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Missouri Dachshund Headed Home From Florida

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) — Animal rescuers in Florida said a stray dachshund was traced to a Missouri family and will soon be reunited with her owners. Michael Honer, a veterinary technician for Hillsborough Animal Services, said officials do not know how the dog, Addison, ended up in Florida and they are unsure of […]

‘Angel’ Returns Jobless Man’s Wallet

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 16 (UPI) — An unemployed San Jose plumber who lost his wallet containing $1,350 from a side job says he got it back from an “angel” — the unemployed woman who found it. Soon after being paid for a job in cash, Alan Jacques took a 25-mile ride on his mountain […]

Ex-Playboy Model Joins Russian Parliament

MOSCOW, Dec. 16 (UPI) — A model who once graced the cover of the Russian version of Playboy has won a parliamentary seat with Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party. Maria Kozhevnikova, 27, who won a seat to represent Tomsk in the Russian Parliament, is a former actress and model who posed for Playboy in 2009, […]

China’s Oldest Couple Hit 90th Anniversary

GUIYANG, China, Dec. 16 (UPI) — A Chinese couple who celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary said they have rarely exchanged angry words. Yang Shengzhong, 109, and Jin Jifen, 106, of Guiyang, Guizhou province, who were recognized by the Gerontological Society of China as the country’s oldest living couple, said they mostly communicate via gestures and […]

Rep. Sanchez’s Late Cat Adorns Card

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Dec. 16 (UPI) — Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., said her late, beloved cat is making one last appearance on her annual holiday card in the form of a Christmas tree ornament. Sanchez, whose cat, Gretzky, starred in all of her wacky holiday cards since 2002 — including images of her riding a […]

Don King’s Turkey Truck ‘Hijacked’

MIAMI, Dec. 16 (UPI) — A spokesman said boxing promoter Don King is canceling his annual turkey giveaway in Florida because the truck carrying the poultry was “hijacked.” Robert Weneck, a spokesman for King, said the promoter canceled plans to distribute the turkeys to needy families in Mangonia Park, Deerfield Beach and Miami because the […]

Secret Santa Hands Out $100 Bills

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 15 (UPI) — A Secret Santa has been handing out holiday cheer in the form of $100 bills in Missouri and Kansas with the help of some city officials, those officials said. The Santa — who took over for 27-year Secret Santa veteran Larry Stewart, who hand-picked his replacement before his […]

‘Real Grinches’ Steal Grinch Decoration

SEATTLE, Dec. 15 (UPI) — A group of three or four people stole an inflatable Grinch and destroyed other Christmas decorations on so-called Candy Cane Lane in Seattle, residents said. Northeast Park Road in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, known for its street-wide holiday decorations, was targeted by vandals late Saturday night, Ravennablog.com reported Sunday. […]

Package Arrives After 33 Years

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 15 (UPI) — A package put in the mail 33 years ago has finally arrived at its intended Alaska address, the recipient said. The package was sent to the Anchorage home of “Mr. & Mrs. James Wilson” in October 1978 by a family member and arrived Monday at the home where they […]

Webster: ‘Pragmatic’ Top Word Of 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Massachusetts-based dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announced “pragmatic” was its most-searched word online for 2011. The publisher said “pragmatic,” defined as “practical as opposed to idealistic,” topped the 2011 list, followed by “ambivalence,” which is defined as “simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward an object, person, or action” and as […]

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