55 rockets fired at Israel while 1 explodes near library

Rocket fire illustration 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) The calm that prevailed in southern Israel over the past few months was shattered after numerous rockets were fired today, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

A total of 55 projectiles were fired from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday evening so far.

The rockets were reported to have been launched from the east Gaza City neighborhood of Shuja’iyya. Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

In Sderot, several sirens sounded, warning residents of impending rockets. One rocket reportedly landed near a municipal library.

“We heard four Color Red sirens and an explosion,” Meital Ohayon of Sderot told Tazpit News Agency. Ohayon had been dressing her children in Purim costumes at the time of the attacks.

Elsewhere in southern Israel, a 57-year-old woman broke her hip as she raced to make it to a shelter in time. The IDF stated that eight rockets had hit urban, civilian areas including Sderot.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office added that the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted three rockets. Rocket warning sirens were heard across Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip including the Eshkol Regional Council and Sdot Negev Regional Council as well as Netivot and Be’er Sheva.

The head of the Eshkol Regional Council, Haim Yellin, stated that “since Operation Pillar of Defense, we have experienced quiet and we are finally living normal daily routines. This was the most significant escalation since that operation. The government of Israel must act accordingly both militarily and on a state level so that the quiet will return.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded saying that “It seems that the rocket fire came in response to our counter-terrorism operations yesterday. We will continue to thwart and harm those who wish to harm us and will strike them with great intensity.”

Islamic Jihad declared that the firing of the rockets was in retaliation for Israel’s targeting and killing of three Islamic Jihad operatives as they prepared to fire at Israel from the Gaza Strip the previous day. Israel also recently intercepted an Iranian shipment of rockets heading to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military sources said that the 409 rockets on that shipment, which also included other weapons, were intended for Islamic Jihad.

19-year-old teacher arrested after slapping two-year-old student in the ear until she bled

Slap in the face illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A young teacher was arrested and will be charged with assault after slapping her young students, Israel Police said.

The 19-year-old Be’er Sheva teacher was arrested after two toddlers suffered bruises.

According to the initial police investigation, the woman hit a 2-year-old girl on her ear until she bled and needed to be taken to a hospital for treatments. During questioning, the teacher denied the allegations.

However, eventually she admitted to beating the child.
The teacher told investigators that she beat the children because she was nervous.

She also told police that she wanted to teach the children a lesson. According to school officials, the teen has been suspended from school in the past after she was caught hitting a child.

The suspect will be brought before the Be’er Sheva Magistrate's Court for a bail hearing, while charges are still pending.

Two men tie up Borough Park man and steal his iPhone 5

The suspects 
By: Anika Rao

Police are looking to arrest and charge two men with assault after tying up a Borough Park man inside his apartment building, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police have released photos of the two men, who were behind the violent home burglary.

The incident occurred just before 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, in the vicinity of 39th Street and 10th Avenue in the Borough Park neighborhood. Authorities said that the suspects followed the 28-year-old male victim into his apartment building, tied his hands with a cellphone charger, stole his iPhone 5 and $150.

The suspects fled from the scene. Police said that one suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, light colored jacket, dark gloves, dark pants and light colored shoes.

The second suspect was wearing a blue and white striped hat, a blue jacket, light-colored pants and dark shoes.

Bomb explosion destroys home in Gaza killing 3 people and injuring 7

House explosion 
By: Devansh Dutt

Three people are dead and another seven were injured after a bomb exploded inside a home in the Gaza Strip, police in the Gaza Strip said.

The explosion occurred on Tuesday, at a house in Beit Hanoun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip, the Gaza Ministry of Health said.

Officials said that the explosion appeared to have been caused by explosives in the house, owned by a family called Hamdeen. A Health Ministry spokesperson said that most of the survivors were seriously injured.

Officials did not explain why the explosives were in the house or how it exploded. Last January, a Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic is dead after a safe exploded in his house, according to police reports in the Czech Republic.

Prague Police said that the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died on Wednesday, in an explosion that occurred when he opened a safe that had been shut for at least 30 years. Jamel al-Jamal, 56, was at home with his family at the time of the explosion, according to the Palestinian embassy spokesperson, Nabil El-Fahel.

Al-Jamal was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he died. The Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said that he does not suspect foul play, noting that the safe had not been opened in at least 30 years.

Prague rescue service spokesperson Jirina Ernestova said that al-Jamal was placed in an induced coma, when he first arrived at the Prague Military Hospital. Dr. Daniel Langer, who works there, said that al-Jamal suffered severe abdominal injuries.

A 52-year-old year old woman was taken from the scene of the explosion to a different hospital in Prague, after suffering from shock.

Cruise line company will no longer stop in Tunisia after country prohibited Israelis from entering

Norwegian Cruise Line ship 
By: Hydar Tomar

The tourism industry in Tunisia, suffered a blow after a cruise line operator decided it will boycott the country.

The decision came after the country prohibited a group of Israelis from disembarking from a ship that anchored in the Port of Tunis.

Norwegian Cruise Line, announced its decision on Monday, after the Israeli passengers were not allowed to disembark in Tunisia, because of a last minute decision made ​​by the Tunisian government.

“In response to this discriminatory act, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it has canceled all remaining stops to Tunisia, and will not return,” the CEO of the company said. “We want to send a strong message to Tunisia, and ports around the world that we will not tolerate this kind of random acts of discrimination against our clients,” Kevin Sheehan added.

“We are outraged by this act and the fact that they were not notified in advance of the practice,” he continued. A tourism minister however, claimed that the Israelis did not have the proper visas to enter the country.

Man injects oil and alcohol in his arms to create huge biceps

Arlindo De Souza 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Some people are willing to do anything to get outrageously big biceps.

Arlindo De Souza, 43, became somewhat of a celebrity with his unusually large biceps, and strangers ask to take photos with him.

The bodybuilder of Brazil, is risking his life by injecting himself with a potentially lethal cocktail of alcohol and oil to fatten up his muscles.

De Souza has 29 inch biceps, which are the biggest in Brazil. However, he admits that it may cause dangerous infections.

He is not the only one who injected the oil and alcoholic concoctions into his muscles. Some users had their arms amputated after injecting themselves with the oil and alcohol. Others have died from it.

De Souza, who was nicknamed “The Mountain” in his hometown, said that he had been taking a cocktail of steroids, hormones and vitamins meant for horses. Then a gym buddy offered him an “enhancement oil” to pull ahead of his rivals.

De Souza, who is single and lives with his elderly mother, said that as soon as he put the concoction into his arm, he saw immediate results.

He loved the results so much that he continued using it until it grew to this unusual size, which made him famous.

Dog honks horn for 15 minutes when its owner spends too much time shopping

Dog in car illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) People had a good laugh when they saw an irritated dog honking the horn of a car.

The dog honked the horn for 15 minutes after its owner spent too much time in an art gallery.

People who walked past the car and saw Fern, an 18-month-old boxer, took videos of the dog leaning back in the driver's seat with his left foot resting on the steering wheel, repeatedly pressing the horn.

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon, when the animal had been inside the car while its owner was browsing the art gallery in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee in Scotland.

The dog’s owners, Graham and Fiona Haddow from nearby Liff, said that they were surprised when they returned to their car to find a crowd gathered around their car. They began to worry about the welfare of Fern.

Mr. Haddow, 58, said: “I left the gallery, looked down the street and saw a crowd of people standing around, pointing at my car. I started running because I was concerned that something had happened.”

He then realized that people were pointing, laughing and taking videos of his dog as it was honking the horn.

Haddow said that Fern regularly sits in the front seat when left alone in the car. However, the dog never honked the horn.

Store clerk seen on video refusing to hand over cash to gun wielding robber

The robber points a gun at Steve Ewart 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A shopkeeper put up a brave face when a man pointed a gun at him.

Not following orders from someone who is pointing a gun to your head, can be deadly, but that’s exactly what the clerk did.

Steve Ewart worked at the store for just six weeks when a robber came in and tried to rob him. Ewart, who worked night shifts at the store in Australia, that is open 24 hours, refused to hand over the money to the armed robber.

The armed robber, who appeared to be a teenager, was wearing a black ski mask when he entered the store. He walked up to the counter, but no one was there so he waited.

When Ewart, 46, appeared, the man in the ski mask confronted him and asked for money. The shopkeeper refused. That is when the robber pulled out a gun. It was all captured on surveillance cameras and the video was uploaded to YouTube.

The robber did not know that Ewart is a gun expert and as soon as he saw the gun, Ewart knew it was a replica. Ewart said that the gunman momentarily looked puzzled.

He asked for money again, but when he had no luck getting it, the man put his gun away and walked out the door. So far, no arrests have been made.

Grown woman bites off finger of another woman for taking her parking space

Parking lot illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A woman in New Jersey, was hospitalized after a fight over a parking spot.

Finding a parking spot at a busy mall on a Saturday, can be challenging and sometimes frustrating.

One New Jersey Woman became angry when another woman parked at a parking spot that she wanted and assaulted the woman.

The incident began when Tonya Knight-Joseph was on her way to meet a friend at the Cherry Hill Mall at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. She circled the mall’s parking lot to find a place to park.

When she saw a car pull out of a parking space she took the spot and left her car. As she began walking towards the mall, a woman attacked her.

The woman claimed that Knight-Joseph took her parking spot. The women exchanged words before the suspect slapped Knight-Joseph in the face.

When Knight-Joseph put up her hands in defense, the suspect grabbed her hand and bit her finger. The police were called to the parking lot shortly after the bloody feud between the female motorists.

Knight-Joseph was taken to Cooper University Hospital where she was treated. Doctors said that she will have to wait a week to know if the finger was successfully reattached or if it will have to be amputated.

Police have released an image of the suspect who got away. Officers hope to arrest her for aggravated assault.

Target slammed after erasing crotch of hot bikini model

The photoshopped model 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) Target was criticized after they posted a photo of a hot bikini model with her crotch cropped out.

Target has apologized for the photoshop fail, but it has not said why its graphic designers cropped out her crotch.

The advertisement was promoting the Xhilaration Junior’s Midkini Swimwear in a leopard print. Not only had the photo editors cut out a significant part of the model’s thighs, they had also removed a piece of her torso below the elbow in order to create a thinning effect.

Target removed the image from its website after it has received criticism from multiple parties. The company also apologized in a statement saying: “This was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize. We have removed the image from our website.”

Newlywed couple arguing on their way to honeymoon forces airline to make emergency landing

Delta Air Lines airplane 
By: Anika Rao

What was supposed to be a happy time for a newlywed couple turned into chaos and legal problems.

The couple took a flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Costa Rica, for their honeymoon, but they were quickly separated when they began fighting.

Things got out of control when the groom became drunk and the couple started arguing. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the newly married couple got into the drunken fight.

The Delta Air Lines plane landed in the Cayman Islands.
Authorities waited for the plane and they arrested the drunk groom.

However, the bride was allowed to remain on board the flight from Atlanta to San Jose, where the couple planned to spend their honeymoon.

The U.S. citizen was escorted from the plane by police in the Cayman Islands, and is being held in prison on charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said.

The man could face additional charges under the international air law.

40-year-old man's nail biting habits causes his early death

Fingernails illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) Nail biting is a common issue, and many people do it.

Now, one mother wants to bring more awareness about the dangers caused by this habit.

Jean Gardener wants people to know that biting nails can lead to death. That is what happened to her 40-year-old son John Gardener.

Gardener, of Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom, was a habitual nail-bitter and suddenly died of heart failure. Doctors said that this was a result of his nail-biting habits.

He chewed his fingertips frequently and contracted a septic infection that killed him just days after his 40th birthday. The Former football referee died while recovering from an operation to remove the tip of one finger.

Mrs. Gardener, 60, said: “We were hit very hard. I do not want this to happen to anyone else. People should be aware of the potentially fatal results derived from this habit.”

After many years of biting, Gardener had lost a lot of sensitivity in his fingers and probably did not realize how bad they were. May he rest in peace.

Man gets 16 years jail for flying from the United Kingdom to Ohio to rape a girl

Richard Castle 
By: Aarav Sen

A man from the United Kingdom, will spent the next 16 years in a United States prison.

The British man has been jailed by a United States court for sexual offenses against a child.

Richard Castle, 47, of Northampton, was charged with traveling overseas to have sex with a minor. He is accused of flying to Ohio, to have sex with the child and he remained in Dayton, for about three weeks.

He was arrested at his home in Northampton by officers of the Metropolitan Police. Castle appealed against an extradition order, but it was rejected, and he was transferred to the U.S.

In court, Castle admitted to coercing a minor, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor and transferring obscene material to a minor.

Castle, pleaded guilty and admitted to posing as Richard Joshua Parker. He also admitted to using the Internet to coerce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.

He was sentenced to 16 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black.

3 sleeping worshipers burn to death after church burns to the ground

Deadly fire illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

Three people are dead after a fast moving fire destroyed a church, police in Nigeria said.

Oyo State Police said that the incident occurred at the Marcyland Prayer Ministries.

Five people were injured in the fire, including a pregnant woman identified as Sade Oyediran. The fire broke out at 2:00 a.m. Joshua Oyediran, the leader of the church, was arrested for questioning.

According to the initial investigation, the fire began inside an adjoining room at the rear of the church and spread to the main building. Later, a gasoline tank exploded and accelerated the fire.

The fire lasted for three hours, and killed two men and a woman. The worshipers were sleeping when the fire began.

Police launched an investigation, and so far, no charges have been filed.

Family flees their home after hundreds of deadly spiders pop out from bunch of bananas

Spider illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A family was left traumatized after hundreds of deadly spiders popped out from a bunch of bananas.

31-year-old Jamie Roberts, said that his family fled in panic after realizing that their fruit was infested with a spider nest containing hundreds of bugs.

Roberts suffers from a fear of spiders, and his wife Crystal, 30, called pest controllers, who advised them to leave their home in Hednesford, Staffs, United Kingdom, immediately. The couple, along with their two children, Georgina, 7, and Joshua, 5, left their home and stayed away for three days until their home was declared bug free.

The species of spiders have not been officially identified, but the family believes they were the world's most venomous Brazilian Wandering Spider.

The incident began after they bought bananas from their local shop and placed them in a fruit bowl on the windowsill in the kitchen. Several days later, the window curtain was covered in spiders.

The bunch of bananas were purchased at a OneStop store near their home. The family is now waiting for pest controllers to confirm if the spiders were of the deadly species.

3-year-old girl drives motorcycle at 40 miles per hour

The seized motorbike 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A young father was arrested after a police officer spotted his 3-year-old girl driving a motorcycle, police in Germany said.

Tuttlingen Police said that the 3-year-old girl was driving as fast as forty miles per hour (70 kph) before being caught.

Police said that an officer saw the girl driving the bike on Sunday afternoon. The officer said that the girl did not possess a valid driving license and the bike was not registered to be used on the road.

The officer was surprised that the suspect was not a teen or young adult. The girl’s 22-year-old father was nearby and had been teaching the girl how to use the bike.

The father did not realize that a serious accident could have happened if the girl would have driven a little faster, police said. Police seized the bike and the father was charged of violating insurance laws and licensing regulations.

Politicians demand taxpayers pay them for their sex toys

Sex shop illustration 
By: Anika Rao

Several politicians demanded compensation for the purchase of sex toys, police in Italy said.
The Finance Police of Italy, said that they were investigating the accounts of the 15 political parties that make up the Bolzano provincial council, after they found a receipt of 64.92 euros ($90) for a vibrator and two other sex toys on an expense account.

The sex toys receipt are from members of the Die Freiheitlichen party, which is a far-right separatist party representing residents in the German-speaking South Tyrol region.

The investigation was launched following a complaint of embezzlement. Earlier this year, an investigation in Sicily, exposed dozens of politicians for spending cash on everything from underwear to designer handbags.

Last year, an investigation uncovered that politicians were spending cash on expensive cheese.

Man sues emergency workers because it took them too long to rescue him

Car stranded in water illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man slapped a $500,000 lawsuit on local officials because it took too long to save him after getting trapped in his flooded car, according to court proceedings in Colorado.

Roy Ortiz was rescued from his vehicle after plunging into a Broomfield County creek during a storm.

Ortiz was trapped in his vehicle for about two hours, before being pulled out alive. Since filing his lawsuit, Ortiz has been receiving hate messages for suing those people who simply tried to help him.

Ortiz said that he is very grateful to those people who saved him, but the county should have done more to warn drivers about the bad road conditions. Also, it should not have taken officials two hours to send a team to help him.

Ortiz also said that he has accumulated at least $40,000 in medical expenses because of the incident. In the lawsuit, Ortiz claims that the county was negligent.

Police called after fat cat holds family and dog hostage in bedroom

Himalayan cat illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A family panicked and called police after a fat cat attacked their 7-month-old child, police in Oregon said.

Although the family has a dog the cat scared it away as well.

The incident began when Lux, the 22 pound Himalayan cat, began scratching their child Jesse in the face, a Portland Police spokesperson said. The child’s father, Lee Palmer, kicked the cat in order to get it to back off, but the kick only made the cat angrier.

That is when Lee, his partner Teresa Barker, Jesse and the family dog ​​all hid in the bedroom until police arrived to help. Lee told a police dispatcher that the angry cat is at the door of the bedroom waiting for them to come out.

The angry cat was heard screeching loudly while Lee spoke with police. When police officers arrived at the scene, they used a trap to capture the cat.

Jesse suffered scratches on the face, but was not seriously injured in the incident.

20 strangers seen on video nervously kissing for the first time

One of the kissing couples 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A group of 20 people, who do not know one another, were seen on video kissing for the first time.

The passionate and artistic video was uploaded to YouTube by Tatia Pilieva.

In just one day, the video got over 20,000,000 views, and it is fast becoming a viral hit. “We asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time,” the description of the video reads.

“Can we please turn off the lights?” Some asked before the kissing began. “This is pretty scary,” another kisser said. Seconds later, the strangers were locked in a passionate embrace, kissing like they are deeply in love.

This showed how fast humans can develop strong attractions to one another.