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Big NYC Guy Sues Over Lack Of Jail Uniform

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A New York City man says wearing the same set of clothes in jail for eight months is just wrong even though he was too big for the largest institutional duds. Elias Diaz, 55, filed a $1 million federal lawsuit alleging jailers made no effort to find a jumbo […]

Survey: Margarita The U.S. Adult Beverage

NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 22 (UPI) — Many U.S. consumers, despite the sluggish economy, seek a more sophisticated experience when eating out and when ordering adult beverages, a survey indicates. The Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook, published by The Beverage Information Group, said a bar manager’s survey found the Margarita remains the most popular mixed drink nationwide, […]

Former Penn State Coach Paterno Dead

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Jan. 22 (UPI) — Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, the winningest major college coach in history who was fired in a child sex scandal, died Sunday. He was 85. Paterno’s family released a statement in State College, Pa., Sunday morning announcing his death: “It is with great sadness that […]

Iranian Company To Ship Toy Drone To Obama

A non-profit company in Iran said it plans to send U.S. President Barack Obama miniature toy drones as a gift. The company, Aaye Art Group, said it is honoring Obama’s request that Iran return a U.S. unmanned aircraft that crashed in the Islamic republic last year, only the aircraft will be a miniature.

Man Released From Prison Without Pants

VANERSBORG, Sweden, Jan. 20 (UPI) — A Swedish man who completed a two-month prison sentence walked out of prison without pants or shoes after he was denied money to buy new clothes. The man, referred to only as Percy in media reports, told officials at the Brinkeberg prison in Vanersborg he had outgrown the pants […]

Florida Employees Paid To Get Drunk

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed it paid 15 employees to get drunk to test the accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test. The FDLE revealed to a panel of judges in Sarasota County in December that it spent $330 on alcohol, mixers and Doritos for 15 employees […]

Sega’s Toylets Controlled By Urine

TOKYO, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Tokyo video game company Sega said bars in Japan are installing urination-based video game consoles in their bathrooms. Sega said the Toylet consoles are installed on urinals and players can choose from a number of games controlled by the strength and direction of their urine stream, The Daily Telegraph reported […]

French Official Plans ‘Napoleonland’

PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) — A French official said he is hoping “Napoleonland,” his idea for a Napoleon Bonaparte theme park, will one day be a rival to Disneyland. Yves Jego, a member of the National Assembly and former secretary of state for overseas, said he is trying to raise $278 million to build the […]

Expert: New York Accent On The Wane

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) — A language expert said many of the defining characteristics of the New York accent are fading as stigma surrounding the accent increases. Kara Becker, an assistant professor of linguistics at Oregon’s Reed College who obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from New York University, said New Yorkers feel pressured to […]

Judge Orders Jury Round-Up From Street

LONDON, Ontario, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A Canadian judge invoked a rare legal option by ordering police to round up jurors from the street outside a London, Ontario, courthouse. A trial for three men charged with assault, threats and forcible confinement fell one short of the 12 required jurors Monday afternoon after 130 people had […]

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