Tobacco giant Reynolds bans its employees from smoking at work (video)

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By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) In an ironic twist, U.S. tobacco maker Reynolds banned its employees from lighting up at work.

Reynolds announced its decision on Thursday.

The company banned smoking in all indoor office spaces, succumbing to pressure of making its facilities smoke free. The maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes said it is banning workers from lighting up cigars and pipes as well.

The company will be opening special smoking areas at the company's headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The company said the new rules respect the rights of smokers and nonsmokers alike, and make more sense in a world that is against smoking.

"We recognize that restricting smoking indoors is the norm today, and most people expect a business environment free of smoke," Reynolds said.

E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco are still allowed.

Man arrested for killing his puppy with a hammer

Steven R. Blount 
By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested on charges of cruelty to an animal after allegedly killing his puppy with a hammer, police in Louisiana said.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about the man killing his puppy at a plant.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with several employees of the plant who stated that their co-worker, 52-year-old Steven R. Blount of 2758 Lydia Street, Orange, Texas, had a puppy in his truck and was going to leave it in his truck while he worked.

As he approached the gate to enter the plant, he was confronted by several witnesses, who heard the dog barking and questioned him about leaving the puppy in the truck.

Blount walked back out to his truck and grabbed a plastic bag. He was then seen going into the cabin of his truck and later returned to the plant gate with a deceased puppy in the plastic bag, which he placed near a trash can.

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Control detective arrived and the investigation was turned over to him. The detective then retrieved the puppy and left the scene. The puppy was described as an 8-week-old pit bull mix.

Blount told detectives that he struck the puppy twice behind the head with a claw hammer, killing it, and then placed it in a plastic bag.

Blount was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal. His bond was set at $25,000.

Police officer arrested for illegally possessing ammunition

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By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A police officer of the United Kingdom, was hit with a bizarre charge of illegally possessing ammunition after he left ammunition in his locker, which is located in the Buckingham Palace.

A spokesperson for the Scotland Yard, said that the agency has arrested one of their own officers this week.

The officer, who is authorized to carry firearms, was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office and illegal possession of ammunition.

The arrest came after the ammunition was found in a building used by the officers guarding the royal family.

The investigation began four weeks ago, after royal protection officers reported finding ammunition in the lockers they were using in the police building.

The incident is being investigated as a violation of the protocol. There is no suggestion of any link to terrorism.

The officer, who was arrested on Thursday night, has been suspended from duty pending the completion of the investigation.

Woman sets her boyfriend on fire after throwing away her meatballs and spaghetti (video)

Melissa Dawn Sellers 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly setting her boyfriend on fire because he threw away her meatballs and spaghetti, police in Florida said.

Clearwater Police said that they arrested 33-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers, after being accused of burning 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz Jr, early on Wednesday.

Sellers doused Ortiz with nail polish remover during a heated argument, which began after Ortiz threw away the spaghetti and meatballs.

Sellers set him on fire with a cigarette lighter. The two drank alcohol before the fire incident, police said. The man suffered burns to the face, chest and shoulders.

He was taken to the Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical condition. Sellers left the scene before police arrived, and went to her stepfather's house later that morning.

She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, and charged with aggravated assault.

23-year-old woman arrested for running over her boyfriend with car twice on the same day

Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl and Justin Paul Lewis 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A young woman was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly running over her boyfriend twice on the same day, police in Oregon said.

Eugene Police said that 31-year-old Justin Paul Lewis, was hit by a Honda Civic at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and again at 8:30 p.m.

On both occasions, he was taken to a hospital with multiple injuries that were described as non-life threatening. After the woman hit the man for the second time, she gave him a ride to the hospital herself.

23-year-old Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl was arrested on two counts of assault, hit-and-run causing injury and breach of the duties of a driver.

She was also arrested on a parole violation related to drugs. Lewis was also arrested on drug charges. According to authorities, Bleyhl and Lewis were having a dispute outside a center for alcohol and drug detoxification.

Bleyhl hit Lewis with the car and fled from the scene. Four hours later, Lewis saw his girlfriend at a donut shop on Highway 99N.

Lewis tried to approach her, but when he walked behind the car, she backed over him. She then gave him a ride to the hospital.

After treating Lewis, police arrested him on two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of ecstasy.

Bride tricks groom and shows up to wedding dressed as old woman in gown (video)

The bride and groom 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A woman came up with a bizarre plan to test her groom’s love just before the wedding.

The woman caused a very strange scene on a street in Shenzhen, China, when she showed up to take photos before her wedding.

The bride showed up to the photo shoot looking like an old woman. She had her hair sprayed grey and her makeup done in a way that she looked like a 70-year-old woman in an attempt to test the love and commitment of her future husband.

An argument broke out between the bride and groom when the horrified man saw her this way.

Instead of playing along, he angrily told the bride to go home and redo her makeup, witnesses said. However, she refused to do so.

The groom threw his glasses to the floor and stormed off. At that point, the bride still in her wedding gown, sat down crying in the street, surrounded by curious onlookers.

The bride said that she decided to wear this makeup to test if her groom would still be committed to her when she grows old.

44 Florida parents face criminal charges after their children skipped school too many times

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By: Chan Yuan

44 parents are being punished because their children’s poor school attendance.

Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, issued arrest warrants for 44 parents in what they call a “truancy sweep.”

So far, sheriff's deputies arrested 18 parents for failing to send their children to school.

Officials said that they are targeting parents of children, who had the highest absentee rates in Duval County.

The State Attorney's Office said that the arrests were done as a last resort to improve the school attendance of children.

Authorities said the children lost a total combined 6,558 days over a three year period.

In one case, a child lost 239 days of school in three years. The child, who is now 9 years old and in the first grade, was detained twice due to excessive absence.

The parents who were arrested, are facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to comply with compulsory school attendance laws.

“Truancy sweep is necessary to send a clear message to parents that this behavior is not acceptable. Parents are responsible for the care and welfare of their children, including ensuring the attendance of their children at school,” State Attorney Angela Corey said.

Each warrant carries a $1,500 bond. If found guilty, parents can face up to one year in prison.

Stool bank pays $40 a day for your fecal matter

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By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A company is paying people for their fecal matter.

If you are in Massachusetts, you can earn money from your bodily functions.

The independent non-profit stool bank called OpenBiome, is offering volunteers $40 for each deposit, and it's all for a good cause.

Stool samples are used to combat the deadly superbug known as C. difficile, which affects more than 500,000 Americans and kills approximately 14,000 per year.

The life saving procedure includes a fecal transplant. The treatment is becoming more popular and people are being invited to donate their poop at the OpenBiome stool bank.

Before this new treatment was created, patients with recurrent episodes of the C. difficile were sick for several months, and had only a 75 percent chance of survival.

Mark Smith, the research director of OpenBiome, said that his company works similar to a blood bank, where donors have to be tested to make sure that are healthy before donating.

OpenBiome also tests people before they donate the fecal matter and then they prepare the fecal matter so it can be used as a cure for C. difficile.

Young man cuts off his private parts after girlfriend breaks up with him because it was too small

By: Tanya Malhotra

A young man of Macedonia, was rushed to a hospital after cutting off his private parts, doctors said.

The 22-year-old man told doctors that he cut off his private parts and threw it in the trash after being dumped by his girlfriend for his lack of bedroom skills.

He felt that his small size was to blame for the split. Oliver Ilic called an ambulance after he could not stop the bleeding on his own.

The broken hearted man was carried on a stretcher to the hospital located in Kocani. Police searched his home and found his private parts in a container.

Police believe that he cut his organ with a razer blade. Surgeons managed to reattach his organ in a complicated five-hour surgery.

Man robs store in order to be jailed to get away from fight between his new lover and former wife

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By: Mahesh Sarin

Two women were fighting for the love of one man.

However, the man got himself arrested after he tried to get away from the bickering women.

The 29-year-old man of China, was so desperate to escape the constant fighting between his girlfriend and his former wife that he robbed a store to get himself arrested and jailed.

Police said that the desperate man held up a shoe store and a restaurant. He walked away with 600 yuan (about $98).

Long warned the employees that he would destroy the restaurant if the police were not called. He then went outside to wait for the police.

When officers arrived at the restaurant they found Long screaming: “I'm here, come get me.”

Police said that Long divorced his former wife last month, because of the tensions between her and his mother. Long explained that his problems intensified after he entered into a new relationship with his girlfriend.

Long, who was fed up with the fighting, admitted to carrying out robberies to get some peace and quiet in prison.

“I guess it's a crime of passion, but his motive is so ridiculous,” a police spokesperson said.

42-year-old man pulls 14 cars with 1 rope (video)

By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man showed the world that he has enough muscle to pull 14 cars with one rope, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

The man of the United Kingdom, pulled the 14 cars 18 feet and 2 inches.

With this feat, 42-year-old Simon Plant of Findern, broke a world record. Plant pulled the 14 Ford Fiestas in Derby on Wednesday.

The previous world record was moving 12 cars for a distance of 15 feet. The cars had a combined weight of about 44,000 pounds.

Several years ago, Plant pulled a 60,000 pound truck for a distance of 100 feet. The event doubled up as a fundraiser for a cancer charity.

Man uses chainsaw to destroy his parents’ home because they gave it to his brother

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By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested on charges of causing serious damage to property after allegedly arming himself with a chainsaw and destroying his parents’ home, police in Sweden said.

The interior of the home located in Lidkoping, was completely destroyed and the facade was severely damaged.

The suspect also cut down about 20 trees, which were planted on the front yard of the home.

The man admitted to causing about $100,000 in damages, but claimed that he had the right to destroy the home because he made repairs to it before his parents gave it away to his brother.

According to the police investigation, the man armed himself with a chainsaw and a pry tool, and tore up the floor, walls and ceiling of the house.

He removed the electrical installations and doors from the house. The suspect is also being charged with theft after allegedly stealing a water heater from the home’s bathroom.

The man told investigators that he just took back the stuff that it rightfully his.

Tree nearly kills man after he fired his gun at it (video)

Dave shooting at tree 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A tree nearly killed a man after he fired a shot at it, according to a video uploaded to the Internet.

The man of the United States, who was only identified as Dave, is seen on the video clearly surrounded by trees, and aiming his new weapon at a target, which was placed at the base of a tree.

According to the video’s title, Dave was trying out his new 500 Smith & Wesson. However, when he fired the shot, he and his friends realized that the tree is falling down.

He ran for cover before the tree crashed just feet away from where he was standing. The was not the first time that a street took revenge against a shooter.

27-year-old Logan Bunn was rushed to a hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, after the bullet he fired at a tree bounced straight back at him.

Luckily, Bunn suffered non-life threatening injuries and made a full recovery.

Millionaire drives BMW to his job as garbage collector

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By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man decided to get a job despite being a millionaire.

46-year-old Zhai Yongzhong is working as a sanitation worker for about $390 a month.

Yongzhong is a resident in the capital of Guizhou in the Guiyang Province. He gets up at 6:30 a.m. every day and drives his BMW to the sanitation station for work, which involves collecting garbage from trash cans.

Although his salary is not enough to cover his expenses, Yongzhong does not mind as he does not want to retire.

Yongzhong was not always rich. In 2012, the man who used to be a farmer, became rich when the government bought his land during the process of urbanization in the country.

Yongzhong received 400,000 yuan (about $65,000) in compensation for the land. He was also given four houses.
With his farm gone, Yongzhong had to find work.

“For people who don’t have an education, like me, it is not easy to find a job,” Yongzhong said.

Yongzhong is working as a sanitation worker and he is satisfied with his work. “My work helps me stay in shape and I make money at the same time. I feel very fulfilled,” Yongzhong said.

According to the human resources and social security district office, more than 42,700 farmers have been compensated for land acquisitions. However, not many people build wealth.

Many people spend the money on gambling or drug use. Others choose to live lavish lifestyles.

Jiang Guolin, the head of the district's sanitation station, said that they employ about 980 workers, half of them are local farmers. Some of these workers are rich.

Yu Youzhen, 54, is another example. She also became rich after being compensated for her land. She is worth 10 million yuan ($1.6 million), but she lives a simple lifestyle and works at the sanitation department. Below is a video of Youzhen at work.

Man’s suicide attempt ends in sore throat diagnoses

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By: Feng Qian

A man’s life was saved after he attempted suicide over pain in his throat.

The man of Chongqing, China, attempted suicide last week, after he thought that his sore throat was caused by cancer.

Police were called to rescue 45-year-old Zhou, after local residents saw him sitting on top of a bridge over the Fujiang river in the Sichuan Province on Saturday.

Zhou had thrown his cigarette into the river and was preparing to jump when police grabbed him by his belt through a gap in the guardrail.

“Why did you save me? I will not live long with cancer anyway,” Zhou told police.

Zhou later explained that he had diagnosed himself after a relative of his neighbor died of esophageal cancer a few days earlier. Zhou erroneously believed that he was suffering the same type of cancer, police said.

Zhou was taken to a hospital and his wife stood at his side. He was diagnosed with pharyngitis, also known as a sore throat, which can cause discomfort and pain in the throat.

Man takes taxi to slap bus driver for driving away from stop too quickly

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By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested after he took a taxi to find a bus driver, who drove off from a stop too quickly.

The man of Chongqing, China, was arrested after he slapped the bus driver, saying that the driver drove off before he had the opportunity to get onto the bus.

The attacker, who was identified as Sun, tried catching the bus with his friends at the Wubanqiao stop around 2:30 p.m.

However, when he reached the bus stop, the bus driver pulled away. The angry man hopped into a taxi and chased the bus to the next stop. He then entered the bus and slapped the driver, named Lin, in the face.

Lin dodged another slap before calling the police. “I had no idea what had happened. I could smell alcohol on his breath," Lin said.

The driver was hospitalized for three days after complaining of dizziness and other injuries as a result of the attack.

After the police investigation and a review of surveillance videos, police said that Lin followed the rules and protocols.

Lin filed a lawsuit after which a court ordered Sun to pay the driver about 4,300 yuan (about $700) in medical expenses and lost wages.

Farmer shows off healthy lamb born with 2 heads

By: Mahesh Sarin

A farmer of China, released photos of a healthy lamb that was born with two heads.

The farmer said that initially, he thought that his eyes were playing tricks on him when one of his sheep gave birth to the two-headed lamb.

Despite the deformity, the lamb is completely healthy and is being cared for by its mother. The lamb was born in Hohhot, Mongolia, and it is believed to have been only a few days old when it was photographed.

The incredible animal has four eyes, two mouths and two noses. It is able to suckle from its mother and walk around freely.

The rare condition of being born with two heads is known as Polycephaly. There has only been one recorded case of a human survivor with the condition.

Conjoined twins, Abby and Brittany Hensel, were born with two heads on one body. They are 24 years old.

6 tourists caught on video bathing naked in popular water fountain in Rome

6 tourists bathing naked in water fountain 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police were called to a water fountain where six tourists were seen bathing while naked, police in Italy said.

The video shows how the six tourists of France, were holding hands and splashing in the water late at night, at the Piazza Madonna Dei Monti.

The site is within walking distance of historic sites such as the Colosseum. However, the group showed little respect by bathing in the sixteenth century fountain.

Their fun was interrupted when police arrived at the scene, apparently telling them to put on their clothes on and leave the scene.

They each received a fine of 269 euros ($340).

“Rome is a museum, and tourists need to act responsibly and be respectful. We do not need tourists who offend Rome and its monuments,” a police spokesperson said.

Man rapes and cuts Nazi symbols into 20-year-old woman

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By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested on charges of murder after he allegedly raped and killed a young woman, police in Austria said.

Police said that the murder of the 20-year-old woman of Saalfelden, Pinzgau, was not a case of domestic violence, but a ritual killing.

According to the police investigation, the body of the victim was found in a pool of blood in the bathroom of a 20-year-old man, who police believed was her boyfriend.

The man was arrested at the scene without incident, and it was determined that he was not the woman’s boyfriend. Detectives said that the man stabbed the woman and cut Nazi symbols into her skin with a knife.

The defendant said that he was not in a relationship with the murdered woman and that there had been no argument before he attacked her.

A court ordered the man to undergo a psychological evaluation.

22-year-old woman puts her imaginary friend up for sale on ebay

Georgia Horrocks 
By: Wayne Morin

People have different ways of coping with stress.

One woman of the United Kingdom, created for herself an imaginary friend, who helped her cope with hardships.

However, she is now ready to let go. On the advice of her psychiatrist, 22-year-old Georgia Horrocks of London, is trying to change her life by selling her imaginary friend on ebay.

In the ebay listing description she wrote: “I have recently made a decision that it is time to sell my imaginary friend Bernard, who was created during a time of emotional instability.”

She also explained that her friend Bernard, is in good health and he is active.
“My psychiatrist recommended that I say goodbye to Bernard, and although I would like some financial compensation it is more important to find him a good home,” she wrote.

Horrocks hopes to sell her imaginary friend for about 200 pounds ($320). She will send the friend to the highest bidder through imagination with no shipping costs.

Interestingly enough, in 2007, a man managed to sell his imaginary friend for a whopping $2,750.