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N.J. Bans Driver’s License Smiles

TRENTON, N.J., (UPI) –  New Jersey officials said the ban on smiling for driver’s licenses is due to facial recognition software designed to prevent fraud. Mike Horan, spokesman for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, said people posing for driver’s license pictures are asked to refrain from smiling or making other facial expressions so as […]

U.S. Penny Worth $1 Million

SANTA ANA, Calif., (UPI) –  When is a U.S. penny not just a cent? When it’s a 1943 Lincoln penny made of the wrong metal and then it’s worth $1 million, experts say. Professional Coin Grading Service, a division of Collectors Universe Inc., said a penny recently acquired by Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Bob R. Simpson […]

Woman Puts Resume On Billboard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida woman who has had trouble finding a job said she invested $250 toward her cause by posting her resume on a billboard for 24 hours. Kim Wilburn of Jacksonville, a former civil engineer  who lost her job three years ago, said she had her resume posted for 24 hours […]

Sleeping Student Accuses Professor Of Kick

YPSILANTI, Mich., (UPI) –  Police at Eastern Michigan University said a student reported being kicked by a professor when he fell asleep in class. EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes said the student fell asleep during a 3 p.m. class Monday and the student filed a police reported at 6:11 p.m. alleging the professor kicked him […]

Man Cites TV Show In Sobriety Test Refusal

AUBURNDALE, Fla., (UPI) –  Police in Florida said a drunken driving suspect refused to take a sobriety test because he had seen them proven unreliable by the TV series “MythBusters.” The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Dustan Carpenter, 35, of Auburndale, was pulled over around 11 p.m. Sept. 12 for driving without his headlights […]

Text About Pot Goes To Cop

MINNEAPOLIS, (UPI) –  A Minneapolis woman is facing a marijuana charge after a city police investigator says he got a random text message saying someone had his “greens.” “Got your greens, let me know what you need,” the text that popped up on the officer’s phone Thursday read. “Greens” is a euphemism for marijuana in […]

Judge Tosses Cinema Snack Suit

LIVONIA, Mich., (UPI) –  A lawyer for a Michigan man who lost his lawsuit alleging snack price gouging at movie theaters said he advised his client to buy a subscription to Netflix. Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald ruled in a 45-minute hearing Friday to dismiss the lawsuit Jason Thompson brought against an AMC Theater in Livonia, […]

Town Plots Restoration Of Gettysburg Map

HANOVER, Pa., (UPI) –  Officials in a Pennsylvania town said they are hoping to bolster tourism with a nearly 50-year-old electric map illustrating the Battle of Gettysburg. Developer Scott Roland, working together with Hanover Chamber of Commerce official Gary Laird, placed a winning $14,010 bid for the 12-ton electric map. The map receive new electronic […]

12-15 Foot Python Captured In Illinois

WAUKEGAN, Ill., (UPI) –  Authorities in Illinois said a landscaper working across from a Lake Michigan beach discovered a 12-foot to 15-foot Burmese python. Waukegan Police Lt. Edward Fitzgerald said the yellow snake was spotted by a man trimming bushes Monday near Waukegan Municipal Beach and the reptile was captured without incident by Animal Control […]

World’s Largest Yo-Yo Really Works

CINCINNATI, (UPI) –  An Ohio woman said she has submitted evidence of her 15-foot-wide yo-yo in action to Guinness World Records for verification. Beth Johnson of La Rue said she began building the 7,300-pound “Whoa-Yo” about three years ago and her previous three attempts to set the record for largest working yo-yo in Jacksonville, Fla., […]

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