Kidnappers attempt to abduct Jewish girls at Florida camp

Dean Beck 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Parents are worried after kidnappers attempted to abduct Jewish girls at camp, police in Florida said.

The Miami Police Department is investigating the attempted abductions at the Jewish community center of South Florida.

39-year-old Dean Beck, was arrested after he tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl at the summer camp of Jewish Community Center located on Southwest 112th Avenue on Thursday.

While police were questioning the girl, a 9-year-old girl said that someone tried to grab her on Tuesday. The girl could not identify the man, but police said that it could have been Beck.

Beck is a former member of the Jewish Community Center, and has special needs. He was participating in a fitness program for special needs individuals.

Beck is also a registered sex offender. State records show that he was convicted of possession of child pornography.

CNN reporter calls Israelis ‘scum’ for cheering Israel’s attempt to stop rocket fire from Gaza

CNN reporter’s tweet 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A CNN International reporter called Israeli “scum” for cheering Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, according to a tweet on the reporter’s Twitter account.

Diana Magnay called the Israelis “scum” on Thursday.

“Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,” Magnay tweeted.

The tweet has since been removed from her account. Earlier this week, music fans were angry after Rihanna tweeted #FreePalestine on her Twitter page.

Rihanna just inserted herself into the center of the Middle East conflict by tweeting #FreePalestine, but she deleted the tweet after eight minutes.

It is unclear why Rihanna had the change of heart. The tweet was posted shortly after the ceasefire proposal of Egypt collapsed because Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israel.

The tweet of Rihanna, comes just three days after NBA star Dwight Howard, tweeted #FreePalestine. Just like Rihanna, Howard deleted the message.

Howard later apologized for engaging in international politics. However, Rihanna did not apologize. Rihanna did tweet: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”

United States Senate unanimously pass resolution supporting Israel’s ground war in Gaza

Israeli soldiers in Gaza 
By: Anika Rao

All members of the United States Senate, voted to support Israel’s ground war in Gaza.

Senators Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and Lindsey Graham, Republican, South Carolina, authored S.Res. 498, which reaffirms support for Israel and condemns unprovoked rocket fire.

It also calls on Hamas to stop all rocket attacks against Israel.

"The U.S. Senate is in the camp of Israel," Graham told the Senate on Thursday.

The adoption of the resolution came moments after Israel announced that it launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, after a week of heavy rocket attacks from Hamas.

"Hamas must end its rocket and mortar attacks, and recognize Israel's right to exist," said Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat, Maryland. "Hamas cannot be allowed to continue their terrorist acts," Cardin added.

Senator Rand Paul, Republican, Kentucky, supported the resolution, which was approved by a unanimous consent agreement.

He called on the Senate to pass his bill, S. 2265, that would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, until Hamas is no longer a part of the government.

1000s of Israeli soldiers enter Gaza to stop constant rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians

Israeli soldiers in Gaza 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) Thousands of Israel Defense Forces soldiers entered the Gaza Strip early on Friday morning, in order to stop terrorist rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, instructed the IDF to begin the ground action to strike at the terrorist tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Thursday evening.

The new phase of the operation entails a large IDF force of infantry, tanks, artillery, combat engineers and field intelligence all entering the Gaza Strip. The Israel Air Force, Navy and other Israeli security agencies are supporting the ground forces.

Earlier on Thursday morning, a Hamas assault squad consisting of 13 highly armed terrorists, came through a tunnel and attempted to carry out a large-scale massacre of members in the Israeli community of Kibbutz Sufa, located on the Gaza border.

The terrorists went through an underground tunnel that was dug in the southern Gaza Strip into Israel. As the terrorists emerged on the Israeli side, armed with RPGs and assault rifles, they were spotted and neutralized by the IDF.

“Had we not succeeded, we would have woken up to 13 terrorists in a kibbutz,” said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz.

Netanyahu and Yaalon, also instructed the IDF to be prepared for an expansion of the ground action. The directive for ground action was approved by the Security Cabinet after Israel agreed to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, whereas Hamas rejected it and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities.

“Hamas also did not honor the humanitarian ceasefire initiated by the U.N. and continued firing at Israeli cities during the lull. In light of Hamas' criminal and relentless aggression, as well as the dangerous attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory, Israel must act to defend its citizens,” according to a statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.

The goal to target Hamas’ tunnels that cross under the Israel-Gaza border, which enable terrorists to infiltrate Israel and carry out attacks, requires intensive and precise operations inside Gaza, according to the IDF assessments.

In a briefing to Israeli generals on the ground operation late Thursday night, the IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, stated that “We are going to strike. It is going to be a combined strike, from the air and the ground. Our forces will operate in close coordination, employing their full strength, both along the routes of deployment, and within the area itself, to achieve operational control in the area and to continue striking targets within the Gaza Strip.”

The Chief of Staff also wished the soldiers and generals good luck, and stated that the IDF is doing “everything in our capacity with the appropriate force as proud Israeli soldiers.”

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, called upon the public to read the Psalms for the safety and success of the soldiers. “They are fulfilling a moral obligation on behalf of the nation of Israel - we are all praying for their success, safety and safe return home,” said Rabbi Lau.

Meanwhile, rockets continued to strike Israel throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, albeit for a three hour pause in rocket fire once the ground operation began.

In the last 10 days, Hamas has fired 1,500 rockets at Israeli civilians in major cities and communities across the country, threatening the majority of Israel’s citizens.

11-year-old boy becomes famous as a spiritual healer after making blind father see again

Thobelani Ntaka 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A young boy is helping people with his spiritual powers.

11-year-old Thobelani Ntaka of Verulam, South Africa, became known as a good traditional healer, and many people flock to him.

He is apparently a powerful spiritual healer. However, life has not always been kind to Ntaka, whose mother died when he was just 18 months old.

His partially blind father, 45-year-old Vusumuzi Ntaka, said that his son has taken care of himself and of his father since he was 4 years old.

“I became completely blind in 2007, and had to depend on him to take me to the hospital," said Vusumuzi.

In 2010, Thobelani disappeared for three days. Luckily, he was found near a beach in Durban.

“I was surprised when he told me that he had been at sea where he received healing powers. I thought he was too young to be a healer. That was until he touched my eyes and gave me a bit of my sight back in one eye,” the father explained.

The 11-year-old boy receives more than 100 phone calls a day from people requesting his services.

“I cannot keep up with everyone,” the boy said. Some healers feel threatened by me. Others have asked me to work under them, but I refused,” he said.

However, the boy said that he makes sure that nothing interferes with his school work because he wants to be a pilot one day.

Man hires hitmen to burn his wife after she only gave birth to girls

Fire illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A man was furious when his wife gave birth to another girl.

The man of Nigeria, wanted a son, and when his wife did not deliver one, the husband allegedly decided to kill her.

Paul Nwakpuda, a patent medicine dealer in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife, Monica Nwakpuke, because she could not give him a son.

Three attackers waited for Monica outside the house of her father, and when she came outside the men blindfolded, beat and kidnapped her.

Then they doused her with fuel, set her on fire and fled the scene. A passerby found her and took her to the hospital, where she is reportedly in critical condition.

The victim’s younger brother, Domingo Nwigbo, said that Paul was responsible for the incident. Nwigbo revealed that Paul had always been angry with his wife of 12 years for only giving birth to girls.

Paul Nwakpuda fled from his home and is on the run as police are conducting an investigation.

Homeless man killed for his blanket hours after receiving it as gift from pastor

Homeless man illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A good deed turned into a tragedy when a man was killed for the blanket he received as a gift.

27-year-old Papa Rantsane, who lived on the streets of Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, was delighted with his new blanket.

However, he only owned it for a few hours, after which he was stabbed and killed. His friend, Thuso Mokoko, 26, said that Rantsane was one of a small number of lucky people, who received blankets from a pastor.

Later, Rantsane was approached by people, who accused him of stealing the blanket from their friend. Before he was able to explain, he was stabbed in the ribs.

It was later revealed that another man who received a blanket, gave it to his friend for safe keeping. However, someone stole it.

When people saw the homeless man in possession of the same blanket they assumed that he was the thief. They stabbed him, took the blanket and fled the scene.

Someone called an ambulance, but they were unable to save his life. Rantsane was declared dead at the scene.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lorraine van Emmerik, said that police are investigating the incident, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Angry mob attempts to set 2 prophets on fire after being accused of kidnapping mentally ill woman

Angry mob illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

Two prophets were nearly burned alive after being accused of kidnapping a mentally ill woman, police in Nigeria said.

Ekiti State Police said that the incident unfolded on Wednesday, when Mercy Arogundade and Sunday Akinbami, were surrounded by a group of angry men.

Locals accused the prophets of trying to kidnap Feyisayo Oguntuase. According to the initial police investigation, Oguntuase is mentally ill and is being treated by the two prophets.

The prophets, who are also pastors, operate a facility in which they treat mentally ill women. On Wednesday, Oguntuase escaped from the facility and the prophets took to the streets to search for her.

She was found on Adebayo-Iworoko Road, and the prophets detained her in order to take the woman back to the facility. However, passersby who witnessed the drama unfolding, mistook the prophets for kidnappers.

A large crowd surrounded the prophets and they attempted to set the two on fire. Luckily, police arrived at the scene and dispersed the mob.

Bearded man dressed as woman robs bank and gets caught

Police respond to bank robbery in progress illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A bearded man who dressed as a woman, had no luck in evading police after robbing a bank, police in Massachusetts said.

The Massachusetts State Police said that they arrested the 25-year-old man of Everett on Thursday afternoon, in connection with the robbery at U.S. Alliance Federal Credit Union.

Jobe Dimanche was at his house located on Hawthorn Street, when he was taken into custody. He was charged with armed robbery, failure to stop for a police officer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

During the robbery, Dimanche was wearing a long wig, gray dress and denim jacket. He entered the bank located at 1032 Eastern Avenue shortly after 10:00 a.m., and passed a note to a teller demanding money.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. When officers arrived at the home, the suspect was not wearing the wig and skirt, but the items were recovered at the home.

Married man pays his daughter for sex saying he was tired of using prostitutes

Bedroom illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man was fed up with being a sugar daddy to prostitutes and decided to spend the money on his own daughter.

However, he demanded the daughter have sex with him for those gifts.

The 44-year-old father of Ruwa, Zimbabwe, was arrested for raping his 20-year-old daughter on two occasions.

The father showered her with money for the incestuous relationship, saying he did not want to waste cash on prostitutes.

Now, the man appeared before Harare Magistrate Mr. Donald Ndirowei, on rape charges. The daughter lived with her parents when she was raped by her father who works as a bookkeeper.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira, said that the abuse began when the father dropped a condom next to his daughter while she cleaned her parents’ bedroom.

He then apologized, claiming it was a mistake. On another occasion, the father allegedly tried to force his way into the girl's room at midnight, but found the door locked.

The father later confided in his daughter that he no longer shared a bed with her mother. He then asked his daughter to engage in an incestuous relationship and said that he would pay for the services. He told his daughter that he was tired of spending money on prostitutes.

However, the daughter rejected his advances. At midnight, the man broke into his daughter's bedroom and raped her. He allegedly threatened to kill her if she reported the abuse to anyone.

The father stated that the rape was a ritual act designed to bring the family wealth. He said that this was the way rich people made ​​their money.

He raped his daughter again another night. He promised to buy her a car, and gave her a lot of money.

The woman told her mother about the rape. Police were called and the father was arrested.

‘Meth prostitutes’ where women get paid to do meth with lonely clients is becoming popular

Woman doing drugs illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

Prostitution is known to be the oldest profession.

However, with so many women looking for quick and easy money, a new “prostitution” market called “Bing Mei” has emerged.

“Bing Mei” is especially popular in China, where people are actually paying prostitutes to do methamphetamine with them.

Prostitutes “who take ice” (slang for meth) don’t necessarily have sex with their client. Their “job” is to keep the man company and do methamphetamine him.

A man, who was identified as Hao, said that his friends began paying women for doing drugs with him after he realized that taking drugs with women was better than doing it alone.

At first, he was looking at high-class call girls. However, that ended up costing him a whopping 2,000RMB (about $322) per night, so he began looking for cheaper alternatives.

That's when he found “meth prostitutes” or “Bing Mei.” Sadly, many of these women start out as bar servers and innocently join bar patrons to keep them company and do drugs together for money.

After getting involved with the drugs, many women become full fledged drug addicts. To feed their addiction, these women then choose jobs as stripper and prostitutes. Some want to be paid directly with drugs, which in some cases leads them to become full time “meth prostitutes.”

19 workers punished for taking more than 6 minute toilet breaks per day at work

WaterSaver Faucet Co. workers protesting 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Workers are protesting after their company limited toilet breaks to 6 minutes per day.

The WaterSaver Faucet Co. of Chicago, Illinois, has implemented new rules, which demands workers to swipe a card before entering for work.

The company keeps track of employees’ bathroom use, and if it is “excessive” they are disciplined. Employees can even be fired for excessive violations.

A union, Teamsters local 743, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against The WaterSaver Faucet Co., for unjustly disciplining 19 workers for “excessive use” of the bathrooms.

“The company’s Human Resources department describes excessive use of bathroom as 60 minutes or more during 10 days of work,” according to the affidavit. That comes out to 6 minutes per day of bathroom time.

Each month, the company rewards workers with a $20 gift card if they do not use the bathroom during their shift for the entire month.

The company’s owner, Steve Kersten, defended his position by saying that 120 hours of production were lost in one month because of the time workers spent in the bathroom.

He believes that workers are spending time on their phones in the bathrooms.

Jailed man orders 5 pizza pies for his arresting police officer

Michael Harp 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man in police custody decided to teach the arresting officer a lesson, by playing a prank on him.

Police in Kentucky, received a surprise delivery of pizza after arresting a man for theft and public drunkenness.

29-year-old Michael Harp, was arrested after shoplifting $36 worth of beer from a convenience store, according to Corbin Police Officer Rob Jones.

Harp asked permission to make a call on his cell phone while being booked into the police station.

A short time later, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver showed up with five pizza pies for officer Coy Wilson, who arrested Harp.

Officers began investigating as to who ordered the pizza and linked the call to Harp by tracking his cell phone number.

Harp denies that he ordered the pies and said that “about 10 people used his phone.”

Harp is now facing additional charges, including identity theft, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer.

Sexy twins offer ‘to make your dreams come true’ in bed

The twins 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Twins are known to be very close.

However, sharing a man in bed is not very common.

19-year-old twin sisters Katelyn and Sarah Lothrop of Bullock, North Carolina, were arrested on prostitution charges after authorities found their advertisements for prostitution services online.

In addition to their arrests, a man, Michael Lewis, 27, was also arrested and charged with abetting prostitution.

In their advertisements published on the website, the two women identified themselves as “Kerri” and “Krystal.” The teens posted revealing photos of themselves wearing underwear.

“Hello fellas. Are you in need of sexy young twins with excellent talent? Everything you desire lies with us,” they wrote.

The advertisements were published under the title: “Hot and sexy beautiful fun Twins.” The teens were described as having the “perfect body with smooth skin,” who will “make your dreams come true and then some.”

The twins were arrested at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, adjacent to the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

The twins were charged with aiding and abetting prostitution. Sarah Lothrop faces an additional charge of failure to appear in court arising from a misdemeanor charge.

Sarah Lothrop is being held on $8,000 bond while her twin sister Katelyn’s bond was set at $4,000.

Female Yahoo executive accused of sexually harassing female employee

Yahoo facility 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) Yahoo was slapped with a lawsuit after a female executive was accused of sexually harassing a female employee, according to court documents filed in California.

Maria Zhang of Yahoo Mobile, has been sued by Nan Shi, who worked as a senior software engineer, according to the complaint filed with the Superior Court of Santa Clara in San Jose.

Zhang allegedly coerced Shi, into having oral sex with her repeatedly in Sunnyvale. In exchange, she was promised a bright future at Yahoo.

Shi is seeking monetary and punitive damages. The lawsuit also named Yahoo as a defendant.

The lawsuit alleges that personnel of the company refused to carry out an investigation when Shi complained about her supervisor.

Instead, Shi was put on unpaid leave and eventually fired from her position in the company. Yahoo denied all the allegations.