stunned onlookers as he was apparently levitating next to a red double-decker bus.

The 30-year-old entertainer rode around London's major sites, all the while levitating beside the roof of a 15-foot double-decker bus. He did the outrageous trick outside of double-decker bus number 543, which drives people around to see London’s major landmarks.

Hanging from the side of the bus, he departed from Millbank before taking on Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Then they crossed the Westminster Bridge. Smiling for the cameras, Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, travelled alongside the double-decker bus with the palm of his hand placed on the roof.

He hung mid-air with his other arm outstretched as he waved to stunned fans and onlookers. A police escort cleared the way for Dynamo's daring feat, ensuring there was no traffic around the bus. Dynamo said: "This is one of the most exciting things I have tried.” He did this stunt as he launched a partnership with Pepsi MAX.

"The reaction of the public was incredible and it was great to see so many people taking in the excitement," he said. The actor is the new face of Pepsi Max and their “Live for now” campaign, which will give away hundreds of prizes to customers.

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Bridal store slapped with lawsuit after selling bride torn dirty wedding gown after paying for new

Amanda’s Bridal Boutique 
By: John Roberts

A bride was left devastated after picking up her wedding gown from the store, only to realize that it is torn, dirty, and used, despite paying for a brand new one.

Now, the angry woman has decided to sue the store, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
The Washington state woman said that when she went to the bridal boutique to get her wedding dress she received a torn, stained and used gown after she paid more than $2,000 for a new one, according to court documents.

Nicole Trombley of Snohomish County said that Amanda’s Bridal Boutique in Redmond, Washington, tried to pass the used, ill-fitting dress as new.

The bride-to-be opened the dress bag a week before her wedding to find the dress had "stains, rips, wears and missing pieces,” according to the lawsuit.

The dress designers confirmed that they had not sold any dresses in the past year to this particular boutique.
The boutique returned Trombley’s money and allowed her to take any dress in the store for free for her wedding, the lawsuit said. However, the woman is still seeking damages for emotional distress.

Psychic wins $190,000 lawsuit against newspaper it claimed she was a fraud

Psychic Sally Morgan 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A psychic sued a newspaper and won after they claimed she was a fraud.

British psychic Sally Morgan, who claims that she talks to the dead, won a substantial legal settlement with a British newspaper that claimed that she "deliberately and dishonestly" deceived an Irish audience.

The popular British newspaper Daily Mail has agreed to pay psychic Morgan $193,000 in damages for an article which stated that she used a hidden earpiece during a performance in order to appear as if he was receiving messages from the spirit world.

The article written by Paul Zenon, made ​​the allegations after two women of Dublin, who attended the performance, called a radio station and said that they heard two crew members saying things, which Morgan then repeated on stage.

The crew members, who were accused by the Daily Mail as being part of the scam, were actually subcontracted by the theater and were not members of Morgan’s team. Morgan sued the Daily Mail, and they agreed to settle. As part of the settlement, representatives of Associated Newspapers Limited, Daily Mail’s publisher, apologized to Morgan and agreed to pay her legal costs.

Morgan believes the settlement will go a long way to show that she is legit. On her website she wrote: "There will always be skeptics, who attack my work. I understand and accept that. However, to slander me and falsely accuse me of being a con-artist does not constitute rational commentary or debate. I hope this settlement and apology will repair the damage that has been done.”

However, an editorial writer for the Telegraph, Tom Chivers, explains that the lawsuit was about whether or not Morgan used an earpiece during the show, not whether she really talks to the dead.

Girl, 5, shoots herself dead after mother leaves her home alone to go shopping

Laderika Smith 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A little girl killed herself after her mother left her home alone so she can go shopping by herself, according to police reports in Louisiana.

Police said today that the 5-year-old girl fatally shot herself when her mother locked her inside her house and went to the store.

The Police Department of New Orleans, said in a press release that the girl was home alone Sunday, somehow found her mother's gun and accidentally shot himself in the head. The mother of the child, 28-year-old Laderika Smith, was charged with second-degree murder. Police said that her negligence caused the death of her daughter.

Upon returning home from the store, police said Smith found her daughter lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound. She died later in a hospital.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Car thief busted after being unable to drive stick shift

Antoren Bell 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A car thief was busted by police after he was unable to drive the car with its manual transmission, according to police reports in Florida.

Police in Escambia County, Florida, said that they arrested Antoren Bell after a robbery attempt was foiled because the car thief could not drive with the vehicle’s manual transmission.

Bell and two other suspects, flagged down a car along a highway in order to be able to steal a car. When one female driver stopped to offer her help, police said Bell pulled a gun, forced her out of the car and got in.
However, Bell wasn’t able to get too far.

The 19-year-old soon realized that the car was a stick shift, and abandoned the vehicle after trying unsuccessfully to operate it, according to a statement released by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Bell was later picked up by a police officer and has been charged with vehicle theft, theft and damage to property.

This is not the first time car thieves failed in their mission due to the manual transmission. Two armed robbers attempted to steal Corvette from an Orlando man, but they had trouble getting the car’s engine to start.

"I had to tell them four times to press the clutch, as it is a manual transmission," Randolph Bean, the car owner, said at the time. The robbers then gave up and fled the scene before being arrested by police.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Tourists seen on video being rescued from stuck roller coaster after being stranded for hours

The stranded tourists 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A group of tourists vowed never to go on a roller coaster again after they remained stranded on the ride for more than two hours before being rescued, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Now, an investigation was underway to find out what caused the eleven Russian tourists to remain airborne before being rescued by emergency services.

The incident occurred at noon on Friday at the World Joyland Theme Park in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, eastern China.
The "Skyloop" ride began its journey vertically up the track, but after reaching 30 meters above ground, the thrill ride suddenly and unexpectedly stopped.

The 11 riders were trapped, unable to leave their seats. All they were able to do is stare at the sky.
The Changzhou Wujin Fire Department were alerted immediately.

"We opened the safety bars on the seats manually before taking the tourists down to safety one by one," Tang Xiaorong, deputy director of the Changzhou Wujin Fire Department said.

Two hours later, all eleven tourists were freed. The tourists were all visibly shaken, but no one was hurt.
Xu Yingjie, chairman of the World Joyland Theme Park, said that the roller coaster was up to date in terms of all legal safety checks and was certified until September 19, 2013.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Drunk driver seen on video slamming into family dining in restaurant

The family dining moments before the crash 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A van was seen on video slamming into a family, who were dining in a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The incident, which was caught on video surveillance cameras, showed a family being hit by an alleged drunk driver, who was more than three times over the legal blood alcohol content limit.

Brendan and Tina Paul, along with her sister and her children, were enjoying their meal, when the 57-year-old driver of Glenroy, slammed his bread truck into the Fresh Chilli Thai Restaurant in Laverton yesterday shortly after 10:00 pm.

Instead of hitting the brakes, the driver continued to accelerate before coming to a stop.
The sister of Brendan Paul was hit and was feared dead immediately after the family of seven were pushed back into the restaurant by the out of control truck.

Tina Paul said she was just screaming as the truck slammed into the restaurant.
She said she feared the worst when they could not immediately find her sister.
"A lot of screaming and uncertainty. I thought she was dead under the truck," she said.

She also had words for the suspected drunken driver who blew a reading of 0.179 blood alcohol content.
"I am a mother of two children and the driver almost took that away," she said.
The couple's son, 7, was hit in the chin.

Three family members were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Debris flew while diners and staff ran for cover.

Police said the driver was traveling west on Aviation Road when he lost control of the van and flew across the road before reaching a concrete gate.

The car jumped into the restaurant window.
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Father and son caught on video smashing each other’s car in road rage incident

The two vehicles involved in the incident 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Two expensive luxury cars were ruined after a father and son were involved in a road rage incident, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The video of the father and son, who took their family feud to the streets of a Chinese city, became a viral hit.

The two were involved in a prolonged chase through traffic on Wednesday, which ended in a crash that left the two vehicles damaged.

Images from surveillance cameras showed a silver-gray Mercedes-Benz limo and a red BMW sports car trying to overtake each other on a main road in Ma'anshan, Anhui province, eastern China.

The Mercedes stopped at a cross walk around 10:50 a.m. and then suddenly backed to hit the BMW, which had been following close behind.

The road chase continued with the two drivers staying close to each other, taking turns in overwhelming the other.
A driver, who saw the incident, said: "I saw a red car turning around and then slamming into the limousine."
He added that the two cars collided several times.

The drama lasted about four minutes, video showed.
As the chase came to an end, the red BMW driver abandoned his vehicle and ran away.
The Mercedes owner, who was not willing to give in, also came out, furiously whipping his belt and chasing the other.

The two cars, both very damaged, were left in place until the traffic police came to tow it away.

Yang Xiaoyu, an official of the traffic police in Ma'anshan, said: "This incident was not caused by a single collision given that both cars showed signs of multiple accidents.
We notified the local police station to take charge of this case, as the drivers were no longer at the scene."

Both drivers have been located and confirmed to be a father and son.
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Police catch boy, 7, driving drunk father home from club

Man in custody 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with child endangerment charges after he told his little boy to drive him home because he was drunk, according to police reports in Australia.

Police in the Australian state of Queensland said that they stopped the car in the early hours of the morning, only to find a seven-year-old at the wheel.

Police have charged the drunk man after pulling him over to the side of the road in the Gold Coast of Australia.

A patrol car stopped the vehicle after police observed the car driving without headlights at 3:00 am, only to find the boy at the wheel and the man in the passenger seat.

"The man has been charged with serious traffic offenses after police allegedly intercepted the car driven by a seven-year-old in Surfers Paradise, in the early hours of this morning," police said in a statement.

The 41-year-old was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and being an adult in charge under the influence of alcohol.

The child is now in the care of relatives.
Queensland State Transport Minister Scott Emerson said he was surprised.

"I shake my head and I'm amazed at this," Emerson said.
Major RAC road safety adviser Joel Tucker of Queensland said he was lucky no one was hurt.

"Children at that age do not have the physical or mental ability to drive a vehicle safely," he said.
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Man undergoes 13-hour surgery to remove 140 pound testicle, still unhappy

Wesley Warren Jr. with his doctor after surgery 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man, who had a 140 pound testicle removed is still complaining despite the relief, according to hospital officials in California.

The man is unhappy because the operation left him with a small private part.

Wesley Warren Jr. had a 13-hour procedure to remove his swollen sac after it became so large that he had to wear a shirt with a hood and pants to support the load.

The 49-year-old could not have sex and suffered crippling pain of carrying around the testicles, which weighed more than a baby hippo.

Now, the U.S. man fears he will never be able to have a relationship with a woman after the surgery revealed that he was left with a one inch manhood.

Wesley said: "I know most people probably expected me to express extreme happiness and joy that my life has been transformed since the sac has been removed, but it's not as simple as that. I feel a great sense of comfort that the weight is no longer between my legs. It reached a point where it was a danger to my health, but when I look down at what's there now, it is not the same as it was. It's totally different. My natural appearance before the growth was much better. What came out after the surgery is just an inch long. I am grateful to have been removed from the fire, I was burned, and now I'm dealing with first-degree burns. I'm still disfigured.”

A doctor performed the complex surgery for free on humanitarian grounds.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view


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