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Venezuela Nationalizes Gold Mining; Meanwhile, Gold Prices Drop

According to reports from The Associated Press, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez formalized the nationalization of the South American country’s gold mining industry early this week in response to rising concerns about the value of the U.S. dollar.

Stolen Bike Back After 15 Years

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A Swedish woman whose bicycle was stolen 15 years ago said she was shocked when police called her to report the bike had been found. Agneta Wallen, 34, said the bike was stolen in 1996 after she parked it near the Galve business where she worked at the time […]

Experts To Probe Ghost Reports At Museum

NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Officials at the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy said experts are being brought in to investigate reported paranormal happenings at the facility. The museum said the experts, identified only as university professors, will arrive in September to investigate claims of supernatural activity, ANSA reported Tuesday. However, museum director […]

Man Shares 70-Year-Old Beef With Neighbors

ESKILSTUNA, Sweden, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A Swedish man said he hosted a meal for his neighbors and served beef that had been placed in a glass jar by his family more than 70 years ago. Eskil Carlsson said the beef was placed in a jar during food shortages in 1939 or 1940 by his […]

Box Of Light Bulbs Shuts Down City Hall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a suspicious package that led Jacksonville City Hall to be shut down for more than 3 hours was filled with light bulbs. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said workers in the City Hall mailroom reported the package at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday after a scan showed […]

Dog Swallows $10,000 Worth Of Diamonds

ALBANY, Ga., Aug. 24 (UPI) — The co-owner of a Georgia jewelry store said $10,000 worth of diamonds that went missing were found in the stomach of a four-legged worker. Chuck Roberts, co-owner of John Ross Jewelers in Albany, said the small dog, Honey Bun, is only supposed to greet customers, but he swallowed a […]

Men Found Sleeping In Caskets

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Police in Tennessee said workers at a funeral home called 911 when they discovered two men sleeping in caskets in a storage area. Investigators said the workers at Weaver’s Funeral Home in Bristol discovered the men sleeping at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and the suspects fled through a window […]

Moody’s Lowers Japan’s Rating

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Moody’s rating agency Wednesday lowered Japan’s debt rating a notch to Aa3 from Aa2, citing its deficits and government debt, but said the outlook is stable. In its announcement, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said the downgrade “is prompted by large budget deficits and the build-up in Japanese government debt since […]

Durable Goods Orders Beat Expectations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — U.S. durable goods orders jumped 4 percent in July, covering economists’ expectations and then some, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists expected new orders for goods that last three years or more to rise 2.1 percent. However, commerce said orders rose by $7.7 billion for all categories of durable goods […]

Home Prices, Up In June, Down In Quarter

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A federal agency said Wednesday U.S. home prices fell 0.6 percent in the second quarter, but rose in June compared to May. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which tracks prices for homes with mortgages backed by either the Federal National Mortgage Association or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., said […]

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