Man arrested with four guns at New York’s Kennedy airport

A Tennessee man faces six felony weapons charges after police found two rifles, two handguns and high-capacity ammunition in luggage he was trying to check at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, an official said.

Police arrested Keenan Draughon, 23, at about 8 a.m. EDT when the guns and ammunition were spotted during a bag screening, said Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York.

Draughon, who is from Clarksville, Tennessee, was attempting to board a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, Pentangelo said.

He was charged with six counts of criminal possession of weapons, Pentangelo said, although it was not immediately clear why he was carrying the guns.

The .22-caliber rifles, one loaded, were painted over, illegally obscuring the serial numbers, he said.

Handguns are illegal to carry in New York without a permit and the high volume of rifle and handgun ammunition allegedly found in Draughon’s bag is also illegal in New York, he said.

Man arrested with four guns at New York’s Kennedy airport

Protesters march in Washington against NSA spying

WASHINGTON – Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the US government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Estimates varied on the size of the march, with organizers saying more than 2,000 attended. US Capitol Police said they do not typically provide estimates on the size of demonstrations.

The march attracted protesters from both ends of the political spectrum as liberal privacy advocates walked alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement in opposition to what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans.

The event was organized by a coalition known as “Stop Watching Us” that consists of some 100 public advocacy groups and companies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, Occupy Wall Street NYC and the Libertarian Party.

Protesters march in Washington against NSA spying

21-year-old killed in motorcycle accident on Route 90 near Beit She’an

An approximately 21-year-old man was killed on Route 90 between Yardena and Naveh Or in the Beit She’an area when he lost control of his motorcycle on Saturday night.

MDA paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene.

Traffic investigators were probing the circumstances of the incident.

21-year-old killed in motorcycle accident on Route 90 near Beit She’an

Ukrainian Jews win battle for Torah scroll

The Kiev Central Synagogue won a legal battle against the Ukrainian state
archive last week, enabling it to keep 300 Torah scrolls that it had obtained
from Russia in 2011 nearly a century after the their confiscation.

The
scrolls, which were taken by Soviet authorities in the 1920s, were demanded by
the archive, leading to a lengthy legal battle between the local Jewish
community and the state.

Following last week’s ruling, Alexander Levin,
the president of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews and a community leader
in Kiev, thanked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for his
support.

The ruling, Levin said, is “proof that there is no state
anti-Semitism in the Ukraine.”

The Jewish community is currently
restoring the scrolls, which are in terrible condition following decades in
Soviet, and later Russian, hands.

Ukrainian Jews win battle for Torah scroll

20-year-old man known to police stabbed to death in Holon

An approximately 20-year-old Bat Yam resident was stabbed to death in neighboring Holon on Saturday.

The victim, who was known to police, was found with multiple stab wounds at the entrance to a recreation center in Holon.

MDA paramedics called to the scene attempted to resuscitate the youth, but were forced to pronounce him dead.

Police believe the incident is connected to a local criminal conflict.

20-year-old man known to police stabbed to death in Holon