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Boss Offered Prize For Predicting Firings

BETTENDORF, Iowa, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An Iowa judge sided with former convenience store workers whose former boss offered prizes to employees who could correctly guess who would be fired next. Former QC Mart cashier Misty Shelsky of Davenport said she and other workers from her branch quit after William Ernst, 57, owner of the […]

Clerk Error Leads To $25 Million Lottery Win

LITHONIA, Ga., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Georgia woman said a store clerk’s error caused her to win $25 million in a recent Powerball lottery drawing. Kathy Scruggs, 44, of Lithonia, claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters. She said she asked the clerk at Shell Food Mart in Decatur for a Mega Millions […]

NYC Couple Raising Hens In Apartment

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) — A New York City couple are raising chickens in their one-bedroom apartment as a way of eating local in a city with little green space. Robert McMinn, 45, and Jules Corkery, 45, collect about two eggs a week from each of their three hens living in their Queens apartment, […]

Homecoming Queen Kicks Winning Field Goal

PINCHNEY, Mich., Oct. 3 (UPI) — The first girl to play on a Michigan high school’s varsity football team was crowned homecoming queen and then went out and kicked a game-winning field goal. Brianna Amat, a Pinchney High soccer star turned varsity football kicker, said she received a note at halftime of the Friday night […]

Lost Girl’s Glowing Necklace Helps Rescue

WOODSIDE, Calif., Oct. 3 (UPI) — Rescuers in California said a 5-year-old girl’s glow stick necklace and flashlight helped them locate her when she became lost in the woods. Huddart Park rangers, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol said the child wandered off Saturday while camping with her family on […]

Youth In Handcuffs Turns Self In

LOWELL, Ind., Oct. 3 (UPI) — Police in Indiana say a teenager walked into their station with handcuffs on his wrists and told them he was wanted on a warrant. Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post said Zachary Keilman, 18, of Rensselaer walked into the post about 2 p.m. Thursday and told Sgt. Alan […]

New York Rooster Beloved By Most Neighbors

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Most residents of a New York City neighborhood like having a rooster living nearby, the bird’s owner says. Feliz Santiago, 70, said there was some tension in his Brooklyn neighborhood after he received Coco the Rooster as a gift from a friend three years ago, but most people have […]

Three Brothers Share Same Birthday

PRESTON, England, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A British woman said her infant son is her third boy to be born on the same birthday, two days before their father’s birthday. Sammy Kellett, 24, of Preston, England, said her son Kyle was born Sept. 20, giving him the same birthday as brothers Keiran, 6, and Kaiden, […]

Couple Honored For 70th Anniversary

KAYSVILLE, Utah, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A city council in Utah passed a resolution honoring a couple celebrating a 95th birthday, an 89th birthday and a 70th wedding anniversary on the same day. The Kaysville City Council passed a resolution declaring Sept. 30 — the 95th birthday of Woody Pilcher, the 89th birthday of Nellie […]

CEO Threatens Firings Over Milk

HACKENSACK, N.J., Sept. 30 (UPI) — A New Jersey business executive who had to go without milk for his coffee threatened to fire workers who do not replace the dairy product in the office fridge. Keith Zakheim, chief executive officer of Beckerman Public Relations in Hackensack, sent an angry e-mail to employees Tuesday after he […]

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