New York City gives Jewish man $100,000 after being beaten by police officers at Crown Heights Chabad house

Ehud Halevy confronted by police 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man who was brutally beaten by New York City police officers in an unprovoked attack, will receive $100,000 in exchange for dropping his lawsuit.

The payment, plus legal costs, ends the lawsuit filed by 22-year-old Ehud Halevy.

The incident happened in October 2012, when police officers were called by a security guard at the Aliya Institute, where Halevy was found sleeping on a couch. Police officer beat Halevy, and they said that he resisted arrest.

The incident was captured on surveillance cameras. Halevy spent four days in jail and faced a series of charges including assaulting a police officer.

The charges were later dropped after the synagogue confirmed that Halevy had permission to sleep there. Assemblyman Dov Hikind who represents the area, issued a statement that read in part: “I have been a friend and a vocal supporter of the NYPD, but this was anything other than the New York finest.”

The city also issued a statement saying that the settlement was in the best interest of all parties.

H&M slammed for selling Star of David skull t-shirt

The Star of David skull t-shirt 
By: Hydar Tomar

Popular clothing retailer H&M, was criticized for selling a t-shirt emblazoned with a Star of David and a skull.

Now, H&M, which has 3,100 stores in 53 countries, confirmed that offending t-shirt was removed from store shelves on Monday morning, following complaints from angry consumers.

One shopper told management that the juxtaposition of a Jewish symbol with a satanic image is very offensive and looks like classic anti-Semitic imagery. A company spokesperson said that H&M did not intend to cause any discomfort.

“Please accept our sincere apologies that this has caused offense. We understand the criticism and in response to this we have decided to withdraw the t-shirts from all the stores immediately,” the company said in a statement.

How the IDF supplies drinking water to soldiers deep in enemy territory

IDF Water Unit in action 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Did you ever wonder how Israeli soldiers have enough drinking water while fighting deep in enemy territory?

The Israel Defense Forces operates a unit that provides drinking water to soldiers, the IDF Blog reported.

Without water, the human body cannot function. During operational activity, it is critical that soldiers have a reliable supply of water. That is the job of the IDF Water Unit.

The unit was established after the First Lebanon War in 1982. The IDF’s senior leadership realized that a soldier in the field cannot carry a large amount of water to last for an entire operation, especially when the length of that operation is unknown.

The IDF Water Unit operates special and advanced equipment, which provides solutions for water desalination from different water sources. The unit locates water sources, makes the water drinkable and delivers the water to soldiers in the field.

In a case where the water is toxic, the unit uses special techniques and advanced technology in order to desalinate the water and convert it into drinking water. The most common technique the unit performs is reverse osmosis, a relatively low-energy form of desalination. At the end of the process, the water is pure and all salt and toxic material has been removed.

The Water Unit also provides water to soldiers in cases of routine emergency. For instance, when there is a snow storm and a base’s water pipes are frozen, the IDF Water Unit comes to the rescue.

The IDF Water Unit is a reserve unit, which means that its soldiers are only called to duty in times of need. The reservists in the unit are chosen individually based on their qualifications. Each of them specializes in a subject that is related to water technology, including water engineering, chemistry and machinery.

“Every single person in the unit passed the age of mandatory service,” Lieutenant Colonel Avi Zalman, the unit’s commander, said. “They volunteered to serve in the unit in order to promote the area of water technology, and because they want to contribute to the IDF and Israel.”

Sword belonging to Ze'ev Jabotinsky finally returned to Israel after being seized by the British 94 years ago

The sword of Ze’ev Jabotinsky 
By: Aryeh Savir

A ceremonial sword belonging to the prominent Jewish leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, was finally returned to the State of Israel, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

After decades in exile, Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky's ceremonial saber was returned to his heirs, the State of Israel.

After being confiscated by the British in 1920, the sword was presented by Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

The top police brass convened at the Begin Center for a special event marking Begin's 100th birthday, and the pinnacle of the event was when Chief Danino presented Netanyahu with this unique saber.

Jabotinsky, a Revisionist Zionist leader, author, orator, soldier, and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa, co-founded with Joseph Trumpeldor the Jewish Legion of the British army in World War, in which Jabotinsky served as an officer in the 38th Royal Fusiliers.

The sword had previously belonged to a senior Ottoman officer and apparently came into Jabotinsky's possession during his service as an officer during World War I.

The saber's unique story took another interesting turn a few months ago when the police's History and Education Division discovered that Jabotinsky's saber had been confiscated while he was arrested by the British as he was defending Jews during the riots at Nebbe Musah.

The Division's researchers learned that the saber had come into the possession of Martin Higgins, a British historian who specialized in the mandatory police, and whose father had been a police officer. Following Israel's request, Higgins turned over the sword to the police.

"That which was stolen by the British Mandate 94 years ago, today, as the Police Commissioner, in the name of Israel's Police, entrusted with fortifying the uphold of the law, return to you, Prime Minister of Israel, at this institution dedicated to Menachem Begin, who did much to implement Jabotinsky's vision of a Jewish democratic state,” said Chief Danino.

"We have returned Jabotinsky's saber, which represents the Jewish Nation's victory and its independence," Danino continued. "By this reinstatement we are executing historical justice," he added.

PM Netanyahu thanked Danino for the gift and said it was of personal and national significance to him. Netanyahu further praised the police for their excellent work in ensuring the safety of the citizens of Israel.

Diners eat next to the dead at new restaurant built around graves

Grave illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A new restaurant in India, soared in popularity as diners love to eat next to the dead.

The owner of the restaurant, which is located in Ahmadabad, said that the graves are great for business.

The New Lucky Restaurant set up its tables alongside real coffins, which were originally part of a Muslim cemetery. After buying the property, Krishan Kutti decided to preserve the graves rather than rip them out to make way for his restaurant.

“The cemetery brings good luck our business, which has been flourishing, because the graves give people a unique experience. We have maintained the graves as they were. Customers do not seem to mind,” Kutti said.

A total of 12 tombs are inside the restaurant, and they have been cordoned off by iron bars. Every morning, waiters spend some time cleaning the tombstones and decorating them with fresh flowers.

Girl, 14, rewarded after writing ticket to police officer who parked illegally

Annie James giving police officer a ticket 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was mad when she saw a police officer breaking the law.

The brave girl made a handwritten ticket and fined the officer $10 for breaking the parking laws of her apartment complex.

14-year-old Annie James, of Baytown, Texas, wrote a “ticket” and placed it on the officer’s windshield.

On the “ticket” to the officer she wrote:

You are in violation of the Bay Oaks apartment rules.
1) parking in fire lane
2) parking on curb
3) Not head in parking
You're fine is $10 to our apartment manager Mrs. Jamie.

When officer Tommy King got back to his car and found the note he was surprised but not mad. The office was impressed that the girl wanted him to pay the manager rather than herself.

He met with the girl to “pay the fine,” but rather than giving her $10 cash, King handed the girl and a $40 gift certificate to Toys R Us.

Restaurant where diners eat while sitting next to the dead becomes huge hit

Restaurant food illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Would you eat while sitting next to a dead person? Apparently some people will.

A new restaurant is attracting customers, who believe that dead people bring good luck.

The New Lucky Restaurant is letting customers dine with the dead after they built their business around an old cemetery.

The owner, Krishan Kutti, of Ahmadabad, India, said that rather than destroying or moving the graves, the restaurant has built the tables around the real coffins.

There are about a dozen of the tombs inside the restaurant. Kutti decided to preserve the graves by cordoning it off by iron bars.

Every morning, his workers clean the graves and decorate it with fresh flowers. Despite having graves inside the restaurant it has become a popular place for diners.

“The graves brings good luck. Our business has been flourishing because of these graves, which give people a unique experience,” Kutti said.

Kutti said that he has no idea who the graves belong to. Some locals claim that the graves contain the remains of followers of a 16th century saint whose tomb is nearby.

Bus driver fired after getting mad when two teen girls made out with each other

Woman kissing illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A bus driver was fired after he disapproved of two girls making out in public.

Transport authorities in northern France, said that they fired the driver as a protective measure.

The public bus driver was fired after he sprayed two young lesbians with water after apparently being offended by the girl’s kissing just before boarding the bus, according to reports.

The incident began, when the driver stopped at a high school to pick up students at 5:30 p.m., and witnessed the teenage girls sharing a kiss. The driver reportedly opened a bottle of water he had with him and spilled the water onto the lesbian couple.

One of the victims rode the bus to her destination, while soaked in water, and then she confronted the driver. He reportedly told the teen girl that he was “against homosexuality,” and then told her to get off the bus.

The girl reported the incident and the driver was fired after admitting to the allegations. The bus company immediately issued an apology.

“This act cannot be tolerated and the driver involved was immediately fired as a protective measure,” the company wrote on Twitter.

Man dies after accidentally crashing his car while trying to kill another man

Crashed car illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man in Florida, is dead and another man is hospitalized after they tried to kill another man.

The incident began, when the two men, who had their faces covered with handkerchiefs, drove up to a car in the 400 block of Northeast 29th Street in Pompano Beach around 5:00 a.m., where a man and woman were sitting.

The suspects and the couple exchanged some words before the passenger from the suspects’ car began shooting.

He missed his target and took off. The victims did not want to let the suspects get away, so they followed the car.

Sadly, the driver of the getaway car, identified as 23-year-old Ivan Alexander Parra, crashed into a tree, and died. The shooter was taken to a hospital in critical condition. If the shooter survives, he will be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Police believe that the couple was not the intended target of the shooting and it was a case of mistaken identity.

Father sentenced to 20 years prison for raping and infecting girl, 8, with HIV

Bedroom illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A man will spend a long time in prison for raping an 8-year-old girl.

32-year-old Tichaona Chakupa of Marondera, Zimbabwe, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Clever Tsikwa.

Chakupa was initially arrested after being accused of raping his eight-year-old stepdaughter and infecting her with HIV.

Chakupa pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, but was convicted of the charges because of the overwhelming evidence against him.

At sentencing, the judge said that Chakupa deserved a custodial sentence because he traumatized the victim and because he had infected her the virus that causes AIDS.

The court heard that Chakupa and his wife, who is the mother of the victim, left the house to go to work on a farm, leaving the 8-year-old girl with his brothers, two and five years old.

Chakupa returned from work around 12:00 p.m., to prepared food for the children. He then ordered the two boys to go play outside and he told the victim to go to her bedroom to clean it.

Chakupa then followed the child into the bedroom, lifted the girl, laid her on the bed and raped her.

When her mother returned from work, the child told her what had happened. The mother took her daughter to the police and made a report, which led to the arrest of her husband.

Man arrested after breaking into adult store and going on shopping spree

Adult store illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested with a shopping cart full of stolen adult toys.

David Powell of Washington, is accused of stealing adult toys and it was all caught on camera.

Powell was seen throwing a stone at the glass door, and when it broke he entered the store and went straight for the expensive stuff. A manager at the adult store named “Lovers Package,” said that Powell seemed to know exactly what he wanted.

He did not grab random items off the shelves. Powell was seen going to different racks and shelves, and took items he wanted. He was going on a shopping spree, but did not want to pay for the stuff.

When he was done, Powell left through the broken door. He then placed the items in a shopping cart and walked away. Police officers found Powell with the shopping cart full of brand new adult toys and he was arrested.

Two teens kill police officer and commit suicide

Windermere police car
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A community is left with a lot of questions after a police officer and two teenagers were found dead in Florida.

The incident began when a patrol officer approached a man and woman in their minivan.

Windermere Police Officer Robert German, 31, tried to speak with the two after he suspected that they may be the couple who were reported missing earlier in the day.

However, rather than talking to the officer, the driver sped off, almost hitting a family who walked with their baby.

The officer called for backup, but when other officers arrived they found that German was shot dead. Suddenly, officers heard more gunshots being fired.

When they went to investigate, officers found that the two teenagers committed suicide nearby in a wealthy residential suburb of Orlando.

The teens were identified as Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17 from Oldham, United Kingdom, and her U.S. boyfriend Brandon Goode, 18.

Police believe that Goode shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.

Child welfare worker arrested for molesting children

Luis Gonzalez 
By: Aarav Sen

A Californian man who was paid to protect children, was arrested for violating them.

The social worker of Los Angeles County, was arrested Thursday, on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old child in Camarillo, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Luis Gonzalez, 62, looks more like a loving grandfather, then a child molester. However, looks can be deceiving.
Gonzalez was arrested at his home in Atwater Village. He was charged with child abuse.

Detectives also allege that he sexually assaulted at least two others. Gonzalez has worked for the County of Los Angeles, as a welfare worker for the past nine years, a position that gave him access to children.

Gonzalez is being held on $1.1 million bail. Sheriff's investigators believe there may be other victims.

Popular TV Judge Joe Brown jailed after disrespecting real judge (video)

Judge Joe Brown 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A popular television judge was jailed after being disrespectful to a real family court judge, according to court proceedings in Tennessee.

After spending several hours in jail, Joe Brown has been released on bail from the Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar.

The incident began when Brown arrived to Juvenile Court on Monday, and agreed to represent someone pro bono in a child support case. Juvenile Court Judge Harold Horne refused Brown's request for the case to be dismissed.

Brown then lost control and became verbally abusive, according to the judge. Horne warned Brown to calm down, but he did not.

In the end, Brown was sentenced to five days jail for contempt of court before being removed from the courtroom. Brown’s television show was canceled last year, and he is now running for district attorney in Shelby County against Amy Weirich.

After being released from prison, Brown said that his arrest was dirty politics.

2 pastors beat new pastor into a coma after bishop appointed him to take over the church

Priest illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A decision by a bishop did not go over well with two long-time pastors.

A new pastor was beaten into a coma when the two existing pastors did not want to accept him into the church despite being appointed by the bishop, police in Nigeria said.

Taraba State Police said that they detained two pastors of the United Methodist Church, after being accused of beating their colleague. The problems among the three began when the two pastors refused to accept the newly appointed pastor into the church.

The two pastors were identified as Pastor Nukai, and Pastor Jalingo. The two pastors, who were not happy with the transfer, mobilized members of their church and they began beating the new pastor until he fell unconscious.

The bishop was asked to investigate the incident and punish the two pastors in order deter future attacks. Police said that the two pastors were charged with conspiracy, inciting public disorder and causing serious injuries.

The wounded pastor is currently being treated at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre.

Man fatally beats his wife after refusing to have sex on the farm

Farm illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A woman is dead after she refused to have sex with her husband on the farm, police in Nigeria said.

Cross River State Police said that they arrested 45-year-old Bassey Akwa Ibom, after allegedly killing his wife for refusing to have sex.

The suspect and his wife, Mmamma Ibom, were farmers in Big Iwuru, and had seven children together. According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the incident occurred on Thursday at 12:00 p.m., when the two were working on their farm. Ibom was heard demanding sex from his wife. However, the wife refused, telling him to wait until they arrive home.

Ibom was not willing to wait and began beating his wife. The wife suffered severe injuries and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Locals who gathered at the scene detained the husband until police arrived. The man was booked into a local jail and was charged with murder. Community leaders are caring for the seven children, who were left without their mother and father.

Woman admits to becoming pregnant by her brother after being threatened with a machete

Pregnant woman illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A young woman confessed that she was in love with her brother and that she is carrying his baby.

24-year-old Akpan and 25-year-old Ime, who are siblings, went a little too far by having unprotected sex with each other, police in Nigeria said.

The incident occurred in Ajegunle State, where the family lives. During the day, the two were usually home alone as their parents and other siblings went out to work on the farm.

When Ime’s mother suspected that she was pregnant, she asked her daughter to identify the father of the unborn child, but she refused.

Last Friday, at 4:00 a.m., the father woke up his wife and two children, and began talking about Ime’s pregnancy. Suddenly, the father pulled out a machete and threatened to cut his daughter if she did not tell him who the father of the child is.

Fearing for her life, Ime admitted to being in love with her brother, and that they regularly have sex. Police were notified, and the two were arrested and charged with incest.

15-year-old girl suffers beating for dating her best friend's boyfriend

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A teen girl was severely beaten by her best friend because she decided to date her best friend's boyfriend, police in Nigeria said.

A teen Lola Funmi, has been arrested after she attacked her friend, 15 years old Haliya Odunaya, with a sharp object, cutting her neck.

Odunaya, who is a high school student, is receiving treatment at the Stars Clinic, which is located on Apapa Road in Ebute Matta, after the brutal attack left her fighting for her life. Her attacker, Funmi, had warned her friend to stay away from her man or be prepared to pay the price.

Odunaya denied ever hanging out with her friend's boyfriend. According to the initial police investigation, Funmi went over to Odunaya’s house and began screaming at the teen.

After a few minutes, Odunaya produced a sharp object and began to stab the victim. Funmi fled from the scene before police arrived.

Odunaya laid on the ground in a pool of blood until she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Doctors said that she is lucky to be alive.

Police find liquid cocaine filled condoms before reaching the Vatican

Cocaine illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

Police intercepted a large shipment of cocaine that was hidden inside condoms, police in Germany said.

Customs officials have intercepted 12 ounces of liquid cocaine with a street value of about 40,000 euros ($55,000) before it reached the Vatican.

The drugs were hidden inside 14 condoms. Officials at the Leipzig Airport found the cocaine shipment, which came from South America. The package was addressed to the Vatican post office, which means it could have been picked up by any of the 800 residents.

German police officers delivered the package to the Vatican police, who set up a sting operation in an attempt to capture the intended recipient, but no one claimed the drugs. German authorities believe that this indicates that the person was warned.

A spokesperson for the German Finance Ministry, which oversees the customs office, has confirmed the report. Vatican spokesperson Reverend Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Vatican police had cooperated with the German police in an attempt to identify the drug traffickers, adding that the investigation remains open.

Teen tries to kill himself because he failed to snap the perfect selfie

Danny Bowman 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A teen nearly ended his life after becoming obsessed with taking selfies, hospital officials in the United Kingdom said.

Danny Bowman, 19, spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 snapshots of himself with his iPhone.

He dropped out of school, did not leave his house for six months, lost 28 pounds trying to look better on camera and became aggressive with his parents when they tried to stop him. In a dramatic attempt to escape his obsession, Danny took an overdose of drugs, but he was saved by his mother Penny.

Now, Bowman, who is the first selfie addict in the United kingdom, is trying to get on with his life after intensive care at a hospital to treat his addiction to technology.
Top psychiatrist at the clinic where Bowman was treated revealed that the selfie addiction is becoming so widespread that it is now a recognized mental illness. The selfie craze has swept social media over the past five years, with stars, politicians and even Pope Francis publishing photos online.

Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary added the word selfie. Bowman first published selfies on Facebook when he was 15 years old. Bowman dropped out of school at age 16, so she could stay at home to satisfy his addiction.

One day, he took over 200 pictures, and looked at them again and again. He could not see any he liked. He could not take it anymore and just start popping pills. Luckily, his mom found him and he was transported to a hospital.