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Thursday, 07 February 2013 06:42

1865 baseball card fetches 92k

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BIDDEFORD, Maine, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man who paid $92,000 for a baseball card said the object is an investment for his son's future medical costs.

Jason LeBlanc of Newburyport bought a 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics card Wednesday for $92,000 at the Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reported Thursday.

The card, which may be the last of its kind, was found by an antiques picker in Baileyville, Maine, last year.

LeBlanc said the card is an investment for his 4-year-old son, Alex, whose health problems require frequent hospital stays. The boy's mother died after giving birth, LeBlanc said.

"Alex is everything to me, and this is something I hope pays off," the father said.
Thursday, 07 February 2013 07:13

Man quits over 666 on tax form

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man who quit his job after receiving a W-2 tax form stamped with the number 666 said he was trying to save his soul.

Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville, Tenn., last week because accepting the form stamped with 666 -- believed by some to be the "number of the beast" associated with the apocalypse -- would be a one-way ticket to hell, The Tennessean, a newspaper in Nashville, reported Thursday.

"If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil," he said.

Slonopas said he was initially given the number 666 to clock in when he was hired in April 2011 but his complaints led to it being changed to 668. He told the newspaper he resigned after the number reverted to 666 when the company changed time clock systems three months later but he returned to work a few days later when the company apologized.

Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales and marketing for the Revstone Corp., which owns Contech Casting, said he was shocked the mistake was repeated with a stamp on Slonopas' form.

"I am completely at a loss for words," he said.

LaCourciere said Slonopas will be issued a replacement form and he hopes the worker can be convinced to return to the company.

However, Slonopas said he will not return to Contech.

"God is worth more than money," he told The Tennessean.
Thursday, 07 February 2013 07:27

Woman with 300 rats being evicted

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PLOVER, Wis., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wisconsin said a woman found to be living with more than 300 rats running loose in her trailer home is being evicted.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department said Darlene Flatoff will be evicted from her Birch Tree Estates home in Plover within the next 10 days after health officials discovered the woman has been keeping more than 300 rats loose in her home since March of last year and possibly longer, the Wausau Daily Herald reported Thursday.

Officials said the rodents and their droppings are posing a health risk. They said Flatoff bought her first rats from pet stores and they eventually reproduced with wild rats.

"The health department is looking for me to meet with them in person along with the exterminator," Birch Tree Estates owner Luke Hilgers said. "Just to make sure that the exterminator's plan to address the issue will satisfy their expectations."

Officials said the eviction was planned after Flatoff failed to abide by an order to rid her home of rats by Jan. 17.
Thursday, 07 February 2013 21:00

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Boy born on Manila-bound flight

KOLKATA, India, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Emirates Air Line flight bound for Manila made an emergency landing in India Thursday after a passenger gave birth to a boy while aloft, officials said.

Airport officials said the plane, which took off from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, made the unscheduled stop at NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, when passenger Camejina Sokunivaa, 30, gave birth while in flight, the Press Trust of India reported.

Officials at a hospital in Kolkata, where the woman and newborn were taken, said they were both doing well. The woman's husband in Manila has been informed of the birth, the officials said.




Thief called victim to get PIN number

SABADELL, Spain, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Spanish police said they arrested a suspected wallet thief who allegedly called his victim to ask for his credit card personal identification number.

Investigators said the suspect, identified as Joan Carles M.M., 28, of Sabadell, tried to guess the number too many times after stealing the Solsona man's wallet in December and ended up with a block on the card, ThinkSpain reported Thursday.

The man then used the information from the victim's wallet to call the card's owner and posed as a Visa customer service representative. He asked for the man's PIN and was given the correct code, but the card would no longer work due to his previous attempts.




Woman gets brothel offer from job center

AUGSBURG, Germany, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old German woman said she registered with her local job center and was shocked to receive an offer for a position at a nude bar inside a brothel.

The woman said she started her job hunt at the Augsburg job center in November and was initially excited to receive a job offer last week, until she realized it was for a position serving drinks at a nude bar inside the Colosseum, one of the city's largest brothels, The Local.de reported Thursday.

Roland Furst, director of the job center, said workers erred in sending the woman the job offer without calling her first to explain the job and ask if she was interested.

"We would never offer jobs in prostitution," Furst said. However, he said "we knew the establishment was operating in the red light district."

The center apologized to the woman and said it will no longer be offering positions at the Colosseum.




Nun-mask robbery inspired by 'The Town'

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman convicted of robbing a suburban bank while dressed as a nun was inspired by the 2010 film "The Town," prosecutors said.

Navahcia Edwards was convicted on bank robbery and conspiracy charges Wednesday after she and former boyfriend Lyndon Germel Wesley robbed the TCF Bank in Palos Heights, where Edwards used to work, of $120,000 in cash in May 2011, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

Wesley, testifying for the prosecution, said the nun masks the pair wore during the robbery were inspired by a similar crime from the film "The Town."

Prosecutors said Edwards robbed the bank in an effort to repay $20,000 she had embezzled from another bank where she had worked.
Thursday, 07 February 2013 21:30

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Woman with 300+ rats being evicted

PLOVER, Wis., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wisconsin said a woman found to be living with more than 300 rats running loose in her trailer home is being evicted.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department said Darlene Flatoff will be evicted from her Birch Tree Estates home in Plover within the next 10 days after health officials discovered the woman has been keeping more than 300 rats loose in her home since March of last year and possibly longer, the Wausau Daily Herald reported Thursday.

Officials said the rodents and their droppings are posing a health risk. They said Flatoff bought her first rats from pet stores and they eventually reproduced with wild rats.

"The health department is looking for me to meet with them in person along with the exterminator," Birch Tree Estates owner Luke Hilgers said. "Just to make sure that the exterminator's plan to address the issue will satisfy their expectations."

Officials said the eviction was planned after Flatoff failed to abide by an order to rid her home of rats by Jan. 17.




Man quits over 666 on tax form

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man who quit his job after receiving a W-2 tax form stamped with the number 666 said he was trying to save his soul.

Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville, Tenn., last week because accepting the form stamped with 666 -- believed by some to be the "number of the beast" associated with the apocalypse -- would be a one-way ticket to hell, The Tennessean, a newspaper in Nashville, reported Thursday.

"If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil," he said.

Slonopas said he was initially given the number 666 to clock in when he was hired in April 2011 but his complaints led to it being changed to 668. He told the newspaper he resigned after the number reverted to 666 when the company changed time clock systems three months later but he returned to work a few days later when the company apologized.

Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales and marketing for the Revstone Corp., which owns Contech Casting, said he was shocked the mistake was repeated with a stamp on Slonopas' form.

"I am completely at a loss for words," he said.

LaCourciere said Slonopas will be issued a replacement form and he hopes the worker can be convinced to return to the company.

However, Slonopas said he will not return to Contech.

"God is worth more than money," he told The Tennessean.




1865 baseball card fetches $92K

BIDDEFORD, Maine, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man who paid $92,000 for a baseball card said the object is an investment for his son's future medical costs.

Jason LeBlanc of Newburyport bought a 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics card Wednesday for $92,000 at the Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reported Thursday.

The card, which may be the last of its kind, was found by an antiques picker in Baileyville, Maine, last year.

LeBlanc said the card is an investment for his 4-year-old son, Alex, whose health problems require frequent hospital stays. The boy's mother died after giving birth, LeBlanc said.

"Alex is everything to me, and this is something I hope pays off," the father said.




Monti adopts dog on TV

ROME, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was presented with a small white dog he dubbed Empatia during an appearance on a TV program.

Monti appeared Wednesday evening on La7 TV program "Invasioni Barbariche" and host Daria Bignardi showed him a picture of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi kidding his new puppy, Vittoria, ANSA reported Thursday.

Bignardi then asked Monti if he would also like to adopt a dog and brought out the small mixed-breed canine.

Monti said holding the fluffy dog felt "magnificently good."
Friday, 08 February 2013 02:05

Mom passes drugs with open-mouth kiss

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PENN YAN, N.Y., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in New York state said a mother used an open-mouth kiss to smuggle Oxycodone to her son in a jail.

The Yates County Sheriff's Department said Kimberly Margeson, 54, put the prescription pills "into her mouth and brought them into the jail when she visited her son," William Partridge, 30, who was arrested on a weapons charge, thesmokinggun.com reported Friday.

Margeson allegedly passed two pills "from her mouth to her son's mouth when she kissed him."

Deputies said they believe the pills were for Partridge's personal use and not to sell inside the jail.

Margeson was arrested on a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor charge of promoting prison contraband. Partridge was also charged with the contraband count.

Margeson pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released after posting $2,000 bail.
Friday, 08 February 2013 02:41

Man arrested for explosives remark sues

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NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A man who was locked up for 25 hours after joking about "explosives" in his peanut butter at a New York airport is suing authorities.

Frank Hannibal, 50, said he was arrested in front of his wife and twin 6-year-old daughters at LaGuardia Airport after he joked to his family while Transportation Security Administration screeners were analyzing his jar of peanut butter, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

"They're looking to confiscate my explosives," Hannibal said he told his family sarcastically.

TSA worker Edwin Sanchez overheard the comment and called Port Authority police. Officer Spencer Newman arrested Hannibal on a felony count of falsely reporting an incident.

Hannibal spent 25 hours in lockup before the district attorney decided not to prosecute.

"It sounds laughable now but at the time to be led out of there like a terrorist was unbelievable," Hannibal said. "My whole life was up in the air. It was a nightmare. My children were overwhelmed. It was crazy."

The lawsuit, which names Sanchez and Newman, is seeking $5 million in damages.

"It's a sorry state of affairs in this country when sarcasm is considered a felony," said Alan Levine, Hannibal's lawyer.
Friday, 08 February 2013 05:40

Illegals Hunting Season stickers pulled

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EATON, Colo., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The company that owns a Colorado gas station said bumper stickers joking about hunting illegal immigrants have been pulled from the stores.

Employees at a Cenex gas station in Eaton, Colo., said they made a mistake in selling a bumper sticker reading, "Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit" with other print reading "No Bag Limit" and "Tagging not required," KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Friday.

"I don't know if we just missed one or two in there but those were not supposed to be there," a worker said.

Mark Reinert, a spokesman for Agfinity, the company that owns the Cenex gas station, said the stickers were pulled after complaints from customers on Facebook. He said the company has no official comment on the stickers.

The stickers were manufactured by Kansas company Central States Novelty. A woman who answered the phone at the company's listed number said the owner wasn't available for comment, KUSA-TV said.
Friday, 08 February 2013 05:40

Former herder helps NYPD nab goat

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NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Police said a parking lot attendant who used to herd goats in Mali was able to lasso one of them seen running through New York City traffic.

Officers Peter Stark and Anthony Vitale spotted the goat in traffic in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and chased the animal, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Ndiaye Seydou, a parking lot attendant who herded goats with his father in Mali, saw the pursuit and fashioned a lasso out of some rope.

"They [the officers] were trying to catch the goat but had no idea how to do it," Seydou said.

He said he was eventually able to grab the goat by the horns and hold it while the officers tied up its legs.

Police said the goat may have escaped from a neighborhood slaughterhouse but would be sent to live at an upstate farm.
Friday, 08 February 2013 06:16

Gun store stops selling Muslim target

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ROYAL OAK, Mich., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A Muslim civil rights group said the owner of a Michigan gun shop has agreed to halt sales of a target picturing a skeleton in Muslim garb with an AK-47.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan, said he had a meeting Thursday with Ray Jihad, owner of Target Sports in Royal Oak, and he agreed to stop selling the target, The Detroit News reported Friday.

"He was extremely friendly and understanding," Walid said. "We welcome the decision of Target Sports to discontinue selling such targets, which could have the effect of perpetuating misconceptions that Muslims, in particular those wearing certain attire, are to be viewed as a threat that should be eliminated."

Walid said he received a complaint last week about the target, which depicted a skeleton with a long beard, a turban and a robe, holding an AK-47.

The target was manufactured by Thompson Target of Ohio, which also offers "Wall Street Zombie" and "Redneck Zombie" targets. The company owner declined to comment, The Detroit News said.

The newspaper said it was unable to reach Jihad for a comment.
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