Two soldiers injured after Syria fires mortars into Israel

The scene at the Israel-Syrian border 
By: David Ross

Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were hospitalized after being injured from mortar shells, which were fired from Syria into Israel, according to a statement released by military officials.

In response, Israel fired into Syria on Wednesday, after mortar rounds fell on an army post in the Golan Heights, wounding Israeli soldiers, the military also said.

Two shells hit the border post, located in the northern Golan, slightly injuring the troops, it said.

Initial reports suggest that the shells were not fired intentionally, but were the result of intense fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels near the northern border, a military spokesperson said.

"The return fire was directed at the source of fire," the spokesperson said.

The two soldiers were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics, and were later taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

Rare inside look at Israeli Army’s war against hackers

Israel's war against hackers 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The Israeli Defense Forces released some inside information how the war against hackers is fought, according to a report by the IDF Blog.

Since 1948, the IDF has fought on three battlegrounds: land, sea and air. Now, in 2013, cyberspace has become the newest battlefield as hackers try to hurt Israel virtually.

A revolution is taking place in the IDF, but it’s probably not one you’ve heard about in the news. The IDF is transforming into a military that is prepared to defend itself from enemies on the newest battlefield: cyberspace. The IDF’s Teleprocessing Corps is at the center of this revolution, fortifying the military’s cyber defense against the threats of enemy hackers, while developing technologies that will make it easier to defend the country on the ground.

The unit responsible for cyber defense and development of the latest technology is the Lotem-C4i Technological Division. Populated by thousands of experts from the military and academia, the division has become one of the largest security organizations in Israel. Its soldiers come from fields like engineering, mathematics, information technology and more.

Lieutenant Colonel Eric, Lotem’s Chief Technology Officer, has the job of adapting technology for use in the army. “How can I look at a target – or tens, hundreds or thousands of targets – identify the enemy in real time, and aim the weapon exactly at that point?” he asks. “How can I make sure a commander gets the most advanced data in the shortest amount of time?” These questions represent the Lotem division’s essential challenges – and the source of inspiration for its innovators.

Lt. Col. Eric says new military technologies are developed through two different approaches. “We look at the technologies that are available and try to imagine scenarios where they would be useful,” he says. “Other times we take the opposite approach and look at the problems we face and try to create technologies to solve them.”

The visions for the future are endless and arriving much faster than ever before. “The 18-year-old soldiers who are drafted into this unit come here with much more advanced knowledge than what the IDF was using even 10 years ago,” Lt. Col. Eric says.

Lotem is looking at ways to give combat soldiers the benefit of full field training, while preventing the risk of training accidents. By using innovations like augmented reality devices – technology that provides information on the physical features of objects in the field – the military saves the cost of deploying manpower and equipment, an important factor in an era of massive budget cuts. Google Glass, a popular augmented reality device, is one technology that could be used in the battlefield within the next few years.

Cyber threats to the IDF, in the form of hacking, are very serious. The IDF depends on computer systems both in its day-to-day operations and in emergency situations. Brigadier General Eyal Zelinger, commander of the C4i Technological Division, says his division, which used to function as a command and control center, has now become the driving force in making operations happen. “If our system goes down, the army has a big problem,” he says.

In order to minimize this challenge, the IDF has taken measures to protect itself. In 2011, the IDF created an official Cyber Defense Division. A cyber defense war room was created and now runs around the clock, 24 hours a day and seven days a week to deal with the many threats to the system. Cyber defense officers have been placed in every section of the army. Furthermore, incoming C4i soldiers must take a three-month-long cyber defense course.

Most recently, in May 2013, the IDF reacquired two large software firms that had their start in the IDF, but later left the military. After the firms returned to the military, the IDF combined them into a unit called Matzpan – a Hebrew acronym standing for Army Command, Control and Management Systems.

The division’s constant advancements have allowed the IDF to advance its abilities in a short amount of time. “Today we have attained the ability to hit ten times more targets than we did in the Second Lebanon War, and the accuracy to complete those operations faster,” Brig. Gen. Zelinger says.

“What we do may sound like fiction, but it is becoming more and more of a reality.”

Court clerk places people in danger by posting names of police snitches on Facebook

Destiny Bratcher 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Drug dealers were happy to get the name of the woman, who ratted them out to police.

Police officers promise to keep informants’ names confidential, but their promise was not kept when an Indiana county clerk posted the information on Facebook for all to see.

Destiny Bratcher, 20, was arrested by the Charlestown Police Department on charges of obstruction of justice, intimidation, disclosure of confidential information, and false information.

Bratcher is accused of accessing confidential documents relating to an informant, who was promised that her name will be kept confidential with the Charlestown Police Department.

The informant apparently snitched on some of Bratcher’s drug dealing friends. In retaliation, Bratcher stole the username and password to a court computer and accessed the information to get the name of the snitch.

Police began investigating after the informant has reportedly received death threats from the drug dealers.

Bratcher works as a switchboard operator and mailroom clerk at the Clark County courthouse. She was placed on paid administrative leave.

Before her current job, Bratcher worked at the Clark County Circuit Court. Her grandmother, Barbara Bratcher Haas, works as the Clark County Clerk.
Bratcher was booked into jail and was later released on her own recognizance.

Police dispatcher steals coworker’s phone and emails her nude picture to himself

Omar Trevino 
By: John Roberts

A married man and father of two, is in trouble after stealing a nude image from a coworker’s phone.

Omar Trevino, 31, who works as a police dispatcher, was arrested by the Sheriff's Office of Palm Beach County, Florida, for the unlawful use of a computer or cell phone.

Trevino is accused of swiping a female colleague’s smartphone, accessing a topless picture of her and another woman without permission, and sending the picture to his own email account.

In the picture, two coworkers were seen topless and exposing their breasts.

He reportedly stole the phone and began snooping around while the woman was on a 15 minute break from her work as a dispatcher for the Sheriff's Office of Palm Beach County.

After Trevino sent the topless image to himself, he then removed the action from the woman’s sent log. Trevino went on to show the picture to another coworker.

Trevino confessed to police that he sent the topless picture from the woman’s smartphone to his personal email account.

The picture was taken at one of the women’s homes. The victim said that the picture was taken as a joke while they were discussing Christmas cards.

Woman shot dead while trying to wrestle gun away from son-in-law

Armando Munoz 
By: Debbi Gross

A fight between a husband and wife ended with the death of a mother-in-law.

A fight over loud music caused a fatal shooting at the house of a family in El Paso, Texas, according to court documents.

El Paso Police arrested 25-year-old Armando Munoz, who was arguing with his wife, at about 1:15 am at their home on Sirius Avenue. Munoz and his wife, were in an argument when Munoz ran to his room to get a Glock 22 pistol.

As he was loading the gun, his mother in law, Bobbi Hackney, 47, tried to grab the gun from his hands, according to the affidavit.
During the tussle, the gun went off and shot Hackney in the stomach.

Police were called to the house. Hackney was taken to University Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

Munoz fled the scene before police arrived and was found a short distance from the house. Munoz was booked into the El Paso County Detention center on charges of murder, assault and violence. His bond totals more than $1 million.

Woman seen on video forcing cheating boyfriend to kneel in street while repeatedly slapping him

Cheng hitting her boyfriend 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman caught her boyfriend walking on the street with another woman.

As punishment, she forced him to kneel on the ground and slapped him repeatedly, while the woman with whom he was allegedly cheating with, stood and watched.

The woman of Hong Kong, has been arrested for repeatedly slapping her cheating boyfriend in the face in front of many horrified onlookers.

The incident, which was caught on camera by a bystander, shows the woman slapping her 23-year-old boyfriend named Chui, while accusing him of bringing another woman back to his apartment.

In the video, the woman who has been identified as 20-year-old Cheng, is heard repeatedly asking her boyfriend why he invited the woman to his house.

"Listen to me before you hit me, I did not invite her. You're slandering me!" Chui kept telling his girlfriend.

A crowd gathered around and tried to stop the abuse. One woman tried to intervene, but Cheng shouted: “Its none of your business!”

Another bystander told Chui “break up with her if you're not fighting back.”
Most witnesses took Chui's side, with one woman telling him: “Stand up, and dump this ugly girl, you deserve better.”

Police were called and the girl was arrested.

"Police received the report about 5:00 pm. The incident took place on San Ma Tau Street in Kowloon City. Police arrived at the scene and arrested Cheng for assault, a police spokesperson said.

The victim, 23-year-old Chui, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in China for treatment.

Employee fired after posting ‘humorous’ sign comparing beer to violence

Signs posted at Minibar  
By: Eva Fett

Many stores post signs outside their door to attract customers.

One employee did a good job by posting an interesting sign.

He got people to come into the store, but not to patronize the store. The people came into the store in order to vent their anger.

Minibar, a bar in Austin, Texas, found itself in the center of a domestic violence controversy after an employee posted a sign outside the bar that read: "I like my beer like I like my violence: domestic."

Seetha Kulandaisamy of Austin shared the photo of the sign on Facebook and Instagram. Her post attracted national attention.

"I walked by the sign on Friday night, and my first response was anger," Kulandaisamy said. "I am a volunteer at the women's shelter in Austin, so my sensitivity is extra high, but I think my reaction would have been the same regardless. It was not only offensive, but it was just bad humor," she added.

Minibar’s owner removed the sign the next morning and fired the employee, who posted the sign.

"I give my greatest apology and assure you that it will not happen again,” bar owner Alex Elmiger said. “As soon as it was brought to my attention, I wanted to do something to rectify the situation," he said.

Minibar put up a new sign stating that it will donate $1 from every domestic beer sold this month to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in recognition of domestic violence awareness month.

Brothels in Nevada complain of weak sex business

Sex workers in Nevada illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Sex does not always sell, at least when it comes to brothels in Nevada.

In a dark room furnished with red velvet sofas and a stripper pole, Brooke Taylor is having a sale on herself.

"I offer more specials, discounts and incentives for people to come in and see me," Taylor, 32, a brunette prostitute in a short green dress at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch outside Carson City, Nevada, said.

"People are looking for good deals," she said.

Legal brothels in Nevada, which took root in the booming silver-mining era in the mid 1800s, are dwindling, reaching about 19 from more than 36 in 1985, according to George Flint, a lobbyist in Nevada.

Many brothels have been the high-profile company in their regions, which are usually sparsely populated. Its decline hurts already stretched county budgets and marks the end of local institutions.

The ailing state economy, hammered truckers, who were already suffering from high fuel costs. The increased use of the Internet to arrange hookups, is also to blame, experts said.

"Many of our customers do not have the discretionary income they had six years ago, five years ago," Susan Austin, 63, the owner of the Mustang Ranch in Sparks, which is located about 15 miles from Reno, said.

"Those who can come are not spending quite as much as they did before," she also said.

Firefighters failed to battle blaze in own firehouse

Fire house in ruins 
By: John Roberts

A firehouse went up in flames and was totally destroyed along with its firetrucks.

A group of volunteer firefighters in Germany, were forced to watch helplessly, as a fire destroyed their fire station over the weekend.

The fire station, which is located in the Scharrel district of Saterland, North Rhine-Westphalia, burned down on Saturday, as firefighters were unable to get to the fire trucks.

A neighbor alerted emergency services after seeing flames about 2:40 am. By the time volunteers arrived, which was within 5 minutes of getting the call, it was too late, and the fire had already consumed the building. They said it was too dangerous to enter.

By the time help arrived from another station there was nothing left.
The building was redone just 5-years-ago.

70 volunteer firefighters attempted to control the blaze from the outside, but they were unsuccessful.

Nobody was wounded in the incident. The blaze destroyed the building, a boat and 6 fire trucks. The estimated cost of the damage is $6.7 million.

Abandoned dog seen on video going from terrified mutt to pampered pooch

The abandoned dog 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A heartwarming video was released showing how a skinny and frightened dog being rescued.

This video of an abandoned and terrified dog being rescued has melted the hearts of Internet users worldwide.

When the founder of an animal rescue organization, Eldad Hagar, tried to go close to the dog it began shaking and growling in fear. It took 20 minutes and a tremendous amount of patience, for Hager to win the confidence of the abandoned dog, who was later named Holly.

Hagar put the dog in a leash so it should not harm anyone. Then, he started touching the dog while protecting his hands with a soft blanket.

It is so sad to watch how scared Holly was and how it did not trust people. It is hard to imagine what it has been through. Luckily for this dog, it was found a rescued. Hagar took the dog home with him where he has pampered the dog and nursed it back to health.

Just three weeks later, Holly is happily running around accepting treats from people and even dresses in fashionable clothes.
Hagar is looking for someone to adopt the adorable pooch.

21-year-old woman seeking to have sex with 100,000 men

Ania Lisewska 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A young woman set a goal of having sex with one hundred thousand men, according to an interview on metro.us.

Earlier this year, a student in Warsaw, Poland, Ania Lisewska, made an unusual announcement, a decision that could contribute to a more progressive society. She wanted to sleep with 100,000 men across all countries of the world.

The 21-year-old student has so far slept with one thousand men.

Not surprisingly, she has been prevented from entering countries like Iraq and Lebanon, but said she still has hope to be able to fulfill her dream.

The following is an interview with metro.us.

Your mission could take forever. Do you expect to complete it?

The end is far away but I am slowly making progress and everything is going to plan.

It seems very demanding. What is your motivation?

The project started to fight the taboo around sex, and if I can do something for this it will be a good achievement. I am motivated by the positive feedback I am receiving from my fans.

What areas of the world have been most difficult?

Muslims have a temper and have been confused by what they see in the media.

And where have you received you the best welcome?

Every country has great lovers, especially Polish, Czechs and Portuguese. My best experience so far was group sex in the Czech Republic.

You have become a sort of celebrity. What sort of fan mail do you get? And what do your friends and family think?

Feelings are mixed. There are extreme cases of outrage, threats and negative opinion. I was surprised by the confusion and noise around the project – I had no idea it would move people so much. My family is not very interested.

Have you thought about just doing something else?

Not until I complete my mission!




Woman dies after being shot while hugging her 18-year-old boyfriend

Amanda Mosely 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman has died of a gunshot wound after a gun discharged while she hugged her boyfriend, according to police reports in Arizona.

Phoenix Police said that a woman, 24-years-old, has died after being accidentally shot while giving her boyfriend a hug on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department, Sergeant Tommy Thompson, said the accident occurred around 11:45 am near 87th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Thompson said the woman, Amanda Mosely, and her 18-year-old boyfriend were hugging when he became uncomfortable with a gun in his waistband.

The man was in the process of removing the gun when it discharged and shot her.

Authorities said the woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died.

Thompson said the shooting appears to be accidental, but the incident remains under investigation.

He said the case will be submitted to the Office of the Maricopa County Attorney for review.

96-year-old woman raped and robbed inside her home

Crime scene illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A nearly 100-year-old woman was raped and robbed inside her own home, according to police reports in New Jersey.

Pleasantville Police are still investigating the brutal attack and sexual assault of a 96-year-old.
The incident occurred around 5:00 am on Saturday.

"Right now, this is the lowest I have been in my life. Having something like this happen to my mother," the son of the woman said.

The son spent decades in law enforcement, but now, his 96-year-old mother allegedly has been a victim of sexual assault.

"She went out to get the newspaper and felt that a guy came into her house when she went to buy the newspaper. She went out to get the newspaper, but she could not find it," her son said.

He says his mother told him that the suspect took her to the second floor, sexually assaulted her, then stole some things before fleeing.

Adding insult to injury, the woman had to bury a child later that day.
Her granddaughter also died a few weeks earlier.
It has been a difficult time for the family.

"Having something like this happen, you just get unbalanced," the son said.
The family believed to have some clues about who may be responsible.

The bereaved child said that his mother will not go back to the house where she lived for the past 60 years.
"I hope that when he gets arrested, he will be removed from society for a while, for a long time, that's what I hope," the son said.

Prison officers arrested after ordering inmates to fight in exchange of food

Prison inmate illustration 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Three correctional officers were arrested and charged with oppression related charges after allegedly ordering prison inmates to fight each other in exchange for food, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police said that the prison officials have been charged with organizing prisoner fights and reward the winners with food and coffee.

York County Prison correctional officers David Whitcomb, 28, Mark Haynes, 26, and Daniel Graff, 37, were charged with official oppression and harassment on Friday, after an investigation by the State Police.

The investigation of the allegations was initiated after video surveillance showed Whitcomb and Haynes, grabbing a prisoner during an unrelated investigation.

A captain asked the prisoner involved to provide a written statement about the event.

The inmate, David Wright, 27, wrote that Whitcomb, Haynes and Graff had arranged for him to fight another inmate, James Hicks, 27.

Wright won the fight and was rewarded with food and extra coffee.

Officers also told Wright that they would give him extra food if he allowed them to punch him in the leg and arm.

In addition, James Hicks told investigators that the three officers challenged him to perform tasks such as drinking a gallon of milk in one hour, eating a spoonful of cinnamon, snorting noodles, eating spicy vegetable powder and drinking water with pepper. James Hicks wrote that prison officials call its challenges "Retard Olympics.”

He said that the acts were consensual and he was rewarded with food.
The incidents allegedly occurred between January and July.

The three prison officers have been placed on administrative leave.




Man who spent 40 years in prison dies right after judge canceled his guilty verdict

Herman Wallace 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man, who was extremely happy after a judge released him from prison, was not able to enjoy his new-found freedom.

The 71-year-old, who spent more than forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana, died on Friday, less than a week after a judge freed him and granted him a new trial.

An attorney for Herman Wallace said he died at the home of a supporter in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and he stopped treatment.

Wallace was held for years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

Jackie Sumell, a supporter of Wallace, said he was surrounded by friends and family when he died. Wallace at one point said: "I love you all", Sumell said.

"He was in and out of consciousness," Sumell also said.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson of Baton Rouge, ordered Wallace to be released from prison on Tuesday, after granting him the right to a new trial. Jackson said that certain women were unconstitutionally excluded from his trial.

Wallace was arrested and charged with murder.

Connecticut girl, 12, arrested for bullying 13-year-old girl

School illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct related charges after bullying a teen at school, according to police reports in Connecticut.

Stamford Police said that they arrested the girl after she was relentlessly picking on a classmate at a private school.

"We were informed by the father of a 13-year-old girl that she is constantly being harassed, intimidated and bullied at school," Lieutenant Diedrich Hohn of the Stamford Police Department said.

"She really could not learn in that kind of environment," Hohn said.

Police said school administrators were notified, but the harassment continued.

"When it gets to the level that teachers cannot handle the situation, we had to get involved," Hohn said.

The bullying became so intense that the 13-year-old victim told her parents she was contemplating suicide, and that was when the police intervened.

To protect the children involved, the police did not disclose the name of the school or the name of the children.

The 12-year-old suspect was released to the custody of her parents. Stamford Police say that if this happens again, there will be more arrests.

Cross dressing bank robber arrested after holding up two banks

John Paul Matthews 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A cross dressing bank robber was arrested and charged with bank robbery related charges after he allegedly robbed two banks, according to police reports in Oklahoma.

Norman Police said that a local criminal, who likes to wear a wig, sunglasses and women's clothes, robbed two banks in Oklahoma.

John Paul Matthews, 44, is accused of stealing the Republic Bank and Trust in Norman on Monday night, wearing a feminine disguise, and was arrested on Tuesday, by both the FBI and local police.

He is also suspected of swiping money from another bank in Norman on September 27.

The man dressed as a woman came to the window of the bank at 6:55 pm on Monday night, and passed a note demanding money. He also alerted bank employees that he had a gun.

The teller gave him the money quickly and according to witnesses, the bank robber sped away from the scene in a white Cadillac.

One of the witnesses was able to record the vehicle license plate number, helping authorities track down the alleged thief on Classen Boulevard.

Matthews was expected to appear in court later on Tuesday, and will likely be charged in two robberies.



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