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Sea Turtle Goes To Sea Instead Of Plate

TAMPA, Fla., (UPI) –  An endangered sea turtle that nearly ended up on a fisherman’s dinner table was released back into the wild, The Florida Aquarium said. Susan Coy, a veterinary technician with the Tampa aquarium, said the fisherman caught the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle off Davis Islands in May and placed it in a […]

Emoticon Celebrates 30th Birthday

PITTSBURGH, (UPI) –  The smiley face emoticon has marked the 30th anniversary of its creation by a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The collection of characters, which is designed to denote happiness or that a typewritten message was not meant seriously, turned 30 Wednesday, the anniversary of the day Carnegie Mellon computer […]

Botched Painting Restorer Seeks Royalties

BORJA, Spain, (UPI) –  The Spanish octogenarian, whose botched restoration of a century-old fresco depicting Jesus became an online sensation, is now seeking royalties for her work. The Spanish-language El Correo newspaper reported Cecilia Gimenez and her family are seeking royalties from the Santi Spiritus Hospital Foundation, which owns the Santuario de Misericordia Church in […]

Judge Lets Cheerleaders Keep Bible Signs

KOUNTZE, Texas, (UPI) –  A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order Thursday to allow high school cheerleaders to display faith-based signs at football games. The Kountze High School cheerleaders sought the ruling after administrators of the Kountze Independent School District banned them from displaying signs and banners bearing scripture quotes at football games, the […]

Balloons With Camera Landed In Indiana

ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind., (UPI) –  Police said they are trying to find the owners of a balloon-mounted camera launched from Chicago and discovered on an Indiana farm. LaPorte County police said the camera, which was attached to two large, white helium balloons, was found Monday by Rolling Prairie farmer Robert Tibbs, 66, the Northwest Indiana […]

N.J. Bans Driver’s License Smiles

TRENTON, N.J., (UPI) –  New Jersey officials said the ban on smiling for driver’s licenses is due to facial recognition software designed to prevent fraud. Mike Horan, spokesman for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, said people posing for driver’s license pictures are asked to refrain from smiling or making other facial expressions so as […]

U.S. Penny Worth $1 Million

SANTA ANA, Calif., (UPI) –  When is a U.S. penny not just a cent? When it’s a 1943 Lincoln penny made of the wrong metal and then it’s worth $1 million, experts say. Professional Coin Grading Service, a division of Collectors Universe Inc., said a penny recently acquired by Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Bob R. Simpson […]

Woman Puts Resume On Billboard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida woman who has had trouble finding a job said she invested $250 toward her cause by posting her resume on a billboard for 24 hours. Kim Wilburn of Jacksonville, a former civil engineer  who lost her job three years ago, said she had her resume posted for 24 hours […]

Sleeping Student Accuses Professor Of Kick

YPSILANTI, Mich., (UPI) –  Police at Eastern Michigan University said a student reported being kicked by a professor when he fell asleep in class. EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes said the student fell asleep during a 3 p.m. class Monday and the student filed a police reported at 6:11 p.m. alleging the professor kicked him […]

Man Cites TV Show In Sobriety Test Refusal

AUBURNDALE, Fla., (UPI) –  Police in Florida said a drunken driving suspect refused to take a sobriety test because he had seen them proven unreliable by the TV series “MythBusters.” The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Dustan Carpenter, 35, of Auburndale, was pulled over around 11 p.m. Sept. 12 for driving without his headlights […]

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