Newly released recordings reveal anti-Jewish comments by President Nixon

Richard Nixon 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Newly released tapes reveal that President Nixon blamed his failures on Jews, and that he was willing to incite the U.S. public against the Jews.

The tapes were released by the Nixon Presidential Library. The tapes were the last group of Nixon tapes released of the president, who resigned due to the Watergate scandal.

The president seemed concerned that the Jews could derail his upcoming summit with the Soviet Union. In an April 19, 1973 phone call to the then National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, who is Jewish, Nixon expressed his extreme anti-Semitism.

"Let me tell you, Henry, that will be the worst thing that happened to the Jews in American history," Nixon said.

"If they torpedo the summit, and it could be lost for other reasons, I will blame them, and I will do so publicly at 9:00 pm before 80 million people," Nixon promised.

Kissinger is heard telling Nixon that the Jews "brought it upon themselves."

Nixon continued his anti-Semitic outbursts, saying: "I do not care one **** to have a bit of anti-Semitism if it's on this issue. They put the Jewish interests above the interests of the United States and it is time that the damn Jews in America realize that they are Americans first and Jews second."

Nixon’s comments about the Jews seem related to the American Jewish protests to free Soviet Jews.

In a call with Vice President Spiro Agnew, on April 18, 1973, Nixon said that Jews were holding the U.S. foreign policy "hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union." He added: "Some of the Jews can raise hell, but the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy, never!"

People compete to win an all expense paid funeral

casket illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

We've heard of promotions where people can win an all expense paid vacation, but competing for a paid funeral, that is definitely new.

A minor league baseball club held a promotion where a "lucky" fan can win a free funeral package.

Minor league clubs are known for promotions, which allow fans to win tickets and other things. Now, the IronPigs club came up with a unique and attention grabbing promotion, which was mostly geared towards their older fans, a free funeral!

"It's one of our best out-of-the-box promotions, or perhaps I should say that this is one of our best “in-the-box promotions,” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes joked.

Fans had to submit a 200 word essay describing their ideal funeral and explain why they deserve a free all expense paid funeral.
Over 50 people submitted essays.

The essay contest winner was announced during the sixth inning. Steve Paul, 64, who was recently diagnosed with ALS, won the funeral package. The package includes a casket, embalming or cremation, hearse, headstone, flowers and a funeral or memorial service, which was valued at nearly $10,000. A nearby funeral home is the sponsor.

In his essay Paul wrote: "The disease is racing. As my family must watch my strength, energy and life quickly drain from my body, no one is prepared emotionally or financially for the loss or to prepare a final memorial."
He also wrote that he wants his funeral to be a happy occasion and a celebration of life. "My funeral should not be morbid or sad, but rather a gathering to celebrate life and family, who I dearly love."

16-year-old who killed boy, 8, gets life in prison without parole

Jackson Attuso 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A 16-year-old, who went out looking to kill and murdered a random 8-year-old, will be jailed forever.

Trevor Reese of St. Francisville, Louisiana, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Reese had initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but later changed his plea to guilty. He was found guilty of second-degree murder for the killing of 8-year-old Jackson "Jack" Attuso.

Attuso was on a bike ride with his family in St. Francisville, Louisiana, when he became separated from his mother and brother as they rode ahead of him. Reese emerged from the side of the bike trail, and he stabbed the 8-year-old repeatedly in the back and the chest. In a final blow, the teen slit the young boy's throat.

After a long and drawn out case, Reese was sentenced to life in prison without parole. District Attorney Sam D'Aquila said that the sentencing hearing was held under a new law, which allows juveniles who committed serious crimes to be sentenced to life in prison.

D'Aquila said experts testified that Reese is exceptionally intelligent and he seemed that he went out to the bike trail looking to kill someone.

The boy’s grandfather read a statement in court. He told Reese to remember the face of the child whom he killed and said: "I want you to see his face every night. This is the curse that I put in you."
Both families will deal with this tragedy for the rest of their lives.

Hotel sues guest for $95,000 after posting bad review on Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor website 
By: David Ross

When looking to stay at a hotel, many people check out in order to see user reviews for hotels.

Tripadvisor is a forum where people write reviews about their stay at different hotels.

Hotel Quebec did not like a guest’s review, so they tried to have the guest remove his negative comment, but when the man refused to remove the comment they decided to sue him for damages.

It all began when Laurent Azoulay of Montreal, Canada, booked a two-night stay at the Hotel Quebec in Quebec, which was close to his eight-year-old son’s hockey tournament. He awoke in middle of the night to find bugs biting his legs.

"I not only saw them, I recorded them. I placed them in a glass bottle and brought it down to the lobby in order to show to the staff," Azoulay said.

The hotel staff tried to accommodate Azoulay, but considering that it was in middle of the night and all the other rooms in the hotel were full, Hotel Quebec offered to move him to a hotel chain nearby for the rest of the night.

However, Azoulay, who had traveled with his son and his hockey teammates, said he did not want wake up the sleeping children, so he remained in his room for the rest of the night.

After returning from Saturday's hockey game he was moved to a different room. Azoulay made contact with one of the general managers of the hotel, who offered him a discount of $40 for being bitten by bedbugs on the first night, an offer which he described as "insulting".

Once he got home, Azoulay wrote a negative review on Tripadvisor detailing his experience with Hotel Quebec.
"Beware of bedbugs! If you are looking for a scratch free night’s sleep, stay elsewhere, you will be doing you and your loved ones a favor," he wrote.

Jaro Hotels, the chain that owns Hotel Quebec, said that since Azoulay posted his comment, they and a handful of other hotels have been flooded with calls and concerns about bedbugs,
which led to a dip in business.

Although the management of Hotel Quebec is not disputing Azoulay's encounter with bedbugs in his room, they insist it was an isolated incident.

After Azoulay refused to remove his negative comment from Tripadvisor the hotel filed a lawsuit against Azoulay for damages and loss of profit in the amount of $95,000.

Dog's 911 call leads to owner's arrest

Dog with phone illustration 
By: Moses Gold

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend.

However, one man can question the loyalty of his best friend after his dog dialed police, which eventually led to his arrest.

A dog in Ontario, Canada, was playing with a phone when it dialed police. Ontario Provincial Police received a 911 call at 10:30 am, but the phone went dead. Police officers, who were afraid that someone might be in need of medical attention, traced the call and went to the caller’s house.

The homeowner was surprised when officers arrived. After a short investigation, the homeowner realized that his four-month-old puppy was playing with the phone and had dialed the police by accident.

Adorable, but the police conducted a criminal background check of the homeowner and discovered that the man was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court earlier this year.

The man was arrested and taken to the headquarters of the Belleville Police.
In a press release about the arrest, police suggested the dog may be an "up and coming police K-9 dog."

Ten workers fired after taking 5 minute heat break at California warehouse

Workers protesting at Olivet International 
By: Moses Gold

Ten workers were fired after they took a five-minute break in order to cool off from the heat, according to a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

The ten workers at a Walmart supplier company in Southern California said they were suspended indefinitely on Friday after taking a break when temperatures reached 90 degrees.

Workers said they thought they were suspended from Olivet International warehouse in Mira Loma, located about an hour east of Los Angeles, in retaliation for raising concerns about working conditions in recent months. The suspended workers were joined by a couple of dozen supporters in protesting this morning in front of the warehouse to protest the suspensions.

Ricardo Hernandez, 21, said he had worked at the warehouse full-time for a year until Friday. "We take heat breaks two or three times a day," Hernandez said. "On Friday, they said they were suspending us for taking the break. I want the management to listen to us and take a walk in our shoes to see what we go through every day. It is very difficult to work at the warehouse under such high temperatures without cool water," he said.

Hernandez said that when he and his coworkers have asked for water and raised security concerns of speeding or overloaded forklifts, "They ignore us. They take us as a joke." However, he said he wants to return to work because the pay helps sustain his parents and young niece.

Olivet International’s other customers include Big Lots, Bloomingdales, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl's, Macy's, Marshalls, Nordstrom, Ross, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sam's Club, Sears, Target and TJ Maxx.

Surgeons successfully remove second head from baby in India

Baby Tofajjal 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A couple was shocked when their baby was born with a second head.

The baby underwent surgery in which doctors successfully removed his extra head.

The baby, who is now 8-months-old, was born with a second head which is believed to be from his parasitic "twin". A five-hour operation was performed by surgeons at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata, India.

Neurosurgeon Sisir Das said that the second head, which was on top of the boy’s head, weighed about two pounds and had brain tissue within it. The baby, named Tofajjal, was born with a rare condition called encephalomeningocele, which affects one in about 42,500 babies.

Das, who led the medical team, said: "I have never operated on such a large lesion. It was a critical operation as the slightest slip up during the surgery could have ended the life of the baby.”

Doctors in the small village of Tripura told the parents that their baby cannot be cured and could die soon, but luckily, the doctors at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital were able to save the baby.

Tofajjal seems to be recovering nicely, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery, thus giving him a new lease on life.

Restaurants caught buying rotten produce taken from dumpster

Dumpster diving illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) When business is tough some restaurants will do anything to save money, apparently, that includes buying and serving rotten food.

An investigation in Florida exposed men, who took rotten vegetables from a dumpster and then sold them on the cheap to restaurant owners.

Several men were seen going through dumpsters at the Miami Produce Center picking some produce and then packing them in boxes.

The Miami Produce Center serves as the produce hub for South Florida where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold to restaurants, produce companies, and supermarkets. Rotten produce gets discarded and it can't be donated because it would be a liability if someone got sick.

Video captured the men picking up these discarded vegetables from a dumpster. Then one of the men headed to the parking lot of the Miami Produce Center where he sold them to restaurant owners.

When he was confronted, the man, who sold the rotten food said: "I'm not selling anything to anyone. This is for a guy who is my friend." However, the man was in fact seen selling the produce for cash.

The camera then followed the customers to the restaurants. When they were asked if they knew where the food came from, of course they said that they had no idea. One woman said that it was the first time she bought from the man and she had no idea it was taken from a dumpster. She returned the produce and got her money back.

Man blows up own house after trying to blow up inflatable mattress

Scene of the explosion 
By: Debbie Gross

A man, who was trying to blow up an inflatable mattress, blew up his own house instead, according to fire officials in Germany.

Fire officials said that the man caused 150,000 euro in damages after blowing up the inflatable mattress inside his rented home. The man was new in town, he had no furniture, and now he has no windows or doors.

The 41-year-old, who has not been identified, had moved to the city of Diepholz in Lower Saxony and bought the self inflatable air mattress.

However, the mattress was damaged, so he used an industrial puncture repair spray in order to try to fix it. The chemical did not go well with the mattress’ electric pump, causing a violent explosion that threw him across the room, blew the doors off their hinges and broke the windows.

Experts believe that the heat from the electric motor ignited the chemical from the spray.
He had to be taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. However, a police spokesperson said that the man was lucky to escape with minor cuts and an injured wrist.

Prosecutors are deciding whether to take action against him for causing the explosion.

Surveyors are expected to visit the house on Thursday to see if he was still living there, but on Wednesday there were only fragments of glass left in the frame of the windows, while the curtains were torn and tiles were lying on the ground.

Parrot seen steering wheel of farm machine for 20 minutes

Bird driving farm machine 
By: John Roberts

A parrot in the United Kingdom showed how it could drive home on its own, according to photos uploaded to the internet.

The hungry and dehydrated bird, which was picked up by two farmers in Suffolk, surprised its saviors when it took the wheel of the farming machine and drove them home without help for 20 minutes.

The bird was found by Mark Wells and Andrew Barber, both 40-years-old, who work at the George E Gittus & Sons farm in Bury St. Edmunds.

While working with the wheat crop, Wells and Barber saw a flash of color in the field, so they jumped off their machine in order to investigate. That is when they found the bird.

After believing that the exotic bird was a lost pet, the farmers decided to take it back with them with the hope that they could trace its owner.

What they did not expect, however, was to see the colorful bird grasp the wheel with its beak and directing the Claas Lexion 600 in the field for 20 minutes before reaching their truck.

"It's pretty rare to find a bird like that just jumping around a field in England, but finding a bird that can drive a combine that is crazy," Georgie Wells, who is Mark’s wife, said. "It was incredible," she said.

Workers nicknamed the parrot Rio, whom they described as a "natural operator".
Macaws are usually found in forests, in particular tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean. They have large beaks, and elegant long tails consisting of 17 species, many of which are endangered.

Pennsylvania woman shows up alive just 13 days after her funeral

Sharolyn Jackson 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman, who had a funeral and was buried, mysteriously showed up alive thirteen days later, according to Pennsylvania officials.

Thirteen days after her family thought they had put her to rest, Sharolyn Jackson appeared again.

The Jackson family held a service on August 3 after the Philadelphia medical examiner signed her death certificate and produced a body believed to be Jackson. She was later buried.

On Friday, August 16, the 50-year-old was identified in a mental health center.
"You know that feeling of getting over the fact that she's dead, but then her son Travis comes here with the good news that she is alive," the father of Jackson, Dave Minnie, said.

Now, a mystery hangs over the identity of the buried woman, whose body was found dead of natural causes in a street in Western Philadelphia on July 20, two days after Jackson was reported missing.

Both, Jackson's son and a social worker, who knew the missing woman, positively identified photos of the deceased woman as Jackson, allowing a death certificate to be issued and funeral arrangements to be made.

It is expected that city officials will seek an order to exhume the unknown body in order for it to be identified.

While Jackson’s family members are delighted that she is alive, they expressed sympathy for the family of the unknown buried woman.

Groom seen on video getting hit in the head during wedding photo shoot

The couple right before the groom got hit 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A groom had to celebrate his wedding with a huge headache after getting hit in the head during his wedding photo shoot, according to video uploaded to the internet.

It is said that the only things a groom needs to remember on his wedding day is his correct name and the time the wedding ceremony begins.

However, now we can add another requirement, dodge any cameras mounted on flying helicopters aiming straight at his face.

This unfortunate incident happened to one couple before their wedding ceremony, which left the groom with cuts on his cheek and on the side of his head.

The photographer, who was using a GoPro camera mounted on a DJI Phantom Quadcopter wrote on YouTube: "I ​​felt terrible. Luckily, the bride and groom were able to laugh about it and continued with the recording. Upon request of the bride and groom we put the video online.”

“Although it sucked that this happened, I have decided to own up to what I did. Instead of trying to hide from the world, I published the video so the world could see,” the photographer also said.

He continued: "I ​​was still able to make a great video. This couple was so great to work with. Some of the nicest people I've ever met. The video of this wedding fail went viral on the internet and was already viewed more than 1.5 million times."

Homeowners find bag full of cash outside their door in York

Garbage ban inside bin illustration 
By: David Ross

Homeowners were shocked to find a bag loaded with thousands of pounds in cash outside their house, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

York Police said that a garbage bag full of money was found on the doorstep of a house.

The owners went outside their home in order to put the garbage bins out when they found the bag full of money. The homeowners handed the bag over to the police.

Officials are now trying to find out from where the bag came from.
Although police have not revealed the exact amount of money in the bag, they did say that it contained thousands of pounds.

Police are now asking the public for help in solving the mystery.
Detective Inspector Andrea Kell of the York Police Department said: "This is a very unusual finding that remains unexplained and we would like to know where the money came from and rule out any criminal connection."

Boy, 8, shoots and kills 90-year-old grandmother after playing violent video game

Scene of the incident 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A little boy was arrested, but will not be charged with murder related charges despite shooting dead an elderly woman, according to police reports in Louisiana.

East Feliciana Parish Police said that a local 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed his grandmother, Marie Smothers, 90, who was his caregiver, after playing a video game with violent themes.

A spokesperson of the East Feliciana Parish sheriff did not provide a reason for the shooting, but said that the boy was playing the video game, "Grand Theft Auto IV", a realistic game that has been associated with promoting violence and awards points to players for killing people, only a few minutes before the fatal shooting. The game is rated "M" for mature audiences and is recommended for ages 17 and older.

Authorities are calling the shooting a homicide.
They said it happened shortly after 5:00 pm on Thursday at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park on Louisiana Highway 67 east of Slaughter.

Sergeant Kevin Garig said that the identity of the shooter is being withheld because he is a minor. Garig said the woman died after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child intentionally shot the woman in the back of the head while watching TV, police said.
Authorities said the woman was the child's caregiver.

The child was released to the custody of his parents on Thursday night.
Louisiana law prohibits charging the child with a crime because of his age, the sheriff's office said. The law states that: "Those who have not attained the age of 10 are exempt from criminal liability.”

New York man arrested after killing 99-year-old woman

Fannie Gumbinger 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after killing a nearly 100-year-old woman, according to police reports in New York.

New York Police said that the 20-year-old Poughkeepsie man, who was charged late Friday with murder and burglary in the death of a 99-year-old woman, was being held in the Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Police charged Javon Tyrek Rogers with murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree, in connection with the killing of Fannie Gumbinger, Police Detective Lieutenant Edward Freer said in a written statement late on Friday.

As a result of the investigation, Rogers is also is a suspect in several recent robberies in the city, including a theft on Loockerman Avenue on Wednesday, Freer said.

Rogers faced Judge Katherine Moloney. Gumbinger was found dead in her home at 22 Underhill Avenue, early on Wednesday.
"We are still processing evidence," the police lieutenant said.

Dutchess County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kari Reiber said that Gumbinger died of "multiple injuries" after an autopsy was performed on Thursday, but did not say what was the cause of her death, citing the ongoing investigation.

In a press release by police, residents were told to be on the lookout and were advised to lock their windows and doors of their homes.