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Rats The Size Of Rabbits Overrun NYC Park

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — People living and working near the Grand Army Plaza Park in New York said the property has become overrun with rabbit-sized rats. Reese Perez, 60, who operates a food cart near the park, which is across from The Plaza hotel, said the rats “look like rabbits” and he blames […]

Army Team Seeks To Simplify Language

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. Army terminologists at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., say they’re working to simplify military language by doing away with unnecessary acronyms and abbreviations. Carlos Soto, a terminologist with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate Joint Multinational Doctrine Division, said his team is looking to do away with some of the […]

Police: Man Swindled $600K To Buy Car

ENGLEWOOD, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a 69-year-old man accused of scamming about $600,000 from a 97-year-old woman who was under his care to buy a Lamborghini. Investigators said Joseph Cirillo, 69, who became a roommate of Depaulis Seidel, 97, eight years ago at the Boca Royale Golf and […]

Hot Dog Stand Now Has ‘Felony Franks’ Sign

CHICA, Ill., Aug. 13 (UPI) — The owner of a Chicago hot-dog stand has finally been allowed to post his “Felony Franks” sign, after two years of opposition by some city officials. Jim Andrews, purveyor of the ‘misdemeanor wiener” hires released prison inmates, WGN-TV, Chicago, reported. He wanted a sign to match. The sign went […]

At Some Hotels, A Dog’s Life Is Luxurious

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — It’s anything but a dog’s life for canines at some Las Vegas hotels, with more than a dozen hotels opening their doors to dogs during the past year. At Rumor, canines attend dog-friendly parties with DJs and dog costume contests. At The Hotel, a tower connected to Mandalay Bay, […]

Alleged Rioter Was Olympic Ambassador

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — British parents who called police when they saw their 18-year-old daughter participating in London riots said the girl is an Olympics ambassador. Adrienne Ives, 43, said she and her husband, Roger, 54, saw their daughter, Chelsea, 18, damaging a police car during news footage of the riots, The Sun reported […]

Researcher Has ‘Baldness Calculator’

BIELEFELD, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A German hair loss specialist said his online calculator can help men predict the approximate age when they will go bald. Dr. Adolf Klenk of the Alpecin research institute in Bielefeld said the baldness calculator uses a series of questions answered by users to calculate approximately when they will […]

Italian Police Arrest 20 ‘Gladiators’

ROME, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Police in Rome said officers went undercover in gladiator garb to arrest 20 costumed workers accused of using violence to protect their territory. Investigators said officers disguised themselves as costumed performers outside of the Colosseum and soon found themselves under attack from other gladiator impersonators working with five tourist agencies, […]

Group Wins Jackpot On Day Of Layoffs

OTTAWA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A group of 18 workers at a Canadian manufacturing plant said they won a $7.09 million lottery jackpot on the same day many of them were laid off by the company. The employees of SMART technologies in Ottawa, Ontario, said they won the jackpot from the Lotto 6/49 drawing Wednesday, […]

Poll: Casey Anthony The Most Hated In America

ENCINO, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in her daughter Caylee’s death last month, is the most hated person in America, E-Poll Market Research said. Of the 53 percent of respondents who were aware of Anthony, 94 percent said they disliked her, E-Poll said. Spencer Pratt of MTV’s “The Hills” […]

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