How Israeli soldiers and civilians are preparing for an attack on Syria

Israeli tanks at Syrian border 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) The Israeli military and Israeli civilians are preparing for a U.S. led attack on Syria and possible retaliation by al-Assad, according to a reports by Tazpit News Agency.

Israel’s security cabinet approved a limited call-up of reservists on Wednesday as the Obama administration considers a possible US-led strike against Syria following Assad’s use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians one week ago on August 21.

In addition to calling up reservists who serve mainly in the Home Front Command and the Israel Air Force Active Defense wing, the IDF earlier deployed air defenses across the country including Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries in Eilat, Ashkelon and Haifa. The army also deployed Patriot and Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile batteries in the north and in areas that are close to the Syrian border.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Tuesday that Israel would respond with full strength to any Syrian threat, the prime minister today asked that Israelis to continue on with their daily routines.

“Pursuant to the security consultation that was held today, there is no reason to change daily routines. At the same time, we are prepared for any scenario. The IDF is ready to defend against any threat and to respond strongly against any attempt to harm Israeli citizens,” said Netanyahu.

Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon stated on Wednesday at a Tel Aviv conference that “we are getting ready and are prepared, but there is no panic, no escalation, and things are being done judiciously.”

At the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, it was indicated that there was a “low probability” that the Assad regime would respond to US military action on Syria by striking Israel, according to a Jerusalem Post report. The US would inform Israel before a US-led strike on Syria would take place according to Israeli media report.

In any case, the demand for gas masks dramatically shot up, as thousands of Israelis rushed to post offices and IDF Home Front Command distribution centers on Wednesday. The Israeli Postal Company stated that three times as many people as usual were coming to get gas masks. According to media reports, only 60% of Israelis have gas masks, and a report in Globes stated that the Israeli government has yet to find a budget solution to manufacture gas masks for the entire population.

Israeli health care efficiency rated 4th in the world, well above the U.S.

Israeli operating room illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

It may come as a surprise to some, but the Israeli health care efficiency received extremely high marks, according to a new survey released by Bloomberg News.

Israel ranked number four on a new classification system in the overall efficiency of health care, ahead of advanced countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the data, which ranked countries based on life expectancy, the cost of healthcare as a percentage of GDP per capita, and the cost of health care per capita, Israel came in with a score of 68.7.

Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan took the three top spots, ahead of Israel. Canada came in at number 17, the United Arab Emirates was a number 12, and the United Kingdom, famous for its national health system, came in at number 14.

Meanwhile, the U.S. ranked very poor, coming in at number 46, behind countries such as Algeria, Iran, Cuba and The Dominican Republic.

Israelis had the longest life expectancy rate in the Middle East and Africa, coming in at 81.8 years, according to the report.

Arab man attacks several Jews at Jerusalem City Hall

Jerusalem City Hall 
By: David Ross

Police are looking to arrest and charge an Arab man for allegedly assaulting a group of Jews at Jerusalem City Hall, according to police reports.

Jerusalem Police said that they are searching for a suspect after several Jews were attacked on Monday night.

The attack took place in Safra Square, City Hall. One of the victims of the attack was Kobi Bar of Rishon Lezion.

The incident occurred around 10:00 pm. A group of Jews were sitting on benches located at the Safra Square, when a Arab man told them to leave the area as no Jews were allowed at the location.

Several people left the area, but at least two people decided to stand their ground.

After refusing to leave the Arab man began beating the two Jews.

They called police, who arrived at the scene, and they launched an investigation.

Woman seen on video slamming boyfriend’s head with ukulele after rejecting his public marriage proposal

Man fell after being hit with ukulele 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Doing a public marriage proposal means taking a risk of being rejected and embarrassed in front of many people.

Men are always looking for a sweet way to propose to their lover. Many choose to propose in the same spot where they first met.

This was the case with one Indian man. He wanted the proposal to be special and grand, so he chose to propose publicly at the mall in Dubai, where they first fell in love. Unfortunately for him, things ended badly.

In the video below, the man can be seen walking in a mall, with his girlfriend at his side. He walked towards three musicians, who were there as part of his marriage proposal plan. He then grabbed a microphone, which was connected to a speaker so all shoppers can hear and be part of the special event.

As the musicians started playing, the man said: “I have a very special message for a very special girl. This is where we met three months ago. This is where I fell in love with you.”
A crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the well planned out marriage proposal.

He continued by telling his girlfriend: “You are my charm, you are my sweety pie, you are my cutie pie, my absolute everything. I know you find this cheesy, but I want everyone to know, you make me really happy.”

The man had a sweet little poem written for the woman he thought would be his future wife. “When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for awhile, and my heart ceases to beat and there is nothing else I seek, except you.”

Then he said I just have one question for you. As he was getting down on one knee the girl grabbed him and tried to stop him from proposing. But he kept going. “You truly make me that happiest person on earth,” he said.

However, in a fit of rage, the woman grabbed a ukulele from one of the band members and proceeded to hit her lover over the head, knocking him to the ground. She then threw the instrument onto the ground and stormed off.

Thief digs up baby's grave in order to steal clothes from inside the coffin

Bianca Moilwa, and Amanda Moilwa at the gravesite 
By: Debbi Gross

A family was devastated to learn that someone had dug up their baby’s grave and stole her clothing.

Just three weeks after burying six-day-old Keketso Moilwa, her grave was found open and her clothes had been stolen.

The baby diaper of Keketso Moilwa had been placed on top of the little white coffin. A rusty metal plate, which is believed to have been used to dig up the grave, was found next to the coffin.

The gruesome discovery was made by a municipal worker in the West End Cemetery in Kimberley, South Africa, on Tuesday morning. The worker informed his supervisor of the incident.

Shocked workers did not want to open the coffin, to see if the body was still inside. Instead, they waited for police to arrive.
Police found that while the body was still there, the baby’s clothes were missing.

Horrified family members, who had been informed of the discovery, gathered at the scene. They showed police pictures of baby Keketso Moilwa and how the baby was dressed in a white three-piece before she was placed in her final resting place.

A Keipoletse Funeral Home representative also confirmed that the body was fully clothed when she was buried.
Family members demanded that the baby's remains be sent for analysis to determine if the body had been tampered with in any way.

The baby’s mother, Bianca Moilwa, 20, who was accompanied by her mother, Amanda Moilwa, were stunned by the desecration of the baby’s grave.

"Who could have done such a despicable and inhuman act and why steal my daughter's clothes?" Bianca said.
"By the time I was coming to terms with my baby’s death and trying to heal, this horrible act has happened," she added.

The baby was born prematurely at 31 weeks, weighing only 2.8 pounds. After she was born, Keketso Moilwa was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for six days before she died.

Man busted for stealing jewelry from his partner in crime

Marianne Dolleman, Steven Albert Scott, and Kayla Masek 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman got a taste of her own medicine when her partner in crime stole jewelry from her house.

Three people were caught with stolen goods. One of the suspects was 40-year-old Marianne Dolleman.

When police unloaded the stolen goods, Dolleman was shocked to find her own jewelry among the stolen items.
It all started when police received reports of two burglaries in Venice, Florida.

Among the items stolen were $1,400 worth of fishing rods and reels. While driving around the area, deputies found a vehicle driving with several fishing rods sticking out of the window, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office of Sarasota County.

After stopping the vehicle, deputies spoke with 40-year-old Dolleman, who was driving the vehicle. She told deputies that the passengers, Steven Albert Scott, 25, and, Kayla Masek, 22, were paying her to drive them around so Scott could sell the goods.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found power tools that were stolen from another house in the area. The also found two drug pipes, and a syringe that tested positive for opiates. But the most surprising find were two bracelets, which the driver recognized as her own.

Scott is accused of stealing the Jewelry from Dolleman’s house earlier that night, according to police.
All three were arrested. The three are well-known throughout the justice system. Altogether, they have a history of 35 arrests.

Dolleman was charged for dealing with stolen goods. Masek was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Scott was charged with four counts of burglary.

Thieves break into home to take photos of valuables, then return to steal when they find a buyer

Putnam County Sheriff's Office Jordan Green (left)
Carlos Rivera Leandre Green (right) 
By: David Ross

A group of robbers came up with an interesting way of making money, by selling other people’s valuables.

Three men in Florida are accused of breaking into a home to take photos of the valuables, but they did not actually take the items at that time.

The men uploaded those photos to Facebook and advertised the products for sale, according to a press release by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. The men waited for a customer to show. When someone was interested in buying the item, the men returned to the house to steal the merchandise.

The scheme may have worked for a while. Eventually, their crime was uncovered when they found a potential buyer, who was interested in buying a refrigerator that had been photographed inside a stranger's home and put up for sale.

The men arranged for the customer to meet them at the stranger’s home where they were going to steal the refrigerator and facilitate the sale, according to deputies.

During an investigation, deputies learned that the house has already once been burglarized. However, a concerned neighbor, who witnessed the men entering the house, foiled their plan by calling police.

Deputies soon arrived and surrounded the house. One suspect, who was identified as Jordan Christopher Green, 25, tried to escape from the back door and was arrested after a tussle with police.

The other suspects, Carlos Adolfo Rivera, 27, and Leandre Taylor Bradley Green, 27, were taken into custody without incident, the statement said. All three were charged with burglary and grand theft, while Jordan Christopher Green had an additional charge of resisting arrest without violence.

Liberia university left without students as 25,000 fail entrance exam

Etmonia David-Tarpeh 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) You know you have failed your students when every one of them, who decided to get a higher education, failed the entrance exam.

Nearly 25,000 students wanted to better themselves and do something positive with their lives.

However, none of them made it past the entrance exam at the University of Liberia. The university is one of two state-run universities.

All students who took the exam, failed, which means that as of now, the university will not have any first-year students when the new term starts in September.

A university official claimed that the failures came about because students lacked the “basic knowledge of English and lacked enthusiasm".
The country's education minister said that it is difficult to believe that not one student managed to pass the exam.

The Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh, said she will meet with university officials to discuss the failure rate, and to see what can be done to fix the problem.

She acknowledged that there were deficiencies in the educational system of Liberia, which is still recovering from a civil war that ended 10 years ago. But she said that it is hard to believe that not one student passed the exam.
A university spokesperson said that the government needs to do more to improve students’ knowledge of English.

Cafe now allows customers to print drinkable pictures on their coffee

A selfie coffee 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Would you like to drink a picture of yourself? Now you can.

A company is trying to capitalize on a popular trend, which is called selfie, in order to gain ground on its competitors.

Let’s Cafe, a chain of coffee kiosks in Taiwan, has invested in new coffee machines that allow customers to print photos of themselves on top of their lattes.

The company released a video in which it explains that this is their way to differentiate themselves from other major coffee chains.

Many YouTube users expressed enthusiasm for the idea of ​​sipping their images.

"Amazing. A Let’s Cafe kiosk should be available in the U.S. I would love to drink my own face," one user wrote.

"Excuse me. Anyone here know about the price of this machine?" Asked another.

Others, however, questioned its usefulness.

“Why the f*** would I want to pay more than $8 just for a cup of coffee with my own ugly face in it. Is this all that the future has to offer?”

The company said in the video that the idea has generated positive responses on social media, resulting in increased sales.

6-year-old boy's eyes stolen by suspected organ traffickers

Binbin in the hospital  
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A little boy was kidnaped from his home and his eyes were removed before he was dumped at the side of a road.

The boy was hospitalized where he is being treated.

Now, police believe that organ traffickers are responsible for the heinous crime.

The young boy named Binbin of China, was playing near his house when he disappeared. He was found around three hours later covered in blood and his eyes missing.

After searching the area, the child's eyes were discovered nearby, but the corneas were missing, which implies that an organ trafficker was behind the horrible attack.

Police in Fenzi, northern Shanxi Province, have offered a 100,000 yuan, or about a $16,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Police believe that a woman lured the boy away from his home and she was part of the attack.

The boy was drugged and lost consciousness before the attackers removed his eyes, according to police reports.
In the video below, you can see the heavily bandaged child as he was taken from an operating room and placed in a hospital bed. He is in pain as family members stand by his side crying.

The illegal organ trade in China is a growing problem. About 1.5 million people are said to be on hospital lists for organ donations, but there are very few donors.

The assault is the latest evidence of the real problem of organ trafficking in China. “Organs of children are generally more expensive in the Chinese black market,” a dealer said. “That is because many people think that the younger the donor is, the better the quality of the organ," the dealer also said.

Organ trafficking was banned in China, but trade continues to boom especially for kidneys.

Woman arrested after falling asleep while standing in store

Melissa Bahmandeji 
By: Eva Fett

Police were called to a convenience store after a woman fell asleep while standing.

Bahmandeji Melissa, 33, of Kentucky, was arrested on Saturday after she was found sleeping inside a Circle K convenience store on Dixie Highway.

According to police, they were called to the Circle K convenience store at about 9:00 pm after a woman was sleeping inside the store while her children ran around unattended.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the mother asleep while standing in front of a vending machine. Officials woke Bahmandeji, and conducted a search. They found Suboxone inside her purse along with a spoon, which contained heroin residue.

Police believe that Bahmandeji used one or both of the drugs in the bathroom of the store while her two children were running around the store unattended. Once she was arrested and placed in a police car, Bahmandeji voluntarily gave the officer two needles, one of which contained heroin.

Bahmandeji was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wolf attack leaves Minnesota teen with split open head

Noah Graham 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A boy is lucky to be alive after an angry wolf attacked him, according to emergency workers in Minnesota.

Doctors said that a 16-year-old Solway boy was injured in an apparent wolf attack early on Saturday as he rested in his tent at Lake Winnibigoshish near Cass Lake.

Noah Graham suffered puncture wounds to the left and right sides of his face.

"I had to pull my head out of the wolf’s mouth," Graham said after being treated for non-fatal injuries in a hospital in Bemidji.

The incident occurred in the West Winnie Campground, near where the Mississippi River enters Lake Winnibigoshish. The campground was closed and evacuated.

"The wolf came up behind him and before he knew it was there, it bit him on the back of his head," Tom Provost, a DNR regional enforcement supervisor in Grand Rapids, said. "The first indication the boy had that he was being attacked was when he had the wolf’s jaws in his head," he said.

"He suffered puncture wounds on his head and an 11 centimeter cut, which we had to stitch together," Cheri Zeppelin, an officer working at the scene, said.

Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare.

According to hospital records, this is the first time a human has been attacked by a wolf in Minnesota.

A wolf matching the description of the animal that attacked Graham was caught earlier today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Division of Wildlife Services. The wolf was killed and transferred to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in St. Paul for a necropsy.

The wolf that was caught was a 75 pound male, which is an average size for a wolf. The wolf had a jaw deformity that could have hindered the wolf from acquiring food. No other wolves were seen in the camp.

Man steals his father’s dead body in order to bring him back from the dead

Vincent Bright 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was arrested, charged and convicted for stealing his father’s dead body because he wanted to bring his father back from the dead, according to court proceedings in Michigan.

Now, the man accused of stealing the body of his father from a Detroit cemetery, will be sentenced to probation.

Vincent Bright pleaded guilty on Monday, to a charge of digging up a body. He faces sentencing next month in the County Circuit Court.

"He seems to be doing well," defense attorney Gerald Karafa said on Tuesday.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Bright will get probation with credit for time served. The judge also ruled that Bright could be released on bail, Karafa said.

Bright had faced up to ten years in prison.

Bright, then 48, stole the body of 93-year-old Clarence Bright from the Gethsemane Cemetery and stored the body in a home freezer. The police, acting on a tip from other family members, found the dead man at the home of Vincent Bright in the east side of Detroit.

Police said Vincent Bright is religious and took the body in hopes that his father would be resurrected.
Prosecutors asked for a mental health examination for Bright, and he was found competent to stand trial.

Montana teacher gets just 30 days jail for raping female student, 14, because she looked older

Stacey Dean Rambold 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A teacher was arrested, charged and convicted of child rape related charges after raping one of his underage students, according to court proceedings in Montana.

Now, the man has been sentenced to just 31 days in jail. The judge claimed that the girl looked much older than 14-years-old.

Yellowstone County District judge sentenced the man for raping his student, who committed suicide, on Monday.

Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended, for having sex without consent.

Rambold, 54, will be given credit for one day he already served. He was handcuffed and taken to jail at the end of the hearing.
The judge's decision was not well received by the girl's mother, who repeatedly shouted "You suck!" as she was leaving the room.

Auliea Hanlon had testified at the hearing that her daughter's relationship with Rambold was an "important factor" in her suicide, and asked the judge to send Rambold to prison.

"Please put him behind bars," she said.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Rambold to 20 years in prison.

Rambold pleaded guilty to one felony charge in April, in a case that began in 2008, when school authorities and the police first learned of the sexual relationship the teacher had with student Cherice Morales.

Rambold was put on paid leave in April of that year and resigned his teaching job three months later. He also gave up his teaching certificate.

While the case was pending, and a few weeks before her 17th birthday, Morales took her life.

Man jailed after uploading marijuana growing videos on YouTube

Kyle Berry 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with possession of illegal drugs related charges after he uploaded videos to the internet in which he showed a marijuana growing operation.

At trial, prosecutors said that in addition to the videos, Kyle Berry made ​​other big mistakes that quickly led to his arrest.

Berry pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled drug. Prosecutors said that last fall, Berry posted several videos online, which showed a marijuana-growing operation in the basement of his Auburn, New Hampshire home.

"He was showing how to grow marijuana, how to configure it, what chemicals to use, and where he gets his seeds," Rockingham County Assistant District Attorney Jerome Blanchard said. "He was very detailed about what he was doing," he said.

Authorities were alerted to the videos and began to watch them. Finally, Berry made ​​several mistakes. In one video, his face was reflected on a shiny surface. Blanchard said that there was other direct evidence identifying him.

"In a video dated October 17, 2012, the defendant showed a package he received from the United Kingdom containing marijuana seeds showing a Royal Mail postage stamp," Blanchard said. "The package had the defendant's name on it," he added.

In court, Berry said he didn't do it to make money. He said that he needed the drugs to control his pain,
"I did it because since I was 13-years-old, I've had 17 surgeries," Berry said.

Child porn victim sues her father for exploiting her

Masha Allen 
By: Debbie Gross

A victim, who had been sexually exploited by her own father, filed a lawsuit against her father in order to receive compensation for her abuse, according to a lawsuit filed in court.

The Russian victim of child pornography is also suing the men who exploited her, using a law that bears her name.

Masha Allen, who was adopted 15 years ago by a millionaire businessman Matthew Mancuso of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took and distributed her pornographic images on the Internet.

Some of the photos were taken at a hotel near Disney World.

Allen was rescued in 2003 when she was 10-years-old, while Mancuso and thirteen other men, who were sentenced for possession of her photos, were imprisoned.

After her story was made public, Congress passed a law that allows victims of child pornography to sue their attackers. The law was named "Masha's Law."

With this law, 20-year-old Allen filed a lawsuit against the men on Friday in Philadelphia. She hopes to recover at least $150,000 from each defendant. Some defendants were doctors and have significant financial assets.

Man cuts off his 5 foot long dreadlocks after letting it grow for 20 years

Gareth Robinson holding his cut off dreadlocks 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man suddenly lost something he held onto for 20 years, his dreadlocks.

The man with five-foot long dreadlocks, cut it off for charity. he said in a statement.

Gareth Robinson first got dreadlocks at the age of 16. It grew into weighing more than three pounds. His hair was so long that the 35-year-old used to sit down on his hair by mistake.

Robinson of Bournemouth, Dorset, England, raised 500 pounds for Cancer Research for cutting his hair.

"My hair hasn’t been cut since I was 16-years-old, so I'm still getting used to this. It all started when at that age, I could not find any other hairstyle that looked good on me. To suit me. In earlier years, it was easier to handle, although the washing could be a matter for two people. My partner, Jana, had to keep out of my way while I was washing my scalp. Sometimes, it took up to three days to dry," Gareth Robinson, a medical researcher for Air Ambulance, said.

Robinson said he wanted to raise money for a cancer charity because his mother, Lin, had fought and overcome the disease.

"She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and ovarian cancer in 2006, but was discharged two years ago," he said.

Woman reunited with her stolen bike after stealing it from thief

Kayla Smith 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman managed to recover her stolen bike by stealing it from the thief.

The Canadian woman reported the theft to the police, but decided to take action herself when a friend saw the bike advertised on Craigslist the next day.

Posing as a potential buyer, the Vancouver woman agreed to meet the thief at a McDonald’s and asked the thief if she could take the bike for a test drive.

"I asked the guy if I could take the bike for a drive around the parking lot. He was worried and said: 'Yes, but do not take off.’ I told him not to worry, and that I would not even think about it! My heart was pounding and I had no idea what to do, so I went to the bike and was like, 'F*** this guy,’ and I started driving away. While I was riding away, I called my friend, who drove me to the place, as backup. I drove over to the next parking lot, and got into the car. We saw the man beginning to look for me, but suddenly, he got super freaked out and just ran," the woman wrote on Reddit.

The victim was able to find the details of the suspected thief, including his phone number from Craigslist. The information has been given over to the police and the Canadian Association of Crime Stoppers. The woman was later identified as Kayla Smith.