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Brass Rings Taken From Chicago Hydrants

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Chicago fire department and water management officials said dozens of brass rings have recently been stolen from city fire hydrants. Barrett Murphy, first deputy commissioner of the Water Management Department, told aldermen 70 to 100 of the rings were taken in August and September. They said the thieves can sell […]

Australia Makes $58.88 Million Coin

PERTH, Australia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Australia’s Perth Mint announced it has created a 1.1-ton gold bullion coin worth $58.88 million. Ed Harbuz, chief executive officer of the mint, said artists and technical workers spent months designing the coin, which is 99.99 percent pure gold and measures about 31 1/2 inches wide and is more […]

Police: Girl, 5, Backed SUV Into Yard

MANSFIELD, Ohio, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Police in Ohio said a 5-year-old girl who was worried about her absent mother backed her mom’s 1999 Lincoln Navigator into a neighbor’s yard. Mansfield police said the girl, Ameleah Kegley, called 911 Monday evening and said she had not seen her mother since arriving home from school and […]

Police: Drunk Parents Had Boy, 9, Drive

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a Wyoming man was arrested after he and his wife allegedly made their 9-year-old son drive because they were drunk. The Florida Highway Patrol said they responded to a report of a crash around 11:46 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando and […]

Pennsylvania Corn Maze Honors Sept. 11

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 26 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania couple who created a Sept. 11, 2001-inspired maze in a cornfield on their farm say the design will be a secret until after the attraction closes. This is the 12th year Herb and Nancy Gearhard have cut a design into the field at Gearhard Farms in Murrysville, […]

Americans Eat 25 Pounds Of Candy Per Year

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) — Americans will eat an estimated 25 pounds of candy per-capita this year, while pumpkin growers will produce more than 1 billion pounds of the holiday gourds. Illinois produced an estimated 427 billion pounds of pumpkins in 2010, with California, New York and Ohio each cultivating more than 100 million pounds […]

Author: ‘Text Speak’ Replacing Old Words

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — A British author said a survey carried out to mark the launch of his language book suggests words such as “verily” and “salutations” are falling by the wayside. J.P. Davison said the survey of 2,000 adults Sept. 19-27, carried out to mark the release of his book, “Planet Word,” indicates […]

Couple Seeks Occupy Wall Street Trademark

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) — A New York state couple has filed to trademark the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Robert and Diane Maresca paid $975 Oct. 18 to file for a trademark on the phrase, which has been used by a loose collective of protesters in New […]

Missing Cat Found At New York Airport

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) — American Airlines announced it has found a cat lost more than seven weeks ago at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The airline announced Jack, the cat lost by airline workers Aug. 25 while his owner, Karen Pascoe, was preparing to fly home to California, was found in […]

Dutch Artist Behind Washed-Up Lego Man

SIESTA KEY, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) — An 8-foot-tall Lego man that washed up on Siesta Key Beach in Florida appears to be the work of a Netherlands artist. The 100-pound Lego man, which bears the mangled message “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE” on its torso, was discovered Tuesday morning by Jeff Hindman as he […]

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