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Arlen Specter Takes Stage At Comedy Club

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter took to the stage at a Philadelphia comedy club to lob jokes at targets including Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. Specter, 81, a longtime Pennsylvania Republican who became a Democrat late in his career, delivered jabs at politicians from both parties as well […]

N.J. Officials Want To Know Fate Of Skunks

AVALON, N.J., Dec. 28 (UPI) — New Jersey wildlife officials said they want to know what a borough mayor means when he says skunks are being put into “witness protection.” Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi declined to reveal what his borough is doing with relocated skunks after it stopped taking them to the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management […]

Texas College Plates Stir Controversy

DALLAS, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Some Texans are complaining about the growing number of out-of-state colleges and universities being represented on the state’s license plates. A franchise agreement with My Plates made a few years ago to aggressively market specialized license plates has resulted in nearly 30 different out-of-state schools having license plates offered in […]

Gun In Purse Goes Off In Wyoming Starbucks

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Dec. 28 (UPI) — Police in Wyoming said a gunshot reported at a Starbucks cafe was found to have originated from a juvenile’s purse. Cheyenne Police said officers secured the area after the bullet put a hole through a chair and a wall around 7 a.m. Monday and a girl with a hole […]

Goat On The Run After Escaping Nativity

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Dec. 27 (UPI) — A goat slated to stand watch at a Christmas Eve nativity scene in Fergus Fall, Minn., broke free and headed for greener holiday pastures, officials said. The three-year-old black and curly Angora goat was being led Saturday afternoon into Bethlehem Lutheran Church when it slipped its leash and […]

Florida Couple Mark 70th Anniversary

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) — A Florida couple who marked their 70th wedding anniversary on Christmas day said their marriage has lasted so long because they “worked for it.” St. Augustine resident Mildred McQuaig, 87, said she and her husband, Melvin, 90, celebrated their anniversary Sunday with a crowd of “only 89 people,” […]

Lamb Born At Nativity Display

CINCINNATI, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Officials with the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati said a lamb was born Christmas Eve at the outdoor Western & Southern Nativity. Andrea Schepmann, the conservatory’s director, said an on-duty night watchman oversaw the birth of the female lamb at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday. “Everything went well. […]

Baby Sticks Hand In Obama’s Mouth

HONOLULU, Dec. 27 (UPI) — A couple who posed for a picture with President Obama in Hawaii said they were “mortified” when their infant son stuck his hand in the head of state’s mouth. Meredith Wagner, 27, who posed for a picture with Obama alongside her husband, Capt. Greg Wagner, 25, and their 8-month-old son, […]

Police: Man Shot Self While On Toilet

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 27 (UPI) — Police in Connecticut said a convicted felon will face charges after he admitted to accidentally shooting himself while on the toilet. New Haven police said they responded around 10 p.m. Saturday to an address where Darrel Johnson, 51, claimed to have been shot during a robbery attempt, WVIT, […]

Jam Jar Barred From Flight

DENVER, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A woman traveling through Denver International Airport said she was frustrated when agents told her she could not bring a jar of homemade jam on the plane. Kathleen Triou, who said she makes frequent trips from the airport, said a Transportation Security Administration took her jar of homemade jam Dec. […]

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