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Archive for April, 2012

Crossing Guard Has 11 College Degrees

WAKEFIELD, England, (UPI) — A British man with 11 university degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy, said he took a job as a school crossing guard to give back to the community. Bruce Berry, a member of the high-IQ organization Mensa, said he took a job as a crossing guard five days a week near […]

30,000 Bees Found In New Jersey Attic

CAPE MAY, N.J., (UPI) — A New Jersey couple who noticed an unusual number of honeybees in their garden said they found a honeycomb and 30,000 of the insects in their attic crawl space. Victoria Clayton and Richard White, who live at a former bed and breakfast on Washington Street in Cape May, said they […]

Missouri City Tosses Chicken Legislation

BALLWIN, Mo., (UPI) — Residents of a Missouri city said they were disappointed when officials refused to further consider draft legislation to allow the keeping of backyard chickens. Michael Coggin, who brought the Ballwin Board of Aldermen a petition from his neighbors in favor of legalizing the keeping of the birds in city backyards, said […]

Waitress: Secret Service Partied In 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, (UPI) — A restaurant server in Salt Lake City said Secret Service agents partied in Utah’s capital several years ago, not just recently in out-of-country venues. Emily Sloan-Pace, a waitress at a Hilton Garden Inn restaurant when former President George W. Bush went to Utah’s capital to give a speech in August […]

Rubio 2010 Senate Campaign Fined $8,000

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The 2010 Senate campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was fined $8,000 by the Federal Election Commission for unallowable contributions, an FEC report shows. Rubio has been mentioned, among others, as a possible running mate for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The FEC said in a report released Friday that Rubio’s […]

Michigan Economy Shows Signs Of Rebound

DETROIT, (UPI) — Michigan’s economy, hard-hit by the nation’s recession, has started to show signs it is rebounding, observers say. The Detroit Free Press reported home sales have risen and the number of first-time filings for unemployment benefits has dropped off considerably. The newspaper said gains could be attributed largely to the rebound of Detroit […]

Police See Domestic Violence-Economy Link

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Police are responding to more reports of domestic violence that is related to the U.S. economic malaise, a survey of law enforcement agencies indicated. Fifty-six percent of 700 responding agencies said the economy is a factor in an increase in domestic conflict, up from 40 percent of agencies in a similar survey […]

Spending In March Up Modestly

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in March, down from February’s 0.8 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday. Spending was up by $29.6 billion in March. Personal incomes rose by $50.3 billion or 0.4 percent. Disposable incomes rose by 0.4 percent, $42.5 billion, the agency said. Personal savings as a percentage of […]

Bribery Scandal Turns Up Anti-Walmart Heat

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (UPI) — U.S. retail giant Walmart said the firm would stick with expansion plans despite recent allegations of bribes in Mexico meant to speed up expansion there. Despite investigations into the company’s behavior in Mexico, “We remain committed to opening stores all across the United States, including large cities,” said Steven Restivo, a […]

Scandals Impacting News Corp. Expansion

NEW YORK (UPI) — Scandals at News Corp. have likely derailed the firm’s efforts to expand in Britain and Turkey, The New York Times reported Monday. News Corp.’s attempt to buy the remaining 60 percent of British Sky Broadcasting that it doesn’t own has been at least disrupted by an e-mail that shows the possibility […]

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