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China Expands Oldest Nuclear Power Plant

BEIJING, (UPI) — China has expanded its oldest nuclear power plant. With the addition of a new pressurized water reactor power-generating unit, the Qinshan nuclear power facility near Shanghai has a total capacity of 4.32 million kilowatts, from its previous capacity of 650,000 kilowatts, said operator China National Nuclear Corp., state-run news agency Xinhua a […]

102-Year-Old Man Still Working As Valet

NEW YORK, (UPI) — A New York man marked his 102nd birthday surrounded by friends in the neighborhood where he has worked as a valet for 25 years. Joe Binder, valet at Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue, said his long life might be a result of being “very nice to people” — and not having […]

Man Serves Public For 63 Years

HAMPTON, Va., (UPI) — An 84-year-old Virginia man has been recognized by Guinness World Records for having the world’s longest career as a civil servant. Sara Wilcox, a Guinness World Records spokeswoman, said Hardy Cash began serving the public July 1, 1947, when he was hired to assist Elizabeth City County Executive W.R. “Buddy” Freeman […]

Woman Blamed Party Noises On Ghost

HULL, England, (UPI) — Neighbors of a British woman who was evicted for ignoring a noise abatement order said she claimed the constant party sounds were caused by a “poltergeist.” Leanne Fennell, 20, who was evicted from her Hull, England, home and ordered to pay $586.86 in fines and $793 in legal costs to the […]

Mechanic Takes Motorized Couch For A Spin

NAPIER, New Zealand, (UPI) — A New Zealand mechanic who designed a motorized couch with a top speed of 37 mph said his creation has been admired by townspeople, even police officers. Josh Steeg of Hastings said he and some friends took the couch for an Easter spin through Napier as part of a scheme […]

Adventurer Posts Pics From Atop Skyscraper

LONDON, (UPI) — A U.S. man who said he and two friends eluded security at the Shard skyscraper in London has posted pictures taken from the top of the 1,016-foot structure. Bradley Garrett described the adventure on his blog, Place Hacking. He said he and two friends only had to evade a single guard when […]

Pre-Orders Begin For Presidential Barbie

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., (UPI) –  California toy maker Mattel said this year’s version of the Presidential Barbie was dressed by a designer who has made clothes for Michelle Obama. Cathy Cline, vice president of Barbie Brand Marketing in North America, said presales for the 2012 Presidential Barbies began Thursday and the doll, the fifth version […]

Woman Called 911 Over ‘Nasty’ Burger

ROCKWOOD, Tenn., (UPI) –  Police in Tennessee said a woman was arrested for abuse of the 911 system after twice calling the emergency number to complain about an eatery’s “nasty” food. The criminal complaint filed March 29 in Roane County general Sessions Court said Donna Marie Nichols, 50, called 911 twice to report the food […]

Woman Who Collected Benefits Not Blind

LIDO DI VENEZIA, Italy, (UPI) –  Police in Italy said a woman, 60, was arrested on an aggravated fraud charge for collecting $654,000 in benefits by falsely claiming to be blind for 40 years. Investigators said the Lido di Venezia woman, whose name was not released, had received monthly disability checks over the years, ANSA […]

Vietnamese Men Buy Wyoming Town

BUFORD, Wyo., (UPI) –  Two Vietnamese businessmen purchased a Wyoming town billed as the smallest in the United States with a bid of $900,000. The town has a population of one. Tonjah Andrews, a real estate broker hired to represent the men, said they heard about Thursday’s auction for the town of Buford from media […]

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