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Survey Lists Jobs With Most Coffee Need

CANTON, Mass., (UPI) —  Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder.com said workers in food preparation and the service industry have the greatest need for coffee. The online survey of 4,152 U.S. workers, conducted Aug. 13-Sept. 3 by Harris Interactive, found food preparation and service workers were the most likely to say their productivity would drop without […]

Man Finds Alleged Robbers On Facebook

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., (UPI) —  Police in Florida said a robbery victim turned the tables on the suspected culprits by using Facebook and Twitter to learn their identities. Sam Drummond, 26, of Delray Beach, said he received a phone call Sept. 8 at Palm-Tech, his recently opened cellphone shop in Lantana, from a man he […]

Man Had Friend Serve His Prison Sentence

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, (UPI) —  Swedish authorities said an international arrest warrant has been issued for a man who had a friend pose as him to avoid a prison term. Police said the 37-year-old Gothenburg man was sentenced to one year in prison in January 2008 after being convicted of charges including copyright infringement, breaking Swedish […]

Woman Appeals Fine For Profane Bird

WARWICK, R.I., (UPI) —  A Rhode Island woman fined $15 for the noise generated by her profanity-spouting cockatoo is appealing the ruling, her lawyer said. Stephen Peltier, a lawyer for Lynne Taylor of Warwick, said his client is appealing the ruling by Municipal Court Judge Joel Gerstenblatt, who determined Sept. 17 that Taylor has violated […]

Women Allegedly Hid Cocaine In Hair Pieces

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  U.S. Customs officials allege two women flying into New York from South America were smuggling cocaine under their wigs and hair extensions. The officials said the women, who arrived Sunday at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Georgetown, Guyana, appeared nervous when they approached a customs checkpoint at the airport and […]

Kansas State No Longer K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan., (UPI) —  The president of Kansas State University said he wants the school to be known nationally as Kansas State, instead of the traditional informal K-State. President Kirk Schulz told Gov. Sam Brownback and state business leaders during a meeting of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors the school should be referred to […]

Poll: N.J. Voters Support Pet Seat Belts

TRENTON, N.J., (UPI) —  A poll of New Jersey voters indicates 45 percent support a bill requiring pets to be restrained during car trips, with 40 against. The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of 901 registered voters, conducted Sept. 6-12, found 45 percent of respondents support a state Assembly bill that would require pets to […]

Babe Ruth Autograph Donated To Library

CLERMONT, Fla., (UPI) —  A Florida library said a Babe Ruth-autographed postcard discovered by volunteers sorting through donations appears to be authentic. Terry Moherek, president of the Cooper Memorial Library Association, said the penny postcard was found among the photos, maps, papers and other items donated to the library in Clermont and experts have said […]

Police Bust Alleged Drunken Horse Rider

BUNNELL, Fla., (UPI) —  Police in Florida said a man charged with resisting arrest led officers on a chase while allegedly riding a horse intoxicated. Bunnell Police Chief Jeffrey Hoffman said police received a call shortly after 2 p.m. Monday about a drunken man on horseback seen urinating in someone’s yard and the rider, later […]

School Band Members Appear In Racy Video

MIAMI, (UPI) —  Administrators in a Miami school distract said they were outraged to discover members of a high school marching band unwittingly appeared in a racy music video. Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said the students and administrators were told the marching band members would be appearing in “a drum line type […]

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