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Obamas: Bo Did Not Go To Hawaii

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A Hawaii resident mistakenly reported spotting the Obama family dog, Bo, days before the canine appeared in Virginia with the president. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday the dog was spotted going for a walk in the neighborhood where the first family is staying, but Bo was photographed Thursday on a […]

Poll: France The Gloomiest Country

PARIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A poll conducted for the French newspaper Le Parisien indicates the country’s people are the most pessimistic in the world. Five-hundred to 2,700 people were interviewed by telephone and Internet Oct. 26-Dec. 13 in 51 countries in the BVA-Gallup poll, The Local reported Friday. France got an overall negative score […]

Chinese Wine Beats French In Tasting

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A panel of 10 wine experts, half from France and half from China, picked Chinese wine over French beverages in a blind tasting in Beijing. The judges picked four wines from China’s northwestern Ningxia region over all five French wines from the Bordeaux area during the event, with a 2009 […]

Survey: Bosses Akin To Holiday Characters

CHICAGO, Dec. 23 (UPI) — Chicago-based Web site CareerBuilder said its survey of workers found 19 percent compared their bosses to George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The survey of 4,721 U.S. workers, carried out online Aug. 16-Nov. 8 by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, asked respondents to name the holiday movie characters […]

Dem PAC Offers To Sell ‘Newtgingrich.com’

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich didn’t snatch up the Internet domain NewtGingrich.com and now it’s been used against him. And if he decides he now wants the Web site name it will cost him $1 million, or best offer. America Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political research group, owns […]

Fines Issued For ‘Planking’ Brothers

MANITOWOC, Wis., Dec. 22 (UPI) — A pair of Wisconsin brothers were cited for disorderly conduct and slapped with fines for “planking” on a police car and a monument to fallen officers. Ryan Hart, 21, of Wausau, and Alexander Hart, 19, of Manitowoc, were cited for disorderly conduct after they photographed themselves “planking” — lying […]

Grandma Makes 332 Scarves For School

WHITE PIGEON, Mich., Dec. 22 (UPI) — A Michigan woman hand-crocheted more than 300 scarves and donated them to her grandson’s elementary school. Audrey Ledyard of White Pigeon said she had originally intended to create only enough scarves for her grandson, Landen Wilson, to distribute to his second-grade class, but she managed to crochet 332 […]

$200,000 Chicken Fine Reduced To $100

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) — A Florida judge has reduced a family’s $200,000 fine for keeping hens in the backyard to $100. Broward Circuit Judge Michele Towbin Singer reduced the fine, which began as a $100 fine and accumulated with $250 daily fines, to the original $100 Dec. 6 due to a Hollywood city […]

Mom And Daughter Give Birth On Same Day

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Dec. 22 (UPI) — A 35-year-old Illinois woman said she and her 17-year-old daughter gave birth to infants at the same hospital about 6 hours apart. Jessica Rotter, 35, said she was supporting her daughter, Briana Guerrero, 17, as the teenager was preparing to give birth Wednesday at Alexian Brothers Medical […]

Man Buys, Donates $500 In McDonald’s Gift Cards

WAYCROSS, Ga., Dec. 20 (UPI) — The owner of a Georgia McDonald’s said an anonymous man came into his store, bought $500 worth of gift cards and told the manager to use them for the needy. Brian Fey, who owns the fast food franchise in Waycross, said he took the cards the anonymous man donated […]

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