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‘Nessie’ Removed From Wisconsin River By Artist

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., (UPI) — The anonymous artist responsible for a sculpture of the Loch Ness monster in Wisconsin’s Chippewa River said it was removed to prevent it from being damaged. The artist, using the pseudonym “The Phoenix,” sent an e-mail to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram explaining the “Nessie” sculpture was voluntarily removed by the […]

Woman Told Pigs Must Go

PAULSBORO, N.J., (UPI) — A judge has given a South Jersey woman 30 days to get rid of more than 30 potbellied pigs she keeps as pets. Florence Gruber of Paulsboro said Tuesday she plans to appeal the order, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, reported. In the meantime, she is scrambling to find new homes for the little […]

Man Changes Name To Tyrannosaurus Rex

YORK, Neb., May 8 (UPI) — A Nebraska entrepreneur who had his first name legally changed to Tyrannosaurus Rex said he wanted the new moniker for the “name recognition.” Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold, 23, of York, who started the day Monday as Tyler Gold, told Judge Alan Gless in York County District Court he was […]

Necklace Found In Drain After 13 Years

FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 8 (UPI) — An Indiana woman said she was delighted when the new owners of her old house cleared out a bathroom sink drain and found a diamond necklace she lost in 1999. Sandy Newlin of Fort Wayne said her mother received a diamond ring from her sister about 50 years […]

Bank Robber Walks Off Without The Cash

CHICAGO, (UPI) — A robber who walked into a bank on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and claimed to have a bomb left without the bag of cash, police said. The Chicago Tribune said police were searching for the suspect. The Bomb and Arson unit closed off a portion of the busy shopping street in front of […]

Lost Parakeet Gives Address To Police

SAGAMIHARA, Japan, (UPI) — Authorities in Japan said a parakeet captured at a hotel was returned to its owners after it was able to give its address to police. Sagamihara police said the male budgerigar was captured April 29 at a hotel when it perched on a guest’s shoulder and was returned to its owner, […]

Man Led Police On Low-Speed Chase

HOUSTON, (UPI) — Houston police said they arrested an intoxicated man accused of leading officers on a low-speed chase and attempting to run over an officer. Police said Andres Martinez, 24, led police on a 20-minute low-speed chase Sunday morning on the Gulf Freeway and swerved his car in an alleged attempt to hit an […]

Bagel Shop Fined For Dropped Seeds

NEW YORK, (UPI) — The owner of a New York bagel shop said he was shocked when a health inspector fined him $1,650 for dropping sesame and poppy seeds on the floor. Alex Gormakh, 59, owner of B&B Empire Bagel Cafe in Brooklyn, said he appealed the fines, stemming from an Oct. 23 inspection and […]

Gorilla Taken To Hospital For Jaw Surgery

OMAHA, (UPI) — A 432-pound silverback gorilla made a trip to the hospital to be treated for a broken jaw inflicted by another gorilla at the zoo in Omaha, Neb., officials say. Officials at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium said they believe Motuba, a 28-year-old gorilla affectionately nicknamed “Tubby,” suffered the injury Thursday evening […]

Tourists Drawn To Michigan Prison

JACKSON, Mich., (UPI) — The founder of Michigan’s Jackson Historic Prison Tour said tourists have been flocking in to see the 7-Block at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan. Judy Gail Krasnow, who successfully lobbied state officials last year to have 7-Block added to the tour of the prison, which closed in 2007, said […]

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