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Syria promises retaliation against Israel

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Promises of retaliation against Israel came from Syria Thursday, a day after an Israeli air attack reported ABC news. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-feel-strike-syria-18369378

Israeli air craft targeted a Syrian convoy that allegedly was carrying anti-air missiles reported ABC. The missiles were believed to be headed to Hezbollah, the Lebanese military site allied with Syrian guerrillas. The attack is linked with Syria's ongoing rebellion reported CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/31/world/meast/israel-syria-strike/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

CNN reported the Israeli government feared Syria would use these weapons against them. Syria however denied these allegations stating that these weapons do not exist.

Syria feels they have the right to defend themselves against such attacks and has threatened to attack Israel BBC news reported. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21281923

Stillwater inmates attack employess

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An inmate of Stillwater prison sent two of its employees to the hospital after he allegedly attacked four prison staff members reported the Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/local/east/189206021.html

Star Tribune reported that a female correctional officer and a food service employee were attacked after the inmate went to staff members with a complaint. The inamate ultimately attacked four employees sending the correctional officer and food service employee to the hospital. The two other employees did not require medical attention.

Not many details about the attack have been released reported Pioneer Press, because the incident remains under investigation. http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_22490469/stillwater-prison-inmate-attacked-employees-cafeteria

The Pioneer Press also reported that the number of attacks of offenders on staff have decreased dramatically since 2010.

Stillwater prison detains some of Minnesota's most dangerous criminals.

The number of domestic violence reports in Minnesota is at an all time low since 1991 reported Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/local/east/188880951.html

The Minnesota Coaltion for Battered Women released its annual Femicide report which showed that 2012 had the lowest number of domestic violence reports since 1991. In 2012 14 women and 1 man were killed by either current or past romantic partners said Star Tribune.

The Femicide report for 2012 showed that domestic violence cases dropped from 34 in 2011 to 18 for 2012 the Pioneer Press reported. http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_22475004/femicide-18-domestic-homicides-2012-minnesotas-lowest-since?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com

The Coalitin for Battered Women have come up with new intervention strategies in preventing deaths. One of these strategies is a "lethality assessment protocol" said Pioneer Press. This allows authorities to moniter threat levels of victims of domestic violence and intervene accordingly.

Boy Scouts to rethink anti-gay policy

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The Boy Scouts of America are considering a new policy that would allow gays to participate in the troops reported the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324329204578270052845910158.html The change in policy is planned to be discussed next week.

Up until now, same-sex relations went against scout oath saying that "scouts must be morally straight." Coservative troop groups believe this new policy undermines the "moral integrity" of the organization said the Wall Street Journal.

Washington Post reported that membership to the Boy Scouts is declinging and major foundations are withholding donatations due to the anti-gay policy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/01/29/boy-scouts-may-reverse-national-ban-against-gays-as-members-leaders/

The organizations leaders say they may lift the ban but ultimately it will be left up to the local groups whether they let gays participate or not.

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