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German Group Upset By Dictionary’s Word

BERLIN, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A German dictionary maker drew heat from a group dedicated to preserving the language by picking an English-derived word as the “Youth Word of the Year.” The Verein Deutsche Sprache, which is dedicated to preserving the purity of the German language, criticized dictionary-maker Langenscheidt for choosing “swag,” an English-derived word […]

Flight Stops To Kick Off ‘Unruly’ Couple

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) — A Delta Atlanta-to-Costa Rica flight made an extra stop in Florida to drop off an “unruly” German couple who refused to sit down, an airport spokeswoman said. Spokeswomen for Delta and Tampa International Airport said the two first-class passengers were forced to exit the plane in Tampa Sunday after […]

Michelle Obama Joins Twitter

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Michelle Obama’s staff said followers of her Twitter account will be able to identify tweets directly from the first lady by looking for the signature “-mo.” The profile, which marks Michelle Obama’s first foray into public social networking, had more than 153,000 followers as of Thursday afternoon. “We’re excited today […]

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 […]

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