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Romney Lookalike Finds New Career

OGUNQUIT, Mass., (UPI) — A Massachusetts man bearing a resemblance to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he hopes to make a new career as an impersonator. Mike Cote, 56, of Ogunquit, said he appeared as Romney in a video for the Rick Santorum campaign and appeared in an unaired reality TV show about […]

Blue Jays Coach Uses Calligraphy

TORONTO, (UPI) — The bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays said he has found a practical use for his calligraphy skills: making lineup cards. Don Wakamatsu said his handwriting, derived from the writing style of medieval scribes, helps Manager John Farrell quickly get a sense of his options during the game, The Globe and […]

Three-Year Sentence For Judge Car Burglary

SAN FRANCISCO, (UPI) — A car burglar who walked out of a San Francisco judge’s courtroom and broke into her car was sentenced to three years in jail. Prosecutor Omid Talai said Phillip Bernard, 32, was sentenced to the maximum three years in jail, but will likely serve only eight months, the San Francisco Chronicle […]

Woman Fined $200 For Dry Grass In Drought

DENVER, (UPI) — A Denver woman said her homeowner’s association is fining her $200 for having brown spots on her yard amid drought conditions. Lori Worthman said she has been trying to get her grass to grow, but her attempts have been unsuccessful and the city has declared a Stage 1 drought and imposed watering […]

Lost Dogs Found After Five Years

WICHITA, Kan., (UPI) — A Kansas couple said their beloved basset hounds have been returned to them after being stolen from their Tennessee back yard more than five years ago. Brenda Travis and Tom Shields said the dogs, Allie and Bama, were taken from their home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., more than five years ago. The […]

Man Celebrates 90th Birthday With Skydiving

EXETER, Maine, (UPI) — A 90-year-old Maine man who flew planes for the Navy and Coast Guard celebrated his 90th birthday by going sky diving. Retired Navy Capt. Lester Slate of Exeter, who flew planes for the Navy and Coast Guard for 40 years, said his tandem jump Sunday at Pittsfield Airport through Central Maine […]

Lawn Chair Balloon Flight Forced To Land

BEND, Ore., (UPI) — A lawn chair balloon flight for two men was forced to land early in Oregon due to variable wind, thunderstorms and the loss of 35 helium-filled balloons. Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta hoped to reach Montana by Sunday in their specially built, two lawn chair rig, but were forced to land […]

Image Of 'Virgin Mary' Forms In N.J. Tree

WEST NEW YORK, N.J., (UPI) — Hundreds of people are flocking to a New Jersey city to see what they say appears to be the likeness of the Virgin Mary that has formed in a tree. The image formed on a tree trunk near the intersection of 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue in West New […]

Game Wardens Fret LA Bear's Celeb Status

GLENDALE, Calif., (UPI) — Increasingly popular Twitter feeds have California officials worried their options in dealing with a wayward bear in a Los Angeles suburb are becoming limited. A Glendale resident has been issuing updates and wisecracks under the handle TheGlendaleBear, which has in turn revved up the celebrity status of the bear folks have […]

Alaska Town Elects A Cat For Mayor

TALKEETNA, Alaska, (UPI) — A cat named Stubbs has been the mayor of a small Alaskan town for about 15 years, locals say. Known locally as “Mayor Stubbs,” the part-manx was named mayor of Talkeetna shortly after he was born, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska, reported. As the story goes, about 15 years ago, some residents of […]

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