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Man Mistakenly Buys $25K Diamond Necklace

CHELSEA, Mich., (UPI) — The children of an elderly Michigan man say he mistakenly bought a $25,000 diamond necklace he thought was a $20 rhinestone bracelet. Maurice Branch, 90, bought the necklace from La Jolla Fine Jewelry in January as a gift for his wife, Helen, ABC News reported Friday. Branch said he thought he […]

Man Accused Of Wheelchair Drunken Driving

UTICA, Mich., (UPI) — A 55-year-old Michigan man was charged with operating a motorized wheelchair on a city street while heavily intoxicated, police said. Raymond Kulma was arrested on May 27, The Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens reported Thursday. Kulma has been arrested six other times for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but Utica police […]

'Hokey Pokey' Dancers Set World Record

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., (UPI) — A line of 2,569 people danced the Hokey Pokey on a bridge spanning New York’s Hudson River Saturday, setting a world record, Guinness World Records said. The dancers gyrated 212 feet above the river on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, stretching 1.28 […]

Later Nathan's Start Time Could Mean Heat

NEW YORK, (UPI) — The head of Major League Eating said pushing back the start time of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York could affect the results. George Shea, president of the league, said pushing the start time back from noon to 3 p.m. July 4 — a decision made by ESPN […]

Hotel Offers Stays In Exchange For Art

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, (UPI) — A hotel in the Swedish capital is offering free stays to guests who donate a piece of self-made art to the facility. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm said the art-for-stays scheme was inspired by New York’s Chelsea Hotel, which allowed prominent artists and musicians to stay for free in exchange for […]

Peanut Butter Results In Graduation Bans

SACRAMENTO, (UPI) — A California high school said about 30 students were banned from graduation ceremonies for a prank involving peanut butter. Peter Lambert, principal of C.K. McClatchy High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District, said the seniors were banned from walking at the Friday graduation ceremonies after redecorating the school Sunday night […]

$25,000 Fines For Keeping Theme Park Tickets

NEW YORK, (UPI) — A pair of assistant principals at a New York school were each fined $25,000 for keeping more than $20,000 worth of theme park tickets meant for students. City officials said Assistant Principal Richard Gilberto and Assistant Principal Derric Borrero of IS 24 kept the Great Adventure tickets, which were each worth […]

Obama Gives Props To Wife's Pushup Prowess

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — President Obama conceded to some personal shortcomings in the physical fitness arena during a fundraiser in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. Speaking to more than 600 supporters from the gay community, Obama said he was put to shame during a recent push-up session in Hawaii with a cadre of U.S. Marines and […]

Misspelled Road Signs May Be Sold

TAMPA, Fla., (UPI) — Officials in a Florida city are considering selling old Spanish street signs that are scheduled to be replaced due to a misspelling. The Tampa City Council voted to change the signs for Seventh Avenue from “La Setima” to “La Septima” after hearing from residents who explained the latter is the correct […]

Officer Fired For Writing Too Many Tickets

PALM BEACH, Fla., (UPI) — A lawyer for a Florida police officer fired for issuing too many traffic tickets said the officer will fight to be reinstated. The Palm Beach director of public safety said in a Tuesday termination letter Officer William Eaton violated department rules, including conduct unbecoming and using his position to intimidate […]

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