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Glitch leads to penny gas at N. Illinois station PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:41

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An error at northern Illinois gas station caused pumps to sell fuel for a penny a gallon.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1elUdrQ ) a Shell station in Woodstock wound up mistakenly selling the nearly-free fuel for about two hours Sunday night.

As word spread, cars lined up and jostled to fill-up.

Woodstock Police Sgt. Dennis Leard says authorities had to use an emergency shut-off to stop the sales before the gas station closed in order to reset the pumps to regular prices.

But before that, cars were blocking traffic and lining up on the street to reach the cheap gas.

Leard says the station clerk working at the time wasn't aware of the glitch.

It wasn't clear how much gas was sold.

Woodstock is 50 miles northwest of Chicago.

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com


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New Jersey festival lets you eat, drink, floss with bacon PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:01

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drank or worn it before.

Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm.

Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.

They're all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term "pigging out."

The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.

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Man cleaning for-sale house in Michigan finds $100,000 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2014 11:51

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A man who runs a junk removal company came across a box while cleaning out a home for sale in the Detroit area.

That's not unusual.

The items inside certainly were.

XS Trash owner Norman Saleh (SAHL'-uh) opened the box to find $100,000 in U.S. savings bonds.

But instead of pocketing the money, Saleh called the Dearborn Heights house's owner, who gave the bonds' discoverer more than a "thank you."

The homeowner allowed Saleh to buy the property at what Saleh calls "a very, very good price." So, instead of cleaning up for a client, he's now fixing the place up for himself.

Saleh tells WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1g7QkKr ) the moral of the story is that "honesty is the best policy."

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Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyztv.com


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Woman gives three Illinois waitresses $5,000 each PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:22

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.

The owner of the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Matt Nebiu, said business was slow Saturday when the customer handed checks to 25-year-old Amy Sabani, 23-year-old Sarah Seckinger and 28-year-old Amber Kariolich.

Sabani told the Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/1n7PcZh ) that she first thought her check was for $500. But on closer inspection she saw its actual value and refused to take it.

Sabani said the woman told the waitresses to use the money for school and "everything else in life."

Seckinger says a last semester to earn her associate degree in criminal justice was too expensive, but she will now return to school.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com


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Spain police seize cocaine in floating backpacks PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:23

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say drug traffickers used a sophisticated system of floating backpacks with a tracking system to try to smuggle 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds) of cocaine into the country.

The Civil Guard's website on Tuesday said the drug was found in 37 backpacks floating in waters off a beach near the eastern city of Valencia.

The packs were tied to each other and had a tracking system so that they could be located and picked up by traffickers. Police said the drug had been dropped off from a vessel further out to sea.

A police statement said five Spaniards were arrested and 72,000 euros ($97,000) and jewelry confiscated.


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