Thieves steal plane engines
Thieves have made off with several US-made engines for F-16 warplanes worth millions of dollars from an airbase in central Israel, army radio reported yesterday. Walla Internet site said preliminary findings after an investigation by military police indicated there may have been collusion between the thieves and personnel at the base. It said the military police suspect the engines may have been stolen to be sold as scrap metal. It is not known when the thefts took place. Army radio said a military spokesman had refused any comment on the incident, except to say that an official report on the inquiry would be sent to the military prosecutor. Last year, the military police launched an investigation after parts for F-15 and F-16 warplanes from the Tel Nof airbase near Tel Aviv were discovered when police searched a warehouse used by scrap metal merchants.
Arrest made in subway case
A New York man was charged with murder and denied bail on Wednesday for pushing a subway rider onto the tracks ahead of an oncoming train in a tragedy that has traumatized witnesses and raised questions about why nobody rushed to the victim’s aid. Naeem Davis, 30, was charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of second-degree murder with depraved indifference, New York City police said. Monday’s incident — captured in dramatic photographs with the train bearing down on the hapless victim — has struck a nerve among riders of the subway used by over 5 million riders a day who are often jostled by strangers on crowded platforms. Davis was accused of pushing Ki-suck Han, 58, onto the tracks as a southbound train pulled into the 49th Street station.
PM warns of doomsday
Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday weighed in on the debate about whether the world will end on Dec. 21 under the Mayan calendar in a spoof video about Korean pop and flesh-eating zombies. In a video address recorded for the youth radio station Triple J, a sombre-looking Gillard says the pending apocalypse is at hand despite there being no proof. “My dear remaining fellow Australians, the end of the world is coming,” she says, tongue in cheek. “Whether the final blow comes from flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell-beasts or from the total triumph of K-pop, if you know one thing about me it is this — I will always fight for you to the very end.” The prime minister said there is a bright side to Armageddon, which she said had not come as a result of the much-hyped Y2K millennium computer bug in the year 2000 or due to the country’s corporate pollution tax. Dec. 21 represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that began in the year 3114 BC.
BBC broadcaster charged
An 82-year-old BBC broadcaster has been charged with three counts of indecent assault over alleged incidents in the 1970s and 1980s, British police said on Wednesday. Stuart Hall, a well-known sports broadcaster and game show presenter, was detained at his home in the northwest England city of Cheshire by police on suspicion of “historic” cases of rape and indecent assault. He was later charged with the indecent assaults of three girls. Police said the girls were between the ages of 9 and 16 when the incidents allegedly occurred between the years 1974 and 1984.