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Obama: Waffles … Pie … Yum …

MATKINSON, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) — President Obama had more on his mind than the economy and jobs during a town hall meeting in Illinois Wednesday: He was thinking of food. It started with acknowledgements before Obama began his introductory remarks. “I want to thank the Waffle family — the Wyffels family, I haven’t had […]

Police: Man Arrested For Fake Crack

GASTONIA, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Police in North Carolina said they arrested a man who allegedly packaged rocks of soap to resemble crack cocaine. Gastonia police said Victor White, 51, was confronted by an officer who saw him leave an open container of alcohol on a sidewalk early Tuesday and the officer noticed White […]

$640K Hidden In Tortilla Press Machines

HEBRON, Ky., Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Customs officers at a Kentucky airport said they found nearly $640,000 concealed in tortilla press machines shipped from Mexico. Brian Bell, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said officers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport drilled into one of the presses’ rollers Saturday when the X-ray […]

White Sox Play Video Games With Soldiers

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) –  Chicago White Sox players linked up online to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to play a few rounds of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Players Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and A.J. Pierzynski were joined by several soldiers at U.S. Cellular Field and linked up to those serving in […]

Man Facing Charges Over Pigeons

AMBROOKLINE, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Massachusetts man accused of failing to get rid of hundreds of pigeons said he got rid of the coops but the birds came back on their own. Edwin Alexanderian, 50, who is due to be arraigned Aug. 24 on charges of failure to eliminate a public health nuisance, […]

45 Babies Born In 48 Hours At Hospital

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Doctors at a California hospital said the full moon may have had something to do with 45 babies being born in just 48 hours at the facility. Dr. Matthew Guile of Sutter Memorial Hospital said the miniature baby boom may be a Sacramento-area record for most babies born in a […]

Man Was ‘a Billionaire For A Minute’

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Florida man said he was shocked to discover he was “a billionaire for a minute” when his bank froze his account and flagged a $999.99 million deposit. Otelo Vizcaino, 42, of Orlando, said he discovered after his card was rejected at a gas pump last week his account […]

Twins Switched For $50K Hockey Shot

FARIBULT, Minn., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Organizers of a Minnesota charity hockey event have not said whether a $50,000 prize will be awarded to a boy who made a shot while posing as his twin. Pat Smith said his 11-year-old son, Nick, had gone outside when the raffle tickets were drawn, so his twin brother, […]

Man Lands 573-lb. Shark With 13-lb. Line

KARRATHA, Australia, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Australian man participating in a fishing competition set a world record when he landed a 573-pound tiger shark using a 13-pound line. Brett Sinclair, 27, of Sydney said he was participating in the Dampier Classic Aug. 1 near Karratha when he landed the tiger shark, which weighs more […]

‘Vampire’ Attacks Woman, Arrested

GALVESTON, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Galveston, Texas, man claiming to be a vampire was jailed after allegedly attacking a woman, police say. Lyle Monroe Bensley, 19, was arrested on charges of burglary with intent to commit assault after forcing his way into a woman’s apartment Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported. Bensley groaned and […]

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