Flatbush pizza store faces fines for being too successful

Di Fara pizza pie 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

The managers of a Flatbush area pizza shop said that they are being harassed by New York City because they are too successful, the Sheepshead Bites reported.

Di Fara Pizza, which is located at 1424 Avenue J, wrote on its Facebook page that it will fight a $1,600 fine from the Health Department, which it received for having too many chairs.

“A few years ago we bought extra chairs as we get very crowded. We are always friendly and we bring out an extra chair if someone asks. These folding chairs caused us to get a B grade,” the company wrote on Facebook.

According to city regulations, restaurants with 20 or more seats must have a public bathroom that is handicap accessible. Di Fara does not.

However, the company said that the bathroom requirement applies only to restaurants, which were opened after 1977. Di Fara Pizza opened in 1965, so the restaurant should be exempt.

Several children hospitalized after school bus overturns in Williamsburg

Overturned school bus illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Several children were injured after a taxi slammed into a school bus, rescue workers in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that the incident occurred on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg.

The school bus flipped over after being hit by the taxi. Police said the 55-year-old taxi driver was not drunk, but they are trying to determine if the driver ran a red light. Three adults and six children were taken to Woodhull Hospital, for treatments of minor injuries.

Several good Samaritans rushed to the scene after the accident to help. The children attend a school for autistic children in Bushwick.

The children were crying and they were very scared, eyewitnesses at the scene said. Police said that so far, no charges have been filed.

94-year-old Flatbush woman dies after her son beat her with cane because she wanted to die

Cane illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

An elderly Flatbush woman is dead after he son beat her with a cane, police in New York said.

Police in Brooklyn, said that the 94-year-old woman died on Monday.

As we reported earlier, a Flatbush area man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating his elderly mother to near death with her cane, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that the 64-year-old man said that his 94-year-old mother told him that she wanted to die.

The incident happened in the woman’s apartment on Monday, police said. Mark Farrell attacked his mother, Dorothy, as she slept on a couch at 1814 Burnett Street at 6:30 a.m.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene, treated the woman, who suffered from fractures to her head, face and ribs. Later, she was transported by ambulance to Kings County Hospital, where she died.

Mark Farrell was booked into jail and charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. Police said that the charges will soon be upgraded to murder.

Armed robbers steal $500,000 from Gaza Strip post office

Post office boxes illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

Several armed robbers were arrested and charged with armed robbery after allegedly stealing a large sum of money from a post office, police in the Gaza Strip said.

The Gaza Strip is known as a place of violent military confrontations, but criminal activity is rarely reported.

However, on Monday, masked robbers broke into a post office in Gaza City, shooting and wounding a security guard. The men further threatened the post office employees and made off with $500,000 in cash.

Police immediately began searching for the suspects, and the thieves were caught several hours later. Police said that they managed to recover all the stolen money.

Hamas, the party the rules over Gaza, distributed salaries to 40,000 government employees through its post offices. March salary payments are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, and therefore, post offices are currently stocked with lots of cash.

Israeli warplanes kill 3 terrorists in Gaza

Fighter jet illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

The Islamic Jihad terror organization said that Israeli warplanes have fired and killed several of its operatives.

The Israeli airstrike on Tuesday, killed three Palestinian terrorists, and the Israeli military said Israeli aircraft targeted members of Islamic Jihad, who had fired a mortar bomb against its forces.

The IDF confirmed that they fired missiles at the targets. Islamic Jihad said its men had attacked the Israeli soldiers after they entered the Gaza Strip. Earlier in the day, the Hamas government said that an Israeli unmanned aircraft crashed in their territory.

The Israeli military said the drone went down because of a technical failure.

“Terrorists affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the southern Gaza Strip, fired a mortar shell at IDF forces. An IAF aircraft responded immediately in order to prevent further attacks on Israeli civilians, and targeted the terrorist squad. Hits were confirmed,” the Israeli military said in a statement.

“Quick action and operational capabilities are key to combating terrorist activities against Israel and our forces,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “Terrorists must know that there is a price to pay when participating in aggression,” he added.

Jordanian judge yelled ‘Allah Akbar’ and attacked Israeli soldier with iron rod before being shot dead

The Allenby crossing after the incident 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A Jordanian judge was shot dead after screaming “Allah Akbar” and attacking an Israeli soldier with an iron rod, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

“The terrorist attacked IDF forces with a pole, tried to steal a soldier’s weapon, and then attempted to strangle another soldier at the scene,” the IDF said in a statement.

Raed A-Zayater, 37, who was shot by IDF soldiers, served as a magistrate’s court judge in Jordan.

A preliminary IDF investigation concluded that A-Zayater, whom the IDF has categorized as a terrorist, attacked Israeli soldiers at the Allenby Bridge crossing on Israel’s border with Jordan, as he was crossing into Israel, reportedly on his way to visit his family in Nablus.

A-Zayater attacked the soldiers with a metal pole while shouting “Allah Akbar,” and then attempted to seize one soldier’s weapon. Soldiers responded to the attack in accordance with standard procedures, firing at A-Zayater's lower extremities.

A-Zayater then began to strangle a soldier, and the soldiers resorted to using live fire, resulting in his death. He was buried today in Nablus.

Although the IDF’s investigation is ongoing, its preliminary findings were extensive and included interviews with tens of witnesses at the scene. A-Zayater's death has spawned a sharp response from the Jordanian Government, which summoned Israeli ambassador to Jordan and demanded an explanation to the incident.

Jordan also ordered an investigation of the incident. Tens of Jordanians protested in front of Israel's embassy last night, demanding the removal of the embassy and the annulment of the peace agreement with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement today sending his condolences to the Jordanian government and people, announcing an Israeli-Jordanian panel would further investigate this incident, which has generated much tension between the two governments.

‘Disgusting Jews’ spray painted on schools in Sweden

The hateful graffiti on Stockholm school 
By: Hydar Tomar

Jews in Sweden are angry after several Stockholm schools were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti overnight.

Police said that swastikas and “disgusting Jews,” were spray painted on schools that teach Jewish studies.

Another school that has an ethnic minority was also targeted by vandals. Specifically, Vasa Real, which offers classes in Jewish studies and Hebrew, was hit with pink and blue swastikas, and with “1488,” an indicator of white supremacy.

A local school director said that the graffiti messages are horrible and unacceptable. Police have launched an investigation, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Last June, a teacher in France used a swastika to teach geometry. Of all the inappropriate symbols the teacher could have used to teach geometry, this particular teacher chose the swastika. Now, the teacher is facing disciplinary action.

The teacher has been summoned before the French school board after using the swastika to teach geometry to elementary school students. The teacher works at an elementary school in Saint-Clement de Riviere, near Montpellier, in southern France.

The incident followed a World War Two presentation, when the teacher suggested that the class take the swastika symbol of the German Nazi party and apply it to their next lesson in geometry. According to the Inspector of Schools, the teacher herself seemed to have realized the potential consequences of her improper choice of symbol and made sure she collected the drawings of each and every one of her students at the end of the lesson.

The incident was reported to authorities on Thursday by upset parents after being told by their children about what had happened. The director responded by calling parents to a meeting to discuss the incident, and also took the step of explaining to children why it was not appropriate to use the swastika.

Man loses 56 pounds by eating only at McDonald’s for 6 months

John Cisna before and after 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man is feeling much healthier after going on a strict McDonald’s diet.

John Cisna, 54, of Colo, Iowa, said that he has lost 56 pounds, lowered his cholesterol, and lost a total of 21 inches in his waist and hips area while eating only fast food.

Cisna is in disbelief that he really lost so much weight, but the interest in his story prompted him to write a book about his experience. Cisna also said that he is not bored of the food, but he cannot wait to eat some seafood.

Cisna followed a 2,000 calorie diet, using the recommended daily allowance for carbohydrates, protein, sugar and fat. He also walked 45 minutes each day.

Before he started the diet, the teacher weighed 280 pounds, but now, he is all the way down to 224 pounds. His total cholesterol was reduced from 249 to 190, including a 25 percent decrease in LDL or the bad cholesterol.

Despite concerns that he was eating too much salt, Cisna said his sodium levels and blood pressure are normal. However, experts warned others not to follow Cisna’s diet as it is lacking crucial vitamins and minerals.

Lost tourist survives 10 days alone in the wilderness by eating flies

Daniel Dudzisz 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man is lucky to be alive after being stranded alone in the wilderness for ten days.

The German tourist who disappeared while hiking in Australia, said that he survived by eating flies.

After ten days alone, Daniel Dudzisz was picked up by a motorist late on Thursday, near the town of Windorah in Queensland, police said. The 26 year old, who also suffers from diabetes, was last seen before heading out to walk 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Windorah to Jundah.

Dudzisz became stranded by severe floods and lived on insects. When he was found, Dudzisz refused medical treatment and was determined to continue his walk.

Police officer arrested for slashing woman’s car tires and showing her the finger

Flat tire illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A police officer is in trouble after harassing a woman, who picked up her child from school, police in Italy said.

The Milan traffic police officer is under arrest on charges of slashing the tires of a woman’s car and showing her the middle finger, prosecutors said.

The victim complained that the officer routinely harassed her for parking her car in a school zone as she waited for her daughter to be released from school. The woman told investigators that one time, the officer showed her his middle finger.

The officer also once chased her with a motorcycle after she picked up her child from school. During a third incident, the officer slashed her tires, and when she arrived at an auto body shop she filed a complaint with the police.

The officer was placed under house arrest on Friday, while the investigation continues. According to the initial police investigation, the abusive behavior goes back three years.

Woman stabs her twin sister’s husband because he refused to have sex with her

Knife illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man was stabbed because he did the right thing and refused to have sex with his wife’s twin sister, police in Nigeria said.

Delta State Police said that they have arrested 24-year-old Christiana Otega, for stabbing her sister’s husband because he refused her advances.

According to the initial police investigation, the suspect was staying at her sister’s house to help with the couple’s newborn baby. While the victim’s wife went out with the baby to a doctor, Christiana, who is the older twin, came on to her sister’s husband.

The husband pushed her away, and when the suspect continued to nag him for sex he slapped her in the face. That is when Christiana ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim in his right hand.

The man called police, who arrested the suspect. During questioning, the suspect admitted to the allegations. She will be brought before a magistrate’s court for a bail hearing.

Woman drowns in pond after her van was run off the road

Pond illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A wife and mother of two boys is dead after she was run off the road by another car.

Jennifer Lee Wolfe, 35, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died after her van plunged into a pond and she was unable to open her car door.

Her broken hearted husband, James Wolfe, spoke of the desperate call he received from his wife in the last moments before the drowning. Just after midnight, the 35 year old was heading home from a shopping trip at a local Walmart.

That is when another driver cut her off, nearly causing a collision. Wolfe’s car veered onto an embankment and landed in a retention pond, police said.

Wolfe called her husband as her 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan was sinking, and told him that she had been run off the road around 12:30 a.m.

He asked his wife to call 911 so that they can trace her phone to her location. While speaking to his wife, James Wolfe suddenly heard water sounds and the phone went dead.

After an extensive two hour search involving police helicopters, Wolfe was located in the retention pond. Police divers pulled the woman from the water, but it was too late for the paramedics to save her life.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple had two sons, 9 and 11-years-old. So far, police have not located the driver of the vehicle who ran Wolfe off the road.

Man, 22, electrocuted while urinating in bushes

Woods illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A father of two is dead after suffering an electric shock while urinating on the street, police in South Africa said.

The 22-year-old from Zimbabwe, Mlaleli Nets, was killed on Wednesday, in an area called Zandspruit in Johannesburg.

Another man from Zimbabwe, said that Neta was electrocuted while relieving himself in the woods. He did not see exposed electrical wires laying on the ground where he was urinating.

Phindani Moyo, 45, who goes to the same church as Nets, said that when it rains, the communal bathrooms are wet, dirty and uncomfortable to use, therefore, people go to the bushes to relieve themselves.

“The death of Mlaleli Nets is very painful to us. He was a good man, who was very respectful,” Darlington Phiri, 49, said. The victim is survived by two daughters, ages 2 and 7 months.

Police said that an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

New York landlord accidentally clears out wrong apartment and discards tenant’s valuables

Empty living room illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man in New York, came home from work and found his apartment completely empty.

Thinking that he had been robbed the man called police.

Officers responded to the home at 409 East 74th Street, a five-story rent controlled building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Officers immediately realized that this was no ordinary burglary as everything including the man’s underwear was gone.

Nilay Sharoff, 27, was horrified when he learned that his landlord had ordered a cleaning company to clean out another apartment on his floor. However, instead of cleaning apartment 2B the company entered Sharoff’s $1,700-a-month apartment, 2D.

The man’s belongings, including his credit cards, checkbook and passport were thrown out. They took the dirty dishes from the sink, his wet towel and his fresh food from the refrigerator.

Sharoff is suing the management company, Mautner-Glick, his landlord and the cleaning company for $40,000 in damages. He said that the cleaning company could have clearly seen that someone was still living in the apartment.

Nilay was also forced to take a week off from work to rebuild his life, and replace all his important documents clothing and furniture. However, he also had some valuable items, which are hard to replace.

As a die-hard baseball fan, Sharoff was also bitterly disappointed to have lost a Mariano Rivera bobblehead, which currently sells for $400 on ebay. The apartment was his first home after graduating from college and leaving his family home in New Jersey.

Man files for divorce after his wife refused to have sex on honeymoon

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A man filed for divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment after his wife refused to have sex during a honeymoon trip, a court in India has heard.

At first, the lower court has granted the man a divorce.

However, an appeals court ruled that refusing to have sex on a honeymoon does not amount to intolerable cruelty, nullifying the divorce. The complainant had alleged that his 29-year-old wife failed in the essential obligation of married life by refusing to consummate their union during the four nights of their honeymoon.

The man’s attorney claimed that as a result, his client suffered tremendous mental agony. The husband also complained that his wife goes to work dressed in a shirt and pants.

A family court granted his divorce requested in 2012. The woman appealed to the High Court of Mumbai, which found in her favor. “Married life must be evaluated as a whole, and a few isolated incidents over a certain period, does not amount to cruelty,” the court said in its ruling.

Snake slides into woman’s bed and bites her breast

California Kingsnake illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman was left traumatized after a snake bit her breast while she was asleep, hospital officials in the United Kingdom said.

The incident happened to Caroline Griffin, 49, of Guardbridge, Fife.

The animal, a California Kingsnake, had escaped from a neighbor's home six months earlier. Now, the snake has been reunited with its owner, but not before Griffin was left with puncture wounds and bruises on her breast.

Griffin said that when her alarm sounded in the morning, she pulled off her bed sheets and saw the snake on her bed. At first, she thought her kids were playing a joke on her, but when the snake started moving, she panicked.

Griffin immediately contacted animal control, and when she describe the snake she was relieved to hear that it was not poisonous. After telling her story to several neighbors she learned that the snake was her neighbor’s pet.

Man gets $60 fine for raping 12-year-old girl because she looked older

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A man was arrested charged and convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl, prosecutors in Nigeria said.

Now, the man has been sentenced to a N10,000 ($60) fine.

Jiwa Police said that the wife of 25-year-old bus driver Idawor Bright, caught him with his pants down having sex with the girl in their apartment. Bright told police that he mistook the age of the girl because she looks very mature.

He also claimed that the sex was consensual. He said that on that fateful day, he asked the girl to leave the house because his wife was home, but unfortunately, she stayed, and the two ended up having sex.

He admitted to the crime, but he claimed that the victim was his girlfriend, and that they have been having sex for more than a year. Bright told a judge that his wife left him after the incident, and he asked the court for leniency.

The judge did have mercy and Bright was sentenced to 10 months in prison or a fine of N10,000 ($60).

Australian dog’s life saved by drinking vodka

Charlie the dog 
By: Rachel Woronoff

(Scroll down for video) A large amount of alcohol is never a good thing, except in the case of Charlie, a Maltese terrier of Australia.

Charlie was saved from a near-fatal experience during the first weekend of March, by consuming liberal amounts of vodka, administered by veterinarians.

Personnel at Melbourne, Australia’s Animal Accident & Emergency disclosed via the facility’s blog that the dog had acquired Ethylene Glycol poisoning. Ethylene Glycol has a sweet taste and is often found in brake and radiator fluids. However, when consumed, it causes kidney failure.

"Alcohol alters the chemical reaction and stops the kidney failure from occurring," the blog states. The blog also states that in Australia, alcohol is the only antidote available.

Over a 48 hour time period, Charlie was given consecutive doses of vodka, the easiest form of alcohol, through a tube that had been placed through its nose to the stomach.

Charlie is now sober and in good health.

Plane gets entangled with skydiver, both fall to ground and survive

Skydiver illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) It was a scary moment for a skydiver and a pilot when they got into a freak accident.

Miraculously, the skydiver and pilot escaped with minor injuries following the collision near Tampa, Florida.

The pilot, 87-year-old Shannon Trembley, was performing takeoffs and landings maneuvers at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, when the aircraft became entangled in the ropes of the skydiver’s parachute.

49-year-old skydiver Steve Frost, was seen being thrown up before he fell to the ground. The plane then flipped into an upright position and nose-dived to the ground.

Both Frost and Trembley escaped with minor injuries. Trembley, who is an experienced pilot and has been flying since 1946, was taken to a hospital for observation, while Frost was treated and released.

The National Board of Transportation Safety and the FAA are investigating the accident.

Woman chops off married man’s privates after he raped her

Hong Kong High Court illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A married man messed with the wrong woman when he allegedly raped her.

The man’s cheating ways ended badly when the woman chopped his privates off and then killed him when he tried to fight.

Yeung Ki, 41, of Hong Kong, was having an ongoing affair with a married man and they had a child together. The man constantly asked Ki for money, which she lent him.

However, after he failed to repay the debt, Ki refused to give him more money. Zhou Hui, a 32-year-old piano teacher, became angry when Ki refused to give him money.

Hui allegedly told the woman that he had nude photos of her and that he would post them to the Internet, if she did not give him $25,800 to buy a car.

He then allegedly pushed Ki to the ground, hit her and their child. He then sent their 4-year-old daughter to the balcony and proceeded to rape the woman.

In revenge, Ki drugged him, cut off his privates and flushed it down the toilet. He awoke from the pain and attempted fight her off, but Ki grabbed a hammer and beat him to death.

Ki is on trial for murder. She is claiming that the attack was in self-defense.

Texas teens kill and bury classmate in fight over girl

Car at the side of a road 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Two teenage boys were arrested for the murder of another classmate.

A judge ordered the boys held without bail for at least 10 days, due to the violent nature of the crime, while the investigation is ongoing.

Ivan Mejia, 17, was murdered by two 16-year-old classmates behind the Wylie East High School building. His body was then dumped in a patch of trees in Garland, Texas.

Garland Police were called regarding a suspicious vehicle near Highway 78, west of the Firewheel Mall. When they searched the nearby woods, they saw the two boys. When the teens saw the officers they fled.

Officers then waited near the car until the boys returned. When asked what they were doing in the woods the boys admitted that they were “burying a body.”

Officers searched the area and found the body of Mejia.
Police learned that Mejia was dating the former girlfriend of one of the suspects. They believe that the murder may have been motivated by jealousy over the girl.

Police said that the killing was pre-planned. The alleged perpetrators have not been named because of their age.

Truck driver arrested after raping his newborn baby

Truck illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A father who was supposed to protect his daughter, hurt her as soon as she entered the world.

A mother was horrified when she realized that her newborn baby had been raped.

The 39-year-old father of Harare, Zimbabwe, has been arrested for raping his 2-month-old daughter. The man, who is a truck driver, allegedly raped his daughter twice while his wife was out.

The woman called police after she found that her baby’s privates was swollen. The woman told police that she had been out washing her laundry for about 30 minutes, when she heard her baby crying. She immediately rushed home to investigate.

She found her husband holding their baby and rocking her in his arms. She took the baby and breast fed her as the husband left the house.

The mother reportedly discovered that the child’s privates was swollen when she changed her diaper.

The mother said that she told her husband about her suspicions that their child was sexually assaulted. Her husband asked if she had any suspects.

The woman told police that she left her daughter in the care of her husband on another occasion when she went to buy food. Later that day, when she bathed her baby she saw oily fluids and bruising on her bottom.

At that point, the woman figured that her husband might be hurting their daughter and police were called. The baby’s father was arrested and charged with rape.

He will be brought before the magistrate’s court for a bail hearing.