CHICKASHA, Okla. (UPI) -- An Oklahoma police chase came to an end when a concerned citizen ran out into the road to block the path of a fleeing motorcyclist.
Police said Kansas native Floyd Briggs ran out into the street in Chickasha when he spotted police chasing a motorcyclist, later identified as Michael Coppedge, leading the biker to swerve...Read more
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (UPI) -- Police in Utah climbed into a storm drain for a "unique rescue operation" involving a family of eight wayward ducklings.
The West Valley City Police Department said a pair of detectives from the Community Response Unit were called to a neighborhood Monday on a report of "a frantic mama duck circling a storm drain...Read more
MURFREESBORO, Ark. (UPI) -- The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas announced a visitor discovered a 3.69-carat diamond, the largest found at the park this year.
The park said Susie Clark of Evening Shade, Ark., found the 3.69-carat white, teardrop-shaped diamond Thursday in the park's 37.5-acre search field, where visitors are invited to...Read more
BOSTON (UPI) -- A Boston man taking a ride in an Uber car captured video of his driver's impromptu opera performance with Pavarotti-like panache.
Jeff Sullivan, founder of website urposse.com, posted a clip to YouTube Monday showing his Uber driver's impressive behind-the-wheel performance of an opera song.
"Was on my way to The Playwright to ...Read more
CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago man using a "Create Your Taste" McDonald's kiosk created the largest possible burger, initially showing a price of $890.80 before adjusting to $24.89.
Mosha Tamssot posted a YouTube video showing how he used a Chicago McDonald's "Create Your Taste" kiosk to create a Big Max burger with two quarter-pound patties...Read more
PERRY, Iowa (UPI) -- A man was ejected from an Iowa kindergarten concert for chanting "English only, U.S.A." while a Spanish-language interpreter was speaking.
The Thursday concert at the Perry Performing Arts Center was brought to a brief halt when a man stood up and started repeatedly yelling "English Only, U.S.A." while a Spanish-language ...Read more
DES MOINES, Iowa (UPI) -- Iowa state government workers were forced to evacuate the Capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, after someone's lunch set off the smoke alarm.
Alarms went off around 11 a.m., when an area near the Senate chamber started to smell of smoke. The odor was traced to a microwave and a burnt bowl of Kraft Easy Mac....Read more
ELMWOOD, La. (UPI) -- A video camera was rolling near New Orleans Monday when strong winds blew several shipping containers and train cars off of an elevated bridge.
Nancy Stoltz of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad said the Union Pacific train was traveling about 4 mph across the Huey P. Long Bridge behind the Raising Cane's restaurant in ...Read more
OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. (UPI) -- A New Jersey judge has ruled that a mother's decision to take her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert is not "bad parenting."
The unidentified girl's father claimed that his ex-wife had exposed their daughter to inappropriate song lyrics and "sexually suggestive" dancing when she took the girl to a Pink concert in...Read more
GALVESTON, Texas (UPI) -- A Texas A&M at Galveston professor failed his entire class after losing his patience with their bad behavior and academic dishonesty.
Professor Irwin Horwitz sent the email to the students of his strategic management class, citing cheating, disrespect, lying, rudeness and rumor mongering.
Inside Higher Ed obtained the...Read more
CHICAGO (UPI) -- The owner of a Chicago bar where a comedian discovered a two-way mirror in the women's bathroom says the mirror is for Halloween pranks and will not be removed.
Comedian Tamale Sepp posted pictures and a YouTube video online showing how the mirror that faces a women's toilet in the bathroom at the Cigars and Stripes bar is a ...Read more
OMAHA (UPI) -- A Nebraska teenager was unable to attend her prom due to illness, so her friends brought the prom to her hotel room.
Madison Hurd, 16, a junior at Milford High School, was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital with heart problems last week and it soon became clear the teen would not be able to ...Read more
LEONARDO, N.J. (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said a kitten rescue on a stretch of busy highway turned complicated when the feline fled under a police car and climbed into the undercarriage.
The Middletown Township Police Department said Officer Nicholas Fenezia responded Saturday to a stretch of State Highway 36 in Leonardo on a report of a ...Read more
CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) -- South Carolina lawmakers are moving to close a loophole that immunizes moped riders from being cited for driving while intoxicated.
State Sen. Greg Hembree, R-District 28, said moped regulation in the state is in "crisis" and he is co-sponsoring a bill that aims to close the loophole that protects moped drivers from ...Read more
OLD TOWN SPRING, Texas (UPI) -- The owner of a Texas alligator show said a trainer was not seriously injured when he was attacked by one of the animals on camera during a festival.
Monique Gongora, who was in the audience during the demonstration at the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival on Saturday in Old Town Spring, took video of the Gator ...Read more
BOSTON (UPI) -- Veterinarians in Boston said a dog that ate three wristwatches underwent surgery quickly enough to avoid serious injury to her digestive system.
Jeff Courcelle said he rushed Mocha, a 5-year-old Isabella doberman, to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Medical Center in Boston after he and ...Read more
LUCE COUNTY, Mich. (UPI) -- Two sisters lost in the woods for nearly two weeks survived on Girl Scout cookies, cheese puffs and snow before being rescued Friday.
Rescue workers found Lee Wright, 56, and Leslie Roy, 52, after their SUV got stuck April 11 in the deep snow in a tree-canopied area in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula. They were ...Read more
MURRAY, Utah (UPI) -- The Humane Society of Utah said four abandoned newborn puppies are thriving thanks to being nursed by a mother cat.
Spokeswoman Deann Shepherd said a woman told rescuers the four Chihuahua puppies were in a box someone left on her car Tuesday in West Valley City and a note on the box said the canines were born Friday and ...Read more
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (UPI) -- A Washington state Baskin Robbins worker didn't want to see a robber get away with the store's money, so she punched him repeatedly in the head.
Surveillance footage from the Baskin Robbins store in Lynnwood shows a man in a baseball cap and sunglasses come into the store, display a gun and demand money from the cash ...Read more
CHANNELVIEW, Texas (UPI) -- A pregnant Texas Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen worker who was fired less than 36 hours after an armed robbery has been offered her job back with $2,000 back pay.
Marissa Holcomb, who is pregnant with her fourth child, was fired by Z&H Foods, the owner of the Popeye's franchise in Channelview, less than 36 hours after ...Read more