Last Ethiopian Jews arrive in Israel

Remaining Ethiopian Jews leaving for Israel 
By: John Roberts

The last remaining Jews from Ethiopia arrived in Israel.

The last of the Ethiopian Jews, a community that traces its ancestry to biblical times, arrived in Israel on Monday, capping a decades-long saga that brought tens of thousands of immigrants from Ethiopia to the Jewish homeland.

About 450 immigrants flew on two charter flights organized by the Jewish Agency as part of "Operation Wings of Dove", which was launched by the Israeli government three years ago.

The group originated in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar, the heart of the Jewish community of Ethiopia. The Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said: "Jews lived in Gondar for 2,500 years. Nevertheless, their desire to return home never weakened."

In preparation for the final flight, the Jewish Agency delivered the keys of the Jewish community center to the Gondar city mayor. The community also donated all buildings and school equipment to the municipality. The school has helped educate more than 2,500 Jewish students.

At a ceremony marking the turnover of the school, Sharansky said: "Today we bring to a close a journey that spans thousands of years. The conclusion of the operation Wings of a Dove."

Tibetan Monks Chant Prayers of Peace in Jerusalem

Monks in Jerusalem 
By: Anav Silverman

The sounds of Tibetan monks chanting, an Iranian playing the santoor, western African style music, Rastafarian and reggae beats, as well as some Israeli rock, among other musical genres could recently be heard pulsating from Jerusalem's Tower of David in the Old City.

The international and local rhythms made up the beats of the second annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture, whose musical venues were located in different parts of the city including the YMCA, Tzidkiyahu's Cave, and Hebrew University.

The three-day festival (August 20-23) attracted at least 1,000 visitors each night to the Tower of David according to director, Eilat Lieber. "It was very important for me to bring this unique festival to the Tower of David," Lieber told Tazpit News Agency.

"This has been an important opportunity to hear not only great music but to experience the respect that exists between different religions and cultures across this city and in the world," Lieber.

"This kind of mutual respect is not entirely obvious as division and conflict are often the only themes portrayed in media coverage of Jerusalem," added Tower of David spokeswoman, Caroline Shapiro.

One of the musical performers, Alan Kushan, an Iranian living in the US had positive remarks about the capital of Israel.

"Jerusalem is a wonderful city to perform in," the Iranian santoor player, Alan Kushan told Tazpit News Agency. "It's not only an honor to play in the city of King David and his son King Solomon. I think it's a duty that I should come and play music. As an artist, my message to other fellow Iranian musicians is not to be afraid of visiting this city," said Kushan.

The exiled order of Tibetan Buddhists, known as the Tashi Lhunpo Monks, could also be seen walking around the ancient stones of the Tower of David, dressed in their traditional maroon robes. The monks, exiled from Tibet and now living in South India, chanted Tibetan prayers, accompanied by cymbals, gongs, bells and ceremonial dancing during their night performance.

It was the Tibetan monks' first visit to Jerusalem, having spent the year touring across Europe and raising funds to continue their way of life at the South Indian monastery. "The monks cannot study in Tibet in freedom because the Chinese regime forbids them from doing so," explained Jane Rasch, a spokeswoman for the group. "There is much understanding and sympathy between Israelis and these second-generation exiled monks living in India."

At the Tower of David, the monks also created their signature mandala of peace (Yamantaka Mandela) made of colorful crushed marble from Southern India, as Israeli onlookers watched in fascination.

Kachen Lobzang Tuskhor, the leader of the visiting group of monks, told Tazpit News Agency, that Jerusalem was a special city, but more crowded than he anticipated. Lobzang, who speaks Tibetan, Hindi, and a little English, explained with a laugh that he learned two words in Hebrew during his visit: shalom and sababa.

Trader’s fat finger causes Israeli stock to drop 99 percent

Israel Corp. stock plunge 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) An Israeli stock tumbled more than 99 percent on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange after a trader with an alleged fat finger caused a typo on a trade order, according to officials at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

While U.S. investors panicked because the Nasdaq Composite flatlined for three hours last week, they can take a look of what catastrophe really looks overseas in Israel.

A fat finger trade briefly pulled the entire Tel Aviv 25 index down 2 percent when a trader mistakenly entered an order for Israel Corporation Ltd. 99.9% percent below the last price. The trade triggered a series of stop-loss orders that led the index to falls sharply for about five minutes.

According to sources familiar with the situation, a certain trader mistakenly entered the symbol of Israel Corp., one of the nation's largest holding companies, in error. The stock prices fell from 167,200 shekels to just 210 shekels before all operations during that five-minute time period were declared void. The employee was fined.

By the close of business, Israel Corp. finished down 1.1 percent on Sunday, while the TA 25 closed fractionally lower.

In contrast to the horizontal line that dominated the news in the United States, when technical problems forced the Nasdaq to stop trading for three hours last Thursday, the vertical nature of the change in price of the shares of Israel Corp. looks almost comically opposite.

Woman arrested after fighting with husband over daughter’s used tampon

Cortteza Liandra Sellers 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was arrested after hitting her husband over her daughter’s used tampon.

A fight over a used tampon, which was found on the floor, caused a Florida mother to be jailed.

According to police reports, Cortteza Liandra Sellers, 32, was at home when her husband saw a used tampon on the floor.
It was established that the tampon belonged to their 17-year-old daughter.

The husband then asked his wife to speak with their daughter about the “unhealthy nature of leaving used tampons lying around.” The discussion turned into a heated argument, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy said.

The dispute between Sellers and her husband became escalated into "a shoving match." Sellers allegedly scratched her husband on the side of his face making him bleed, police said.

Deputies determined that Sellers was the "primary aggressor" during the confrontation. As a result, she was arrested and booked into the Manatee County Jail on charges of domestic battery.

Bride and groom dressed as clowns entertain their guests

Bride and groom dressed as clowns 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A bride and groom chose to make their wedding an unforgettable and enjoyable occasion.

Billy Tedeski and Patty Kulwicki weren't clowning around when they pledged to love and cherish each other until death do them part.

Tedeski has been performing as a clown for 41 years while his bride, Kulwicki, sometimes joins him on stage. Therefore, a clown wedding at the annual clown festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was a no-brainer for them.

In the video below you can see the groom, who was wearing a fake red nose and black lipstick, and the bride, who wore her white gown with an orange wig.

The groom had some tricks up his sleeves, which kept the guests laughing as they exchanged their vows. "Clowning around just means a lot to him," Kulwicki said of her new husband. "So when he asked me to do a clown wedding I could not think of anything that would make him happier," she said.

To Tedeski, having a clown themed wedding was more than just a way to express his passion, it was also to celebrate his special relationship with Kulwicki.

"I've had two wives, but this is my first partner," he said of his beloved new wife. She is the first woman, who has participated in the clown acts with him and together they are a team. "We mesh so wonderfully," he said.

Dolphin stranded near beach gets ride back to sea in lifeboat

Rescuers saving stranded dolphin 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Lifeboats are normally used to save people, but this time they were called to help a stranded dolphin.

A lifeboat team was called to help rescue a dolphin, which became stuck on sand.

The dolphin was spotted on the River Dee in Flintshire in the United Kingdom.
The dolphin is believed to have taken a wrong turn while swimming upstream from Saltney Ferry towards the Chester river.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats were called to help the dolphin. "It was in shallow water and it was trying to find a deep water channel," a spokesperson for the Liverpool coastguard said.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Alan Forrester said: "We had a representative from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on board, who was monitoring the dolphin. The team of volunteers put the dolphin on a stretcher and then into the lifeboat.

It was transported to the deep-sea where it was released.

4,000 elderly people get letter from government asking if they are still alive

Are you alive sign illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The government wants elderly people to prove they are still alive and are not fraudulently getting government money.

A letter was sent to about 4,000 retirees in the United Kingdom asking if they are still alive.

The government's pensions department sent out 4,000 “Certificate of Existence” letters as part of an audit. The letters were sent to retired people, who had worked for the States of Jersey.

The letter required people to sign the document in order to prove that they are still alive.
Many elderly people were offended by the letter. “A visit or a phone call to the elderly people might have been a better solution,” Kim Evans, 43, of the United Kingdom said.

The department explained that it wanted to ensure that the money is not paid into the accounts of people, who had died.
One 85-year-old man, who received the Certificate of Existence letter, was very upset. "It is bureaucracy gone mad, I have to sign a form to prove I exist," he said.

After receiving criticism on the letters, Ron Amy, a pension fund manager, said: “while the audit was the best way to get up to date information, we should have been more sensitive.”

Amy defended the decision, saying that people don’t always report the death of a loved one.
"In some circumstances there is a joint account, where one party dies and the other one keeps collecting the pension without us knowing that the other person is dead," Amy said.

Rodent fur found inside Heinz tomato ketchup

Heinz ketchup illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Heinz has always been a popular and reputable company.

Heinz food is currently shipped worldwide for people to enjoy.

However, now, people are worried, as health officials in Brazil have found traces of rodent fur inside Heinz tomato ketchup.

Brazilian health officials have banned a batch of Heinz ketchup that was made in Mexico, after detecting traces of rodent. The Brazilian government banned all sales, distribution and marketing of the batch.

Mexican authorities have launched their own investigation and have ordered an inspection of the factory, which produced the affected ketchup.

Heinz said the batch which was sent to Brazil, was withdrawn from circulation. The company has previously stated that all their products are manufactured according to international standards, and promised to investigate the matter.

Cofepris, the Mexican hygiene agency, said they will visit the factory to check if all standards are being met. Cofepris confirmed that Heinz had asked for a "detailed report" on the contaminated batch of tomato ketchup.

Neither the company nor the Brazilian authorities gave any details about the extent of contamination or the volume of products that have been recalled.

Wild Wing Cafe slammed after kicking out black diners because white customer complained

The family that was told to leave 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A local restaurant is under fire after allegedly kicking out 25 African-American customers because a white customer said he felt threatened by their presence.

The same time the United States is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, people are flocking to social media websites in order to condemn a South Carolina restaurant for their racist actions.

Michael Brown, along with 24 of his relatives and friends, were in the Wild Wing Cafe to celebrate the last day of his cousin in Charleston, South Carolina, last month, when the group was told to leave the restaurant.

The shift manager told Brown that a white client felt "threatened" by his party. When one of the members of the Brown family began filming the exchange, the shift manager told the group to leave.

“This fully alarmed all of us because we were sitting there peacefully for several hours," Brown said.

To make matters worse, Brown said his group had waited "patiently" for two hours to get a seat in the restaurant. He took to Facebook to express his frustration with the establishment in North Charleston.

A representative of Wild Wing Cafe, a restaurant chain with multiple locations, has approached Brown to apologize and offered him a free meal for the group. However, Brown said that the issue goes much "deeper than that."

Woman arrested after posing as daughter at court hearing

Tomeka Oliver 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A Ohio woman had a court hearing, but she was not in town, so her mother showed up in court instead of her.

Tomeka Oliver, 39, of Ohio tried to cover for her daughter and appeared in a Cincinnati court in her place.

Tomeka Oliver’s daughter, Sarah Oliver, 22, was supposed to be in court on a charge that she did not have a driver's license with her when she was pulled over earlier this year. She was ticketed and given a court date.

In court, things seemed to be going as planned. The mother pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that “she” did not have her driver's license when she was stopped by an officer.

She was ordered to pay a fine of $50.
Unfortunately for her, someone in the room recognized Tomeka Oliver, and told the Hamilton County Municipal Court staff that she was not the Sarah Oliver as she pretended to be, and identified her as the mother of the perpetrator.

Judge Dwane Mallory, who is the bother of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, wasn’t happy that he’d been fooled. He immediately cited the mother for contempt of court and ordered her to be jailed.

An arrest warrant was issued for her daughter, Sarah Oliver, who reportedly had a number of run-ins with the law.
The mother thought she could pass as her daughter because the mother and daughter look a lot like each other, as both are 5-foot 4-inches tall, the same size, with black hair and brown eyes.

The mother and daughter have previously been arrested together. Both were charged with disorderly conduct after being involved in a street fight in the Clifton Heights neighborhood.

Tennessee church ousts member for supporting lesbian daughter

Detective Kat Cooper right, with her wife Krista  
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A family was forced out of their church because they chose to openly support their lesbian daughter.

Linda Cooper and her family had attended the Ridgedale Church of Christ for six decades, but now, she is no longer welcomed.

The church was angered when Linda Cooper stood at her daughter's side while her daughter fought for the rights of same-sex couples.

Linda Cooper was asked to condemn her daughter’s lesbian lifestyle in front of the congregation, but when she refused to do so, she was ousted.

Kat Cooper, a police detective in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her partner Krista, were married in Maryland in May. They have been fighting the Collegedale city in an effort to be granted the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The city of Chattanooga made the decision to grant benefits to same-sex couples, which was a victory for Copper and other same-sex couples, who work for the city.

Throughout the legal process, Linda Cooper supported her daughter. This did not sit well with the church, and she was asked to publicly denounce the lifestyle of her daughter or leave the church.

The mother was forced to choose between her church and her daughter. Linda Cooper chose her daughter and left the church.

Woman’s Instagram suspended after her naked breastfeeding yoga photo goes viral

Daughter Of The Sun nursing photo 
By: Eva Fett

A woman, who posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby while doing yoga in the nude, is angry, after her Instagram account was suspended after the photo went viral on the internet.

The “Daughter Of The Sun” Instagram account run by Amy Woodruff, known to many as the "Naked Yoga Breastfeeding Mom" has been closed, and fans are coming out in droves to get it back online.

Woodruff became a viral star two years ago, when she posted a photo of herself doing yoga while naked and breastfeeding, on her blog the Daughter Of The Sun. No one knew much about her until she gave an interview about where she is now.

Since the publication of the interview in which it was revealed that Woodruff lives in Hawaii, sells products and handmade jewelry on Etsy, and her partner is a musician, her life has come to a halt by a storm of online comments.

New blog readers came flocking to Woodruff and her Instagram account. Her fan base grew to 14,000 and Woodruff believes that some of them were not pleased with what they saw on her account. The account has been disabled on Thursday.

Instagram released the following statement:

"Instagram has a clear set of community standards that make it clear what is and is not allowed. Though we cannot comment on individual accounts, usual protocol was followed on this occasion and we took action because the content broke the rules of the community. We encourage people who encounter content that makes them uncomfortable to inform us through the tools built in next to each photo or video on Instagram."

Now, some Instagram users are rallying to have her account restored. Fans are publishing her images with the hashtag #savedaughterofthesun. More than 600 of her photos have so far been republished, in protest of Instagram’s decision.

Woman gives birth inside nurse office of elementary school

Natasha Richardson and Marie Lys Colin 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A baby did not want to wait until her mother arrived in the hospital and was born inside her brother’s school, according to police reports in Florida.

Miramar police officer Natasha Richardson said that on Thursday afternoon, a mother, who was nine months pregnant, began to moan at the principal’s office of Fairway Elementary School.

Richardson along with the health technician of the school quickly called an ambulance, which arrived a few minutes later.
However, by then, Richardson, who is assigned as Fairway’s school resource officer, had guided the mother through childbirth.
"It was like 1-2-3," Richardson said. "The water broke, the head came out, and the baby followed," she said.

The super fast birth occurred in the school clinic room, which is where school employees brought the woman after noticing her repeated cries as she clung to her waist. The mother was there to pick up her 7-year-old son, who attends Fairway.

The task was complicated by the language barrier as the mother speaks a limited English. An interpreter, who speaks Haitian, was rushed to the scene, and she delivered the message of paramount importance, "Push".

With Richardson cradling the little girl's head, a single push was enough. Richardson was immediately concerned because the baby was not crying, and the ambulance had not yet arrived.

Richardson, who has given birth herself to a daughter, who is now a teenager, knew that she needs to clear mucus from the nose and the baby's chest. However, she could not remember the appropriate medical device to use, so Robinson asked for "something soft".

The school had none.
Richardson tilted the girl and patted her back. Then used her finger to clear the airways of the baby's mouth.

Shortly thereafter, Fire workers arrived and the umbilical cord was cut. The baby finally let out a little cry and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood with her mother, whose name was not released.

Richardson visited the hospital where she saw the mother and daughter doing fine.
"She was very surprised to see me, she was very happy," Richardson said. "She gave me a big hug," she said.

The baby was named Maybelle Colin Sainvilus. The mother was later identified as Marie Lys Colin.

Thief arrested after asking if ton of stolen copper is a felony

Raymond Clifton 
By: Debbie Gross

A foolish thief was busted after asking if a ton of stolen copper could land him a felony charge, according to police reports in Florida.

Volusia County police investigators said that they located a copper thief on Thursday after he asked employees of a scrap metal company if one ton of stolen material was a misdemeanor or a felony.

Raymond Clifton, 31, of DeLeon Springs is accused of allegedly stealing nearly a ton of copper from the electrical company he worked at and then trying to sell it to a junkyard in DeLand, Brandon Haught, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office of Volusia County, said.

"Workers at the junkyard thought it seemed strange when Clifton mentioned a recent story about a person who had been arrested for selling stolen copper and then asking if the crime was a misdemeanor or a felony offense," Haught said.

Over a period of two months from June, Clifton sold large amounts of copper, between 55 and 300 pounds at a time, on 17 different occasions. He netted about $5,300 according to a police report.

Police asked Clifton’s employer to check their inventory of copper and discovered that 1,900 pounds had disappeared.
"The owner also told investigators that Clifton was an unreliable employee who had a pill problem," Haught said.

Clifton was charged with dealing in stolen property and booked into the Volusia County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Pile of goat manure explodes stinking up Vermont neighborhood

Pile of manure on fire illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A pile of goat manure caught fire causing a big stink for residents of one town, according to fire officials in Vermont.

Windsor officials said that a pile of goat manure spontaneously caught fire, spreading a stench and causing people to hold their noses through the town. Official Said that the fire did not cause any lasting damage.

“It smelled like burning wet leaves or a forest fire," Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh said.

A worker, who was on her way to milk some goats, discovered the 120 cubic yards of manure on fire around 3:00 am on Wednesday, George Redick, owner of 800 goats at the Oak Knoll Dairy, said.

He and others put out the flames with water from a hose, but the manure was still smoldering. He planned to call the fire department later that morning, but firefighters were already looking for the source of the odor at 6:30 am.

Marsh said he could smell the fire in his home located about five miles away. He called it "a little disconcerting, as there was a very strong odor."

Redick said that the manure would have been spread around the farm earlier this year, but the rainy season and other factors kept that from happening.

He said he used to think that spontaneous combustion is fiction.
"Now I'm a believer," he said.

Woman’s vibrating sex toy causes bomb scare at Russian post office

Bomb squad illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

A vibrator caused mass panic after being mistaken for a bomb, according to Postal officials in Russia.
Police in Russia said that a package that caused a bomb threat at a post office turned out to be a sex toy.

The police department of the Kirov region said the post office was evacuated on Friday after the discovery of a package that made strange noises and investigators went after the sender to ensure that the object was not a bomb.

The sender told police that the package contained a vibrating sex toy, which she wanted to take along for her trip, but without packing it in her luggage.

Police said no charges were filed and the investigators said that postal workers were right to call the authorities to check out the package.

This is not the first time that a sex toy sparked panic. As we reported earlier, police and bomb experts were called to a woman’s house after she confused a sex toy with an explosive device, according to police reports in Florida.

A Jensen Beach Police technical specialist determined that the suspicious package received by the local woman was not a bomb.
Instead, it was an erotic device. More specifically, a battery operated sex toy.

The woman, who received the package, told a Martin County Sheriff's deputy that she received this package in the mail the day before, according to the sheriff's report released recently.

The unknown item was inside a manila envelope marked Express Mail U.S. Postal Service. The name and address of the woman was listed as both the sender and recipient.

A bomb tech specialist determined that the suspicious package contained a sex toy.
"It was a plastic pink novelty item for adults, with some kind of a plastic rabbit attached to it," a sheriff's spokesperson said in a statement. "The receiver said that she did not order it," the spokesperson added.

The woman named one person who might have sent the item, but she had no evidence. The woman and her husband have active orders of protection against the man.

Man jailed after giving out business cards advertising his former girlfriend as prostitute

Lee Childs 
By: Shifra Unger

A man was arrested, charged and convicted after distributing business cards in which his former girlfriend was advertised as a prostitute, according to court proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Now, the man has been sentenced to jail.

Prosecutors said that a vindictive Northampton graphic designer, who was found with a 14-inch machete in his car, has been jailed after he handed flyers advertising adult services containing the address of his former partner.

Lee Childs of Thomas Chapman Grove, Southbridge, was sentenced to five months in prison by the Harrow Crown Court on Friday. The man was also slapped with a five-year restraining order.

Childs was arrested in December 2012 after police searched his business premises in Northampton and his home, after allegations of harassment were made by his former partner.

Police said the victim, described as a professional businesswoman, contacted the Harrow Police Department after discovering that malicious cards had been printed in her name containing her address, phone number and photo.

It advertised massage and adult services. It also encouraged night visits to her home.
The cards were also left at the doors of her neighbors and placed in telephone boxes near her home.
The victim began receiving "disturbing adult natured calls" and visits to her home, during the day and night by strange men.

The cards were also sent to the principal of her children’s school along with a letter saying they it had been found attached to trees near the school.

Childs also sent emails and tried to contact the victim through various social networking sites, despite being asked not to, after she ended her two-year relationship in July 2012.

He also created fake profiles on social networking sites using fictitious names in an attempt to contact her.
Childs also made a malicious report saying that the victim was a drug user, drank heavily, and was unfit to be a mother. He said that she had gone on holiday leaving her three children home alone.

The police said that all the allegations were "vindictive" and "completely false".
When officers searched his property they seized computer equipment and a 14-inch machete hidden in his car.
Childs was subsequently charged with the crimes in April. He was convicted of producing and distributing the offensive cards.

Detective Janine Stevenson, who led the investigation, said: "Childs harassment against the woman was relentless. The victim and her young children were subjected to many months of worry and fear for their personal safety. I'm very happy to see that justice has been done and the sentence is expected to be a deterrent to anyone else, who decides to embark on this type of spiteful behavior.”

Policy forcing elementary students to kneel for principal canceled after sparking outrage

The flyer 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) An elementary school that forced its student to kneel until the principal dismissed them has been canceled after a flyer about the practice was distributed among parents in California.

School district officials in San Bernardino County said they stopped the policy that elementary students need to kneel before being dismissed from class.

Principal Dana Carter of the Calimesa Elementary School had instituted the policy, which calls for students at different times of the school day to kneel on one knee and wait for the principal or another administrator to dismiss them, as a security measure.

A flyer has been distributed among parents stating that Carter began the practice as "a positive way to enforce security" among students, usually just before school starts, or immediately after recess.

Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District Superintendent Cali Binks said that the policy, which was described as a "positive behavioral intervention", will no longer be applied in the Calimesa Elementary School after several parents spoke out against the practice.

Massive phone notifications were sent on Tuesday to inform parents that students were made to kneel.
At least one mother was upset to learn that her 7-year-old daughter was forced to kneel before Carter.

"My daughter said that she had to fall on her knees with her hands at her side, and wait for the principal to come out, and tell them to go to class," the mother said.

"I feel that the principal wanted to be like a king, and we do not have kings in America," she added.
District officials said that Carter will schedule another meeting with parents to plan additional security options on campus.