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Romney Merchandise On Clearance

ARLINGTON, Va., (UPI) — Retailers in Virginia and online are selling off merchandise from Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid at discount prices. Merchandise bearing the former Republican nominee’s name or likeness was shelved in the clearance section of the America! store at Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Va., selling for 75 percent off the original […]

Scouts Get 60 Christmas Trees After Theft

KINGSTON, N.Y., (UPI) — A New York Christmas-tree seller arranged to replace 60 trees stolen from a Boy Scouts council that was selling the trees as a fundraiser, the council said. Adams Fairacre Farms, an upscale Hudson Valley food and farm market, donated 40 of its trees to the Boy Scouts of America’s Rip Van […]

Popemobile Available For Rent

DUBLIN, Ireland, (UPI) — An Irish businessman said he is offering Pope John Paul II’s Popemobile up for rent to partiers for $324 per hour. Paddy Dunning said the Popemobile, a yellow Ford Transit van specially adapted for the pope’s 1979 visit to Ireland, came with the Dublin Wax Museum when he purchased it a […]

1868 Bible Rreturns To Family

DENVER, (UPI) — A Denver woman said her genealogy hobby allowed her to recognize a Bible that once belonged to her great-great-grandfather. Ann Abbott-Stong said she received an email recently from a woman in Arizona with pictures of a Bible and a note asking if the item belonged to her family, KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Monday. […]

Upside-Down U.S. Flag Stolen

SPOKANE, Wash., (UPI) — A Washington state man who began flying his U.S. flag upside-down as a protest two weeks ago said the flag has been stolen from his yard. Greg Carman of Spokane said he placed his flag upside-down on the pole in his front yard as a sign of “distress,” KREM-TV, Spokane, reported […]

Girls Develop Urine-Powered Generator

LAGOS, Nigeria, (UPI) — Four girls at a Nigerian school have developed an electricity generator powered by urine in response to the country’s energy problems. The girls, students at the Doregos Private Academy School in Lagos, said they developed the urine-powered generator due to the difficulty in finding fuel to power the generators many people […]

Army Lieutenant Breaks Back Flip Record

EL PASO, Texas, (UPI) — A U.S. Army lieutenant performed 49 back flips at halftime of a University of Texas-El Paso football game to set a Guinness world record. Second Lt. Jalyessa Walker, 23, a former cheerleader at the school, performed the feat Saturday during halftime of UTEP’s game against Rice University to break the […]

Police: Manager Arrested In Coupon Fight

GERMANTOWN, Tenn., (UPI) — Police in Tennessee said they arrested the manager of a discount store after she allegedly attacked a customer who attempted to use a large number of coupons. Melissa Mozzo-Mart and Jennifer Hill told police they were shopping at the Dollar Tree in Germantown, where a sign was posted saying the store […]

Misspelled Words On Oklahoma Ten Commandments

OKLAHOMA CITY, (UPI) — The new, 2,000-pound Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol has hundreds of words on it — two of which were misspelled, observers say. The misspelled words on the huge granite block were “sabbath,” which came out “sabbeth,” and “maidservant,” which ended up “maidseruent,” The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Saturday. […]

80-Year-Old Man Still Delivering Mail

LANSING, Mich., (UPI) — An 80-year-old Michigan mailman says he won’t give up his job with the United States Postal Service because without it, life “gets boring.” Richard Dawson has been delivering mail in Lansing for 56 years and has been on the same route for the last 30 years, the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal […]

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