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Archive for October, 2012

Parental Stress Linked To Child Obesity

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Stressed-out parents are more likely to have obese children, U.S. researchers suggest. “Stress in parents may be an important risk factor for child obesity and related behaviors,” Dr. Elizabeth Prout-Parks, a nutrition specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who was the study leader, said in a statement. “The severity and number […]

Women May Add 10 Years By Quitting Smoking

OXFORD, England (UPI) — Smoking costs women at least 10 years of life on average, but quitting at about age 30 may gain back those years, researchers in Britain said. “Both in Britain in the United States, women born around 1940 were the first generation in which many smoked substantial numbers of cigarettes throughout adult […]

Advice: Text, Don’t Call, In Hurricane

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. wireless carriers, preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy Monday, urged customers to text rather than call to reduce network congestion. “Limit non-emergency calls to save battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency workers and operations, and send brief text messages instead,” Verizon Wireless said in a hurricane […]

Old English Sheepdog Breed ‘Vulnerable’

LONDON (UPI) — The Old English Sheepdog breed has been put on a “vulnerable” breed watch list because of declining puppy registrations, Britain’s Kennel Club says. The sheepdogs have been affected by the increasing popularity of small, so-called “handbag dogs” such as Chihuahuas and pugs, Kennel Club officials said. There have been just 316 sheepdog […]

Hurricane Sandy Inspires Online Humor

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  Hurricane Sandy, headed for the east coast of the United States, sparked online humor in the form of Twitter posts and images featuring other famous Sandys. The storm sparked the creation of several Hurricane Sandy-related Twitter accounts — some serious, some humorous — as well as several joking images superimposing the […]

Man Willing To Pay $200,000 For A Penny

HOLLANDALE BEACH, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida coin trader says he would pay $200,000 for a copper penny minted in 1943. The 1943 copper penny is quite rare, as that year United States mints in Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco struck nearly all 1 billion pennies in zinc-coated steel because of a copper shortage due […]

Restaurant Worker Foils Robbery With Soup

BRAIDWOOD, Ill., (UPI) –  An employee at an Illinois Subway restaurant stopped a robbery by throwing a pot of soup at an armed robber wearing a ghost mask, police said. The attempted robbery happened at 6:45 p.m. Friday when an employee was leaving the restaurant and was forced back inside by the masked bandit, the […]

Man Gets Romney Logo Tattooed On Face

INDIANAPOLIS, (UPI) –  A 30-year-old Indiana man says an eBay user paid him $15,000 to have the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign logo tattooed on his head. Eric Hartsburg posted an eBay listing in August offering the side of his head as permanent ad space for whatever the winning bidder chose, ABC News reported. […]

Couple Hope To Get Kidnapped Pooch Back

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  A New York man says a woman kidnapped his dog when he left the pooch outside a Starbucks for a few minutes so he could buy his wife a cappuccino. David Maidman said he left the 8-year-old labradoodle, Teddy, tied to a phone booth, something he has done many times, the […]

States: Voters Report Intimidation Scams

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Election officials in U.S. swing states have reported getting complaints of phony phone calls, fraudulent letters and other voter intimidation efforts. Florida’s State Department reported some voters were being targeted with fraudulent efforts meant to keep them home on Nov. 6, CBCNews.com reported. Chris Cate, the department’s communications director, said between 50 […]

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