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Street Named For KKK Member May Be Renamed

SMITHFIELD, R.I., (UPI) –  Officials in a Rhode Island town say they are reviewing a request to change the name of a street named for a Ku Klux Klan leader. Smithfield Town Council President Michael Flynn said Town Manager Dennis Finlay is considering a request to change the name of Domin Avenue, which was named […]

It’s Columbus Day, But Not For Everyone

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  It was Columbus Day in the United States Monday but not everyone agrees a holiday should be named for the explorer, and his legacy remains a matter of debate. Columbus, who landed in what is now the Bahamas 520 years ago, was long  celebrated for “discovering” America. But it is known he […]

Finns Win Wife-Carrying Contest In Maine

NEWRY, Maine, (UPI) –  A couple from Finland edged out 49 other teams to claim a fourth title at the 2012 North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine. Participants in the event had to complete a course Saturday at the Sunday River ski area in Newry that included an uphill run, a log hurdle, a […]

Climber Finds Boy’s Note From 40 Years Ago

OAKLAND, Calif., (UPI) –  A California grandfather who climbed more than 12,000 feet on a mountain with family members said he discovered a note left by a teenager in 1972. Larry Wright, 69, of Oakland, said he was hiking with his son, grandson and others in September near Milestone Mountain in Sequoia National Park when […]

Pumpkins Smaller, Better-Looking This Year

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio, (UPI) –  Ohio pumpkin growers said drought during a hot summer reduced the size and number of their pumpkins, but abundant sunlight created better-looking specimens. Lisa Schacht, co-owner of Schacht Family Farm and Market in Canal Winchester and president of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, said growers who properly watered […]

Suspicious ‘Kaboom’ Rod Was Walking Stick

AKRON, Ohio,  (UPI) –  A rod bearing the word “Kaboom” sparked the evacuation of an Ohio city hall, but turned out to be a walking stick belonging to a man with the last name Kaboom. Akron, Ohio, officials said City Hall was evacuated briefly Wednesday when an aluminum rod bearing the word “Kaboom” and other […]

Man’s Dog Was Behind Mysterious Phone Call

OREM, Utah, (UPI) –  A Utah man said he panicked when he received a call from his house while he was at work but he soon discovered his dog had placed the call. Bruce Gardner of Orem said he had only been at work for about 10 minutes around 9 a.m. Wednesday when he received […]

Iowa Couple Win $202.1M Jackpot

BONDURANT, Iowa, (UPI) –  An Iowa woman who purchased a lottery ticket from a grocery store said it took her a while to convince her husband they had won the $202.1 million jackpot. Mary and Brian Lohse of Bondurant said Mary bought the Powerball ticket last week at Casey’s General Store and it took her […]

Stolen Puppy Back Home After Long Trip

SAN JOSE, Calif., (UPI) –  Meeko the puppy, stolen during a San Jose, Calif, burglary, was returned to  his 10-year-old owner after being given to a woman in a town 80 miles away. Police said the Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix belonging to  Marissa Mabanag was taken Monday and returned to the girl after a woman in […]

Man Searching For Escaped Albino Skunk

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida man said he is on the hunt for an albino skunk that escaped from his home. Floyd Wilder of West Palm Beach said Roscoe, an albino skunk he bought from a Lake Worth pet shop as a birthday present for his son, has not been seen since […]

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