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Toilet-Loving Boy, 4, Gets Free Commode

NEW BERLIN, Wis., Feb. 6 (UPI) — A Wisconsin 4-year-old fascinated by toilets is the star of a video produced by fixture-maker Kohler that has more than 100,000 hits on YouTube. Dustin Kruse of New Berlin, who first started showing an interest in toilets when he was only 18-months-old, came to the attention of Kohler […]

Neighbors’ Garage Door Openers All Quit

ST. CHARLES, Mo., Feb. 6 (UPI) — Neighbors on a Missouri cul-de-sac said they are baffled as to why all of their garage door openers stopped working at the same time. The residents of the five homes on Westhampton View Court in St. Charles said their garage door openers stopped operating Dec. 26 and 27 […]

Veteran’s Ashes Sent To Wrong Address

ALPINE, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) — A California woman who mailed her father’s ashes and U.S. Army dog tags to her brother in Washington state said the package ended up at the wrong address. Carole Irwin of Alpine said she was told the package fell off a mail truck and was repacked, but a mix-up […]

Forbes: Miami Is The Most Miserable U.S. City

MIAMI, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Forbes magazine has named Miami the most miserable city in the United States by analyzing factors including crime and unemployment. The magazine said it considered factors including violent crime, unemployment rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, political corruption, commute times, weather and performance of local sports teams to determine Miami is […]

Man Builds Egyptian Coffin

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) — An 89-year-old Florida man said he has spent the past 25 years and about $10,000 building an Egyptian-themed coffin. “It’s an unusual hobby and I’ll admit it,” said Fred Guentert. Guentert, who lives near Orlando, said he began crafting the coffin in the mid-1980s, the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday. […]

Retrial Ordered After Judge Falls Asleep

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A retrial has been ordered for an appeals court case in Gothenburg, Sweden, after the presiding judge fell asleep during proceedings, lawyers said. “It is (a) very important aspect of the legal process that the person trying the district court decision is present,” said prosecutor Margareta Esplund. The judge, […]

Homeless-Themed Duvet Raises Hackles

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Homeless advocates in Stockholm, Sweden, say the sale of a luxury duvet cover that resembles cardboard boxes is insulting. The covers went on sale for $104 each last month at the high-end NK department store, drawing ire from a Stockholm homeless charity, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported. Advocate Yvonne Borg […]

Doberman Gets International Support

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) — A Doberman facing a possible death sentence in Michigan has been getting international support, with dog lovers signing an online petition. Royal Oak officials have also been getting scores of phone calls and hundreds of e-mails, the Detroit Free Press reported. But officials in Royal Oak say they […]

Student Goes 90 Days Without Cellphone

CHICAGO, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A Chicago student who spent 90 days abstaining from cellphones and social media said the first two weeks were “anxiety-ridden.” Jake Reilly, 24, a student at the advertising and design-focused Chicago Portfolio School, said he was originally only going to give up his phone, but he decided to expand it […]

Survey: Dating Different Along Party Lines

DALLAS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Match.com, a dating Web site based in Dallas, said its second annual comprehensive study on singles found differences along political lines. The Web site said the online survey of 5,541 single adults in the United States, conducted by research firm MarketTools, found conservative Republican respondents were the most likely to […]

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