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Police: Teen Tried To Grab Olympic Torch

GRAVESEND, England, (UPI) — Police in England said a 17-year-old boy was arrested for attempting to snatch the Olympic torch while it was being carried through his town. Kent police said the torch was passing through Gravesend about 9:55 a.m. Friday when the teenager attempted to grab it from torchbearer Anna Skora, 23, of Poland, […]

Most U.S. Travelers Take Their Dog

ORLANDO, Fla., (UPI) — Ninety-three percent of U.S. travelers said their pet makes a good travel companion, a survey indicates. A AAA/Best Western survey of individuals who traveled with their pets in the last 12 months indicated 51 percent of travelers with pets said they would bring their pets along on every vacation if they […]

Bear Spotted In Pittsburgh Mall

FRAZER, Pa., (UPI) — A Pittsburgh-area mall was evacuated after a bear was spotted roaming through a Sears store, officials said. The small female brown bear entered the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer about 9 p.m. Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Wildlife conservation officers were able to lure the bear toward the entrance doors, where […]

Miami Skateboarder Crashed; Wasn't Mugged

MIAMI, (UPI) — The parents of a Miami skateboarder said they were relieved to know their injured son had not been mugged but had actually crashed into a concrete column. Police and the Miami community had been horrified at the initial report that Rene Betancourt had been jumped in a parking garage and beaten to […]

Wallenda In Dispute With Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., (UPI) — Niagara Falls, N.Y. is trying to get Nik Wallenda to pay for police and fire overtime during his daring tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. The city says it spent about $42,700 on overtime associated with the stunt, The New York Times reported. First Niagara Bank put up $17,500 to cover […]

Driver Seeks Help With Bomb In Trunk

ROCHESTER, Minn., (UPI) — A parking garage at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was shut down for hours Thursday after a visitor drove to the clinic with a pipe bomb in the trunk. The driver, a Winona, Minn., resident told security personnel at the garage about the bomb and offered to drive it away […]

Torch Carrier Now Carries A Spelling Error

ATLANTA, (UPI) — A U.S. woman celebrated her role in the London Olympic Torch relay with a tattoo, only to discover her arm now reads “Oylmpic Torch Bearer 2012,” she said. Jerri Peterson, 54, of Atlanta, Ga., carried the torch through Derby, England, June 30 after she was one of 70 people nominated for the […]

Officials Keep Birds From OKC Memorial

OKLAHOMA CITY, (UPI) — Officials said they have had some success using hoses and clappers to keep migratory birds away from the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Kevin Grant, director of the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department’s Wildlife Services Division, and Mark Bays, an urban forester with the Agriculture Department, said the purple martins, a […]

Karaoke Leads To Attempted Murder Charge

SHINGLETOWN, Calif., (UPI) — A California man charged with shooting his son over a round of country music karaoke has been ordered to stand trial. Shasta County Superior Court Judge Anthony Anderson ordered William Oller Sr., 70, to stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, The Record Searchlight, Reading, […]

Bottled Message Found After 35 Years

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt., (UPI) — A Vermont man who threw a message in a bottle into the water 35 years ago said he was delighted when the bottle surfaced more than 75 miles downriver. Sean Keown of Rochester said he and a friend each stuffed handwritten notes into the bottle in 1977 before sending it […]

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