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Alligator Found Living In NY Pond

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., (UPI) –  Seven alligators have been caught on Long Island in New York since the beginning of October, officials said. The latest was discovered Saturday in a pond at Lily Pond County Park in Ronkonkoma, the New York Post reported. “When the water gets to 55 degrees, their livers can crystallize, and they […]

Second Fake Lawyer Charge For Illinois Man

SKOKIE, Ill., (UPI) –  Authorities in Skokie, Ill., have charged a man with felony impersonating a lawyer for the second time in two years, a police report said. Police arrested Tahir Malik, 49, Friday after he allegedly offered his services to a 65-year-old man, whose name was not reported, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. The […]

Political Ad Features Woman On Toilet

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida congressional candidate is running a TV ad featuring a woman on a toilet to parody allegations against his opponent of expensive bathroom building. Adam Hasner, a Republican former member of the state House of Representatives, is running a TV ad criticizing Lois Frankel — the Democratic nominee […]

Reebok Makes Shoes For Tallest Man In U.S.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., (UPI) –  Athletic shoe company Reebok said it has created a custom pair of size 24 shoes for a New York state man known as the tallest in the United States. Igor Vovkovinskiy, 30, who stands at 7-foot-8 1/3, tried on the three pairs of custom-made size 24, 10E sneakers Thursday at the […]

Dalai Lama’s ‘Forget’ Confused For Curse

PROVIDENCE, R.I., (UPI) –  Students at Brown University in Rhode Island were shocked when a stenographer closed captioning a Dalai Lama speech mistakenly wrote down a profane phrase. The audience of students, watching the subtitles during the 14th Dalai Lama’s speech on world peace at the school’s auditorium Wednesday, said the stenographer confused the word […]

City Removes Literal Fork In The Road

CARLSBAD, Calif., (UPI) –  A sculpture at a California intersection — a 6-foot-tall literal fork in the road — was removed by the city of Carlsbad, which called it unsafe. A Carlsbad city crew removed the fork, which was made from wood painted silver, Wednesday, one day after it appeared on an island at the […]

Man Runs Marathon In Flip Flops

BALTIMORE, (UPI) –  A man who completed the Baltimore Marathon in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 58 seconds in flip flops said he will seek to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Keith Levasseur said he was ecstatic to complete all 26.2 miles of Saturday’s race under his goal of three hours, and he […]

Sheriff: No Floss For Inmates

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida sheriff said jail inmates will not be supplied with dental floss, despite four lawsuits filed by inmates. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he will not give in on the issue, despite four lawsuits from inmates who want floss to be available in the jail commissary […]

Poll: New Jerseyans Want ID Smile Rights

TRENTON, N.J., (UPI) –  A poll of New Jersey residents indicates residents want the right to smile for ID photos and the ability to kick “Jersey Shore” out of town. The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,405 New Jersey residents, conducted Oct. 10-14, found 62 percent of respondents disapprove on the state’s ban on smiling […]

Lottery Prize Claimed After 6 Years

SYRACUSE, N.Y., (UPI) –  New York state lottery officials said a pair of brothers cashed in a 6-year-old ticket with a $5 million prize only 11 days before it would have expired. Officials said brothers Andy Ashkar, 34, of Camillus purchased a $500,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off game ticket six years ago at his parents’ Green Ale […]

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