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Saturday, 09 February 2013 08:43

MRI machine sucks up police officers gun

CAROL STREAM, Ill., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A police officer's gun got stuck in an MRI machine at a doctor's office in Carol Stream, Ill., west of Chicago, officials said.

The incident occurred when the officer responded to a reported burglary Friday, WMAQ-TV, Chicago, reported. The magnetic force of the MRI machine pulled the officer's gun away from him.

No injuries were reported.

Carol Stream police got in touch with the manufacturer of the machine for advice on how to extricate the gun from the machine.

Officers were also investigating the burglary.
Saturday, 09 February 2013 09:49

Snow angels record stands

DULUTH, Minn., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A northern Minnesota effort to break the world record for most snow angels fell far short Saturday, an organizer said.

The 1,877 people who showed up at Malosky Stadium in Duluth didn't come close to the record of 8,922 set in 2007 in Bismarck, N.D., the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Still, Crystal Taylor, publicity chairwoman for "Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause," said the event staged by the Duluth Rotary club and the Proctor High School DECA club raised about $14,000 to help provide clean drinking water for the Hamar, an indigenous people in Ethiopia.

"There was just such a great energy and vibe," she said. "It was a lot of fun, and we made our best attempt."
Saturday, 09 February 2013 18:30

The almanac

Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2013 with 324 to follow.

The moon is new. The morning stars are Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus.




Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include essayist Charles Lamb in 1775; journalist William Allen White in 1868; Russian author Boris Pasternak in 1890; entertainer Jimmy Durante and tennis player Bill Tilden, both in 1893; German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1898; actors Judith Anderson in 1897 and Lon Chaney Jr. in 1906; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Georges Pire in 1910; operatic soprano Leontyne Price in 1927 (age 86); actor Robert Wagner in 1930 (age 83); singer Roberta Flack in 1937 (age 76); Olympic gold medal-winner swimmer Mark Spitz in 1950 (age 63); golfer Greg Norman in 1955 (age 58); television commentator and host George Stephanopoulos in 1961 (age 52); political commentator Glenn Beck in 1964 (age 49); and actor Laura Dern in 1967 (age 46).




On this date in history:

In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War between Britain and Spain and also the French and Indian War, with France ceding Quebec to Great Britain.

In 1870, the Young Women's Christian Association was founded in New York.

In 1897, the slogan "All The News That's Fit To Print" first appeared on page one of The New York Times.

In 1931, New Delhi was made the capital of India.

In 1962, captured U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was returned to the United States by Russia in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

In 1964, 82 Australian sailors died when an aircraft carrier and a destroyer collided off New South Wales, Australia.

In 1967, Minnesota and Nevada ratified the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment deals with presidential succession.

In 1987, U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop endorsed television advertising for condoms to help curb the spread of AIDS.

In 1991, ANC gunmen ambushed an Inkatha Freedom Party motorcade outside Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, killing 17 and wounding 29.

In 1992, an Indianapolis jury convicted former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the rape of a beauty pageant contestant.

In 1993, a gang of more than 40 people ambushed two trucks in a mountainous region of Mexico, killing 24 men in a drug-related family feud.

In 1996, a computer -- IBM's Deep Blue -- won a game against world champion chess player Garry Kasparov. But Kasparov won three games and drew two others in winning the overall match with Deep Blue.

In 2004, at least 43 people died in the crash of an Iranian civilian airplane near Sharjah airport the United Arab Emirates. There were three survivors.

In 2005, as North Korea boasted for the first time that it had nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the nation to return to disarmament talks.

Also in 2005, a previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Sept. 11 commission indicated the risk of suicide aircraft attacks was known months prior to the 2001 assault.

And, Prince Charles, Britain's heir to the throne, announced plans to marry long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles.

In 2006, the Winter Olympic Games opened in Turin, Italy.

In 2007, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus assumed control of the U.S. forces in Iraq at a ceremony in Baghdad. He described his new job as "hard but not hopeless."

In 2008, U.S. military officials filed capital charges against six al-Qaida members for their roles in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The admitted mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and the others were detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Also in 2008, masterpieces by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet, with a combined worth of $163 million, were stolen from the Zurich Museum.

In 2009, in a 61-37 vote, mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's $838 billion stimulus plan. Congress reached a compromise after whittling it down to $787 billion.

Also in 2009, nine people were killed by a tornado in Lone Grove, Okla.

In 2010, Russia said it was concerned about U.S. government plans to place a proposed anti-ballistic missile interceptor in Romania.

In 2011, a 14-year-old suicide bomber in a school uniform attacked an army center in Pakistan, killing at least 27 soldiers on a parade ground and wounding more than 40 more.

In 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a compromise in the new healthcare reform law in which plans by religious affiliated hospitals and other similar facilities would be exempt from having to offer full contraception insurance coverage as other companies must provide.




A thought for the day: "To keep your marriage brimming, / With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up." Ogden Nash said that.
By United Press International
Saturday, 09 February 2013 19:00

Your Daily Horoscope

Today is Sunday, February 10, 2013




TODAY'S ASTROLOGICAL TIMETABLE




Sun..... 21st degree Aquarius

Moon..... 24th degree Aquarius

Mercury..... 8th degree Pisces

Venus..... 10th degree Aquarius

Mars..... 6th degree Pisces

Ceres..... 19th degree Gemini

Jupiter..... 6th degree Gemini

Saturn..... 11th degree Scorpio

Uranus..... 6th degree Aries

Neptune..... 2nd degree Pisces

Pluto.....10th degree Capricorn

Eris..... 26th degree Aquarius

Lunar Node..... 21st degree Scorpio, retrograde




ZODIACAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR TODAY

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It becomes apparent that a change is needed in the hierarchy of a hobbyist group or club. Before volunteering for a more high-profile role you need to decide if it can realistically fit in your schedule.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You feel that you are on the brink of a big change at work or in terms of your responsibilities. You have more control over the situation than you at first imagine.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Events at home or within your family today illustrate some of the ways in which your priorities need to be reorganized in order to keep up with the pace of change.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It is easy and healthy to lose yourself in a creative project today or to get caught up in the moment while spending time with a loved one or romantic partner.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You are excited about the possibilities that a new friendship or love affair bring to your life. Experimentation and testing the water have high priority on your "to do" list today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Steps taken in a positive direction help bolster the potential success of a recently launched self-improvement project. "One foot in front of the other" will get you to where you want to be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Rebellious children or pets tax your nerves but a rebellious love interest exerts magnetic attraction. There are surprises in romance and in money matters today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are eager to make some changes around the house. You can find a great bargain when shopping for furniture, bedding or kitchen essentials, or when looking for a new house or apartment.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec. 21): Friends seem more like extended family today. Short visits, shopping trips and lighthearted conversation are far from trivial and instead serve to strengthen bonds between friendly kindred spirits.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): An analytical approach to budgeting, shopping, sales or purchases allows you to keep a close eye on your money. Improvements to the upkeep or storage of your car or a valued possession could be in order.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.18): If there is a way in which you have been seeking to update your wardrobe, change your appearance or otherwise express a sense of "the new you," there is no time like the present to get started.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Something that goes unnoticed by others doesn't escape your radar today. This insight gives you an edge in a competitive situation or adds vitality to your self-expression that others lack.




These interpretations are based on the aspects and positions of the planets in relation to each sun-sign. They indicate the general mood and issues of the day as you experience them. Be creative in applying your forecast to the actual circumstances of your life.
BETH KOCH ROSATO || UPI Features Writer
Sunday, 10 February 2013 01:43

Iowa festival salutes bacon

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Bacon beckoned at the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, that saw lots of homemade costumes along with a glut of bacon treats.

Customized attire and costumes at the Saturday homage to bacon included a couple from Davenport, wearing "50 Shades of Bacon" shirts -- a take on the popular novel "50 Shades of Grey" -- complete with a pig posing provocatively and a couple from Montezuma dressed as Vikings.

"Vikings and bacon," Roy Hill told the Des Moines Register. "Come on."

The lucky 8,000 who snagged passes to the bacon extravaganza at the Iowa State Fairgrounds waited about 15 minutes before they could enter the festival, the Register said.

World Wrestling Entertainment star Hacksaw Jim Duggan, known for carrying a two-by-four into the ring, carried a large slab of prop bacon as he roamed around the auditorium Saturday, the Register said.

"You know what I've been telling everybody, yesterday I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, I had a BLT for lunch, I had bacon bits on my salad for dinner, so I've been training for the Bacon Festival," he said.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 02:17

Florida gator extracted from drain

LARGO, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- An alligator moseying through a Largo, Fla., neighborhood was rescued by sheriff's deputies and wildlife officers after it became stuck in a storm drain.

The sheriff's office said it was alerted to the distressed gator, about three blocks from an elementary school, by a "concerned citizen" who saw the reptile's body sticking out of the drainage opening, the sheriff's office said Saturday in a release.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the alligator, measuring 8 feet, entered the drain headfirst Friday.

When a trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded, deputies and citizens pulled the alligator out of the opening Friday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials will transport it to an alligator farm near Dover once it is examined for injuries, the sheriff's office said.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 03:43

Man left estate to two actors he never met

BROADWELL, Ill., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A man who lived in a humble farmhouse in Illinois left his estate to two strangers, actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, the executor of the estate said.

Ray Fulk, 71, drove a car from the 1960s, had no water running in his farmhouse near Broadwell, and he bathed in a nearby creek, the State Journal (Springfield) Register said.

But his estate will amount to high six figures, and possibly $1 million, after Fulk's 160 acres are sold, the State Journal Register said.

Attorney Donald Behle, the executor of the estate, sent letters to Brophy and Barton, television and movie stars in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fulk died in July, likely of a heart attack, and only about 10 people attended the service. In his will, he refers to Brophy and Barton as his friends, the State-Journal Register said.

Brophy and Barton knew each other well and worked together for the 1981 movie "Hell Night."

Behle said he has spoken to the two stars about coming to central Illinois for a fundraiser in honor of Fulk, and the proceeds would be donated to animal shelters -- as Fulk had an intense love of dogs.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 03:48

Sweden crowns horseshoe champions

EMMABODA, Sweden, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Lisbeth Nygaard-Karlsson of Tingsryd and Jabir Malghouth of Vaxjo are Sweden's new horseshoe-pitching champions, having bested 107 competitors, organizers say.

Nygaard-Karlsson won the gold in the women's division and Malghouth took the men's top spot Saturday in Emmaboda, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

While horseshoe pitching has been around for a couple of thousand years, it only came to Sweden in 1993, TT says, when a man named P.O. Hansson and three friends introduced it after seeing a tournament in Poland. A couple of dozen teams were formed and the first national championships were held in 1994, TT said.

In 1996, a Swede, Kalle "The Knife" Gyllenfjell made it into the Guinness Book of World Records by tossing 825 horseshoes in 8 minutes and 15 seconds, hitting the stake 528 times.

In Sweden, competitors throw the horseshoes from a distance of 6 meters (about 20 feet) from the stake, TT said. Rules of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association in the United States call for the stakes to be 40 feet apart.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 04:00

Fortune cookies lose romantic messages

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the world's largest fortune-cookie manufacturer said it has removed romantic messages from its treats in response to complaints from parents.

"Some parents sent us emails. They said they didn't want their kids reading them," said Derrick Wong, a VP at Brooklyn-based Wonton Food. "Different people have a different perspective."

The fortunes that have been abolished include, "One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes" and "The evening promises romantic interest," the New York Post reported.

Company officials said that if they get more than two or three complaints about a fortune, they will stop using them.

The New York Post said the messages have been replaced with "You make everyday special" and "No one on Earth is as beautiful as you."

Fortune-cookie experts, like Jennifer 8. Lee, author of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," said it's best to keep messages bland.

The company products 5 million cookies every day from plants in Long Island City and Queens, N.Y., Houston and elsewhere in Texas, the New York Post said.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 04:39

Baby born at home in blizzard

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Rescuers said they delivered a baby in her parents' Massachusetts home as the National Guard cleared the family's home of snow so they could go to the hospital.

Ericka Bueno called 911 after her water broke in the middle of a blizzard that blanketed large swaths of the Northeast with heavy snow, The Boston Globe reported Saturday.

Rescuers in a military field ambulance -- the only emergency vehicle able to traverse the heavy snow -- arrived at Bueno and boyfriend Joel Gonell's Worcester home about 10 minutes later, the Massachusetts National Guard said in a statement.

"Upon arriving on scene, it was quickly determined that the woman would not reach the hospital before giving birth and must deliver at home," Sgt. Kenneth Hickey of the National Guard said in the statement.

The baby girl, Nohely, was born only 30 minutes after Bueno placed the 911 call.

As the baby was being delivered, National Guard soldiers shoveled the walkway to the family's home, clearing a path to board them on the ambulance and take them to the hospital, the Globe reported.

"It was definitely a blessing to have them there," Bueno said in a statement. "It's just good to know that we had so many people behind us, that it wasn't just the EMTs, that we had the National Guard there."

"I was just a regular person giving birth, and they went and they shoveled us out and they made sure that we made it to the hospital. When my daughter grows up, I'm going to let her know that we had a lot of very supportive, important people there to make sure that she got to the hospital safely," she added.
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