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Minnesota Man Teaches Casket Making

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn., (UPI) — A Minnesota woodworker said he is making some extra money by teaching classes for people seeking to build homemade caskets for themselves or family members. Patrick Kilby, a furniture builder from New York Mills, said he learned how to make a casket in 2007 when his mother, Carolyn, died […]

25 Percent Of Do-It-Yourselfers Cause Damage

LONDON (UPI) — In an effort to save money, some in Britain have embraced “do-it-yourself” projects, but an insurance company says bungled repairs cost about $7 billion. Men and women both do home improvement, but when it comes to home repairs gone badly — men cause about $50 more damage than women. “Our research reveals […]

Parents Of Abandoned Kids Face Charges

STRASBOURG, France (UPI) — The divorced parents of two French children allegedly left at an airport in Germany for five days will face charges of abandonment, authorities said. The children, ages 6 and 9, were supposed to fly with their grandmother to Algeria from Frankfurt airport but were not allowed on the plane by airport […]

Business Picks Up At LA Kid’s Arcade

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A budding 9-year-old entrepreneur says business is still good at the handmade, low-tech game arcade he set up in his dad’s Los Angeles body shop. Caine Monroy was seeing a steady stream of players at his Boyle Heights establishment, which was the subject of a short film “Caine’s Arcade” that went […]

U.S. Teens To Spend $1,078 Each For Prom

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The U.S. economy may appear sluggish, but a survey indicated each teen will spend an average of $1,078 on the prom, a 34 percent boost from $807 spent in 2011. “Prom season spending is spiraling out of control as teens continuously try to one-up each other,” Jason Alderman, senior director of […]

Girl, 4, Has IQ Of 159

WINCHESTER, England, April 12 (UPI) — International high-IQ society Mensa said it has accepted a 4-year-old British girl whose IQ is only 1 point less than that of physicist Stephen Hawking. John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said the organization was proud to welcome Heidi Hankins of Winchester, England, into its ranks after she […]

KFC Apologizes For Thai Tsunami Post

BANGKOK (UPI) — Fried chicken chain KFC apologized for a post on its Thai Facebook page advising residents to purchase chicken prior to a possible tsunami. An earthquake Wednesday off the coast of Aceh set off warning systems across the country and authorities moved people away from coastal areas to prepare for a possible tsunami. […]

Firefighters Rescue Ducklings From Drain

SEATTLE (UPI) — A trio of Seattle firefighters said they rescued 13 ducklings that apparently fell down a storm drain while walking with their mother. The firefighters responded Tuesday morning to a report of ducklings trapped in the 116th Avenue Southeast storm drain, and they reached into the drain and pulled the baby birds to […]

Suspect Repeatedly ‘Pocket Dials’ 911

RENTON, Wash. (UPI) — Authorities in Washington state said an unlucky car theft suspect was arrested after a series of accidental “pocket dial” calls to 911. Police said a dispatcher answered what appeared to be a 911 “pocket dial” March 14 and listened to a group of men having a conversation that appeared to be […]

Escaped Cow Spared Slaughterhouse

HACKENSACK, N.J. (UPI) — New Jersey animal control officers said a 750-pound cow that escaped from a slaughterhouse and fled for more than an hour will be spared a return trip. John De Cando, chief animal control officer for the city of Hackensack, said the black-and-white cow bolted from a slaughterhouse on River Street without […]

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