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‘Socialism,’ ‘Capitalism’ Top 2012 Words

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (UPI) –  Massachusetts-based dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster chose “socialism” and “capitalism” as the top words of the year. The publisher said the words share the top spot on the list of the top 10 words of 2012 due to their heavy usage during discussions and debates about the U.S. presidential election. “We saw a […]

Man Posted Illegal Gun Picture On Twitter

JERSEY CITY, N.J.,  (UPI) –  A New Jersey man was arrested after police said they spotted a picture of him holding an illegal weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, on his Twitter account. Jersey City police said they arrested Khalid McClenton, 22, Nov. 28 after they saw the photo of him holding the gun online, The Jersey […]

Goat Threatens Middle Schoolers

HOUSTON, (UPI) –  Neighbors of a Houston middle school said a goat picked up by police was a “mean old goat” that had threatened students and other pedestrians. Carl Johnson said he came outside Tuesday morning when he heard a commotion outside his home, located near Lamar Fleming Middle School, and saw the unusual animal, […]

Anderson Cooper Sunburns Eyes; Temporarily Blinded

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  Television journalist Anderson Cooper said Tuesday he went blind for 36 hours last week after sunburning his retinas while on assignment in Portugal. “I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think, ‘Oh, maybe I have sand […]

Stolen Baby Jesus Returns A Year Later

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa., (UPI) –  A baby Jesus figurine stolen from a Pennsylvania church last year has turned up cradled in the arms of a statue. Julia Super, 7, was the first to spot the Central Presbyterian Church’s returned Jesus Sunday on Memorial Square in Chambersburg, in the arms of a bronze soldier statue, the Chambersburg […]

Man Left Dog In Charge Of Baby

PALM COAST, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida man was arrested and charged with child neglect after leaving a 10-month-old in the care of a dog while he went to a bar. Flagler County sheriff’s deputies said the infant’s mother left the child in the care of James Irvine, 41, while she went to work, and […]

No Jail For Fake $500 Million Reserve Note

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida judge spared jail for a man who admitted to the “laughable” offense of trying to pass off a counterfeit Federal Reserve note for $500 million.       Cleland Ayison, 32, who was arrested in September 2010 for trying to pass off a fake note from the 1930s […]

Atheist Fights Courthouse Nativity Scene

SAN ANTONIO (UPI) — A Texas atheist known for filing church-and-state separation lawsuits is trying to keep a nativity scene away from a courthouse.       Patrick Greene of San Antonio filed a lawsuit Monday at the Bexar County Courthouse against the city of Athens, aiming to get the city to take down the […]

Police: Man Falls Asleep In Wrong House

FREDERICK, Md. (UPI) — Police in Maryland said a man arrested when he was discovered sleeping in a stranger’s house apparently thought he was home.       Frederick police said officers responded to a report of a burglary around 10 p.m. Sunday and discovered Kevin Thursun Siddique, 36, sleeping on a woman’s couch, The […]

Christmas Tree Costs $2,500

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (UPI) –  An Ohio Christmas tree lot offering trees from $40 to $2,500 said its specimens are hand selected from the woods in North Carolina.       The Breezewood Gardens Christmas tree lot in Chagrin Falls has about 300 trees, with the most expensive tree being an 18-foot Fraser fir, WJW-TV, […]

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