Palestinians waste $3 billion in aid due to corruption by the Palestinian Authority

Worker in Gaza illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Palestinians receive billion of dollars in aid, but apparently, no aid money actually makes its way to ordinary citizens, according to a new report by auditors.

An audit report said that the Palestinian Authority wasted $2.64 of its European aid because of corruption and mismanagement.

The report was published by the European Court of Auditors, which oversees aid sent to various countries.

The report said the European Union had little control over the money spent in the West Bank and Gaza, between 2008 and 2012.

European investigators said there were significant deficiencies in the management of the funds sent to the region. The auditors have complained about the lack of measures to mitigate corruption and funds are not used for their intended purpose.

On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the Israeli occupation for its difficult economic situation.

Abbas said he doubted there would be funds to pay the November salaries of Palestinian Authority workers if international aid is not received.

In reality, he has no one to blame but himself.

4 men arrested for plotting terror attacks in London

London Police activity illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Four men were arrested for questioning after they were accused of plotting terror attacks in the United Kingdom, according to police reports in London.

The four men were arrested in a series of raids by armed police in London.

The men were arrested around 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, in Whitechapel, Bayswater and Peckham. They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Police are still executing search warrants at six location and on two vehicles.

Officials said that the alleged plot was "potentially very serious.”

The men are being held at a south London police station.

Two men, both 25, were arrested in a car on Mansell Street, Whitechapel, east London, after police fired some shots, which busted the tires and blew their doors open.

Another man, 28, was detained in Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, west London, and the fourth man, 29, was arrested in Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, south-east London.

The gang has been monitored for some time, police said.

Video of terror tunnel under Gaza-Israeli border released

The Gaza terror tunnel 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Israeli military officials have released a video showing the recent terror tunnel discovered under the Israeli-Gaza border.

The IDF Blog reported that on October 7, IDF soldiers discovered the opening of a tunnel built by Gaza terrorists near Israeli civilian communities. The tunnel is about 18 meters underground and extends 1.7 kilometers. This is the third such tunnel found along the Gaza-Israel security fence in the past year.

Such smuggling tunnels have been used by terrorists in the past to execute attacks against civilians and military personnel. In 2006, a deadly terror attack took place while IDF soldiers engaged in a routine patrol in an armored vehicle. Armed terrorists infiltrated Israel through a smuggling tunnel killing two soldiers and taking hostage a third – Gilad Shalit.

Brig. Gen. Mickey Edelstein, Commander of the Gaza Division: “The IDF operates under the notion that there are additional tunnels jeopardizing civilians and security personnel in the area”.

The tunnel was built with about 500 tons of cement and concrete. Hamas and other terror organizations in the strip invest millions of dollars and resources in order to operate a thriving network of illegal tunnels leading into Israel. Sufficient evidence suggests that terrorists methodically abuse construction materials transferred into the strip by Israel as humanitarian aid in order to build such tunnels.

Brig. Gen. Mickey Edelstein, Commander of the Gaza Division: “The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization as the sole responsible body for all terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip, and continues to operate on the intelligence and operational levels in order to apprehend terror attacks.”

Israeli students seen on video studying on their smartphones with their teacher

Students with smartphones illustration 
By: Eva Fett

Students at one Israeli school regularly study on their smartphones with their teacher during class lessons, according to a report by Channel 2 News.

The students at Or Akiva say they can hardly wait for this moment.

Every day, they put away their pens and notebooks, and turn on their smartphones, with the blessing of their teacher.

Or Akiva is the only Israeli school that uses smartphones to help educate students. Most schools prohibit smartphones in class. Actually, students can bring smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers in order to connect to the application.

Irena Sapnov, an English teacher at the school, explains why smartphones are used in class.

"Students can listen to songs, watch videos, play educational games and respond immediately,” Sapnov said.

Teachers walk around the room to make sure students are actually studying the lesson and not their Facebook page.

Those who cannot afford a smartphone or tablets are given one by the teacher or share a device with a friend. Dr. Mor Dashan explained why his organization is sponsoring this experiment in schools.

"We do not know exactly how long it will take, but the trend is clear. Every child will have access to a smartphone and it can be used as an educational tool," Dashan said.

Gaza hacker posts ID numbers of 5,000 Israelis

 
By: Moses Gold

A Gaza hacker posted the personal information of five thousand Israelis on the Internet this week.

The latest incident comes a year after a Saudi hacker published the credit card numbers of Israelis. The personal information on five thousand Israelis, showing their identification numbers, home and mobile phone numbers, and addresses, were published on Sunday.

The person behind the incident calls himself the “GaZa HaCHer.” The hacker added that he published the information because he was "bored" and signed the post with “enjoy.”

One victim said that he went online to search his name after learning about the incident, and was shocked to see all his personal information on the Internet.

“I have the intention of filing a complaint with the police so the data is taken down as soon as possible, it is disturbing and annoying," he said.

The Saudi hacker mysteriously died just weeks after he posted the information on the Internet.

12 vehicles hit with Nazi graffiti in Queens New York

One of the vandalized vehicles 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest and charge those, who were behind a hate crime spree in Queens, New York, according to police reports.

Hate filled vandals smeared swastikas, vandalized vehicles and attacked at least one garage, during a crazed spray-painting spree in Queens on Friday, residents reported.

The vandals sprayed the Nazi symbol as well as a handful of illegible scribbles. The graffiti were found scrawled in silver spray paint on the front, back and sides of the vehicles in the vicinity of 87th Avenue, 256th Street and Little Neck Parkway in the Bellerose section of Queens, neighbors said.

One sports utility vehicle had a large swastika painted on its rear spare wheel, witnesses said.

The police did not immediately say when they discovered the swastikas or how many vehicles were damaged, but neighbors said that more than a dozen vehicles were affected.

New York Police Department crime scene investigators cordoned off the area for most of the day as it conducted its investigation.

Anyone with information about the swastika attack can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800 577-TIPS.

Woman arrested for theft of sex toy despite returning it

April Pigg 
By: John Roberts

April Pigg, 32, of Georgia, was arrested after she tried to walk out of a store with a sex toy.

Pigg faces theft charges after police said she tried to steal a sex toy in a shop in Augusta.

Police were called to Lucy's Love Shop, about 2:30 p.m. after Pigg tried to leave the store without paying for her merchandise.

The store manager told police he was alerted to the theft when the door alarm beeped, letting him know that the woman had a stolen item in her possession.

After the alarm beeped Pigg pulled a Jack Rabbit vibrator, which has a price tag of $70.00, from her purse and returned it before leaving the store, according to the incident report.

Even though the woman returned the sex toy, police were called. A police report was made and charges were filed.
Police stopped a vehicle that matched the description and found the suspect in the passenger seat.

Pigg admitted she left the store with the merchandise, but said that she just wanted to show it to her sister, who was waiting in the car with a small child. Pigg said that she intended to return the item.

Despite her not having the sex toy in her possession she was taken to the Richmond County Jail.

Police called after groom forgets his bride at gas station

Bride at gas station illustration 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A couple had a rocky start to their honeymoon when the groom accidentally left his bride at a gas station.

The German couple were on their way home from their honeymoon in France, when they stopped near the town of Bad Hersfeld.

The couple was heading home to Berlin from France. The woman slept in the back seat of the car when her husband stopped to fill up on gas.

However he did not realize that his new wife had woken up and got out of the car to use the bathroom.
After filling his tank the husband drove off, without realizing that his wife was missing.

After driving for about two hours the husband finally realized that his wife was not in the car. All confused as to what happened to her, he called the police, who told the him that his wife was waiting patiently at the gas station.

"My first reaction was is he stupid?” The 33-year-old newlywed woman said.
"I'm not angry at my husband. He did not mean to do it," she added

HIV positive Georgia teacher accused of having oral sex with boy

Phillip Marquis Burns 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A third grade teacher was arrested after having sex with an underage boy.

Phillip Marquis Burns, 29, of Georgia, was nominated as teacher of the year at the Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts, in Dougherty County Schools, Albany.

Burns was well liked by his students before he was arrested for inappropriate behavior towards students at the school.

Burns is accused of engaging in sex acts with a teenage boy without telling the boy he was HIV positive. Burns is accused of having oral sex with a 16-year-old, and asked another boy to send him explicit photos of himself.

One teenage boy’s mother found inappropriate text messages from the teacher to her son. She reported Burns to the authorities, who investigated and then arrested him.

Burns was charged with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, reckless conduct, child enticement and criminal solicitation.

Woman finds her husband masturbating to photo of their teen daughter

Zimbabwe sign illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A woman walked in on her husband masturbating while holding a photo of their teen daughter.

Nyasha Matsiya, 37, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, was caught red-handed by his wife of 13 years pleasuring himself while staring at the photo of their 16-year-old daughter.

The incident, which took place in the city of New Magwegwe, became known to all and is still the talk of the neighborhood.

The incident occurred around 2:00 p.m. when Glinis Matsiya went to her room. She thought that her husband was sleeping. She quietly opened the door to their room and found him masturbating to a photo of their teenage daughter.

“Instead of the husband explaining himself, Nyasha Matsiya accused his wife of being disrespectful by entering the room without knocking," a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

The husband then ran out of the house and was followed by his screaming wife.

“Glinis wanted to go to the police to report her husband’s despicable act, but was retained by one of the neighbors, who told them to sit down and talk instead of washing their dirty laundry in public," the source added.

When the husband was asked about the incident he refused to answer."You can ask my wife or the person who told you about it," Nyasha said before hanging up the phone.

Wanted U.S. man arrested after YouTube video promotes his new business in Mexico

Alex Martinez 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) An innocent YouTube video led police to a wanted man, who is accused of stealing money from his clients.

The former president of a West Hollywood, California, escrow company, who is suspected of defrauding his clients by stealing their money, was arrested after he was seen in a YouTube video promoting his new restaurant in Mexico, which he opened after he fled from the United States.

Alejandro "Alex" Martinez, 44, was president of Prime West Escrow, where he allegedly stole $1.3 million from trust accounts. Among the victims were newlyweds and military personnel stationed overseas, according to authorities.

Martinez fled to Mexico after detectives began investigating him for stealing $1,324,825.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ron Sabatine found the video of an interview in which Martinez promotes his restaurant.

“Martinez apparently used the money to buy property and open a restaurant called Cafe La Boheme in Merida, a city in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico,” Sabatine said.

While detectives were working to extradite him from Mexico, Martinez for some unknown reasons, flew to Los Angeles, where he was arrested by Customs and Border Patrol agents at the airport.

Kind Ruby Tuesday waitress pays restaurant bill for National Guard members

Sarah Hoidahl and her note 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A warm-hearted restaurant waitress wanted to do something good for National Guard members during these difficult times, so she decided to pay their restaurant bills.

A Ruby Tuesday waitress paid the bill for two National Guard members, who have been working without pay during a government shutdown.

The two women told waitress Sarah Hoidahl that they were watching their spending because they were furloughed due to the government shut down, and they are tight on money.

"I was kind of like, 'I'm going to do a good deed today,' and I wrote a little note," Hoidahl said.

A note, which has been posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, reads as follows.

Thanks to the government shut down the people like you that protect this country are not getting paid. However, I still am. Lunch is on me. Thank you for serving ladies. Have a good day. Sarah.

Son of McDonald's franchisee tells authorities that his father sexually harassed employees

McDonald’s illustration 
By: David Ross

A man asked authorities to investigate his father for sexual harassment in the workplace.

Jason Rippon, of Pennsylvania, who is the son of a McDonald’s franchise owner, accused his father of asking his employees to text a prostitute, among other harassment claims.

Rippon asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate his 72-year-old father, James Rippon of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

Rippon claims that his father has ordered employees to help solicit prostitutes, and he regularly sexually harassed workers and staff. He is also accused of making racist comments towards workers, according to the report.

The son said that his elderly father asked employees to send text messages to prostitutes because he was not sure how to use a cell phone.

The father, James Rippon, refuted the allegations by saying that his son is making up the allegations due to a personal issue between the two of them.

"Unfortunately, this is due to a family matter. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge has no merit, and I have the intention to defend the claims vigorously. Nevertheless, since there is an EEOC case pending, I will not comment any further,” James Rippon said.

Judge holds himself in contempt after his phone rings in court

Hugh Clarke 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) There are strict rules against using phones in a courtroom.

In one Michigan court, the judge may take away people’s phones if they ring in the courtroom, and they may be subject to a $50 fine.

Lansing District Judge Hugh Clarke, was in the courtroom when his own cell phone rang while he was on the bench. The judge immediately fined himself $50 for not changing the device to vibrate.
These days, it's hard to find a place where anyone can be away from their mobile devices.

It's only fair that a judge should be held to the same standard as anyone else. There is a sign on the courtroom indicating that people who fail to turn their cell phone off will be held in contempt.

The judge explained that he only had the phone on him because he had made a call during recess. In his rush to get back to court, he forgot to turn off the ringer.

"I'm not above the law. We operate by laws and rules, and people have to follow them," Judge Clarke said. The judge took $50 from his pocket and handed it to an officer of the court. "Why would I treat myself differently?" Clarke asked. "That would make me a hypocrite," he said.

He is not the first judicial judge to rebuke himself for breaking his own cellphone rules. Several months ago, a judge in nearby Ionia County, did the same when his phone rang during a trial.

In that courtroom, the fine is only $25.00, and the judge immediately wrote himself a "contempt of court" form.

Grandma heard calling police to report her lost teeth

False teeth illustration 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A grandmother called police in order to report that she lost her false teeth, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

London Police said that an elderly woman dialed 999 after throwing a glass of water to stop some fighting dogs, forgetting that it held her dentures.

It was one of dozens of unnecessary calls made ​​to the London Fire Brigade over the past 12 months.

Another unnecessary call came in to report a phone that fell into a toilet, and one from a motorist, who wanted firefighters to change his tire.

The dispatchers also received a call from a woman about a spider crawling across a pillow, and from a man asking to retrieve a shoe that became stuck on his roof.

Senior Officer Dave Brown said the brigade receives about one hundred unnecessary 999 calls a week.
"Our advice is simple, if there isn’t an emergency, do not call 999, " he said.

"If you're calling because you have a serious phobia, then arrange for a roommate, friend or neighbor to help. If you are calling because there is an animal in your home, call the Humane Society,” Brown said.

"Firefighters are here for Londoners, but we cannot be on speed dial and take trivial calls. We are here to respond to real emergencies, so if you find a squirrel in your kitchen or flush your keys down the toilet, do not call 999,” he added.

Son-in-law arrested after fatally stabbing teacher in front of her students

Kelleye Taylor 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed a teacher to death in front of her students, according to police reports in California.

Long Beach Police said that they have arrested a man, who fatally stabbed a 53-year-old teacher, on Friday. The teacher was also the grandmother of his children.

Steven Brown, 50, is being held on $1 million bail in a Long Beach jail.

The suspect approached Kelleye Taylor in a park near Huntington Academy on Friday afternoon. Her students were playing in the park as part of a weekly "Fun Friday" after school program.

Pamela Huffman, Taylor's sister, said that Brown stabbed the woman in the neck, and then fled from the scene.

"How could he do something like this in front of these babies?" Huffman wondered. "All I could do was run to her. I saw her slip away. I knew she was not going to make it," Huffman said.

Huffman’s family owns and operates the school, which educates children from kindergarten to sixth grade. Nearly one hundred children came to the park on Saturday, for a vigil in memory of Taylor.

Huffman said that there had been friction between Taylor and Brown over the fact that Taylor had custody of the grandchildren.

Brooklyn Hospital worker accused of putting unconscious teen's hand on his crotch

Brooklyn Hospital Center 
By: Eva Fett

A sick teen was horrified when she woke up and realized that a hospital worker was sexually assaulting her inside an emergency room, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that a teenager, who was rushed to a hospital after collapsing on a subway train, said a worker at the emergency room, who was supposed to be taking her blood pressure, sexually abused her.

The 18-year-old victim, whose name has not been revealed, boarded a train on Thursday, to meet some friends at Chelsea Piers. She then began to feel dizzy and nauseous.

"Next thing I know, I fainted," she said. The teenager said she remembered EMT putting her on a stretcher, but said she could not open her eyes or speak.

The next thing I remember was the voice of my mother in the emergency room at Brooklyn Hospital and the sound of a closing curtain.

The worker asked the mother of the victim to stay on the other side of the curtain while he checked the blood pressure of the teen.

"I remember a nurse or someone trying to put a blood pressure cuff around my arm," the victim said. "That's when I started to wake up," she said.

The workers took her hand and placed it on his crotch several times.
When the worker left she told her mother what happened.

The victim's father rushed to the hospital and called police, but the hospital worker returned and said he had to run an electrocardiogram. The father told him to go, and by the time police arrived, the worker was not there.

“The individual who was charged has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation," Brooklyn Hospital said in a statement.

Woman, 70, arrested after hiring hitman to kill her daughter-in-law in exchange for jewelry

Diana Reaves Costarakis 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman allegedly offered the jewelry of her daughter-in-law’s dead body in exchange for killing her, according to police reports in Florida.

Jacksonville Police said that a 70-year-old woman is behind bars for trying to hire an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law. The woman told him that he could take expensive jewelry from her body when the job was done.

Diana Reaves Costarakis of Middleburg, offered the detective $5,000 in cash when they met at a Home Depot located at 9571 Crosshill Boulevard in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

She gave him $500 as the first payment as well as a photo of the woman, her address and a description of her car. The woman gave him another $1,000 when they met again on Thursday.

"The suspect told the detective that her daughter-in-law wore expensive jewelry, and when the job was done, he could take the jewels from the victim's body," a police spokesperson said.

"She said that diamonds could be removed and sold without a trace and that the money could be used for the final payment," the spokesperson also said.

Costarakis promised to take care of things if the detective did not.

“When the detective asked if Costarakis wanted her daughter-in-law dead, she replied: ‘If you do not kill her, I will,’" police said.

Washington boy, 11, convicted of plotting to kill classmate because she was annoying

The boy in court 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A little boy was arrested, charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit attempted first degree murder after he plotted to kill his classmate because she was very annoying, according to court proceedings in Washington.

The trial judge called the case the worst of his career after finding the 11-year-old Fort Colville Elementary student guilty of plotting to kill a classmate earlier this year.

"Simple anger, this is what prompted this," Judge Allen Nielson said on Friday afternoon, while the boy stood listening.
The defense argued that the child suffers from bipolar disorder and is unable to separate fact from fiction.

The boy developed a plot with another student to bring a gun and a knife to school on February 7, and kill the girl because she was very annoying.

The boy was remanded to custody immediately after Nielson’s decision of on Friday. He was led out of the court room crying.

The school counselor Debbie Rogers testified that the defendant said that he intended to stab the girl to death because she was very annoying, and the second child was to point the gun at anyone who tried to intervene.

Rogers said on Friday, that she saw no evidence that the child experiences delusions on the day the gun and the knife were discovered.

The other defendant in the case pleaded guilty to all charges in March. He is serving a minimum sentence of three years in a juvenile detention center in Snoqualmie.

A sentencing hearing for the 11-year-old boy was scheduled for next month.

Illinois man arrested after repeatedly raping a puppy

Terry Wayne Davis 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with animal rape after he allegedly raped a little puppy numerous times, according to police reports in Illinois.

Madison County Police said that for the first time in the careers of two veteran police officers they have charged a man with criminal animal sexual conduct after a man had sex with a Rottweiler puppy.

Prosecutors said that Terry Wayne Davis, 43, of Alton, was charged with three felony counts of Class 4. The office also charged Davis with failure to register a change of address as a sex offender, a class 3 felony.

A judge set bail at $50,000.

"It is very disturbing and deplorable that someone can do this to an animal," Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons said.

"We worked this as a case of sexual assault. A veterinarian examined the dog, and a rape kit was used. We are very serious. It's very worrying," he said.

Simmons said the veterinarian determined that the 5-month-old puppy named Lucy, was not injured during the three alleged sexual assaults, the last of them which occurred on Tuesday night.

Alton Police arrested Davis on Wednesday night.

Davis admitted that he had assaulted the dog twice before Tuesday's incident.

The owner of the dog told police that she came home on Tuesday, to find Davis lying on a love seat and having sex with the dog, prompting the owner to yell at the suspect: “what the f*** are you doing?”

Davis then left the house on a bicycle, and the owner called police.

Davis is listed as a child sex offender on the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry. He forced a 16-year-old to have sex with him when he was 33-years-old.

Woman shoots sister in the head because she said she was a better mom

Ankara Alvarado 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting her sister in the head because she claimed she was the better mom, according to police reports Kentucky.

A Facebook argument over who is the better mother, motivated a woman to shoot her sister in the head.

Ankara Alvarado posted “you know where I am" before meeting her sister outside her house in Dover with a .22 caliber pistol, the sheriff's department of Mason County said.

Authorities said Alvarado, 28, shot Arica Woodruff in the head before the victim was taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center in critical condition on Wednesday.

The Facebook page is now closed.

"This is for everyone who has a problem with me," Alvarado allegedly wrote on Facebook. "I'm not running from anyone. You know where I am," she wrote.

Woodruff's sister wrote about the shooting on her own Facebook wall describing the victim as a mother, who was a beautiful girl.

Alvarado remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 after her arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.