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They’re Ready For A Bald-Headed Barbie

LANCASTER, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) — A Facebook campaign is encouraging creation of a bald-headed Barbie doll to offer support to girls in chemotherapy. The movement, begun by women with daughters undergoing cancer treatment or dealing with other hair-loss conditions such as alopecia, already has received 18,000 “likes” on Facebook. The Barbie doll, historically a […]

Comedian Announces White House ‘Campaign’

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Comedian Stephen Colbert said Thursday he has “talked it over with my money” and decided to explore entering the South Carolina presidential primary. “I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United States […]

Government Efficiency Worth 200,000 Words?

PIERRE, S.D., Jan. 13 (UPI) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed deleting about 200,000 words and 1,100 rules from the state’s administrative rules to help streamline government. Ever since Daugaard proposed his “Better Government” initiative last summer, his staff has been scouring the books to identify what they regard as unnecessary regulations and […]

Alors! Romney Caught Speaking French

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — The latest ad from U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign attacks rival Mitt Romney on a number of fronts, including speaking French. Among other things, the ad, “The French Connection,” tries to draw parallels to Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and the Bay State’s U.S. Sen. John Kerry, […]

Scottish Woman Moves Pony Into House

STORNOWAY, Scotland, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A Scottish woman said her Connemara pony is “very happy” to be living in the downstairs part of her house. Stephanie Noble, 65, said the owner of the land where the mare, named Grey Lady Too, previously grazed left the pony on her lawn in the Western Isles on […]

Stowaway Mouse Grounds SAS Plane

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 12 (UPI) — An SAS plane was grounded in Sweden after the crew on the flight from New York noticed a stowaway on board — a mouse. Because searchers could not find the mouse after the plane landed Tuesday morning at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, the aircraft was unable to make the […]

Japan’s Oldest Elephant Turning 65

TOKYO, Jan. 12 (UPI) — The oldest Asian elephant in Japan will turn 65 next month and officials at the Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo say they’re planning a party for her. The elephant, named Hanako, has been living at the zoo for more than 50 years and has never had a major disease […]

Beethoven Complained Of ‘Low Salary’

LUBECK, Germany, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A handwritten letter by Ludwig van Beethoven reveals the German composer was displeased about his “low salary.” The letter, written in July 1823 and addressed to Franz Stockhausen, concerned Beethoven’s search for wealthy people to sponsor his latest composition, “Missa solemnis,” The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Beethoven wrote he […]

Museum Not Amused By Lingerie Stunt

PARIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Officials at Paris’ Musee d’Orsay are not amused by a lingerie company’s publicity stunt — filming models parading in the museum dressed in their undies. The museum in a converted Beaux Arts railway station is home to one of the world’s great collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, known for […]

Rats Joining Occupy D.C. Protesters

An explosion of rats has occurred in Washington at the two locations where Occupy D.C. protesters are camped out, health officials said. Director Mohammad N. Akhter of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health said inspectors have seen the rodents running around at both protest camps.

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