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Chinese Couples Plan 11/11/11 Weddings

BEIJING, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Officials in China and Hong Kong said they noted a massive spike in couples seeking to marry Friday and take advantage of the perceived lucky date. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Immigration Department said a record 1,017 couples have notified officials of their plans to marry Friday, which is […]

Votes For Dead Mayor Declared Invalid

MONTAGUE, Mich., Nov. 10 (UPI) — A Michigan town is getting a new mayor who received fewer votes than the dead incumbent in this week’s election. Officials in Montague said they had reviewed the city charter and state election law following the death last week of 84-year-old Mayor Henry Roesler Jr. and determined any votes […]

Hunter Takes Out Two Deer With One Shot

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn., Nov. 10 (UPI) — A Minnesota deer hunter said his bullet went right through a doe and lodged itself in her fawn, killing both deer. Bob Schuder said he was hunting north of Grand Rapids with his nephew Sunday morning when he fired off a round at a doe standing about 90 […]

$1,000 Reward For Return Of Cannon

MONROE, Mich., Nov. 10 (UPI) — A Michigan man said he is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of an antique Spanish-made bronze cannon dating to 1795. Matt Switlik, 70, of Monroe, said his cannon, which is engraved with the crest of a Spanish king, was stolen alongside other items Nov. 2 at Edston […]

Christians Irked By Museum’s Christ Video

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) — Christian groups in New York are asking the Brooklyn Museum to nix an art exhibit featuring video of ants crawling over a crucified Jesus. The 10-second Jesus footage is part of “A Fire in My Belly,” a 4-minute cut of an unfinished film by the late David Wojnarowicz that […]

Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Go Up

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 10 (UPI) — Researchers at Indiana’s Purdue University said Thanksgiving revelers may be unhappy to find the price of turkey has risen 3-7 cents per pound. Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander said wholesale prices for turkey during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday are expected to be between $1.07 and $1.11, 3-7 […]

Wisconsin Governor Says State Has ‘Christmas Tree’

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 9 (UPI) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised the ire of activists by declaring the tree in the Capitol Rotunda will again be known as a “Christmas tree,” observers said. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the Republican governor wants the tree, which will go up later this month and remain in place […]

Police: Wife Threatened To Blow Up Planes

FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida say a woman threatened to blow up planes when police refused to help her with her husband’s work schedule. Lee County Port Authority Police said Soraya Evette Billinge, 36, called from her cellphone and told the dispatcher she was upset about her husband working nights […]

Mom Tells Deputies Of Son’s Pot Plants

PARRISH, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said an 18-year-old was arrested after his mother called deputies and asked them to remove marijuana plants from his bedroom. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the Parrish home Monday evening and Zachary Kirlangitis, 18, arrived at the house during the investigation, […]

300 Dance To ‘The Lion King’ For Children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) — An estimated 300 University of North Florida students staged a flash mob to music from “The Lion King” as a tribute to Children’s Miracle Network families. The students staged the dance Tuesday afternoon while Jacksonville families supported by the network, which raises money for 170 North American children’s hospitals, […]

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