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Blood Donor Wins Super Bowl Tickets

LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 31 (UPI) — An Indiana woman who has donated 143 units of either whole blood or platelets since 2003 said she was shocked to win Super Bowl tickets. The Indiana Blood Center said Carol Sikler, 50, of Lafayette gave blood frequently enough to qualify for the contest, which was open to anyone […]

Woman Offers Kidney To Get Son A Job

PERUGIA, Italy, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An Italian woman said she is willing to give up a kidney in exchange for a job for her 38-year-old son. The Perugia woman, whose name was not released, told the daily La Nazione she had “nothing left to lose and nothing to be ashamed of” in offering her […]

Boy, 10, Arrested For Pulling Toy Gun

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Police in California said a 10-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly pulling a toy gun on a woman who believed it to be a real firearm. Burbank police said the boy, whose name was not released, knocked on the front door of a 67-year-old woman whose grandson beat up […]

Bill Would Make Toto’s Breed, Cairn Terrier, Kansas State Dog

TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 31 (UPI) — A Kansas state lawmaker is proposing a measure to make the cairn terrier, the breed of Toto from “The Wizard of Oz,” into the official state dog. Democratic state Rep. Ed Trimmer of Winfield, acting on an idea proposed by Brenda Moore of Augusta, obedience chairwoman with the South […]

California Trying To Give Away A Highway

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) — California’s transit agency is trying to give away a highway that dead ends in the San Gabriel mountains over Los Angeles, but no one wants it. The U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County both want Highway 39 to remain open, the Los Angeles Times reports. The highway provides […]

Elderly Couple Have Oldest Toaster In U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) — An elderly couple say their 58-year-old toaster, which they still use, is the oldest in Britain. Joan and Fred Horley got their chrome-plated Morphy Richards toaster as a wedding gift in 1953, the Mirror reported. The toaster, which cost $31 then, is believed to be the oldest working model in […]

NYC Lawmaker Wants Subway Eating Ban

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) — A state lawmaker from New York City is pushing legislation to ban eating in the subways in an effort to help cut down on the city’s rat problem. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan, stipulates that anyone caught eating in the subway gets a $250 fine, […]

15 Percent Would Miss Child’s Birth For Super Bowl

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 29 (UPI) — Fifteen percent of U.S. adults — presumably men — say they’d miss the birth of their child for the Super Bowl, a survey indicates. The survey of 2,625 U.S. adults, sponsored by CouponCabin.com, said 21 percent said they’d miss important work responsibility for the big football game, while 20 […]

Taiwan Creates Stamps With Flower Smells

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The Taiwanese postal service announced Monday it will release the country’s first-ever aromatic stamps in time for Valentine’s Day. The Chunghwa Post Co. said the stamps, which will be issued in denominations of 40 cents and 84 cents, will feature the images and scents of blooming pink roses and […]

Survey: 36 Percent In U.S. Prefer Football

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) — A New York pollster said the gap between football and baseball fandom is widening, with 36 percent of respondents preferring the former to the latter. Harris Interactive said its online poll of 2,237 adults, conducted Dec. 5-12, found 36 percent of respondents cited football as their favorite sport while […]

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