Syrian rebels kidnap 21 U.N. soldiers at Syrian-Israeli border

Syrian residents surround U.N. vehicle 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) The Syrian rebels have shown to the world their true colors after they kidnapped at least 21 U.N. soldiers at the Syrian-Israeli border, according to a statement by the United Nations.

The Syrian rebels kidnapped 21 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and said they would keep them imprisoned until the Syrian government withdraws all its forces from a nearby village, as the chaos of the country's civil war is spilling over to the most stable Israeli border.

A group of about 30 armed fighters detained the unarmed peacekeepers in Syria on Wednesday at a U.N. patrol base near the Syrian town of Al Jamlah, a U.N. spokesperson said. The nationalities of the peacekeepers could not be confirmed, the U.N. official said.

The Martyrs Brigade of Yarmuk, a small force in southern Syria’s Deraa province, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The brigade has said that it is loyal to the Free Syrian Army, the military wing of the Syrian opposition coalition which is internationally recognized.

However, General Salim Idriss, the leader of the Supreme Council of the Syrian military umbrella group, condemned the kidnapping and said he would work on getting the U.N. soldiers released.

The U.N. was in talks with the kidnappers to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the Russian ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, said later in the day. The U.N. said it was only in contact with the Syrian authorities.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Mother mails her kids knife to kill their grandparents

Leticia Silva 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder related charges after send a knife to her children in the mail in order for them to use it to kill their grandparents, according to court proceedings in Florida.

The mother in Lakeland, Florida, is accused of sending her daughters a knife and asking them to kill their grandparents.
Leticia Silva, 31, had lost custody of the girls, aged 7 and 9, before the incident. The girls' paternal grandparents, who live in Pitt County, North Carolina, has been granted permanent custody.

Last month, the grandmother told police she found a knife under one of the pillows of the children.
The girls told investigators that their mother had sent them first a switchblade knife, called them and asked them to take a kitchen knife and use it to kill their grandparents.

The kitchen knife was the weapon that the grandmother found under the pillow.
"It's hard to say what a child will do," Pitt County Detective Charles Mitchell, said. "The grandparents have told me that they talked to the children and none of them would have carried it out," the detective added.

On Monday, Silva was arrested. She was charged with four counts of solicitation to commit murder and is being held on bail of $5 million.

Silva’s family claims that the grandparents are making up the entire story in order for them to continue to have permanent custody of the children.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman paid to say she had sex with Senator Robert Menendez

Senator Robert Menendez 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman admitted in court that she was paid to say that she had sex with a U.S. senator, according to press reports in the United States.

Senator Robert Menendez criticized allegations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed following a notarized confession of the woman that she had never met the New Jersey Democrat.

"I hope you will now pursue those who are behind this smear campaign," the senator told news reporters.

In a notarized statement filed in court, Nexis de los Santos Santana said that she was recorded without her knowledge when she said that Menendez had paid her for sex.

"I am the person in the video. It's me and those are my words, but this is not true," Santana said in the court statement. "I never agreed to be recorded," she added.

Besides the criticism for accepting plane flights and allegedly advocating on behalf of a company, Menendez was accused of partying with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, charges he said were baseless.

As he did when the claims were first raised, Menendez said Tuesday that the claims are false smears started by right winged blogs ahead of the election.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Men caught on video burning garbage bag full of dogs in Brooklyn New York

Pile of burning trash 
By: John Roberts

Several men were caught on video burning a garbage bag full of dogs, according to press reports in New York.

The shocking surveillance video showed the moment when two men threw a burning garbage bag full of puppies in front of a New York store.

The video of the incident Saturday morning, on East 91st Street in Canarsie, Brooklyn, showed a white van that pulled up outside the building of a soda distribution company at 1:30 am.

Two men came out of the van and left a black garbage bag in a trash pile next to the dumpster.
They lit a small fire, which grew steadily, before they left.

Workers discovered the charred remains of dogs, an adult and three pit bull puppies, when they got to work several hours later.
Sammy Omar, who found the animals, told a local television news station: "It was horrible, a very bad scene. Why would someone do this? I hope someone recognizes them and comes forward.”

The New York Police Department has launched an investigation and the ASPCA said it had been informed of the crime.
It is unclear if the dogs were alive or dead when the fire was started.

Ohio judge forces man to wear idiot sign for a week

Woman holding court ordered idiot sign 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of threatening police officers, according to court proceedings in Ohio.

Now, a judge in Cleveland, who has forced a woman to wear an "idiot" sign in public after driving around a school bus is calling for the public humiliation of a man convicted for threatening police officers.

In addition to sentencing the 58-year-old Richard Dameron, to 90 days in jail, Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr, ordered the man to stand in front of the police station in the district with a sign when he completes his prison term.

The judge ordered the man to stand three hours a day for a week, with a sign apologizing to the police officers. The poster will also say: "I was being an idiot and it will never happen again."
Dameron is convicted of threatening officers on 911 calls.

Carr said that sometimes he has to be creative in order to get to people. In the video below you can see the woman holding the idiot sign to comply with the court order.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Fake bishop sneaks into high profile Vatican cardinals conference

Ralph Napierski 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) More than 100 holy figures were unable to detect the fraudster among them as a fake bishop sneaked into a high profile Vatican meeting meant only for cardinals, according to press reports in Rome.

A man dressed as a bishop managed to sneak through at the meeting of more than 100 cardinals at the Vatican this week, before being expelled by Swiss Guards.

Ralph Napierski wore a short tunic, an unusual cross necklace and a purple belt which was actually a scarf, according to a local Italian newspaper. Instead of a skull cap, he wore a black felt hat.

He told reporters that his name was Basil, and a member of the Corpus Dei, which is a German church described online as a "Catholic Order after episcopal law".

Before being discovered, the false bishop told reporters that the church made a mistake by moving priests who were accused of pedophilia around to different parishes.

Napierski is also involved in Jesus Yoga which promotes hidden and ancient techniques of Christian meditation, according to his website.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Jewish Ukrainian billionare Vadim Rabinovich nearly killed by bomb attack

Vadim Rabinovich 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A Ukrainian Jewish billionaire, owner of a fast growing Jewish media empire was nearly killed in a bomb attack, according to police reports in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian businessman and the president of the Ukrainian Jewish Congress, Vadim Rabinovich, said on Monday that he has been the target of a car bombing in the center of Kiev.

"On Monday around 3:30 pm, there was an attempt on the life of Vadim Rabinovich," the website of the Ukrainian Jewish Congress, said in a statement.

The website also said that an explosive device was thrown at Rabinovich’s moving car as the car was driving away from his office, causing windows to smash in nearby buildings.

Kiev police confirmed in a statement that an explosion of an unknown object had caused minor damage to the car, causing no human injuries. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Hertz manager arrested for stealing gun left in rented car

Douglas Orr 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Hertz Rent-a-Car manager was arrested after a gun was stolen from a rented car.

The manager at a Florida Airport Hertz Rent-a-Car was arrested for allegedly stealing a gun which was accidentally left in a car that was returned to Hertz.

Douglas Orr, 32, who works at the Punta Gorda Florida airport was charged with theft of a firearm after he was allegedly found with a gun which had gone missing from a car which was returned to Hertz rent-a-car.

A man had rented a Hertz car to collect belongings from his late father, which included a loaded 45 caliber handgun.

The man returned the rented car without realizing that he left the loaded gun in the car.

The man returned to Hertz to retrieve his gun but employees said they did not find a gun in the car. The man was given access to the car. He searched it but found nothing.

The receptionist then called manager Orr, who confirmed that he found the gun but claimed that he turned the gun over to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

The gun owner called the Sheriff's Office. He spoke with a deputy who checked and said there was no report of a firearm that was turned in.

After an investigation, deputies found the gun in the possession of the Hertz manager. Officers returned the weapon to its owner.

Orr was arrested and charged with grand theft of a firearm. He was taken to the Charlotte County jail and was later released after he posted $2,500 bail.

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Hot women steal millions of dollars by sending people innocent looking emails

Kristina Svechinskaya 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) The world’s sexiest computer hackers stole millions of dollars from residents of the United States.

Kristina Svechinskaya is one of the girls who are accused of hacking people’s private information by sending people a virus through an innocent looking email.

Svechinskaya became known as the world's sexiest hacker. She has pleaded guilty to her role in an international fraud scheme.

Svechinskaya opened at least five accounts under her own name and other aliases at Wachovia Bank and Bank of America in which over $35,000 was fraudulently deposited into those accounts, affecting three victims. She withdrew $11,000 before she was arrested, according to court documents.

Prosecutors believe that Svechinskaya was recruited as a “money mule” by a large group of hackers who stole more than $220 million. The group managed to withdraw $70 million before being caught, according to press reports.

Svechinskaya was not yet sentenced for her charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and using fake passports.

College students are now being educated about the risks of becoming “money mules” so they don’t unknowingly become part of the scam.

Studies show that one fifth of students who were contacted with the offer to make money as a money mule accepted the offer.

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Beyonce gets custom sneaker made from 5 different animals

Beyonce’s animal skin shoes 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Beyonce sported a new pair of exoctic sneakers made with 5 different animal skin.

Seeing Beyonce dance in her real animal skin shoes came as shock to many, as Beyonce has been making a her own line of clothing which includes things made from faux fur instead of real fur.

Her new “King-Bey” shoes are made from ostrich crocodile stingray, calf hair and anaconda skins. The shoes are also decorated with gold accents. The price for this high end exotic shoes are still undisclosed.

If Beyonce chooses to sell her shoes to the public young people will undoubtedly buy them. The animal rights group, Peta, is outraged over Beyonce’s animal shoes.

Peta released the following statement: “We hope that Beyonce will choose to wear more clothes from her own clothing line, which features faux fur and that one da, she’ll go completely cruelty-free.”

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Swarm of locusts crosses over from Egypt into Israel

Locusts hit Egypt 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) After Egypt was hit with millions of locusts last week, the locusts have now crossed over into Israel, according to press reports in Israel.

The swarm of locusts in Egypt has crossed into Israel on Monday, attacking southern Israel near the Egyptian border. The swarm was described as relatively small. Spray planes and other repellents were quickly deployed to attack the unwanted visitors before the situation deteriorates to the extent of the Egyptian plague.

A southern Israeli farmer told an Israeli television news station that the locusts can destroy farms very quickly. The farmer also said that they are watching the situation carefully. Experts said that the situation will depend on wind direction.

Just ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, Egypt is suffering a second coming of the plague, according to press reports in Israel.

The Israel Ministry of Agriculture established a hotline on Monday and is asking of Israelis to be vigilant in reporting sightings of locusts to prevent an outbreak.
Locusts have a devastating effect on crop agriculture.

The locusts alert is being issued just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which tells the biblical story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. According to the Bible, a plague of locusts was one of the 10 plagues that God struck the Egyptians after enslaving and abusing the Jews.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Gaza marathon canceled after Hamas government bans female runners

Woman running in the Gaza marathon 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) The marathon in the Gaza Strip which has been scheduled to kick off in the near future has been canceled after the Hamas government banned female runners from participating in the event, according to a statement released by the United Nations.

The main U.N. agency in Gaza, has canceled its annual marathon, after the territory's rulers, Hamas, banned women from the race.

Hamas said that females participating in the fundraising event, scheduled for April, is in direct contradiction to Islamic tradition.

"We regret this decision to cancel the marathon, but we do not want men and women running together," Abdessalam Siyyam, the cabinet secretary of the Hamas government, said.

"I did not tell the United Nations agency to cancel the marathon and I did not prevent it, but I set some conditions: We do not want women and men mixed in the same place," he told the press.

The race this year was to include a record number of runners.
U.N. spokesperson Adnan Abu Hassan said that the disappointing decision came following talks with Hamas officials.

"We can not accept banning women from the event. We are committed to the values ​​of the U.N., which strongly advocates gender equality between women and men. We cannot differentiate," a U.N. spokesperson said in a statement.

The UN said the marathon was organized to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and to raise money for summer camp organized by the United Nations.

Authorities said 807 men and women have signed up to run in the race.
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Walmart employee arrested after eating Oreo cookies from store shelves

Penny S. Winters 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A Walmart employee was arrested after the company outed her to police as she was caught on video stealing and eating Oreo cookies off of store shelves, according to police reports in Indiana.

Police said that the Walmart employee was charged with felony theft after she was caught eating Oreos stolen from the shelves of the store during her work hours.

When confronted by the police with the video of the alleged robbery, Penny S. Winters, 63, admitted that she ate the cookies and said she had been doing it for years.

After an open box of Oreos were discovered in a Walmart store in Portage, Indiana, the company conducted an investigation. The investigation uncovered that a former Walmart employee not only consumed Oreos she had not paid for, but also took other junk food from the company every week for four years. Penny S. Winters, 63, was also captured on video during her night shift eating the popular sandwich cookies.

In an incident report provided by police in Portage, Indiana, state officials responded to the Portage Walmart, in reference to an investigation of internal theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the manager of Walmart who said that the empty food container was inside the store, along with surveillance video images, which showed that Winters was responsible.

Winters admitted to stealing cookies and other items about once or twice a week during her employment in the Portage store and at her previous position at a Walmart near her hometown in Tucson, Arizona. She regularly ate gum, snacks, chips, sandwiches and chocolates, according to the police report.

Winters said that she knew taking unpaid items was wrong and promised that it will never happen again. However, Walmart dismissed her.

Winters was employed as a full-time maintenance worker earning her an hourly wage of $11.40.
Winters told police that she had been an employee of Walmart for about seven years.

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Gay couple ordered to leave California mall after kissing

Daniel Chesmore with Jose Guzman 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A couple who were kissing each other at a California shopping mall were ordered to leave by a security guard and the couple claims the reason behind it is because they are gay, according to press reports in California.

The gay couple said they are furious after they were given the boot because an innocent display of affection.
"We were holding hands and kissing on the cheek," Daniel Chesmore told a New York newspaper. "It was a friendly kiss not a sexual kiss. There was nothing sexual about it," he added.

Chesmore, 21, said he and his boyfriend, Jose Guzman, 24, had been at the Westfield Galleria, located in Roseville, California, for all of two minutes before a security guard confronted them and told them that their conduct was inappropriate because there were children around.

"If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period," the guard is heard saying in a recording Chesmore took of the incident.
Later, the security guard said that they kissed 25 times.

Chesmore said there was no way he and Guzman kissed 25 times, adding that the statement made by the security was exaggerated only because they are gay.

"I feel isolated," Chesmore said. "I feel I am being discriminated against because of my sexual orientation. Somehow I'm a threat to children," he told the newspaper.

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Former prison inmate arrested after sneaking back into jail

Matthew Matagrano 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with impersonating an official related charges after sneaking back into jail after he was released, according to court proceedings in New York.

Most people who have done time in prison could not wait for the day they can walk free. But this week, authorities in the city of New York accused a former inmate of sneaking back inside.

Yonkers resident, Matthew Matagrano, 36, was charged Saturday in Manhattan on charges that he impersonated a Department of Corrections investigator.

Authorities said that Matagrano, used false credentials to enter several city jail, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, where the mingled with the prisoners for hours.

Investigators said that the case was still under investigation, but some of the allegations were detailed in a criminal complaint describing Matagrano’s entry into jail in Manhattan on Thursday.

When Matagrano was questioned by police he admitted that one day around 3:30 pm he displayed a gold shield and claimed to be an investigator of the department's intelligence unit.

According to the complaint, he stayed until 11:00 pm, giving out cigarettes and smoking with prisoners in several areas. He is also accused of stealing a radio from an office while inside.

Surveillance cameras recorded video of Matagrano during the visit, according to the criminal complaint.
It was unclear if or when Matagrano would face similar charges for entry into other city jails.

A spokesperson for the Bronx district attorney's office, which often deals with cases involving crimes committed in Rikers Island, said Saturday he had no information about the case.

Matagrano has a criminal history that includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse. He is on the state registry of sex offenders.

A judge set bail of $50,000 for Matagrano. He also faces charges of theft, possession of forged instrument and promoting prison contraband. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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Home attendant leaves feces in family's fridge and stove

Fiona Clarke 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged after leaving feces inside the appliances of a family home, according to press reports in New York.

The home health aide became angry when a Connecticut family fired her from her job so she left feces in the oven and refrigerator of their elderly relative, police said.

Forty-year-old Fiona Clarke faces criminal conduct and breach of the peace charges. Police said she denies leaving feces in the house of a Norwalk woman.

Clarke took care of the woman, but was dismissed by the family last month after refusing to work overtime, officials said.
One of the relatives of the woman lit the stove in the beginning of the month and noticed a foul odor. When she opened the stove she found feces wrapped in a paper towel, police said. Feces was also found in the refrigerator, police said.

Clarke was arrested last week and was released after posting a $5,000 bond, according to court records. She is due in Norwalk Superior Court this week.

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