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Author: ‘Text Speak’ Replacing Old Words

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — A British author said a survey carried out to mark the launch of his language book suggests words such as “verily” and “salutations” are falling by the wayside. J.P. Davison said the survey of 2,000 adults Sept. 19-27, carried out to mark the release of his book, “Planet Word,” indicates […]

Couple Seeks Occupy Wall Street Trademark

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) — A New York state couple has filed to trademark the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Robert and Diane Maresca paid $975 Oct. 18 to file for a trademark on the phrase, which has been used by a loose collective of protesters in New […]

Missing Cat Found At New York Airport

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) — American Airlines announced it has found a cat lost more than seven weeks ago at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The airline announced Jack, the cat lost by airline workers Aug. 25 while his owner, Karen Pascoe, was preparing to fly home to California, was found in […]

Dutch Artist Behind Washed-Up Lego Man

SIESTA KEY, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) — An 8-foot-tall Lego man that washed up on Siesta Key Beach in Florida appears to be the work of a Netherlands artist. The 100-pound Lego man, which bears the mangled message “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE” on its torso, was discovered Tuesday morning by Jeff Hindman as he […]

Dog Walker Cleared Of Scooping Charge

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 26 (UPI) — A Virginia dog walker facing a charge of failing to scoop poop was cleared by a Fairfax County jury. Kimberly Zakrzewski of Fairfax, who had been accused in April by next door neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell of failing to clean up after Baxter, a friend’s dog she often […]

Americans Eat 25 Pounds Of Candy Per Year

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) — Americans will eat an estimated 25 pounds of candy per-capita this year, while pumpkin growers will produce more than 1 billion pounds of the holiday gourds. Illinois produced an estimated 427 billion pounds of pumpkins in 2010, with California, New York and Ohio each cultivating more than 100 million pounds […]

Class Helps Spay/Neuter Rescued Rats

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A California veterinary tech instructor said her students assisted with spaying and neutering 30 domesticated rats rescued from the home of a hoarder. Sandy Gregory, an instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, said 35 of her students assisted four surgeons with the surgeries Sunday at […]

Full-Term Baby Surprises Mom On Moving Day

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 25 (UPI) — A Canadian nurse on Vancouver Island who already had three children has a fourth she says she didn’t know she was carrying until labor began on moving day. Emily Ratcliffe, 25, told the Victoria Times-Colonist she wasn’t aware she was at full-term pregnancy while helping her husband carry […]

Woman Spends $1,200 On Poop Scoop Defense

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A Virginia dog walker headed to trial on charges of failing to scoop canine poop said she has already spent $1,200 on her defense. Kimberly Zakrzewski, 46, who often walks Baxter, a 19-pound Westie-bichon frise mix belonging to a friend, said accusations of her failing to scoop poop from […]

Boy, 15, Takes Tram, Picks Up Passengers

ZLATOUST, Russia, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Russian police said they arrested a 15-year-old boy who took an empty tram out for a spin while picking up and dropping off passengers. Police in Zlatoust, in the Chelyabinsk region, said the boy got behind the wheel of the tram while the driver and conductor were out to […]

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