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Rare Spider Halts Road Construction

SAN ANTONIO, (UPI) –  The Texas Department of Transportation said a San Antonio construction project has been put on hold due to the discovery of a rare spider. The department said the $15 million underpass project at State Highway 151 and Loop 1604 was halted after an environmental consultant discovered the spider, a Braken Bat […]

Elvis’ Dirty Underwear Fails To Sell

STOCKPORT, England, (UPI) –  A British auction house said a pair of unwashed underpants worn by Elvis Presley failed to sell at a weekend auction. Omega Auctions in Stockport, England, said the blue briefs — which feature a slight stain in the crotch area — were expected to sell for $16,000 at the auction but […]

Cactus Falls On Arizona Home

MESA, Ariz., (UPI) –  An Arizona couple said their house was damaged when a 30-foot-tall cactus on their property broke apart and pieces struck their home. The Lindstroms of Mesa said the saguaro cactus broke apart Saturday morning and cost $3,000 to remove, KSAZ-TV, Phoenix, reported. The couple said two arms of the cactus hit […]

Artist Makes ‘Die-O-Ramas’ Of Murders

LAS VEGAS, (UPI) –  A Las Vegas artist who makes “die-o-ramas” of murders said orders for her work are coming in faster than she can fill them. Abigail Goldman, 30, a former crime reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, said she was inspired by the miniature figures performing wholesome activities on a model train Web […]

Port Authority Boat Sinks During Training

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  A 37-foot New York Port Authority boat carrying 10 officers sank during a water rescue exercise about 300 yards offshore. Port Authority sources told the New York Post the boat sank in rough waters around 4:30 p.m. Sunday while seven officers were in the water training for their water rescue certification. […]

Four Months In Jail For Bacon Attack

PITTSFIELD, Mass., (UPI) –  A Massachusetts man who attacked his mother when she berated him for eating too much bacon was sentenced to four months in jail. Christopher Rougeau, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court to misdemeanor assault and battery, and felony witness intimidation after police said he grabbed his […]

Wiener Dogs Let Loose For Race

GERMANTOWN, Tenn., (UPI) –  Dog owners lined up their dachshunds for this weekend’s 15th annual “Running of the Weenies” at The Germantown Festival in Tennessee. The race began Saturday afternoon at the festival, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported. Many dogs were bribed with toys or treats to make their way to the finish line. “That’s […]

1903 Ford Model A Up For Auction

HERSHEY, Pa., (UPI) –  A 1903 Ford Model A, one of the oldest surviving cars made by Ford Motor Co., will be up for auction in Hershey, Pa., officials said. The car, scheduled to be auctioned Oct. 11 by RM Auctions, is expected to fetch $350,000 to $500,000, The Detroit News reported. Carlton Pate III, […]

Man Trying To Sing Patriot Song 911 Times

WASHINGTON CITY, Utah, (UPI) –  A Utah man Sunday began an attempt to sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” 911 times in 48 hours in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Alan Foote was singing at the September 11th Tribute & Patriotic Marathon at Staheli Farms in Washington City, The (St. George) […]

Possible Renoir Found At Flea Market

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (UPI) –  A woman at a Virginia flea market paid less than $60 for a box containing a painting that may be the work of French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The painting is believed to be Renoir’s “Paysage Bords de Seine,” a 5.5-by-9-inch pastel river scene. The work has been valued at between $75,000 […]

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