When two are one
Couple share life, surgery to lose weight
An Indiana couple who topped the scales at more than 700 pounds combined have undergone weight-loss surgery — on the same day. Lorie and Todd Richmond both had surgery last week at the University of Chicago Medical Center. They made the decision after years of failed diets and 10 months of preparation. Todd, 305 pounds, had gastric bypass surgery; Lorie, 402 pounds, opted for a duodenal switch. Both operations were performed by Dr. Vivek Prachand, who said it's the first time he has performed surgeries on a husband and wife on the same day.
If you go
Use common sense when obeying sign
If you are planning to visit Britain in the near future, pay close attention to the signs. Almost all are meant to be followed. But the Nottingham City Council would like you to know that should any say it is legal to urinate in certain public places in Nottingham, they are the work of pranksters and not official policy — even if they look official. They feature a toilet sign and include the words: "Public Urination Permitted After 7.30pm". The city council is working to remove the prank signs, but should it miss any, remember you have been warned.
If you go, part II
Fire truck not to go home for holidays
Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home — to Washington — for Christmas. Detective Gary Keller said firefighters on a medical call heard the $500,000 truck's air horn blaring Monday and ran outside. They found a man in the driver's seat trying to drive away. Police say the 25-year-old man told them he wanted to go see his mother for Christmas. It is not known if a sobriety test was administered.
Santa, a Canadian?
Let's talk about dual citizenship
Canadians say there's a reason Santa Claus dresses in red and white, the colors of the Canadian flag: He's Canadian. Canada.com reported Tuesday that less than three weeks after the country's government proposed legislation to expand its sovereignty over Arctic waters, its citizenship minister is shoring up claim to the Far North by declaring Santa Claus, a longtime resident of the North Pole, to be a Canadian citizen.
To melt the ice, try salt, not blowtorch
Fire officials in New Bedford, Mass., say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage. Fire Capt. Scott Kruger said no one was injured during Monday's incident at the three-story home. The man was using a torch hooked up to a 20-pound propane cylinder, got too close to the building's wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. It took 25 firefighters to subdue the blaze.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.