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Rescuers End Up Lost In The Woods

FALL RIVER, Mass., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Authorities in Massachusetts said three rescuers searching for a lost woman in the forest ended up lost themselves when they found the woman. Fall River police said two officers and an environmental officer began searching in the Freetown State Forest Monday night when a 25-year-old woman was reported […]

9-year-old’s Lost Wallet, Cash Returned

POQUOSON, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The manager of a Virginia 7-Eleven said a 9-year-old’s wallet was returned with all its contents, including more than $300, after the boy posted a note. Marvin Ward, manager of the store on Wythe Creed Road in Poquoson, said the wallet was returned after the boy, identified only as […]

Suspect Flees In A Police Cruiser

DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, Quebec, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Police in Canada said a man arrested for a driving infraction escaped by stealing a police vehicle. Officers in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, said the 33-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Sources and Roger Pilon boulevards and somehow managed to […]

High Wire Artist Loses Footing At 330 Feet

SHAOYANG, China, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Chinese high-wire walker completed a 50-foot stroll between two hot air balloons at 100 feet, but lost his balance trying to repeat the stroll at 330 feet. Saimaiti Aishan, a seventh-generation high wire artist, completed the walk between the balloons at an altitude of 100 feet Sunday in […]

Woman Offers $5,000 Reward For Missing Cat

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A Canadian woman says she is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can find her missing cat Kitty. Barbara Cook, a teacher in Fort St. John, said her 2-year-old, gray-and-white cat disappeared July 30 while being cared for by Cook’s mother in Kelowna while Cook was on […]

Lightning Strikes Man, Passes To Sink

BARROWFORD, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A British man who was struck by lightning said he credits a chance encounter with a metal sink with saving his life. Kevin Holden, 61, of Barrowford, England, said he went outside in the rain to retrieve his golf umbrella and a blue flash threw him about 4 feet […]

Dead Shark Found In N.H. Woods

MILTON, N.H., Aug. 7 (UPI) — People in Milton, N.H., are wondering how a dead shark wound up in nearby woods, nearly an hour from any seawater. Lloyd Ellis says his brother discovered the carcass of the 6- to 8-foot shark on private property off a rural road last week, WMUR-TV reported. “He happened to […]

Canadian Roads Being Closed For Toads

CHILLIWICK, British Columbia, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Two roads Canada’s British Columbia, are being closed for the annual migration of baby western toads, officials say. Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack will be closed with what locals call “toad blocks” for a few hours each day for the next two weeks, the Canadian […]

Woman Finishes Bar Exam, Gives Birth

EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 6 (UPI) — An Illinois woman who went into labor during the second day of her two-day bar exam said she gave birth only two hours after finishing the test. Elana Nightingale Dawson, 29, a graduate of Northwestern Law School in Evanston, Ill., said she had just started on the 3-hour final […]

‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Man Being Evicted

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The New York man who ran for governor on the “Rent is Too Damn High” platform says his landlord company is trying to have him evicted so it can raise the rent. Jimmy McMillan said he paid about $275 a month for his rent-controlled ground-floor apartment on St. Marks […]

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