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The Palestinian group Hamas attempted to show off its military might Monday by unveiling a war rig it called a tank, which it claimed was built from salvaged Israeli tank parts.
The Hamas military wing unveiled the olive-colored war wagon during a memorial procession for several fighters recently killed in a Gaza tunnel collapse.
The nighttime ceremony, aired by Hamas's official Al-Aqsa TV, showed soldiers rolling out the vehicle on what appeared to be tracks. Tanks, heavily armored fighting vehicles, have been a staple of military land power since World War I.
"The Tufah neighborhood has a long history with enemy tanks and therefore we’re preparing for the day we shall meet those tanks," a representative of the Hamas military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, said during the event, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. "Let the locally produced vehicle move forward."
Pictures of the vehicle quickly surfaced on social media, showing it wasn't quite the threat that it may have appeared on TV.
The tracks didn't touch the ground, and a set of tires were spotted under its hull, suggesting the vehicle is nothing more than a shell on wheels, like a parade float.
Snickering broke out on social media, especially after a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a poke at the vehicle.
"FYI, tanks aren't made of wood and don't run on wheels," the spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, tweeted on Monday.
Still, some seemed to accept the Hamas display at face value.
"The world amazed when Hamas created Tank," one Twitter user wrote. "May Allah give victory."
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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Pennsylvania -- For 30-year-old Tim Taylor, pushing snow with his custom-built plow on his motorized wheelchair is not just fun; it's another achievement for this northwest Pennsylvania man, who's constantly looking for ways to adapt life to his disability.
"Living here we get quite a bit of snow," Taylor told The Huffington Post. "I recently got a 4x4 wheelchair and was inspired to build a plow for it after seeing a YouTube video where an older gentleman had done something similar."
Taylor drew up the design on his computer and refined it with the help of his father and brothers, who fabricated it at his direction.
"They were able to be my hands," Taylor said, adding, "What I have right now is a prototype. It still has some issues that need worked out, but that's just prompting me to find a better way to design it."
Taylor is also designing a special mount for his wheelchair that will allow him to participate in one of his favorite pastimes -- wildlife photography.
"The rig I'm currently working on will allow me to take pictures," he said. "I grew up in a family that hunts, and I love being in the outdoors, but I'd rather use a camera than a gun."
Taylor was left paralyzed because of a shattered C5 vertebra after an April 2003 car accident. The vehicle he was a passenger in went off an Erie County roadway, became airborne and hit a tree. Two other occupants -- Taylor's 17-year-old girlfriend, Heather Sanders, and her 18-year-old sister, Stacey -- were killed in the accident.
"We were on our way to get pizza for the family after a softball game and an oncoming car -- we swerved from them and lost control," Taylor said. "I woke up seven days later. It was tough."
Despite the circumstances, Taylor said he was, and still is, determined not to let his disability slow him down.
"I still have a lifetime of goals," Taylor, who was an 18-year-old electrical apprentice at the time of the accident, said. "I just didn't want to be a bump on the log."
Since the accident, Taylor has undergone several surgeries and participates in daily therapy sessions. He has gained some sensation back in his toes and has limited movement in his wrists, which allows him to control his wheelchair and complete other tasks.
Taylor's next goal is to purchase a new wheelchair van. Hard Pennsylvania winters and salted roads have rusted out his current ride, and he's hoping working as a DJ and plowing snow will help him raise the funds to purchase one.
"I thought about starting a GoFundMe to raise money for a van, but I'm the kind of person that would rather try to earn it by plowing or whatever," he said. "I always try to keep myself busy with one project or another."
It's that attitude that helps Taylor maintain a positive outlook on life.
"Every day there can be a new achievement, whether you have a disability or not," he said. "A new achievement in life helps keep you positive."
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A "burden on his heart" prompted Amish minister Samuel Borntreger to confess this week to the 2006 murder of his wife, 26-year-old Anna Yoder Borntreger, a Kentucky sheriff says.
Borntreger, a 39-year-old cabinet maker living in Summer Shade, a small community about 50 miles southeast of Bowling Green, told police the crime occurred when he and his wife were living in rural Missouri.
"He told us that he had fallen out of love with her…[and] put antifreeze in some type of liquid that he gave her to drink," Barren County Sheriff Kent Keen told The Huffington Post.
Borntreger also said, according to a probable cause statement, that he gave his wife battery acid "up her rectum" on at least two occasions.
"This is very rare for me," Keen said. "In my 23 years in my business ... we've had people admit to a lot of things, but to initiate it from the beginning -- to call us and say, 'Hey, I need to tell you something' -- this is a first for me."
According to Keen, Borntreger made his startling confession Sunday morning after he contacted the sheriff's office and requested a deputy.
"He wouldn't tell them the reason on the phone," Keen said. "But when deputies arrived, he said that he had been ordained as a minister in his church and this burden had fallen upon his heart and he could not preach to the congregation without confessing to it."
After interviewing Borntreger, Kentucky police contacted law enforcement in Harrison County, Missouri. Authorities there have since charged him with first-degree murder.
Harrison County prosecutor Cristine Stallings told HuffPost she knows Borntreger and was shocked by the news.
"He and his family were well liked," she said. "Everybody was sorry when he left. It's been very tough. He was well known to everybody in the community. He built cabinets for everybody. I have two standing cabinets in my office that he built for me and he built the cabinetry in our small courtroom."
Borntreger had four children with Anna Yoder Borntreger. The youngest was approximately 10 months old at the time of her mother's death. He's since remarried and has had four additional children, according to Stallings.
"I feel terrible for his new wife," the prosecutor said. "I'm not sure how she's going to support that family. It's a tough situation."
Authorities said Borntreger had not been considered a suspect in his first wife's death, which had been attributed to liver disease.
Harrison County Coroner Jeremy Eivins told HuffPost Anna Yoder Borntreger's body was exhumed from a Harrison County cemetery on Tuesday and taken to a lab for toxicology testing.
"It will take weeks for the toxicology [results to come back]," Eivins said.
Borntreger -- who has waived an extradition hearing -- is expected to be brought back to Missouri next week.
As of Thursday, Borntreger remains jailed in Kentucky at the Barren County Detention Center. Online court records do not list an attorney for him.
Anna Yoder Borntreger's family has yet to speak with law enforcement about the case.
"My understanding is Anna's mother is deceased and her father does not live in the area," Stallings said. "But, they are very private. They don't like to be involved in law and court and things."
If convicted, Borntreger will face a possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Authorities in California are searching for an 18-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death and posted a confession on Facebook.
Nakasia James has been on the run since Monday, shortly after she allegedly posted a status update to Facebook, which read, in part: "Just goin tell ya nw be4 I get caught. ... We was really fightn and I gt the knife and stabbed him ddnt think I would hurt him BT I did he died and I'm on the run."
In the post, James allegedly accused her boyfriend, identified by police as 21-year-old Dorian Powell, of punching her "in my eyes."
The Facebook post stated James is on the run and "pigs lookn for me."
San Bernardino police spokeswoman Eileen Hards told Los Angeles KABC-TV, "investigators have been monitoring her Facebook page and did see several of the posts that she made."
The Facebook account has since been disabled.
According to San Bernardino police, Powell's body was found inside a Central Avenue apartment early Monday after someone placed a 911 call requesting assistance. His injuries, police said, were consistent with a stabbing. Authorities have deemed his slaying a homicide.
Apartment manager Melissa De Los Santos told KABC-TV that she spoke with James' mother Monday night.
"She said that her daughter had bruises on her face, and she had pictures of that," De Los Santos said. "He was being physically violent towards her."
Authorities have not filed charges against James, but have named her a person of interest in Powell's slaying.
Powell's death is reportedly the third homicide this year in San Bernardino.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts Nakasia James is asked to call the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5762.
Police in Denton, Texas, have released chilling details in the case of a man who allegedly called police and confessed to killing his parents.
Denton police spokesman Orlando Hinojosa described the crime scene as "sickening" and said there was "blood everywhere."
"When you walk in and you see two innocent people laying on the ground, you wonder what their last thoughts were when their son stabbed them to death," Hinojosa, a 30-year veteran of the police force, told The Huffington Post.
According to Hinojosa, 40-year-old Stephen L. Scott called 911 on Sunday and requested emergency services. He allegedly told the operator, "There are two people. It's my parents. They are dead," according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant.
Scott was crying during the call and when pressured for more details, he allegedly told police, he had "stabbed them both."
"I cannot believe this," Scott allegedly told the 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God."
When investigators arrived at the scene, Scott met them at the front door, his hands stained in blood, police said. Inside the residence, investigators found the bodies of his parents, 75-year-old Marion Scott and 70-year-old Linda Scott. A "dagger-style knife" was found on the elder Scott's back, police said.
Hinojosa said it appeared a struggle had taken place in the home. Officers observed a broken picture frame and damage to a wall in the hallway of the residence.
According to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, Marion and Linda Scott died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Their deaths have been ruled a homicide.
Authorities said Stephen Scott asked for a lawyer when officers brought him to the police station for questioning.
"I wish we had a motive, but he's not talking," Hinojosa said.
In an interview with The Denton Record-Chronicle, friends of the Scott family said the couple had two sons. They were both retired. Marion Scott was a former nuclear physicist and his wife once taught middle school science. The couple moved to Denton from New Mexico in 2000 and was actively involved in the local First United Methodist Church.
"They were both deeply immersed in this church," their pastor, the Rev. Don Lee, told The Denton Record-Chronicle. "I can't remember a Sunday when they weren't here."
Friends of the Scotts have declined to speak with local media about Stephen Scott. While the dynamics of the family's relationship is not yet known, Scott's arrest affidavit indicates Marion Scott had called 911 for assistance in 2002, because his son was out of control. The disposition of that case remains unclear.
Hinojosa told HuffPost detectives are still looking into Stephen Scott's background.
"We don't know what he did for a living," he said. "He didn't live here in Denton. His address on his driver's license is in Dallas.
Stephen Scott is being held at the Denton County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. He faces two counts of capital murder in the death of his parents. If convicted, he could receive a death sentence or life in prison without parole.
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The whereabouts of Brenda Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran and mother of six who disappeared in Illinois last week, is a growing source of worry for her family and friends. Despite extensive search efforts, police have been unable to locate the woman or any clues to her whereabouts.
"We want her home and we'll do whatever it takes," Jackson's friend, Carol Lantz, told Chicago's WLS News, adding, "We are going to find her."
Police say Jackson, 31, was last seen Jan. 3, when her father dropped her off at her Park Forest home.
"We said, 'Goodbye. I love you honey. I will see you tomorrow,'" her father, Joel Gonzalez, recalled in an interview with WLS.
Jackson failed to show up for work the next day, and her mother and husband reported her missing to police on Jan. 5.
Jackson's purse and jacket were found inside her residence. Authorities said there has been no activity on her cell phone or bank accounts.
According to Missing Veterans, a volunteer organization that helps raise awareness about missing U.S. military veterans, Jackson served in the Iraq War.
Authorities have not indicated suspicions that a crime was committed. However, family members who have been searching in and around the missing woman's home have told local media that her disappearance is out of character.
Brenda Jackson is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, a scar on her upper chest and star tattoos on both sides of her neck. She also has a heart tattooed on her ring finger and a tattoo that says "Michael" on her left inner wrist.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Park Forest Police Department at 708-748-1309.
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