Store charges female shoppers less than men for the same items

Less than 100 store 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A store owner in Pennsylvania, who wants to raise awareness about the earnings gap between men and women, is charging women less for their purchases than men.

The store was opened in Pittsburgh, where women pay lower rates than men for the same items.

Specifically, for every $1 a man pays, a woman pays only $0.76 or 24% less. The store called Less than 100, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to selling handmade items.

Prices reflect the current average wage gap between men and women in Pennsylvania. The idea of the store is to raise awareness of the pay gap in the U.S. and advocate for equality of income.

Some men said that they simply sent in their female partners to shop for them, taking advantage of the lower prices.

Man stuffs food down his girlfriend's throat so that she becomes unattractive to other men by gaining weight

Yan Tai before and after photos 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man in China, boasted about overfeeding his girlfriend so that she becomes fat and unattractive to other men.

25-year-old You Pan was dating an exceptionally beautiful woman, Yan Tai, who weighed about 100 pounds two years ago.

He fed her extravagant dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner so she could be unattractive, thus keeping away other men. He even woke up and fed his 20-year-old girlfriend her midnight snacks.

After feeding her for two years and causing her weight to balloon to 196 pounds, he has proposed marriage. Tai said “yes.”

The strange proposal was held in front of his friends, who were standing beside him and holding up photos of food. Pan said that he will continue to feed Tai even more after their marriage.

Church leader starves 2-year-old boy to death to rid him of demons

Araceli Meza 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A woman, who works as a pastor at a church, was arrested on charges of causing serious injury to a child after allegedly starving a young boy to death in order to rid him of demons, police in Texas said.

Balch Springs Police said that they arrested 49-year-old Araceli Meza, after holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after the boy’s death to try to revive him.

His parents took the boy’s dead body to Mexico for burial. An anonymous tip about the ceremony led to the investigation. Meza was charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily harm.

Her bail was set at $100,000.

Witnesses told police that Meza and the boy's parents thought he had a demon inside him, and that fasting was a way to save him.

The child was not fed for about 25 days. They just gave him some water, which ultimately caused the child's death. During a ceremony in church, an attempt was made to resurrect the child by performing a ritual.

By the time police arrived at the boy’s home, the parents already left to Mexico. A witness said that the mother of the child was advised that it was the will of God to starve the child.

Man burns down his rental car after trying to kill bed bugs

Scott Kemery’s car on fire 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man suffered serious burns after he tried to kill bed bugs in his rental car, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that the Long Island man set his rental car on fire while trying to kill bed bugs inside the vehicle.

Scott Kemery suffered first and second-degree burns in the incident on Tuesday.

According to the police investigation, Kemery poured alcohol on the insects before sitting down in the car and lighting a cigarette.

The fumes set the alcohol on fire. He ran out of the vehicle, but he still suffered burns. Kemery told police that someone told him that if bed bugs are saturated with alcohol they die.

Police said that two cars were badly damaged by the intense heat of the fire.

Inmate exposes his private parts to judge during video link court appearance

Dustin Irons 
By: Chan Yuan

An inmate was slapped with an additional 30 days in jail after exposing himself to a judge during a video link court appearance, police in Oregon said.

26-year-old Dustin Irons of Pendleton, has been in custody since December, when police arrested him for destroying a room at the Pillars Motel, which is located at 1816 SE Court Avenue.

When police officers arrived at the scene, he assaulted them.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon against another, second-degree criminal mischief and menacing.

Irons had a hearing on Thursday, before Judge Chris Brauer. At some point during the hearing, Irons’ pants fell to the floor, exposing his private parts on a big TV screen in court.

Irons insulted the judge with a lewd comment. Prison staff closed the microphone in the room and pushed Irons out of sight of the camera.

Irons received 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

4 women pull out one another’s hair on airplane after fight erupts over seating arrangements

Woman’s hair illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) 4 women were arrested on charges of assault after allegedly pulling one another’s hair when a fight erupted over seating arrangements on an airplane, police in China said.

The 4 women were arrested for participating in a fight aboard a domestic flight.

The women began to argue about adjusting their seats on a flight to Shenzhen.

The heated dispute then escalated into a physical confrontation, with women leaving their seats and tearing one another’s hair.

The four women were aged between 30 and 50, and are all from Liaoning. Police were notified about the altercation by the crew of the aircraft before the plane landed.

They were arrested by police when the plane landed for a stopover in Nantong, Jiangsu. They were ordered to spend five days in jail after being charged with jeopardizing the safety of an aircraft.

The plane later landed safely at its destination.

Chef faces $2,000 fine for feeding homeless

Joan Cheever receiving ticket 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A chef was detained and given a summons for allegedly feeding the homeless in Texas.

Joan Cheever, the founder of a nonprofit mobile food truck known as the Chow Train, was detained by San Antonio Police on Tuesday.

The incident unfolded as Cheever was feeding the homeless in Maverick Park. Cheever has been serving restaurant-quality meals to the homeless population of the city for the past 10 years.

Over the years, police officers have observed Cheever feeding the homeless and they did nothing, but that changed on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, officers stopped at the park and gave Cheever a ticket that carries a potential fine of $2,000. Cheever has a permit for a mobile food truck, but she was cited for transporting and serving food with an unlicensed truck.

Cheever said that under the law, she has the right to serve food to the homeless because she considers it a free exercise of her religion.

Man runs around naked before having sex with a tree on a busy street

Kenneth Crowder 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer after allegedly hitting a police officer while he was being arrested for having sex with a tree in public, police in Florida said.

Melbourne Police said that 41-year-old Kenneth Crowder was arrested on Friday, after running around the neighborhood naked and having sex with a tree.

According to the police investigation, an officer went to the area and confronted Crowder. Crowder walked toward the officer in an aggressive manner.

The officer used a Taser on Crowder, but he kept on fighting. Crowder was shocked for a second time, but he charged at the officer with clenched fists.

The officer punched Crowder in the face. Other officers arrived and helped subdue Crowder, who was handcuffed and shackled.

Crowder was high on a synthetic substance. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail.

29-year-old man searching for his 62-year-old lover whom he met online

Zhu Jing 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A 29-year-old man fell in love with a 62-year-old woman and was devastated when she disappeared.

The 29-year-old man recently quit his job in Yunnan, China, to find his 62-year-old girlfriend.

Zhu Jing met his cougar girlfriend through a dating website almost a year ago. He fell in love with her despite their huge age difference.

Jing said that to him, his girlfriend is beautiful. “She is 62 years old, but she looks like 40 years old.” Jing said that the older woman was his first love. She was his first official girlfriend. “I think about it day and night,” he added.

However, his happy life turned upside down when the woman suddenly disappeared from his life without a trace.

She did not tell him that she was breaking up with him.

Devastated over the loss of the love of his life, Jing quit his job and went to the woman's hometown in Xiangtan, Hunan.

He managed to locate her family, but they did not welcome his arrival.

The woman’s son-in-law threw him out of his home and refused to speak about his relationship with his mother-in-law.

Jing tried another tactic. He contacted the woman’s former husband and asked if he knew her whereabouts.

The former husband responded by showing Jing his divorce certificate and told him to leave him alone.

However, Jing refuses to give up. He turned to the local media for help. He told reporters that the woman previously said that she will marry him and that he does not want to give it up until he finds her.

Teacher suspended for ordering student to write letters to convicted cop killer

Marilyn Zuniga 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A teacher apologized to parents after she told her students to write letters to a convicted cop killer.

Marilyn Zuniga of New Jersey, had her third grade class write get well cards for the convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Zuniga told her students at the Forest Street Elementary School to write letters to Abu-Jamal in prison after being discharged from the hospital following complications with diabetes.

Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

Abu-Jamal spent 30 years on death row before his sentence was converted to life imprisonment in 2008 after years of appeals.

Zuniga gave the letters from her students to Baruch College Professor Johanna Fernandez who handed it over to Abu-Jamal.

Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said that school administrators were surprised to learn of the assignment because the teacher did not seek the approval of the school or parents.

Zuniga has been placed on paid leave pending the results of an investigation.

Woman hosts nude Twister game for teenage daughter and has sex with her friends

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt 
By: Chan Yuan

A woman was arrested after she hosted a nude Twister game for teenagers.

35-year-old Rachel Lynn Lehnardt of Georgia, is accused of hosting the nude Twister party for her 16-year-old daughter.

Lehnardt, who is a mother of 5 children, also had sex with an 18-year-old male friend of her daughter, police said.

The incident came to light after Lehnardt told her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor about the drug and alcohol fueled party. The sponsor then notified police.

Lehnardt claimed that all her children were with their father when her 16-year-old daughter sent a message asking if she could invite her friends over to her home.

The woman agreed, and allegedly allowed her daughter and her friends to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol in her home.

She then joined a game of nude Twister before going into the bathroom to have sex with the 18-year-old man.

Lehnardt admitted that she also had sex with a 16-year-old boy, but claimed that she was sleeping and woke up to find the boy having sex with her.

Lehnardt was arrested and lost custody of her five children, who are 4, 6, 8, 10 and 16 years old.

Lehnardt was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She has since been released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting $3,200 bond.

Man dies in courtroom moments after being convicted of killing his wife

Mark Ward Faville 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A man was pronounced dead moments after he was convicted of killing his wife.

Mark Ward Faville of Christiansburg, Virginia, killed himself in court after he was convicted of killing his wife.

A jury convicted Faville, 72, of voluntary manslaughter, a felony, which carries up to 10 years in prison.

Faville initially told investigators that his wife, Anne, had choked on a piece of chicken and died.

This claim was supported by the initial autopsy. Upon further investigation however, authorities determined that Faville choked his wife to death.

Investigators found evidence in the family’s house, showing that Anne wanted to leave her husband to be with her high school sweetheart named Chris Crowley.

The two daughters of Faville, told investigators that their father started acting strange after the death of their mother.

Both daughters testified against their father during the trial.

As Faville was taken from the courtroom to a waiting room, a deputy was heard shouting “drop it, drop it.” Faville used some weapon to kill himself.

The court was immediately placed on lockdown.

Police did not say what weapon Faville used to kill himself. They just said that he died of a self-inflicted wound.

Man kills toddler for urinating on him while changing his diaper

Martin Alvarado Jr. 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after fatally beating a young child.

Martin Alvarado Jr. of Illinois, was charged with murder in the beating of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son.

Alvarado was caring for the child in the couple's home in the suburb of Cicero, when the child urinated on him during a diaper change.

The incident angered Alvarado so much that he began to brutally beat the boy who was identified as Edwin Eli O'Reilly.

Emergency workers responded to the home following a call about a child who was responsive. O'Reilly was rushed to the MacNeal Hospital, where he later died.

The Cook County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by child abuse.

According to police, Alvarado confessed to beating O'Reilly after he urinated while changing his diaper. Alvarado faces a charge of first-degree murder. He is being held without bail.

A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Family Services said that the agency had previous
contact with the family, but declined to elaborate.

Alvarado’s girlfriend was not home at the time of the alleged attack. However, her older child was taken into the custody of Department of Children and Families.

Burglar sues victim after getting hurt on their property

Thomas Buckett 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teenager and his family sued after he broke into a school and got injured inside.

The family of Thomas Buckett, sued the county council in Staffordshire, England, after their son got injured on their property.

Buckett broke into the food shop at the college with a group of friends before he jumped onto a glass skylight on the roof of the school. He was hurt when he landed inside the college.

Buckett was left with serious head injuries after falling through the roof at the Clayton Hall Business and Language College in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Buckett plunged 15 feet onto a concrete floor after friends dared him to jump onto a glass skylight at the college.

His family sued the County Council, saying that they needed to do more to protect their property. The family initially said that their son climbed on top of the roof to get a football.

However, the court heard that a police investigation determined that the teen broke into the college.

Lawyers for the Buckett family argued that the council had ignored a long-term problem of people trespassing at this site during weekends and holidays.

The judge found that the college did their best to protect their property, and that Buckett was illegally trespassing on the property when he was injured.

The family lawsuit was denied and they were ordered to pay the defendant's legal fees of approximately 250,000 pounds ($370,000).

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said that two other teenagers who broke into the college, were cautioned for burglary and criminal damage, but no other charges were brought.

Teenager sets his home on fire killing his brother after parents told him to stop playing video games

Burning house illustration 
By: Feng Qian

A teenager’s anger left his brother dead and his parents hospitalized.

Police said that a family home in Henan, China, was set on fire by a 17-year-old boy.

The couple’s 4-year-old son died and the parents were hospitalized. They are said to be in critical condition.

The cause of the fatal fire has been revealed to be the work of their oldest son. Police said that he started the fire after being scolded by his father for spending too much time at an Internet cafe playing video games.

The fire started in the family home around 5:00 a.m., when the parents, who are 40 years old, and their younger son slept.

The apartment was housed in the same building as a furniture store, and therefore, the large amount of wood fueled the flames, which quickly spread throughout the building and prevented the family from escaping the fire.

Fire authorities at the scene managed to extinguish the fire and rescue the parents. However, their 4-year-old child was not breathing when he was removed from the burning house.

The parents were immediately taken to a hospital and placed in intensive care for treatment of severe injuries.

Doctors are not very optimistic about their chances of survival.

During the fire, neighbors told police that the family had 2 sons, so firefighters went inside to search for the missing teenager.

Authorities discovered the 17-year-old boy at an Internet cafe, where neighbors said that he often likes to visit.

When police informed the teenager that this house burned down, he allegedly replied: “I know, I started the fire.”

Police demanded to know why he set his own house on fire, and the teen responded that it was retaliation against his father, who had earlier admonished him for spending too much time playing computer games in the Internet cafe.

The boy explained how he had started the fire in his own room before heading out to the cafe to play video games.

However, the teen was devastated when he learned that his brother died as a result of his actions.

The teenager told police that he “never intended to harm his family.”

The teenager now faces a host of charges.

Father dresses as horse and offers rides on his back to fund son's leukemia treatment

The father dressed as a horse 
By: Chan Yuan

A father is making headlines after he found an unusual way make money to pay for his son’s cancer treatment.

The father of Hefei, China, began begging on the streets to raise money for leukemia treatment by wearing a horse mask and offering a ride on his back.

The man charges about $1 per ride. The father said that his son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. He needed to spend 200,000 ($32,000) for chemotherapy treatment.

He still has outstanding debt of 160,000 yuan ($26,000). When the child's illness returned last month, his father turned to the streets to collect money to pay for the treatment and medication.

The 38-year-old father was seen kneeling on the ground next to a sign. The sign includes a photo of his sick child, a brief account of his plight and a plea to passersby to support his cause.

The man said that good-hearted people sometimes give him generous donations without riding on him.

The father admits that begging for money and publicly asking for compassion has been humiliating. However, he said that he needs to do whatever it takes to help his son get the treatments.

Teacher forces students to write on blackboard why they hate their classmate

Blackboard illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A teacher was fired after she forced her students to write on blackboard why they hate their classmate, according to court documents filed in New York.

Madeline Luciano was fired from her teaching job at P.S. 18 in Inwood, after investigators said she ordered her students to write why a 13-year-old girl was ugly, annoying and a phony.

Luciano told the students to stop writing when the child began to cry. The principal of the school fired Luciano, after investigators concluded that the teacher was guilty of employee misconduct.

Luciano is now fighting to overturn her dismissal, arguing in a petition before the Brooklyn Supreme Court that the penalty was too harsh.

The petition asks a judge to overturn the Department of Education decision, which prevents her from getting a job at another school in the city.

Luciano denied asking students to write on a blackboard.

However, students told investigators that Luciano asked for a volunteer to write on the blackboard as students were shouting reasons why they don’t like the girl.

Luciano earned about $72,000 per year.

Employee caught stealing his employer’s lingerie

Lingerie illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

An employee was arrested on charges of theft after allegedly stealing his employer's lingerie, police in India said.

New Delhi Police said that the suspect has an obsession with the underwear of his employer and her daughter.

36-year-old Daniel Martin was charged with outraging the modesty of his employer. The woman complained that the suspect used abusive language with her.

The woman told police that her driver had been stealing her clothes as well as the clothes belonging to her 11-year-old daughter.

Martin was caught with more than 300 articles of stolen underwear about 6 months ago. At that time, he promised to destroy the clothes and refrain from stealing any more underwear.

On Sunday however, the woman found 35 articles of underwear in the possession of the suspect. When she confronted the driver, he became violent and tried to grab her by the hand.

He also used offensive language. The driver was arrested and the underwear was seized. The woman, who owns a business with her husband, employed the suspect as their driver for 14 years.

Scientist hospitalized after inhaling feces of chickens

Chicken illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A scientist and a mushroom plant worker were hospitalized after they both inhaled feces of chickens over an extended period of time, doctors in Ireland said.

Doctors at the Cavan General Hospital have reported that the two people contracted Bird Fancier’s Lung (BFL) after breathing in very fine particles of chicken waste.

A 37-year-old female scientist and a 56-year-old farmer, who both work at a mushroom processing plant, are thought to have inhaled the bird droppings for long periods of time.

The bird droppings were used as fertilizer for the mushrooms.

Cavan General Hospital reported that the scientist, who is a non-smoker, suffered from a persistent cough, shortness of breath and night sweats for 18 months.

The farmer, who is also a non-smoker, suffered from a permanent cough and green mucus. The farmer worked as a cleaner alongside the scientist at the mushroom processing plant.

The scientist was removed from her work and she recovered, while protective equipment was issued to the farmer, who remains under observation.

Couple stabs woman after breaking the legs of her chickens

Chicken illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A couple was arrested on charges of assault after stabbing a woman who complained about their breaking the legs of her chickens, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State Police said that they arrested 35-year-old Charles Christopher, and his wife, Oluseyi, 31, after being accused of stabbing their neighbor, Glory Ubi.

The incident unfolded on Pasheda Awoyaya Street, when Ubi observed her neighbors breaking the legs of her chickens. Ubi told investigators that she was looking out the window of her home and saw Charles attacking her chickens.

She went outside to confront him, but instead of apologizing, he yelled and stabbed her in the chest. Ubi called the police and he was arrested.

When the woman returned home from a hospital, Oluseyi followed her with a blade and cut her chest. Oluseyi also threw stones at her home and broke a television.

Oluseyi denied the allegations.