2 Muslim girls arrested for plotting to blow up Lyon synagogue in suicide bombing attack

Muslim women illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

Two Muslim girls were arrested on charges of terrorism after allegedly plotting to blow up a synagogue in France, Newsweek reported.

A spokesperson for The Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence, said that the two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the neighborhoods of Tarbes and Venissieux.

Authorities uncovered their plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the great Synagogue of Lyon. They were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism.

The spokesperson also said that the two teenagers never met in person, but communicated through social media sites.

"These girls were part of a network of young Islamists, who were being monitored by the security services," the agency said.

“The Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence is increasingly concerned about online radicalization, especially following the proliferation of videos created by jihadist groups such as Islamic state,” the spokesperson concluded.

Muslims carry out 3 terror attacks on Israeli civilians over the weekend in Jerusalem and West Bank

Scene of attack illustration 
By: Aryeh Savir

Radical Muslim carried out three terror attacks on Israeli civilians over the weekend, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

In the first attack, an explosive device was detonated at a bus station near the Rechelim Junction, a major route in Samaria.

No one was injured in the attack, and police sappers were called to search for further explosive devices. No suspects have been apprehended.

In a separate incident, two pipe bombs were thrown at cars near the Jeet Junction, which leads to Kedumim. The area was covered by screws, which were used as part of the bombs.

These attacks are the latest of a series of attacks perpetrated in the past days.

On Saturday night, Muslim terrorists threw a Molotov cocktail at "Beit Meyuhas," a historical Jewish home in the City of David, which is located south of Jerusalem's Old City.

A 45-year-old Israeli man was hospitalized after suffering light wounds. Magen David Adom paramedics said that the man suffered first and second-degree burns to his head, and he was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

20-year-old elite IDF Paratrooper dies after being wounded from roadside bomb (video)

Shahar Shalev 
By: Aryeh Savir

(Scroll down for video) A young IDF soldier of an elite unit died after being wounded from a roadside bomb, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

20-year-old Sergeant Shahar Shalev of the Paratrooper Recon Unit, died on Sunday morning, of injuries he suffered during Operation Protective Edge.

Shalev is the 72nd Israeli casualty of the operation and the 66th soldier to fall.

Shalev was operating with his unit in Khan Yunis, when he was hit by the roadside bomb. Three other soldiers were killed in the incident; Lieutenant Paz Eliyahu, 22, of Kibbutz Evron, Staff Sergeant Lee Matt, 19, of Eilat, and Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, of Kibbutz Ginegar.

Shalev’s right leg had to be amputated because of his injuries one week ago. He fought a courageous battle to survive the severe wounds he incurred, but succumbed to them this morning.

Shalev of Alonei HaBashan in the Golan Heights, is survived by his parents Shimon and Naomi, who were at his bedside throughout his medical battle of survival.

He also left behind five siblings. He is the first resident of Alonei HaBashan to fall during service in the IDF.

Last week, the Tazpit News Agency reported about a special platelet drive conducted for Shalev, who required a platelet transfusion daily. There was an overwhelming public response to the call.

Sergeant Natanel Maman, 22, who was critically wounded by shrapnel from a rocket that exploded next to Gan Yavneh in the Ashdod region, died of his wounds on Friday morning, at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was laid to rest at the Gan Yavneh cemetery the same day.

Israel Air Force shoots down drone entering the country through Syria (video)

Military drone illustration 
By: Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel

(Scroll down for video) The Israel Air Force announced that it has shot down a drone entering the country's air space through Syria, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

An Israel Air Force Patriot missile shot down the unmanned drone on Sunday afternoon, after it entered the country near the Syrian border town of Kuneitra.

As the Syrian civil war continues to spill over in the north, the IDF warned that it will not tolerate violations of its sovereignty.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), whose origin has yet to be determined, was intercepted in the skies above the Syria-Israel border in the same area that in recent days has seen several spillover incidents involving damage to Israeli property and the injury of several Israeli citizens.

On Wednesday, a total of six mortar shells from Syria landed in the Israeli-held Golan Heights, including one that injured an IDF doctor at an observation post at the border.

The same day, a tank shell injured an Israeli civilian and caused damage to a vineyard. Damage to vehicles was also reported.

In response, the IDF launched airstrikes at Syrian military targets believed to be the source of the fire.

Last Sunday night, five rockets were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. No damage was reported. In June, in what appeared to be a deliberate attack by Syrian forces, a 15-year-old Israeli boy was killed when an explosive device was detonated as his vehicle passed near the border fence.

Israel responded by striking 9 targets inside Syria, as part of a policy of holding the Syrian government responsible for any attacks or incidents originating from Syrian territory.

Last April, the IAF shot down a UAV belonging to Hezbollah, over the waters off the northern city of Haifa. During this summer's Operation Protective Edge, drones launched by Hamas were shot down over the coastal towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, with the terror group releasing photographs of Israeli territory that they claimed were taken by the drones.

In 2012, an Iranian-made drone was shot down in the South Hebron Hills area of Judea. The IDF believes that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, ordered the deployment of the drone in order to photograph the Dimona nuclear reactor.

Groom turns canceled wedding into a successful fundraising event

Phil Laboon 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A groom refused to get sad over his failed wedding.

Rather than losing his deposit, he turned the night into a successful fundraiser.

32-year-old Phil Laboon of Pennsylvania, was about to get married and had spent about $15,000 for his reception.

The reception was scheduled to take place at The Priory in Pittsburgh. However, according to Laboon, “Things just did not work for one reason or another, so I called off the wedding at the last minute.”

He was unable to get his money back so he decided to use the night for a good cause, transforming his reception into a charity event for an organization that provides free surgeries in developing countries.

Laboon said that the event was sold out at $75 per person and is expected to raise about $50,000 from ticket sales and raffle donations collected for Surgicorps International.

Laboon called his charity event "LemonAid" for the old adage about making lemonade when life gives you lemons.

Man stabs his mother and kills aunt for refusing to give him money

Nonhlanhla Mgenge 
By: Hydar Tomar

A woman wants her son to rot in prison, after he stabbed her and killed her sister.

54-year-old Nonhlanhla Mgenge of South Africa, said that her son came into the home and demanded money for drugs.

However, when she refused to hand over the cash the man went crazy.

Mgenge said that her 29-year-old son, who lives in Ntuzuma north of Durban, locked the family members in a room and held them hostage.

His mother, aunt, sister and a cousin were home at the time of the incident. He locked them all in his room and demanded money for drugs.

He then held them at knifepoint for hours. The drama ended after he killed his aunt, Nontombi Mgenge, 51, and stabbed his mother.

“He stabbed my dear sister to death and he stabbed me. I almost lost my life. I want him to be haunted for the rest of his life,” his mother said.

“My sister asked for mercy, but he stabbed her several times. We will not forgive him,” she added.

The suspect’s sister, 24-year-old Sindi Mgenge, said that she thought everyone was going to die in the room. “My brother has to rot in jail,” Sindi said.

She said that after her brother escaped he went into hiding. He called to say how sorry he was about the stabbing and that he did not know what came over him.

His cousin, Gugu Mgenge,18, said that the family is waiting for police to arrested him so they can find peace and not fear for their lives.

Man arrested for leaving 3 young kids in car while depositing money in wife’s jail account

Gerardo Jose Jimenez 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Three children of California, were left without their mother and father after both were jailed.

At first, the children’s mother was jailed and their father was caring for them.

However, 29-year-old Gerardo Jose Jimenez of Garden Grove, lost custody of the children after he was arrested for leaving them in the car outside the Orange County Central jail.

Jimenez told police that he went to the jail to deposit money into his wife’s account.

Jimenez was charged with cruelty to children with possible injury or death, police said.

The children, who are between 5 months and 7 years old, were taken to the Orangewood Children and Family Center.

The children were discovered by an off-duty Sheriff, who saw a gray Honda Accord parked illegally in front of the intake/release area. The officer noticed that the car has been turned off, but the windows were left open, police said.

The officer found Jimenez inside the jail and he was arrested. He was detained at the Santa Ana Jail, which is located across the street from the Orange County Central jail. A judge set his bond at $100,000.

Fingerprints from child’s Lego help crack 23-year-old murder case

Lucille Johnson 
By: Anika Rao

A family is finally getting answers as to who killed their mother 23 years ago.

78-year-old Lucille Johnson of Utah, was killed 23 years ago. Police officers collected evidence from the scene.

However, at that time, they did not have the advance technology to test the DNA as they do today. Now, officers have reopened the case and tested Lego for fingerprints.

To their surprise, they found the DNA of a 5-year-old boy. DNA taken from Johnson’s fingernails at the time of the crime also pointed the child’s father.

The father, John Sansing, 47, is currently serving time in prison for killing another woman in Arizona.

Police believe that Sansing used his son to befriend the women, and once he was at their homes with the child, he killed them.

Officers interviewed Sansing’s son, who is now an adult. According to police, the young child is still traumatized by witnessing both murders.

“He has been tormented with those visions all these years,” Sheriff Jim Winder of the Unified Police said.

Man arrested for exposing his boxers in court to prove his wife doesn’t wash his laundry

Man in underwear illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A judge ruled that a man was a bad influence on his kids after he exposed his underwear in court.

The couple of Zimbabwe, was in court after the wife, Loveness Mutezo, 40, petitioned the court for an order of protection against her husband.

She claimed that her husband was always drunk and often verbally abused her in front of the children.

The irritated husband, 45-year-old Jeffrey Chemutsanga, claimed that his wife was not doing her duties in the home.

Chemutsanga dropped his pants to expose his underwear in an attempt to convince the judge that his wife was not doing the laundry.

However, he was arrested for contempt of court. Chemutsanga also told the court that his wife refuses to have sex with him.

Magistrate Langton Mukwengi granted the woman an order of protection against her husband

The judge said: “I give the order of protection to your wife because you are a bad example to your children.”

McDonald’s begins accepting empty bottles as payment

Cans for McDonald’s burgers price list 
By: Aarav Sen

Extremely poor people can now afford to purchase food at McDonald's, as the company began accepting empty bottles as payment.

McDonald’s began accepting empty bottles as payment in Sweden, and if the program is successful the company might accept empty bottles as payment in other countries as well.

According to a price list posted at a store, ten cans buys a hamburger or a cheeseburger, while forty cans will cover the cost of a Big Mac.

“Young people do not always have money to buy fast food, but they can get their hands on empty bottles. McDonald’s has found a way to get teens involved in environmentalism while eating the food they like. That's a win-win idea,” the advertising agency spokesperson behind the campaign said in a statement.

“In Sweden, an empty bottle is worth 1 kronor at a recycling plant. So to help the environment, McDonald’s now accepts cans as currency. Just take a bag, fill it with your empty cans and exchange them for burgers. McDonald’s then exchanges the cans for cash at a recycling plant,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

Man pleads guilty to suffocating girlfriend in car wreck after she survived intentional car crash

Benjamin Klinger and Samantha Heller 
By: Hydar Tomar

A man wanted his 17-year-old girlfriend dead, and he tried to make it look like an accident.

Now, Benjamin Klinger of Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty to charges of killing his girlfriend after she survived the car crash.

Klinger deliberately crashed into a guardrail to kill Samantha Heller. He was accused of driving over 100 miles per hour in Lancaster, when he crashed into a guardrail.

Authorities said that Klinger was physically and verbally abusive to Samantha Heller, during their turbulent relationship.

According to police, Klinger smashed into the guardrail at high speed in order to kill his 17-year-old girlfriend and make it look as if it was an accident.

However, an autopsy proved that she died of asphyxiation. Police said that Klinger sat on Heller after she survived the wreck, choking her until she died.

The 21-year-old Klinger apologized in court and said that he takes “full responsibility for the loss of a very special person.”

Klinger was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years and maximum of 56 years in prison. His sentencing includes time for a drug charge and for sending inappropriate photos to a minor.

Construction worker left dangling mid-air after 10-year-old boy watching cartoons cuts his harness for making noise

Liu Mai being rescued 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A construction worker had a near death experience after an angry young boy was fed up with noise making.

The construction worker in China, nearly plunged to his death after the child cut the ropes of his harness because the noisy work was interrupting his television program.

Liu Mai was drilling a hole in the side of an apartment building in Guizhou. When he was at the eighth floor, the 10-year-old boy took a knife and cut the ropes of his harness.

Liu said that he was using an electric drill to fit security lights outside the building when he felt the safety rope shaking.

He looked up and saw the boy cutting off the rope with a knife. He yelled at the child to stop, but he ignored the pleas, and soon thereafter, the rope snapped.

He screamed for help while hanging on a single string. His colleagues called emergency workers, who struggled for 40 minutes to pull him to safety.

A spokesman for the local fire department said that the boy acted on impulse when the drilling made it difficult for him to hear his cartoons.

The boy’s father, Tang Peng, said that the boy has apologized for his actions and the family bought a new rope.

Peng said that he spoke to his son about the danger of his actions and that his son promised that he will not do anything like that again.

Peng also said that he is planning on taking his 10-year-old son to anger management therapy because of the incident.

Thief returns car to mother after she harassed him through text messages on stolen phone

Megan Bratten 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A desperate single mother of Missouri, persuaded a thief to return her stolen car through text messages.

The mother of five children was angry when she did not find her car after a shopping trip.

Megan Bratten was shopping at a Kmart in Independence, a suburb of Kansas City, when she found her parking spot in which she had parked her van, empty.

She used her vehicle to run a business with which she supports her family. Desperate to get her car back, Bratten began to send text messages to her cell phone that she left in the stolen car.

For the next three hours, she bombarded the thief with desperate pleas to return her car. “Hey, you just stole the work van of a single mother of five children,” she wrote in one message. “You are ruining my life here,” she wrote in another.

Her pleas kept getting more desperate with each passing minute.

“OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back?” She begged. “It would be epic, the miracle I need right now,” she explained to the thief through text messages.

The woman finally got through to the thief as he sent her a text message back saying: “I feel bad, my kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did to get them food. I know its wrong, but it's been so hard since I lost my job.”

The thief then told the woman where she can find her car. Although she was doubtful, Bratten went to the area with her mother and her dog.

To her joy she found the car. In addition to the car, she also found an empty bottle of transmission fluid in her car. Earlier, she told the thief that her transmission was not good, so he filled it with transmission fluid.

Bratten did not file charges against the thief. “I can really relate on a human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices. I can understand how people act out of fear of making poor choices. What matters in that the end is that he did the right thing,” she said.

Local police officers were not impressed. They claim that the mother put her life in danger by retrieving the car by herself. They said that she could have called them to accompany her.

Couple arrested for taking selfie with dead man who overdosed on drugs

Chelsie Berry and Jared Prier 
By: Hydar Tomar

A couple was arrested on charges of abandonment of a corpse after allegedly taking a selfie with a dead man, who died of a drug overdose, police in Missouri said.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said that they arrested 24-year-old Chelsie Berry, and 26-year-old Jared Prier, after being accused of posing for a selfie with the body of 30-year-old Dennis "Nathan" Meyer.

Both suspects were charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

The couple was arrested on Wednesday, after an informant alerted police to Facebook photos, showing Prier and Berry posing with the body.

Berry told police that she was with Meyer, when he injected himself with a painkiller. After a few minutes, Meyer began acting strange, and he later fainted.

Berry told police that she was afraid to call an ambulance because the three were high on methamphetamine and Xanax. Instead of getting help, the couple posed for a selfie with Meyer before moving his body away from the scene.

Meyer was dumped on a deserted road. Prier and Berry were booked into the Newton County Jail, and are being held on $50,000 bail.

Charity workers shocked to find human skull while sorting donations at Goodwill (video)

Skulls illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) Charity workers at a Goodwill location in Texas, were shocked to find a human skull while sorting donations.

The Travis County Medical Examiner determined that the skull is that of an adult, who may have died two years ago.

The cause of death, sex and race are still unknown. Austin Police said that at this point, they did not believe that the skull was involved in a crime.

“It may have been part of a private collection,” a police spokesperson said.

"We believe it was probably something that belonged to the person who donated it, a relative of the person who donated it and it was part of a collection or an anatomical model. It could have been something that was kept by someone who was an anthropology student, a student of medicine or dentistry," Detective Derek Israel of the Austin Police Department Homicide Unit said.