Connecticut woman tries to hire man to viciously attack ex-husband: police



A Connecticut woman was arrested Tuesday for trying to hire a man to brutally assault her ex-husband for $2,500, authorities said.

Cynthia Hannon, 59, who wanted the man to break her ex’s jaw, nose and ribs, was charged with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, according to local media.


The person Hannon attempted to hire turned to the police and became an informant, reported the Hartford Courant.


A Florida mom has been branded a criminal after she allegedly marked her children with burns so she’d know they were hers.

Port Charlotte police said 23-year-old Kayla Oxenham used a lighter to heat up a stick and then branded her 5- and 7-year-old daughters.

Oxenham, a medical assistant, was arrested for child neglect Monday, but police said the burning attack happened in March.

Staff at the little girls’ day care noticed scabs on their bodies and called in authorities, WFTX reported.


School chaplains funding struck down by high court

Australia’s high court has upheld a legal challenge against federal government funding arrangements for the national school chaplaincy program, prompting the finance minister to waive $150m in debts that providers would otherwise be forced to repay.

Payments by the federal government to chaplain provider Scripture Union Queensland to deliver chaplaincy services in Queensland schools were unlawful, the court decided on Thursday.

It unanimously decided legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2012 – intended to provide the commonwealth with the authority to make funding agreements and payments after a previous successful legal challenge – was “invalid in its operation with respect to a funding agreement between the commonwealth and Scripture Union Queensland”.

The attorney general, George Brandis, said it followed from the judgment that federal payments to persons under the school chaplaincy program had been invalidly made.

“The effect of the decision is that these program payments totalling over $150m are now debts owing to the commonwealth under the Financial Management and Accountability Act,” Brandis told the Senate.

“However, under that act, the minister for finance has the power to approve a waiver of debt of an amount owing to the commonwealth which totally extinguishes that debt. I’m advised by my friend, Senator [Mathias] Cormann, that he has today agreed to waive the program payments made to date. That decision will provide certainty to funding recipients these debts will not be recovered in consequence of that decision.”

A leading constitutional expert, Professor Anne Twomey, said the rulingleft the federal government with only one option to keep funding chaplaincy services. This would involve giving tied grants to the states and territories, rather than directly to providers such as Scripture Union Queensland.

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, said the government was “carefully studying” the judgment to determine an appropriate response, but he strongly signalled his determination to find a way to ensure the chaplaincy program continued.

The government allocated an extra $245m in last month’s budget to extend the national school chaplaincy program and also decided toremove the option for schools to appoint a non-religious welfare workerunder the scheme.

The judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running battle waged by a Queensland father, Ron Williams, against commonwealth funding arrangements for the national school chaplaincy program. He is opposed to religious chaplains in secular state schools, including the one attended by his children.

2 Texas Men Arrested on Terror Charges

Two men have been arrested in Texas and separately charged with terror-related offenses after federal agents said they planned to travel halfway around the world to engage in violent jihad.

One of the men, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen named Rahatul Ashikim Khan, allegedly wanted to join al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group linked to al Qaeda. For the other, Michael Todd Wolfe from Houston, learning to fight in Syria was allegedly the goal.

According to charging documents, Wolfe’s wife met an undercover FBI agent in August 2013 and told the agent she and her husband wanted to “perform a violent form of jihad” outside of the United States. She said Wolfe “just wants to hop into Syria. He’s just ready to die for his deen [religion]. He’s ready to die for someone, for something,” court documents say.

Over several months, another undercover FBI agent met with Wolfe, and they discussed Wolfe’s plans for going overseas, according to the court documents. On Jan. 22, both undercover FBI agents met with Wolfe and his wife, and Wolfe “indicated that he had learned that al Qaeda in Syria was training brothers from other countries (foreign fighters) and then sending those fighters back from Syria to their home countries to conduct terror attacks,” the FBI says in court documents. A month later, one of the FBI agents allegedly watched a YouTube video about foreign fighters in Syria with Wolfe and his wife.

They were planning to use some of their estimated $5,000 tax refund to pay for their travel, prosecutors say.



“Sunni kids should not play with Shias”


“My friend’s little brother says that some children won’t play with him because he is a Shia. Parents are teaching their kids that Sunni children should not play with Shias,” al-Bazoon told Yle.