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Bill Would Make Toto’s Breed, Cairn Terrier, Kansas State Dog

TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 31 (UPI) — A Kansas state lawmaker is proposing a measure to make the cairn terrier, the breed of Toto from “The Wizard of Oz,” into the official state dog. Democratic state Rep. Ed Trimmer of Winfield, acting on an idea proposed by Brenda Moore of Augusta, obedience chairwoman with the South […]

California Trying To Give Away A Highway

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) — California’s transit agency is trying to give away a highway that dead ends in the San Gabriel mountains over Los Angeles, but no one wants it. The U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County both want Highway 39 to remain open, the Los Angeles Times reports. The highway provides […]

Elderly Couple Have Oldest Toaster In U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) — An elderly couple say their 58-year-old toaster, which they still use, is the oldest in Britain. Joan and Fred Horley got their chrome-plated Morphy Richards toaster as a wedding gift in 1953, the Mirror reported. The toaster, which cost $31 then, is believed to be the oldest working model in […]

NYC Lawmaker Wants Subway Eating Ban

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) — A state lawmaker from New York City is pushing legislation to ban eating in the subways in an effort to help cut down on the city’s rat problem. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan, stipulates that anyone caught eating in the subway gets a $250 fine, […]

15 Percent Would Miss Child’s Birth For Super Bowl

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 29 (UPI) — Fifteen percent of U.S. adults — presumably men — say they’d miss the birth of their child for the Super Bowl, a survey indicates. The survey of 2,625 U.S. adults, sponsored by CouponCabin.com, said 21 percent said they’d miss important work responsibility for the big football game, while 20 […]

Taiwan Creates Stamps With Flower Smells

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The Taiwanese postal service announced Monday it will release the country’s first-ever aromatic stamps in time for Valentine’s Day. The Chunghwa Post Co. said the stamps, which will be issued in denominations of 40 cents and 84 cents, will feature the images and scents of blooming pink roses and […]

Survey: 36 Percent In U.S. Prefer Football

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) — A New York pollster said the gap between football and baseball fandom is widening, with 36 percent of respondents preferring the former to the latter. Harris Interactive said its online poll of 2,237 adults, conducted Dec. 5-12, found 36 percent of respondents cited football as their favorite sport while […]

Mom Arrested For Ejecting Sons, 9 And 13

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said they arrested a woman accused of kicking her sons, ages 9 and 13, out of her home. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Jayme Beall, 30, told them she stuffed her sons’ backpacks full of clothes and sent them outside around 7 p.m. […]

Birds Swarm Kentucky Neighborhood

LA GRANGE, Ky., Jan. 27 (UPI) — Residents of a Kentucky neighborhood said thousands of birds have been descending on the area twice a day for several weeks. The La Grange neighbors said the birds have taken up residence in some woods and they swarm around their homes twice a day, WAVE-TV, Louisville, reported Thursday. […]

Bill Would Ban Aborted Fetuses In Food

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 27 (UPI) — An Oklahoma state senator has introduced a bill that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in the preparation of food. State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said he introduced the bill to ban the production and sale of food using aborted human fetuses after his research indicated […]

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