Several injured after 21 cars crash on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn from black ice

The massive car pile up 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Several people were left injured and 21 cars were damaged after black ice piled up on a busy highway in Brooklyn, New York, according to rescue workers.

Rescue workers said that black ice caused a huge pile up after Tuesday's blast of snow left behind slush on the roads, which quickly froze with the night dip in the temperature.

The accident in Brooklyn on Tuesday night involved at least 21 vehicles on the Gowanus Expressway near Sixth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Police said. Several people suffered injuries.

Part of the highway was closed for hours on Tuesday night, when police responded to a large amount of backed up traffic. Tow trucks were on the scene to remove the vehicles overnight and to clear the way for morning commuters.

The snow that fell on Tuesday, was the fourth measurable snowfall in the last nine days, and winter has not officially started.

Flatbush area teens suffer burns after their fuel soaked marijuana explodes

Anthony Gambale and Gabriella Katanov 
By: Moses Gold

Two teens were left with serious burns after the marijuana they soaked in fuel exploded, according to rescue workers in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that two local teens were trying to give marijuana an extra boost by soaking it in butane, but it blew up in their faces.

Anthony Gambale, 19, and his girlfriend Gabriella Katanov, 17, were seriously injured with second and third degree burns at 2:20 a.m. inside a garage on Marina Parkway. The massive explosion occurred when one of the teens lit a joint while the gas was evaporating.

The explosion rocked the usually quiet block and sent flames shooting into the sky.

Gambale and Gabriella were taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where they remain in serious condition.

Police found a large amount of marijuana, including pot plants, plastic containers, plastic labels, coffee filters, glassware and butane.

The couple had filled 30 blue tubs with cannabis and soaked it in butane, police said.

Police officer breaks arm of Brooklyn woman because she took her keys without permission

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By: Debbie Gross

A woman was left with a broken arm after a police officer assaulted her because she took her car keys without his permission, according to a lawsuit filed in New York.

A Brooklyn woman stated that a police officer broke her arm in a violent clash that started with her getting a ticket for parking in front of a bus stop, according to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, in federal court in Brooklyn.

Sharon Guzi, 26, a dental assistant with a BA in psychology from Brooklyn College, said she was following the orders of NYPD Transit officer Alfredo Wells, but when she retrieved her keys, which had been placed on the roof of her car, without his permission, she was assaulted.

Wells yanked the woman out of her car and dragged her down the street, the woman stated in the lawsuit.

The woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, but the charges were later dropped.

Doctors who performed emergency Cesarean section were shocked to find woman wasn't pregnant

Doctor examining pregnant woman illustration 
By: Debbi Gross

A woman was looking forward to the birth of her full term baby.

However, when doctors performed an emergency Cesarean section on the woman, they found no baby.

Officials in Brazil, said that doctors performed the Caesarean section on a 37-year-old woman, only to find out she was not pregnant.

“The woman told doctors that she was 41 weeks pregnant and she was in pain,” Simone Carvalho, a spokesperson for the Health Department of the coastal city of Cabo Frio, said.

Doctors believed that she was pregnant because "she had the symptoms associated with pregnancy and she looked pregnant," Carvalho said.

When doctors were unable to hear the baby's heartbeat, they felt that the child’s life was in danger so they ordered an emergency Cesarean.

Shockingly, her stomach was empty and they discovered that it was a false pregnancy.

The husband of the woman told the doctor that this was her second pregnancy.

Last year, she claimed that she was pregnant.

She told her husband that she went to the hospital, but the child was stillborn. However, she never showed him a death certificate.

This rare condition can occur when a woman convinces herself that she is pregnant, often even displaying all the classic symptoms of pregnancy.

The woman was discharged and referred to psychiatric care.

George Zimmerman’s painting surges past $100,000 on ebay

George Zimmerman with his painting 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) George Zimmerman became famous for killing a black teen, but who knew that he is an artist?

Zimmerman said that he is making the most of his time indoors, by painting.

People are showing a lot of interest in his art work.

The Florida man is trying to pull himself out of debt by selling his original artwork online.

One of Zimmerman’s paintings is being sold through an ebay auction, and has reached an impressive six figures.

The painting is a blue American flag with some words of the Pledge of Allegiance, including "Liberty and Justice for All.”

The auction bid started at 99 cents and is already up to $110,100.00.

Robert Zimmerman confirmed that the piece was done by his brother George Zimmerman.

"Everyone has been wondering what I've been doing with myself," Zimmerman wrote in the description of the art piece. "My artwork allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to stay indoors," he also said.

The description ends with the words, "Your friend, George Zimmerman."

Zimmerman, who was acquitted on charges of the shooting death of the teenager Trayvon Martin, is in legal debt of more than $2 million, according to his lawyer.

He was recently arrested for domestic violence after an incident with his girlfriend, but those charges were dropped.

Man beaten to death by angry neighbors after he was caught raping woman

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By: John Roberts

Two men ordered a woman to undress. The men then took turns in raping her.

A man in KwaDwesi, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, heard the woman screaming for help.

He called his neighbors and together they ran to help the woman in distress.

When they arrived at an abandoned hut they found the men raping the woman.

One of the rapists was able to escape, but they caught the second man.

The men stripped the rapist of his clothes and beat him to death.

People beat him with whatever they found laying around.

One of the witnesses said that in reality they wanted to get their hands on the man who got away, because he had been terrorizing the neighborhood for a while.

"I never thought these guys would do something like this to hurt my daughter. They are children of my neighbors,” the father of the rape victim said.

A 54-year-old woman burst into tears when she realized that the young man, who was called a rapist and killed by her neighbors, was her son.

"I warned him to stop being friends with that bad guy, but he ignored me," she said.

"We have arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of murder,” Officer Dumile Gwavu said. “We are looking for the rape suspect who escaped," he added.

Man kills girlfriend after she miscarried his baby

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By: Shifra Unger

A woman was killed and dumped at the side of the road after she lost her baby.

After Phindile Zulu, 33, of South Africa, had a miscarriage, her boyfriend accused her of having an abortion.

On Sunday morning, Zulu’s body was found on the side of the road.

Zulu lived with her ​​27-year-old boyfriend in KwaMakhutha. He was arrested after police questioned him.

Zulu’s aunt, Delisiwe Mkhize, 55, said the couple had argued about the miscarriage.

Simfumene Mboyisa, a close friend of Zulu’s boyfriend said that he was in a bad mood for a few days before the death of Zulu.

"He drank a lot at a local bar on Saturday, while Zulu was at their apartment," Mboyisa said.

"When I asked him what was wrong he told me that his girlfriend had aborted his child,” he added.

Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that police arrested the 27-year-old boyfriend.

Father demands one million Facebook likes as dowry for his daughter

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By: David Ross

A father came up with a unique request from any man who wants to marry his daughter.

Instead of asking for the traditional dowry, such as money or animals, the Yemeni father is asking for 1 million “likes” on Facebook.

Any man who is able to accomplish this feat will have the privilege of being his future son-in-law.

Salim Ayyash, a well-known Facebook personality in the western Yemeni province of Taizz, has explained his interesting offer by saying that "Nobody can afford to pay the dowry in Yemen theses days."

“In Yemen, the girl’s father sets the price for dowry. The amounts are often beyond the means of her fiance,” he said.

“There have been efforts to change the high dowery requests, but so far, the efforts have been unsuccessful,” Ayyash explained.

Ayyash said that the most important thing for him is to see that his future son-in-law sets himself a goal and is able to achieve that goal.

He noted that he is willing to compromise for the sake of the future of the young couple.

"If I see that he has worked hard to achieve a goal, I'm willing to be flexible to see them happily married," he said.

Gold Xbox One available to purchase for $10,000

Gold Xbox One 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) If you are looking to purchase an Xbox One you are out of luck except if you want to pay a hefty price.

There is one way to get your hands on an Xbox One this year. If you happen to be a Russian oligarch with a lot of money to spend then this is for you.

The Microsoft console may have all but sold out after being priced at $600.00, but Harrods is selling a 24 carat gold-plated one for $10,000.

It is understood that only one console has been given the gold treatment, and it is still available for purchase.

Woman seen walking her grandson like a dog

The woman with her grandson outside their home 
The woman with her grandson inside their home 
By: Eva Fett

A woman caused outrage after someone posted photos of her walking her grandson like a dog.

The woman in China, was seen walking the barefoot boy with a lock and chain attached to his leg.

The woman was seen begging for food in a small village in the province of Zhejiang, Shanghai.

With the help of the villagers, police found the boy and his grandmother, in a dark and damp building. He was chained to the wall.

The chain was only several meters long allowing him to move around, but not too far.

Police found that he was in the care of his 70-year-old grandmother.

The grandmother told police that she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, and is forced to walk with the help of crutches, leaving her unable to properly care for her grandson.

When the boy was 1-year-old he fell from his bed and suffered a severe brain injury. Since then, his behavior has become extremely violent and difficult to control.

Sadly, his mother died from cancer a few years ago, and his dad has recurring mental disabilities.

"It kills me to put him on a chain, but due to his mental state, which could cause him to hurt himself or other people, it’s better this way,” the grandmother said.

Hopefully, the family will get the help they desperately need.

Girl, 13, declared brain-dead after routine surgery to help sleep apnea

Jahi McMath 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A family is angry after their daughter was left brain dead during a simple surgery.

The 13-year-old from Oakland, California, has been declared brain dead after going to the hospital to have her tonsils removed in order to help her sleep better.

Jahi McMath underwent routine surgery at Oakland Children's Hospital on Monday, but suffered complications during recovery.

The child's mother, Nailah Winkfield, and grandmother Sandra Chatman, said that hospital staff failed to provide adequate care and attention to the patient.

Winkfield said that her daughter was nervous before the surgery, but she reassured the teen that the surgery will make her feel better.

McMath underwent surgery on Monday, but while she recovered, she continued to bleed from the nose and mouth.

Jahi McMath suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated.

She spent Tuesday on a ventilator, she had swelling in her brain, and was declared brain dead.

McMath is on life support while her family tries to come to terms with what has happened.

The family said that the hospital is pushing them to take their daughter off of live support because they need the bed for other patients.

"They have a social worker follow me around all day asking ‘Do you have any other family that need to see her?’ Like they are trying to put a rush on it,” Winkfield said.

“We're very sad about this outcome, about what's happened to her. We will certainly investigate what happened. In any surgery, there are risks and there can be unexpected, unanticipated complications,” a spokesperson for Oakland Children's Hospital said in a statement.

The family has no plans to remove McMath from life support. As long as her heart is beating they will keep her on life support.

Groom dies on the way home from his wedding while trying to help woman

William and Nikki Knight  
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman went from being an “on top of the world bride” to widow in just a few hours.

William and Nikki Knight got married in Indiana, and were on their way to an hotel when he was killed while helping a stranded motorist.

Newlyweds William 'Riley' and Nikki Knight were driving to their hotel when they spotted a female driver stranded on the side of a snowy road.

Mr. Knight, 49, and Ms. Knight, both of Crown Point, spotted the woman's car in a ditch just before midnight.

Knight stopped and went to help the woman, who was identified as Linda Darlington, 42, while his new wife, Nikki Knight, stayed in their car.

Sadly, while helping the woman, both he and the woman were hit and knocked down by a passing car. Two more passing cars hit them.

All drivers involved stopped and waited for rescue workers and police.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe the unfortunate incident was weather-related.

No charges have been filed in connection with the two deaths.

Knight was is a 12-year Army veteran, who served as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division, including in Operation Desert Storm.

Knight is survived by two daughters from a previous relationship, his new wife, a stepdaughter and stepson.

Florida man seen on video trying to purchase beer by offering an alligator as payment

Fernando Aguilera with the alligator 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man who was desperate to get some beer was seen on video offering an alligator as payment, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

The video shows how the strange man, who was wearing a bandana, is holding the creature on the counter of a convenience store.

Unsurprisingly, he failed in his attempt to exchange the alligator for beer at a store in Miami, Florida.

The store clerk called authorities after refusing to hand over the beer.

State wildlife officials have charged the man, Fernando Aguilera, for possessing, illegally carrying and trying to sell the reptile.

On each charge, he faces up to six months in prison.

Aguilera said that he found the alligator at a local park.

The alligator was not hurt during this strange ordeal, and has since been released back into the wild.

Woman lives 8 months without realizing that bamboo pierced her face

The bamboo stick 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman had no idea that a bamboo pierced her face for eight months, according to hospital officials in China.

Local health officials have released a photo showing how a bamboo was embedded in the cheek of the woman.

The woman, who could not open her mouth to eat, had a five-inch bamboo stick speared through her head.

The discovery was made by doctors when the 61-year-old Fu Jinfeng was taken to the hospital by her family.

Doctors of Xiang Ya Hospital in Changsha, Hunan Province, were surprised when the woman walked in.

The woman was brought to the hospital after her family became concerned when she could not open her mouth to eat and an old wound had not healed.

The woman did not explain how the stick became embedded in her face.

Doctors were able to remove the stick and repair her face.

Bamboo is a popular material in China, which is widely used in almost every home in bed, sticks, chairs and even hats. It is also used as a building material, while bamboo shoots are consumed or used in medicine.

Man sends wife get well card after running her over with car because she had an affair

Minta Adiddo and Akua Agyeman 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after he ran over his wife with his car because she was having an affair.

Prosecutors told the court that the man sent his wife a get well card after the brutal attack.

Now, the man has been sentenced to life in prison, according to court proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Minta Adiddo, 38, of Rigby Place, will serve at least 17 years in prison after he repeatedly stabbed his 22-year-old wife before running her over with a car as witnesses watched in horror.

During the trial at the Old Bailey Court, the jury heard that Adiddo launched his onslaught against Akua Agyeman because he believed she was having an affair with a neighbor. The neighbor denied the accusation.

The court heard how Adiddo stabbed Akua in the bedroom with a large kitchen knife before chasing her out into the street while she was trying to flee.

He continued his attack on the street before getting into his car and driving over his wife, leaving witnesses who helped Akua with just moments to jump out of the way.

Adiddo was later arrested when police saw him in the vehicle with a blood stained shirt.

Akua was transported to a local hospital for treatment. While the woman was in the hospital, Adiddo sent her a get well card.

Akua died of her injuries in the hospital two months later.

Blind New York man and his guide dog run over by train in front of horrified passengers

Cecil Williams and his dog 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A blind man and his guide dog were run over by a train after collapsing on the tracks, according to rescue workers in New York.

New York rescue workers said that a blind survived being hit by a train, and they credited his guide dog with saving his life.

Cecil Williams, 61, of Harlem section of New York City, was at the 145th Street station around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when he began to feel weak. Despite the best efforts of his dog, a black Labrador named Orlando, Williams fell onto the edge of the platform and the tracks.

"He went down, and the dog immediately jumped," Matthew Martin, who was at the scene as the story unfolded, said. "The dog did not run away. It was kissing him, trying to get him to move," he said.

Others passengers on the platform alerted workers about Williams. Officials ordered Williams to stay in the middle of the tracks. Less than a minute later, an A train pulled into the station.

The train operator stopped immediately, but not before the rain drove over Williams and Orlando. Luckily, neither the man nor the dog suffered serious injuries. Transit officials pulled Orlando from under the train before Williams was extracted with the help of a board and neck brace.

"The dog saved my life," Williams said from St. Luke's Hospital, where he was taken after suffering from a cut on his head.

California man arrested after making prank call offering people jobs

Kenneth Edward Tarr 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Think twice before making a prank call because you might get arrested.

A Los Angeles, California man, has been charged criminally in connection with prank phone calls to professionals and college coaches about jobs.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said that 32-year-old Kenneth Edward Tarr was charged on Tuesday, with one count of crime of eavesdropping for allegedly making illegal recordings of more than six calls.

Tarr was arrested earlier this month and was released on bail.

Prosecutors alleged that Tarr was posing as a representative of different teams, and called a number of coaches to gauge their interest in taking jobs. Authorities said that in one case the victim was offered a coaching job.

Prosecutors said that the suspected targeted victims in college football programs in the NBA, the NFL, and Major League Baseball.
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California bride will proudly disrobe herself as part wedding ceremony

Gypsy Taub during protest 
By: David Ross

A bride revealed that she plans to disrobe herself as part of her wedding ceremony in San Francisco, California.

The nudity activist said that she will undress on the steps of City Hall.

Gypsy Taub, 44, and her fiance Jaymz Smith, 22, are planning their wedding for noon on Thursday, on the steps of City Hall, and during the wedding, she will shed her thrift store gown and finish the ceremony with her veil.

Taub said she expects to be arrested as a result of the public nudity stunt, so she is unsure whether her wedding will be completed on Thursday.

"If we are arrested, we are just going to come back until we get married while naked," Taub said.

She said she could face up to one year in prison as a repeat offender, but she will not agree to a sentence of imprisonment without a trial.

"It would be the biggest way to promote nudity," she said. "My reputation will soar," she added.

Mother arrested after her 14-year-old daughter publicizes topless photo on the Internet

The mother 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A 50-year-old woman was arrested and charged with child endangerment after her underage daughter publicized a topless photo of herself on the Internet, which went around in several high schools, according to police reports in Missouri.

Wentzville Police said that a topless photo of a mother, who appeared posing with her shirtless daughter, 14, spread through two local high schools through the social media application Snapchat, and has led to the mother being charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

"The issue here is the fact that the daughter was 14-years-old, and the mother was clearly present and involved when the photo was taken," prosecutors said.

In the photo, members of the family seem to pose inside an outdoor jacuzzi.

"It certainly appears that the photo was posed and certainly had some sexual connotations," the prosecutor said.

The mother denies that the photo, which was taken by her other teenage daughter, was intentional.

"I was aware that the photo was taken, and I told her at that time, please remove that picture," the mother said. “I was going out from the tub when the picture was snapped," she said.

She now faces a year in jail.

"This is a mother who made ​​a very bad choice. I do not think she had any clue that this would blow up the way it did, but it did and she has only her poor judgment to blame," Lohmar said.



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