Abused teen begs judge to keep him in foster care

Father of the abused teen 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A child who was placed in foster care has begged a judge to keep him there after his parents severely abused him, according to court proceedings in Missouri.

The 17-year-old boy, who was handcuffed to a pole in the basement of his home told a judge Thursday that he does not want to return to his family who allegedly abused and starved him.

The teenager, visibly thin beneath his baggy pants and jacket, joked with the officers of the juvenile court, saying that he had already put on a few pounds after living with his adoptive parents in recent days. He said that they have made him delicious homemade pizza and he's happy where he is.

But just three days before, the 17-year-old was not happy. Police reports said that his eyes looked desperate when they found him handcuffed to a basement pole in his home.

A neighbor who had not seen the teenager for a while called the Missouri Department of Social Services and the police visited the house. When police arrived, the boy's stepmother told them he was sleeping in the basement.

Police found him there, handcuffed to a pole. Kansas City police said that the teenager was weak and dehydrated and was shivering on the cold cement floor. The teen told police that his father and stepmother, put him in the basement because of his behavior problems.

The teenager's parents have not been charged with any crime.
Police said that the teenager has been kept in the basement for the past few months. The father however claimed that the teen was in the basement just for the past few weeks.

On Thursday, the judge ruled that 17-year-old will remain in protective custody with his foster family for now.
The boy’s biological mother was not in court.
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Woman arrested after biting off her boyfriend's tongue

Elaine Cook 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after biting off her boyfriend’s tongue during an argument, according to police reports in Illinois.

Prosecutors in northern Illinois said that a domestic dispute ended with the woman, Elaine Cook, biting off a large part of her boyfriend's tongue.

Cook, of Skokie, Illinois, was charged with aggravated domestic assault.
A local newspaper reported that she was arrested on Sunday and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Authorities said that she and her boyfriend got into a fight after a night out. According to prosecutors, the woman, who is 51-years-old, asked her boyfriend to leave her apartment and bit off part of his tongue after he kissed her.

Assistant State Attorney Eva Reilly said that the man put his cut tongue in ice, but doctors at Evanston Hospital were unable to reattach it due to inadequate blood supply.

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Mother arrested after killing her baby with morphine overdose

Prenise Payne 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged after her baby died of a morphine overdose, according to court proceedings in Missouri.
The woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her 19-month-old son died of a morphine overdose.

Prenise Payne, 22, is being held on $150,000 cash only bail in the death of his son. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree.

The child, Jace Lee Echoles, died late last year, while in the care of Payne. He had been found unconscious in bed in Payne’s house. Jace was later pronounced dead at Northeast Christian Hospital.

An autopsy showed that Jace had been given a lethal dose of morphine and blamed Payne of recklessly causing the death of the child. Police said they are still investigating exactly how the drug ended up in Jace’s system.

Payne’s father, Parnell, Payne 57, said that the morphine belonged to him and blamed himself for the death, but he did not say how the child ingested the morphine.

"She would never do something like that," he said of his daughter.

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Television talk show host Bill Maher claims that Israel controls the U.S. government

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By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Bill Maher has caused anger by claiming that U.S. lawmakers allow themselves to be manipulated by the Israeli government.

In a segment on his show, Maher, questioned as to why republican lawmakers are not overjoyed with president Obama’s choice for secretary of defense republican Chuck Hagel.

Many republican lawmakers have questions about Hagel’s positions on different issues and they want answers from Hagel.

One of the issues involved is a speech he gave at Rutgers University, where Hagel, claimed that the State Department was controlled by the Israeli government.

When Maher was told that one of the reasons republicans oppose Hagel is because of his Israeli comment, Maher responded: “Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government.”

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Brothers celebrating winning the lotto buy drugs and blow up their house

House blows up 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Two brothers who were busy celebrating winning the lottery, smoked some drugs and blew up their house, according to police reports in Kansas.

Police said that the two brothers who claimed a prize of $75,000 from last week’s general lottery, immediately went out to purchase drugs, then accidentally blew up their house.

The blast sent one of the brothers, a 27-year-old, to a local hospital, according to the local newspaper. He remains in serious but stable condition with second degree burns on the hands, arms and chest.

Police said the other brother was sent to prison.
The newspaper reported that one of the brothers went to the kitchen to refuel some torches they planned to use to light their drug pipes.

"The flammable vapor reached the pilot in the oven and unsurprisingly, it exploded", Sergeant Bruce Watts of the Wichita Police Department, told the newspaper.

To make matters worse, the victim was wearing a lottery shirt when the blast occurred, according to police.
The newspaper also reported that the victim's girlfriend and some children loaded him into a car and took him to the emergency room.

Police officers responded to the house with a court order, where the other brother admitted he had marijuana and methamphetamine, the newspaper said.

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Female Georgia teacher arrested after having sex with 7 students

Danita Wilson 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A female Georgia school teacher was arrested and charged with sexual assault after having sex with 7 of her students, according to court proceedings in Georgia.

The high school teacher in Georgia, was arrested last week after being accused of having sex with seven students, one of whom was just 15-years-old.

The Charlton County District Attorney charged Danita Wilson, 32, with seven counts of sexual assault and more charges are still pending, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

"After the investigation began we discovered enough evidence to arrest Wilson," the special agent in charge of the investigation, Stacy Carson, said. "The investigation is ongoing," she added.

Six of the victims are over 16-years-old, the legal age of consent in Georgia, while the seventh was 15-years-old. One was a former student who has since graduated.

"Some of the sexual encounters had been going on for at least a year or longer," Carson said.
Wilson has also been suspended with pay, according to the rules of the school, until a formal hearing regarding her employment will be held.

Wilson’s bail was set at $35,000, $ 5,000 for each count of sexual assault.


Florida police find 10-year-old boy naked and drunk

Nedra Byrd 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Police in Florida have spotted a 10-year-old boy who was naked and drunk on the street.
After the incident, the Hernando County Sheriff sent officers to arrest the boy’s caregiver and charged her with child neglect.

According to the arrest report, a woman called police when she saw the boy without clothes on the street. She brought the child home and dressed him. Then she went to the house where the child was staying. After knocking on the door, it opened. The neighbor could see Nedra Byrd, 31, sleeping on the couch.

Police officers arrived at the house and also saw Byrd asleep, but a man sitting next to her looking at a phone.
Police officers asked the man if he knew where the child was. He replied: "He must be in his room, I just checked on him before going to the bathroom."

After checking for the child and realizing that he was missing, the man tried to wake Byrd. It took about two minutes.
The police report also said that Byrd appeared intoxicated. Police officers could smell the alcohol on her breath.

One police officer asked Byrd if she had been drinking and she replied: "Yes, I'm drunk as hell" and sat down on the couch and passed out.

The boy later told investigators that he had been drinking brandy for most of the day and was given four shots. He also told investigators that he had heard a noise outside and thought it was his friend, so he went outside.
Byrd was arrested and charged with child neglect.




Two fifth graders arrested after plotting to kill girl because she was rude

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By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Two school boys were arrested and charged after they planned to girl a female classmate because she was rude, according to police reports in Washington.

The two boys, who are in 5th grade came to school one day armed with a semi-automatic pistol, ammunition clip, knife and plotted to kill a classmate in the state of Washington, but were stopped when another student told a school employee, who told the authorities last week.

The two boys told police that the girl was rude and annoying. They will not be tried as adults and will be in court on Wednesday for a hearing, the Washington prosecutor, said.

The two boys, aged 10 and 11, told authorities that they also planned to kill six more students at Fort Colville Elementary School in Colville, Washington, and they even identified the targets from a class list provided by school employees, according to court documents.

The plan called for the older boy to stab the girl with a 3.25-inch knife last week and for the younger boy to scare off those who responded with a 45-gauge Remington 1911 semi-automatic firearm, court papers said.

The younger boy had been in a brief dating relationship with the girl, but he told authorities that she was rude and made fun of him in front of his friends," the court papers said.

Tim Tebow to speak at anti Jewish Texas church

Tim Tebow 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) The popular football player, Tim Tebow, has been scheduled to speak at an anti Jewish church, which is located in Texas, according to press reports in New York.

Tebow has booked a speaking engagement at a Texas church led by the famous anti-gay and anti-Semitic pastor, the Reverend Robert Jeffress.

The New York Jets backup quarterback will speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas in two months. effress, has said that 70 percent of the gay population has AIDS and that Judaism and Mormonism are religions that come from the mouth of hell.

Tebow’s topic of discussion to the 11,000 members of the Church has not been released. He'll be talking at two Sunday morning services. In the past, Tebow, a devout Christian and son of missionaries, has been quiet about his views on gay marriage.

Tebow has spoken at several churches in the past.
Jeffress, meanwhile, has been criticized for his hateful comments.

"There is a disproportionate number of assaults against children by homosexuals than heterosexuals, there is no denying that," he said last summer.

In the fall, he told his congregation that President Obama's re-election was preparing the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.

Jeffress said that he is open to the possibility that sexual orientation is something you are born with and cannot be cured. He still feels however, that homosexual acts are sinful and still plans to discuss it with his followers.

"We cannot pick and choose which parts of the Word of God, we are going to share," Jeffress said. "God ordered us not to hurt people, but to help people," he added.




Muslims damage 3,000 Jewish owned vines in the West Bank causing $60,000 in damages

One of the vandalized Jewish owned vines 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A gang of Muslims destroyed thousands of Jewish owned vines in the West Bank, causing thousands of dollars in damages in an apparent "Price Tag" attack, according to press reports in Israel.

By Aryah Savir

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

Some 3,000 vines, situated near Shiloh in Samaria, were destroyed over the past few days. The vineyards are visited every few days during this season, so the vandalism was discovered only this morning. The damage is estimated at 200,000 NIS.

Footprints leading to the Arab village of Kutzrah were discovered by IDF trackers during their initial investigation. About a year ago, a 1/4 of an acre was destroyed in the same vineyard.

Itamar Weiss, a worker at the vineyards, told Tazpit News Agency: "This morning we discovered the difficult scene of some 3,000 destroyed vines. Unfortunately, this is the not the first time we are experiencing such incidents. We expect these crimes to be treated with the same force that crimes throughput the rest of Israel are treated and investigated.

This is the fourth time this vineyard has been targeted in the past years, and that testifies to the fact that such crimes against Jewish owned property are not dealt with properly, even though it is known were the perpetrators come from."

Israeli Police issued the following statement: "This morning a complaint regarding the destruction of 2.5 acres of vineyards owned by the Achiyah Farm was received. An investigation has been launched to reveal those involved."

This incident is one of many attacks executed by Arabs against Jewish agriculture and farming in Judea and Samaria. In the beginning of November, Tazpit News Agency reported that a herd of some 400 goats was stolen from Avraham Hertzlich, a farmer from Benyamin.

Erez Ben Sa'adon's olive grove, situated near Shiloh, was vandalized at around the same time. Many of the trees were uprooted or cut down, and the irrigation system was damaged. About a month ago, 70 heads of sheep were stolen from a pen in Sussia. That was not the first time this pen was hit.

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Intel Israel exports hit record $4.6 billion for 2012

Intel in Israel 
By: David Ross

Intel Israel has announced that its exports rose to a record high of nearly $5 billion last year.

The Israeli subsidiary of Intel more than doubled its exports in 2012 to $4.6 billion and is trying to bring the production of the next generation of company chips to Israel.

Intel's exports, which increased 109 percent from $2.2 billion in 2011 were driven by the start of production of chips using 22-nanometer technology at its Kiryat Gat plant in southern Israel, which now operating at full capacity.
Intel is currently starting to work on building new smaller and faster 10 nm chips.

Intel executives said that they would like to see the production of the 10 nm chips in Israel.
Intel has invested $10.5 billion in Israel in the last ten years, including $1.1 billion in 2012.
The company accounted for 20 percent of Israel's high-tech exports last year and 10 percent of its industrial exports, excluding diamonds.

Intel is the largest private employer in Israel, with 8,542 workers, up 10 percent since 2011. The company has two plants, one in Jerusalem and one in Kiryat Gat. Intel also has four research and development centers throughout Israel.

Company unveils $9,600 smartphone

Smartphones 
By: David Ross

For many people, their smartphone is an essential part of their life.

If their phone is lost or stolen they feel naked, as their phone holds all their important information such as their schedule, appointments, phone numbers, photos, videos and much more.

Many people see their phone as a an everyday necessity, but now the phone can be more than that. It can now be a piece to show off to friends and acquaintances as a status symbol of wealth.

The Vertu, a cell phone company in Britain, has recently announced its new line of upscale Android smartphones.

The phones are handmade in England, and features a sapphire crystal screen, which is a scratch resistant, a touch screen measuring 3.7 inches, a 1.7GHz dual-core and 8-megapixel camera.

This luxurious phone can be yours for $9,600. If you have more money to spend, the company also offers a model for almost $20,000.

The phones can be purchased in 500 stores and about 70 of them are unique Vertu boutiques.

Each phone comes with unique applications and a personal operator, who help these smartphone owners arrange events,
book restaurant reservations and hotels.

According to Perry Oosting, president of the Vertu company, the company has interesting requests made through the luxuries smartphone. One request was to arrange a marriage proposal and another was to arrange a birthday surprise.

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Father of 17 children accused of killing 6 in custody battle

Six children killed in fire 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he allegedly set his ex-girlfriends house on fire killing six of her children.

The fire occurred the night before the couple was supposed to be in family court to decide the custody of their children, according to local press reports.

Mick Philpott, 56, had strange living arrangements with his wife and his mistress as they all lived in the same house.

Philpott lived in a house with his 31-year-old wife, Mairead Philpott, their children, as well as with his 29-year-old mistress, Lisa Willis, who was the mother of four of his children. The mistress had a total of six children.

Willis had enough of the relationship with Philpott, as she claims he was abusive and controlling, when she left the shared house with her six children.

That is when Philpott allegedly took revenge by setting the house on fire. The prosecution claims that he wanted to frame Willis over the fire, in order to claim negligence and in turn he would gain custody of their children, but the plan went "terribly" wrong when heavy smoke prevented people from entering the house to save the children.
The children who died in the fire are Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, Jesse, 6, and Jayden 5,

After the six children were killed in the fire, police arrested Philpott, his wife and his friend Paul Mosley, 46, who is believed to be in on the plane. They all pleaded not guilty to six counts of manslaughter.

Prosecutors claim, that Philpott, began his evil plan of revenge of his ex-lover by filing a police report claiming that Willis, was threatening to kill him, his wife and the children. Prosecutors believe that he called police in order to "set up" Willis, according to court proceedings.

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Anonymous hackers compromise 600,000 Israeli mail accounts

Walla Shops logo 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

More than a half a million Israeli email accounts were compromised by hackers, according to press reports in Australia.

Hackers associated with the group Anonymous, claimed last week to have compromised 600,000 email accounts from the Israeli Walla! company, stealing data and information from users.

A report published in an Australian newspaper said that hackers published email addresses and passwords on 93 different forums, on a website used by hackers to communicate.

Walla! confirmed that the list was posted online, but played down the incident. "The published information is useless, because the passwords that were allegedly exposed are encrypted and therefore cannot be used. Nevertheless, we are working on securing customer accounts, Walla!, said.

Tiffany sues Costco for selling knock off rings

Tiffany store location 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Costco was slammed with a lawsuit after they were caught selling knock off diamond rings, according to court proceedings in New York.

Luxury retailer Tiffany & Co., filed a lawsuit against Costco Warehouse Club, for millions of dollars in damages, after the discount retailer sold fake Tiffany diamond rings.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, accuses Costco with trademark infringement, counterfeiting and false and deceptive business practices. It is seeking damages equal to triple the amount of any gains realized on the sales and $2 million in punitive damages for each Tiffany ring that was sold.

The Tiffany lawsuit said they learned of the rings in November, when a customer at Costco, in Huntington Beach, California, realized that what was advertised as Tiffany diamond engagement rings for sale was actually knock offs. The customer complained to Tiffany, saying he was disappointed.

The lawsuit says that one of the rings sold for $3,199.99, another was listed for $6399.99.
Tiffany said that when confronted with the information, Costco, immediately removed all references to Tiffany. However, the complaint alleges that the sales practice had been going on for years.

It said that Costco did not use the description of Tiffany rings when they sold online in an effort to avoid detection.

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Georgia man sets his girlfriend on fire after argument

Robert Williams 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after setting his girlfriend on fire during an argument, according to court proceedings in Georgia.

Police said an argument between the couple, who live in Columbus, took a violent turn when the man left his girlfriend on fire.
The victim was trapped in the fire long enough to receive second and third degree burns on the hands and face.

Robert Williams, 35, is in jail, charged with aggravated assault and battery. Police said that he poured lighter fluid on his girlfriend Valleri Smith in the bedroom of her apartment located on Havenbrook Court, then set her on fire.

Neighbors said after emergency crews arrived, they could tell right away that this was not a normal fire.
"I saw all the fire trucks and stuff. Later I found out what happened, I thought, why should this have happened when it could have been solved differently?" A neighbor told a television news station.

"I feel that if she was going to leave, he should have just left. I did not even know they were fighting," another neighbor told the television news station.

The shutters of the apartment window deformed and melted, which shows the amount of heat that the fire must have caused.
Smith, 44, was burned so badly, she had to be rushed to a hospital in Atlanta. Her family said she was released from surgery.

She is currently being treated at the burn center in Augusta, Georgia. Smith remains in critical condition.
A judge set Williams’ bail at $100,000 and is still in jail.
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U.S. Postal Service employee arrested after choking girl, 11, for laughing at him

Daniel Villasenor 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after choking a little girl for laughing at him, according to police reports in California.

The man, who is a U.S. Postal Service employee was arrested for allegedly strangling the 11-year-old for laugh at him while he was delivering the mail.

Witnesses said that Daniel Villasenor, 55, attacked the girl near the park restrooms in Commerce, California.
Villasenor, employee of the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, stopped at the park during his work to go to the bathroom. Villasenor allegedly asked the girl how to get to the facilities, according to the Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County.

After accidentally walking into the ladies room, the girl and a friend started laughing at him.
When Villasenor left the men's room, the girl was still laughing, the police report said.

The man chased the girl, who ran for shelter into the ladies room and began to strangle her in a room adjacent to the supply room of the toilet before two city workers told him to stop, according to the Office of the County Los Angeles District Attorney.

"He got angry and pushed the 11-year-old girl, then he grabbed her by the neck and collar in what appeared to be a choking motion," Los Angeles County Sergeant, Dan Scott, said.

The girl had red marks on her neck, according to the sheriff's department.
Villasenor was later arrested.

A statement from the Postal Service, said: "The employee has been placed on non-emergency duty. The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.”

Villasenor was charged with cruelty to a child and assault on park property. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. He was jailed pending bail of $15,000.
If convicted Villasenor faces a year in jail.

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Siblings criticized after returning lost bag of money to rightful owner

Ryan and Katie Moi 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Two siblings were shocked one day when the find a bag with thousands of dollars just laying on the road, according to press reports in Oregon.

Ryan and Katie Moi have been the talk of the Eugene, Oregon, community this week because they found $13,000 in cash on the street and turned over the windfall to its rightful owner.

Moi Ryan, 25, told a television news station that they have received a lot of praise, but not everyone was so congratulatory.
"We've had mixed reviews, you know, people say we should have kept it, we've made a mistake, they told us that no one would have known if we decided to keep the money," he said.

The two stumbled upon the money one afternoon last week. They were traveling along the busy Coburg street in Eugene, when they saw a bank deposit bag on the road. They stopped, opened it and saw a thick stack of hundred-dollar bills inside, Ryan said.
"We were speechless for about three or four minutes, our hearts racing, but both of us thought that someone had probably lost it," he said.

Their father, Erik, lived nearby, so they took the money to him because they thought he would know what to do with it.
Erik Moi said he was in the shower when his children came by. "I heard them coming inside the house and screaming, 'Dad, we found $13,000,’" he said.

In addition to the cash, the bag contained a sheet indicating the total amount of cash and checks payable to Reliable Credit Association, a company based in Oregon. Reliable has an office not far from Erik's house and he happened to know the manager, so they all took the money over there that afternoon.

"I said, 'Kyle, you're missing something?’ I handed over the bag and he was just a little white,” Erik Moi said.
Reliable rewarded each of the siblings with a Visa gift card of $200, Moi Ryan said, adding that he and his sister have received job offers. Someone who read about what happened had bought Katie Moi, 21, a new MacBook.

However, not everyone in town had praise for the two. Several people have told the siblings that they are very stupid for returning the found cash, according to press reports.