Magen David Adom to help Turkey with injured miners

Coal mine illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) Magen David Adom Israel has offered to help Turkey with the rescue effort of hundreds of injured miners.

On Wednesday, a mine explosion killed at least 238 and left more than 200 trapped.

Magen David Adom reached out, offering help in the rescue and the treatment of those injured in the mine.

A spokesperson for Magen David Adom said that the organization is willing to provide labor, equipment and medical knowledge that could greatly increase the chances of saving lives and end the crisis.

787 people were inside the coal mine in Soma, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul, at the time of the explosion.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared three days of national mourning and ordered flags to be lowered to half-mast. Erdogan postponed a one-day visit to Albania and planned to visit Soma.

Fifty-seven people were confirmed injured. The explosion ripped through the mine as workers were preparing for a shift change, which likely increased the number of victims because more miners were inside the mine.

Three women caught with silver stolen from local synagogue (video)

Chelsie Roake and Woodie Arendall 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Two women and a man were arrested on charges of burglary after they allegedly stole silver from a synagogue and tried to sell it, police in Tennessee said.

Nashville Police said that members of the synagogue were able to help catch those accused of the theft.

The thieves took $10,000 worth of silver religious ornaments from the West End Synagogue on Monday morning around 1:00 a.m.

Authorities said that three people showed up at Cashville Gold and Silver Buyers on Franklin Pike on Monday afternoon, and tried to sell the stolen items. Josh Levine and Jerry Levine, both members of the synagogue, had learned the sacred silver was stolen from their place of worship.

The father and son alerted other gold and silver shops around Nashville that thieves might be trying to sell the stolen items. Surveillance video showed two women and a 13-year-old girl carrying the stolen loot.

They said it belonged to one of their grandmothers, and it had been in the family for generations. When they were told that it does not belong to their grandmother because it actually belongs to Levine’s grandmother, the young women blamed the man waiting in a car outside.

They ran outside, and Josh Levine used his truck to block them until police arrived.

Police arrested 19-year-old Chelsie Roake, 26-year-old Justin Exum and 20-year-old Woodie Arendall. They all admitted their involvement in the robbery. Exum is one of the maintenance men in the West End Synagogue.

The three suspects are now facing charges of robbery and theft, and are each being held on bail of $10,000. Exum has a previous conviction for possession of cocaine.

1 in 4 people worldwide is an anti-Semite new study shows

Anti-Semitic graffiti illustration 
By: Aryeh Savir

A new study showed that 25 percent of the world population is anti-Semitic, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

For the first time, the Anti-Defamation League has commissioned an international survey to research attitudes and opinions toward Jews in more than 100 countries around the world.

85.9 percent of the world’s population was surveyed. The primary finding is that 26 percent of the world population, representing an estimated 1.09 billion people, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

Anti-Semitic tendencies were gauged by Index Scores, which were created by asking whether 11 negative anti-Semitic stereotypes are “probably true” or “probably false.” Respondents who said at least 6 out of 11 statements are “probably true,” are considered to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

Middle East & North Africa are the most anti-Semitic, 74%, followed by Eastern Europe with 34%, Western Europe at 24%, and Oceania at only 14%. Greece is the most anti-Semitic country outside the Middle East.

The most widely accepted anti-Semitic stereotype worldwide is: “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries they live in.” 41% of those asked hold this opinion. The second most widely accepted stereotype, expressed by 35% of those asked is: “Jews have too much power in the business world.” This is the most widely accepted stereotype in Eastern Europe, held by 53%.

Muslims are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic views than members of other religions. Among all the religious groups questioned, Muslims have the highest average Index Score: 49%. Christians in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic countries are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic views than those in Protestant countries.

Gender and age are a factor. Older people are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic views, although in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, between the ages of 1 – 15, 93% expressed anti-Semitic views. Men generally hold more anti-Semitic views than women. This is true for every religion except Buddhism.

Overall, respondents vastly overestimate the world’s Jewish population. In most regions, a majority think over 1% of the world’s population is Jewish. Many even think it is over 10%. The more people overestimate the world’s Jewish population, the more they tend to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

Education has a different effect in different regions. In the West more educated people are less likely to harbor anti-Semitic views. Conversely, in the Middle East North Africa, more educated people are more likely to hold anti-Semitic views.

The Holocaust, which serves as a historical reference point in regards to anti-Semitic tendencies is telling. 35% have never heard of the Holocaust. Only 33% are aware of the Holocaust and believe it has been accurately described by history. Nearly a third of respondents who have heard of the Holocaust, 32%, think it is either a myth or has been greatly exaggerated. Younger people are less aware of the Holocaust

Fewer than 10% of those surveyed say they interact with Jewish people very or somewhat often. Of the 26% who believe a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes, 70% have actually never met a Jewish person. Countries with more than 10,000 Jews or where Jews are more than .1% of the population tend to hold fewer anti-Semitic views.

The source of information on Jews is of influence. Most people get their information about Jews from television. However, the Internet is an important second source of information for many. Muslims who get their information about Jews from the Internet are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes than those who receive their news from other sources.

Fieldwork and data collection for this global public opinion project were conducted and coordinated by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research. All interviews were conducted between July 2013 and February 2014. The data is a result of 53,100 total interviews among citizens aged 18 and over, across 101 countries. Interviews were conducted via landline telephones, mobile phones and face-to-face discussions in 96 languages. All respondents were selected at random.

“The level of anti-Semitism in some countries and regions, even those where there are no Jews, is in many instances shocking,” said Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair. “We hope this unprecedented effort to measure and gauge anti-Semitic attitudes globally will serve as a wake-up call to governments, to international institutions and to people of conscience that anti-Semitism is not just a relic of history, but a current event,” concluded Curtiss-Lusher.

Semen like drinks selling on ebay for $115 per bottle

By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) The new hot drink is a semen like juice.

The bottles are selling on ebay for as much as $115.

The synthetic drink with the consistency of semen, has seen a sharp increase in demand after being placed on ebay.

Soylent, which comes in a white bag with a handful of nutritional facts emblazoned on the side, have soared after an initial batch was released earlier this year in Los Angeles, California.

One seller in Santa Clara, put one bag up for sale on ebay just for fun, and saw bids soar to $115. Thirty people bidded against one another for the product.

The inventor of Soylent, 25-year-old Rob Rhinehart, said that he is happy with the increase in price. Most consumers said that the juice feels like sperm because of its consistency, while some even said that they have decreased their food intake and rely on the drink for their nutrition.

New York cab driver sentenced to 20 years prison for raping woman in his taxi cab at knifepoint

Gurmeet Singh 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A father of two will spend the next two decades behind bars for raping a woman.

Taxi driver Gurmeet Singh of New York, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for raping a passenger in the back of his cab.

The 42 year old, who lives in Jamaica, Queens, was found guilty of raping the woman after she fell asleep in the back of his cab.

The victim took the stand against him and said that she felt so traumatized by the rape that she moved from Manhattan to the west coast.

The woman said that the cab driver bound, gagged and blindfolded her before raping her at knifepoint.

The 29-year-old nonprofit worker testified how she woke up to Singh straddling after she fell asleep in the back seat of his cab. Before that she partied in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Singh was convicted of rape, but acquitted of other charges including predatory sexual assault and robbery. Members of his Sikh community begged the judge for mercy and offered compensation to the victim. Singh continues to insist that the sex was consensual.

Families angry after thieves steal brass vases from the dead

Graves illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) Several families of Oregon, are very angry after they discovered that brass vases they have placed at their loved ones’ graves were missing.

Steve Aitken, his sisters and his brother, went to West Lawn Memorial Park to set flowers at the graves of their mother and father.

That is when Aitken realized that the bronze vases from the graves were missing. Aitken said that he does not know anyone who steals from graves.

“You really have to be a low life to rob the dead,” Aitken said. “Graves are sacred because that is where someone you love is buried,” he added.

Jeff Musgrave, who owns the West Lawn Memorial Park, said that this is not the first time something like this has happened.

Musgrove also said that he has filed a police complaint and is reviewing security camera footage. Police confirmed that they have launched an investigation into the incident, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Mother beats her 6-year-old son to near death for receiving an N grade on report card

Latasha Green 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested on charges of child abuse after beating her child to near death for receiving a poor grade on his report card, police in Tennessee said.

Latasha Green of Memphis, was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after allegedly beating her 6-year-old son so badly that he had to be taken to a hospital.

Green became angry when the first grader received his report card. Green saw an "N" on his card. The letter grade means needs improvement.

According to investigators, the boy was whipped in the face and beaten on his torso. The abuse was discovered later by school authorities, police said.

The child behaved strangely at school and vomited several times before they called an ambulance. The elementary school student had to be transported to a children's hospital.

After an examination by doctors, the boy was diagnosed with a fractured skull, cuts on his body and damage to his pancreas. Green was released Monday night on $25,000 bail.

The child is recovering from his injuries.

Woman gives birth to girl with two faces (video)

Hope and Faith 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A woman of Australia, was horrified to learn that she gave birth to a girl with two faces.

Doctors said that Renee Young of Sydney, has given birth to twin girls born with a rare medical condition called diprosopus.

The twin girls Hope and Faith, share one heart, one body, limbs and skull, but each has her own brain and a set of identical facial features. Young and her partner Simon Howie, who have seven children, said that the girls were doing well after being born on Thursday.

They are breathing well and on their own. The twins even had their first bath.

Doctors still do not know how long they will need to be in the hospital. The couple discovered during an ultrasound that the girls would be born with diprosopus.

Doctors told the couple to consider aborting the fetus. Development issues meant that the babies can have trouble breathing after birth.

The couple decided to go ahead with the pregnancy and the woman gave birth by emergency caesarean section at Blacktown Hospital. The twins weighed just over two pounds.

There have only been 35 similar cases reported worldwide, and none of the babies survived.

Man and pregnant fiancee receive marijuana laced burgers at McDonald’s

McDonald’s burger illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man is angry after he and his pregnant fiancee received marijuana laced burgers at McDonald’s.

The Iowa couple said that they were served burgers topped with marijuana and the incident is now being investigated by the police.

The incident occurred when 23-year-old Brittany Songer, and 31-year-old Cory Long, ordered two McDoubles. Songer, who is pregnant, and Long were sharing the burger when they discovered what they believe to be marijuana.

Long even offered a bite to Songer’s 2-year-old child, but thankfully, he was not in the mood. The burger had a bad taste, and Long thought maybe it was because Songer had cologne on her hands.

When he opened the burger he realized that the cheese was covered with weed. Police said that the burgers were sent to a laboratory and the results will not return for at least two months.

Long and Songer did not need any medical attention.

Drunk 43-year-old woman arrested for yelling and throwing underwear at women

Michelle Curry 
By: Devansh Dutt

A woman was arrested on charges of public intoxication after allegedly screaming and throwing underwear at women, police in Florida said.
Fort Pierce Police said that they received a call at 8:05 p.m., reporting a disturbance on South 7th Street near Boston Avenue.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the intoxicated woman causing a ruckus by yelling at people while walking down the street. 43-year-old Michelle Curry, who smelled of alcohol, had trouble standing up straight.

When police asked her if she was yelling at people she replied: “I ain’t doing s*** wrong b****.” Curry continued with her screaming despite being ordered to stop.

At the scene, a woman told police that Curry came into the backyard where she was spending time with her friends and started yelling. She said that the woman had an empty liquor bottle, and took things to throw at them.

Curry threw underwear before leaving the yard. Curry, of the 2300 block of 15th Avenue in Vero Beach, was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and trespassing.

Man shoots his cousin after mistaking him for wild turkey

Turkey illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) An experienced hunter was seriously injured after being shot by his own cousin, police in New Hampshire said.

57-year-old Glenn Ranfos has 5 bullets stuck in the body, including one in the spleen after a hunting accident over the weekend.

The incident occurred while he was squatting in the woods in Dunbarton, just to kill a turkey. At one point, he turned around and a gun was pointed at him.

He was shot by his hunting companion, Kenneth Ranfos, who was about 90 feet away. He immediately started bleeding from his forehead.

When he told his cousin that he was shot he couldn’t believe it, as he really thought he shot at a turkey. Police said that this should not have happened, as a human is not easily mistaken for a turkey.

Kenneth Ranfos could face criminal charges and his hunting license will probably be suspended. However, Glenn Ranfos said that he will still go out hunting with his cousin.

26-year-old man arrested after talking to restaurant waitresses about his private parts

Ryan Christopher Smallwood 
By: Hydar Tomar

A man was placed behind bars after he struck up a conversation with restaurant waitresses about his private parts, police in North Carolina said.

Rock Hill Police said that at 1:00 a.m., a police officer who works at the Waffle House on South Anderson Road, noticed 26-year-old Ryan Christopher Smallwood of Fayetteville, flipping the bird at a restaurant customer.

Smallwood’s pants were down to the ankles, although he still had his boxers around his waist. The officer ordered Smallwood to pull up his pants, warning that if he did not comply, he will be expelled from the restaurant.

Smallwood pulled his pants back up. Several minutes later, the officer heard Smallwood talking about his private parts to two employees. The officer ordered Smallwood to leave the restaurant or face arrest.

When Smallwood refused to leave, he was arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct.

Four women arrested after allowing their children to hang out with eight convicted sex offenders

The four mothers who were arrested 
By: Hydar Tomar

Many children were raped and sexually abused at the hands of eight convicted sex offenders.

Now, their mothers have been arrested and charged with child endangerment.

The women of Iowa, were accused of knowingly allowing children to live next to and spend the night with some of the eight men, who have a history of sexual abuse and child pornography.

Police have confirmed that at least six children were victims of abuse, neglect or child pornography.

Two sex offenders were arrested and charged with abusing some of the children. A third was arrested for failing to appear in the registry.

Sherry Ann Oats, 48, Shaneka Posey, 23, Jenni Jenkins, 29, Sarah Melissa McConnell, 34, lived with their families at the Patriot Mobile Home Park and Apartments in Davenport.

All four women are now facing charges for leaving their children in the care of the accused suspects.

The Iowa residency laws require sex offenders to live at least 2,000 feet away from schools or daycare centers. This law caused many sex offenders to live in remote areas.

The law ended up creating clusters of sex offenders living in low rent motels, trailer parks and neighborhoods near poor families with young children.

84-year-old man arrested for sexually abusing four girls twenty eight years ago

Rolf Harris 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man walked to court holding his elderly wife’s hand and daughter.

Rolf Harris is accused of indecent assault of victims who were between seven and 19 years old.

The alleged sex abuse occurred between 1968 and 1986.

Harris, 84, is well-known in the United Kingdom. He painted a portrait of the Queen in 2005, and has been a constant face on British television screens for over 40 years.

He had his first musical success with Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport in 1960, and continued to enjoy success in the industry and build a career in television.

However, when life should have been about enjoying his retirement, Harris of Berkshire, faces 12 counts of indecent assault, to which he pleaded not guilty in court.

Rolf Harris was accompanied by his family, including his wife Alwen Hughes and daughter Bindi, as well as a team of security guards as he entered the Southwark Crown Court to face charges.

Nurse puts tape over newborn baby’s mouth because he was crying too much

Yohannes Noval 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Parents were furious when they found their newborn baby’s mouth covered with tape.

Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc, were overjoyed with the birth of their son, Yohannes Noval.

Baby Noval stayed at the Philippines hospital for a few extra days after birth because he had an infection.

The baby’s parents went to visit him at the nursery room of the private hospital where he had been staying, when they suddenly saw their baby’s mouth taped shut.

When the couple questioned the staff, a nurse told them that she had to tape to the child's mouth because he was constantly crying and making noise.

Mr. Noval said that his partner asked the nurse to remove the tape, but she allegedly replied: “You can go ahead and do it yourself, mam.”

The mother was afraid that she might hurt the baby while removing the tape, and the nurse finally agreed to remove the tape herself.

The angry father posted the photo of his baby with tape over his mouth to Facebook and wrote: “I know my son Yohannes Noval cannot talk about his horrible experience at the hands of the nurse attending to him, so we have to speak up for him.”

One nurse claimed that the tape was placed to hold the baby’s pacifier in his mouth. However, that did not work as the pacifier fell out of his mouth when he cried.

An investigation is being conducted by the hospital over the incident.

Man jumps to his death in a mall after meeting his virtual girlfriend of six years for the first time

Mall illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man was excited to finally meet the woman with whom he was talking over the Internet for many years.

However, the meeting went very bad and the man committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor in a crowded mall.

The man was identified as Roberto Gonzales of the Philippines. Gonzales met the woman in the mall in the city of Lipa, Batangas.

A witness told investigators that she overheard the conversation between the man and the woman before he jumped.

Gonzales asked the woman: “Is that really you? How can that girl be you? You have dark skin. You fooled me for six years!”

Gonzales first met the woman through social media. They carried on a virtual relationship for six years.

When the two finally met in person, Gonzales was disappointed with the woman he saw standing in front of

Gonzales reportedly had a hard time facing the fact that the woman looked different in person than on the photos she posted.

The woman used Instagram filters to enhance her looks before posting her photos to the Internet.

“He said I looked nothing like the photos I've posted online. I did not know that my looks are so important to him. I thought he was going to accept me even without Instagram filters,” the woman told investigators.

Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene.

Taxi driver drugs women to satisfy his sexual thrills of watching them pee in the backseat

Toshihiko Nishi  
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A perverted man with a fetish of watching women desperately needing to use the bathroom, was arrested, police in Japan said.

41-year-old Toshihiko Nishi, got sexual thrills of seeing women on the verge of peeing themselves and ultimately wetting themselves out of desperation.

Nishi found the perfect job to feed his fixation. By being a taxi driver it gave him access to women, police in the city of Osaka said.

He allegedly lured women on long trips in his taxi and sometimes offered half-price rates. Then he offered them biscuits covered with diuretics, a substance that promotes the production of urine.

“I was excited to see women trying to resist the urge to urinate,” the driver told investigators after he was arrested.

He admitted to buying the diuretics over the Internet. He then crushed the substance and mixed it into cookies, which he offered to his customers.

One victim told police that she had gotten into the cab of Nishi in Osaka, and was given a small paper cup containing cookies.

Shortly after eating the snack, she desperately needed to urinate. She asked the driver stop so she can use a restroom, but he refused. Instead, he passed her an absorbent sheet and encouraged her to urinate on it.

When police raided Nishi’s home, they found videos of more than 50 women wetting themselves or peeing in the backseat of his car. He secretly recorded the acts with a security camera he installed in his cab.

Nishi has been arrested and charged for committing a violent act.

Parents die in car accident while picking up body of daughter who was killed in car accident

Accident scene illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A teenage boy was orphaned from both parents and lost his only sister in one day.

It was a sad day when three members of one family were killed in two separate car accidents in a span of four hours.

The incident began in Mumbai, India, in the Ratnagiri district. 17-year-old Dhanasree Kadam, was driving her father's motorbike to take a CET Exam for college.

The motorbike overturned on the Mumbai-Goa highway, throwing her from the vehicle. She was rushed to a hospital in Ratnagiri, but succumbed to her injuries.

Her parents were notified of the tragedy and came to be at their daughter’s side. After she was pronounced dead, the body was taken by ambulance to a funeral home.

Her parents, Pravin Kadam, 40, and Priyanka Kadam, 38, followed the ambulance in a car along with another family member when suddenly a heavy piece of machinery tied on the back of a trailer fell onto the car, killing the couple.

The only surviving member of the family is their youngest son, Shivam Kadam,15, who was home at the time of the tragedy. May they rest in peace.

The driver of the trailer has been arrested.

Innocent looking 14-year-old girl becomes professional smartphone thief

Smartphone illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was arrested and charged with the theft for stealing many smartphones.

The 14-year-old cellphone thief was arrested by police in Hong Kong, after the string of robberies.

The junior high school student was wearing her uniform and looked so innocent and harmless when she asked people to use their phones.

The young girl came up with a sob story. She told people that she had lost her phone or wallet, and asked to use their phone to call her family.

When unsuspecting people handed over their phone, she ran away with it.

After many complaints, police were finally able to identify her through security cameras at the Sha Tin train station after she stole the phone of a 10-year-old girl.

Police found that the suspect is a student at a high school in that area. The next morning, officers waited for her near the train station and she was arrested.

After searching her apartment, police found evidence that linked her to several other cases of theft and fraud in the last three months.

The 14 year old told police that she sold the stolen phones and spent all the money on entertainment.