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Drivers sue government after continually colliding with moose on roads

Moose illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A group of drivers filed a class action lawsuit against a Canadian province for not doing enough to protect drivers from moose on roads, according to court documents filed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

According to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the provincial government is at fault for injuries suffered from crashing into moose walking on roads.

“If the government would have controlled the moose population there would be less accidents,” the lawsuit states. However, Judge Robert Stack dismissed the lawsuit on Friday morning.

The provincial government was found not responsible for the moose vehicle collisions.

The judge said that the plaintiffs did not prove gross negligence by officials, as a result, the government is immune from a negligence claim.

The government applauded the judge’s decision. However, the attorney for the plaintiffs said that he intends to appeal the court's decision.

The government said that it might build a fence to protect roadways from wild moose.

Woman jailed after police officer finds spaghetti sauce on her spoon

Spaghetti sauce illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A woman was jailed after a police officer mistook spaghetti sauce on her spoon for drugs, prosecutors in Georgia said.

23-year-old Ashley Gabrielle Huff of Commerce, was unable to post bond after being charged with possession of methamphetamine.

She was ready to plead guilty to felony drug charges in exchange for her freedom. However, the charges were dismissed after lab tests confirmed that the substance on her spoon was spaghetti sauce.

The incident began when Huff was arrested several months ago, by the Gainesville Police Department. She was a passenger in a car and had a spoon.

The officer thought that there was some residue on it. She has maintained from the beginning that the residue was not drugs, but no one believed her.

"The crime lab report showed that the spoon had no controlled substances," the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Supermarket customers angry after ‘Don't Come Back! Sieg Heil’ was written on receipt

Don’t come back! Sieg Heil receipt 
By: Devansh Dutt

Several supermarket customers reported that a Nazi slogan was printed on their receipts, which they received from the Coop supermarket of Sweden.

Now, the supermarket director apologized after the message "Do not come back! Sieg Heil" was found on at least two receipts.

The director confirmed that the message was found on two receipts from a location in Stockholm, and the words were added to the system manually by an employee.

"This is completely unacceptable and we are very disappointed," the director said.

A woman, who identified herself as Kerstin, said that she was surprised to find the phrase on her receipt after a recent shopping trip.

"Sieg heil" was a popular Nazi salute during World War Two.

El Al flying in 125 parents of Lone Soldiers free of charge to spend upcoming Jewish holidays with their children (video)

Parent reunited with Lone Soldier 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) 125 parents of Lone Soldiers will spend the upcoming Jewish holidays with their children thanks to free trips sponsored in part by El Al Israel Airlines, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

In a special initiative to enable families to spend the Jewish New Year together, 21 airplanes are flying into Israel from 10 different international locations.

Flights are taking off from New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Moscow, Paris, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

On Thursday, a flight from Moscow with the first group of parents landed in Israel.

El Al Israel Airlines, the Israel Hotel Association (IHA), the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers (AWIS), and the IDF's Manpower Directorate are all part of the unique project to reunite parents with their sons and daughters who took part in the recent Operation Protective Edge against Hamas.

An event of this scope has never taken place before as 125 parents to 77 soldiers will arrive in Israel in the upcoming few days.

"We initiated this project in order to show our appreciation to the Lone Soldiers, who bravely decided to leave their home country and protect Israel," said David Maimon, Chief Executive Officer of El Al Israel Airlines, which provided the parents of Lone Soldiers with the free flights.

At Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday, the Lone Soldiers waited eagerly for their parents, who are also receiving free accommodation for a five-night stay in hotels that are part of the Israel Hotel Association (IHA).

One mother of a Lone Soldier, Dovrat Ifis, commented that the most meaningful part of the trip was to spend the Jewish New Year with her son.

“The best part is that we get to celebrate Rosh Hashanah together. I can’t put into words how happy I am right now. My heart is pounding with excitement,” she stated.

Ifis is also very grateful for the generous initiative. “The time is just right and our soldiers truly deserve it - the time has come to hug them and spend quality family time with them.”

Eli Gonen, President of the Israel Hotel Association, noted that his organization has been helping Lone Soldiers for many years, offering accommodation especially during the Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

“We are supporting the army and soldiers throughout the year,” Gonen stated. “We are opening our hotels and our hearts to the Lone Soldiers and their families, providing them with a feeling of home and comfort during the holidays.”

The Chairman of the Association of the Well-being of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), Avigdor Kahalani, also added that Lone Soldiers will always be supported. "The Lone Soldiers are not alone – AWIS, El Al, the Israel Hotel Association and the IDF's Manpower Directorate are there to embrace them after Operation Protective Edge, and just before the New Year, we managed to bring them their loved ones from home.”

World’s oldest Hebrew prayer book finally returns to Jerusalem after 1,200 years (video)

1,200-year-old Hebrew prayer book 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) The world’s oldest prayer book that was probably written in Israel, finally returned home after 1,200 years, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

It was a historical moment at Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum on Thursday night, as the world’s oldest known Jewish prayer book, also known as siddur, was displayed for the first time to the general public with leading Jewish and Christian figures present.

The siddur, which is 1,200 years old, belongs to Steve Green of Oklahoma, who owns the largest private collection of biblical artifacts in the world, with over 44,000 rare texts and biblically-related objects.

This prayer book will be displayed for one month in the Book of Books exhibit, the internationally-acclaimed exhibition which displays the most important biblical texts and traces the history of the Bible and the dissemination of the monotheistic faith.

On display are original fragments from the Septuagint, the earliest New Testament Scriptures, exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare fragments from the Cairo Geniza and original pages from the Gutenberg Bible.

“We are honored to have the prayer book in our Book of Books exhibition. The book is evidence of a thriving and creative community and cultural life 1,200 years ago,” said Amanda Weiss, the Director of the Bible Lands Museum. “We want to give the world the opportunity to see this remarkable piece of document.”

The 50-page ancient prayer book, still with its original binding and cover, is written in Hebrew and contains three main parts; the morning service, liturgical poems and the Haggadah read at the Passover Seder.

It dates back to the first half of the Ninth Century AD during the period of the Babylonian Geonim, the spiritual leaders of the Jewish community in the early medieval era.

It was during this period that Amram Gaon, one of the leading Geonim, wrote an orderly liturgy for the first time to be used for both the synagogue and home. The siddur originates from the Middle East and has undergone sophisticated carbon dating methods to validate its age.

“Scholars have yet to fully research the prayer book,” added Weiss, noting that there are experts around the world studying high-quality digitized versions of the siddur.

Green purchased the siddur over a year and a half ago for his Oklahoma-based collection, but the prayer book will eventually be permanently hosted at the Museum of the Bible, which is currently under construction in Washington D.C.

Before the prayer book was purchased by Green, it was originally in the hands of a private family for many generations according to Weiss.

“I know that the Jewish people have a great appreciation for this prayer book,” Green told the Tazpit News Agency. “It’s been through many travels and I’m glad that it has made its way here to Jerusalem,” he added.

Green, who is Chairman of the Museum of the Bible, stated that he grew up in a ‘Bible-loving family’ of Christian ministers and wants to cultivate appreciation for the Bible worldwide.

Among those present at the unveiling of the prayer book at the Bible Lands Museum on Thursday night, were Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein and Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Nazareth-based Greek Orthodox priest, who has worked to foster closer ties between Jewish and Christian communities in Israel.

“I’m proud to be here this evening, because together we are witnessing our shared history and faith, and experiencing history anew from eyes that appreciate the past,” Nadaf told the Tazpit News Agency. “It’s a very moving moment and it comes from the heart, to see where we originally come from.”

"Not only are we the 'People of the Book', we are the people of the same book, the same language and the same prayers," said Speaker Edelstein. "These are the exact same words millions of Jews say every morning and this is the best example of Jewish continuity."

2 teens arrested after shooting paintballs at 15-year-old yeshiva student in Monsey

Paintball gun illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A Monsey yeshiva student who was on his way home from school, was attacked by paintballs, police in New York said.

The Ramapo Police Department said that two teens were arrested after they were accused of shooting the paintballs at passing vehicles and pedestrians.

The incident unfolded just after 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. Police officers who arrived at the scene, recovered the paintball gun used in the attack.

The 15-year-old yeshiva student, who was walking near Vincent Road, was not injured. One suspect was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal tampering.

The second suspect was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The suspects were not identified due to their age.

They were processed at the police station and released to the custody of their parents.

Young mother horrified to hear talking Barbie she bought at store yell ‘what the f***’ at her daughter (video)

Talking Barbie 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A mother said that she had to take away a talking Barbie doll from her daughter after it yelled “what the f***.”

25-year-old Talina Evans of the United Kingdom, said that at first, she couldn’t make out the words that the Barbie doll was repeating to her daughter, but then she realized that it was taking dirty.

The foul-mouthed doll, which has several voice-activated buttons on its body, seems to scream something that sounds like what the f***.

Evans of North Wales, said that she immediately took the toy away from her 7-year-old daughter Demileigh, and demanded an explanation from the local Home bargains store, where she bought the doll.

“I told my daughter that the doll had been bad and was swearing, so she had to go. She was disappointed, but understands that it is wrong to swear," Evans said.

The store refused to take the doll back because the mother did not have the receipt. A Mattel spokesperson said that an investigation was launched.

However, most people who listened to the talking doll, said that they heard it say “off the hook.” According to a video uploaded to the Internet by Mattel, the doll can be heard saying “off the hook.”

A video of the talking Barbie doll was uploaded to the Internet, and it has since gone viral.

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