Luck of the draw
Art lover wins Picasso with raffle ticket
A man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso painting with a $138 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he's not sure he'll ever hang the masterpiece in his home in Wexford, in western Pennsylvania, given its value. The 25-year-old Gonano, who works for his family's fire sprinkler business, learned Wednesday that his ticket had won the Paris raffle. Organizers say nearly 50,000 tickets were sold worldwide, for 100 euros apiece, to benefit a Lebanese charity. The 1914 work, Man in the Opera Hat, dates from Spanish master Pablo Picasso's cubist period. Picasso died in 1973. Gonano said he wants to keep the artwork, which features vivid shapes in opaque gouache paint. "Maybe I'll lend it to a museum and let them put it on display rather than putting it in a vault, so other people can enjoy it," he told the newspaper. "It all depends. I don't know what the taxes are or anything."
C-section comes up empty in Brazil
Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn't pregnant. The woman told doctors at the Woman's Hospital in Cabo Frio that she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain, Simone Carvalho, a spokeswoman for the health department of the coastal city, said Tuesday. Carvalho said, "She had the symptoms associated with pregnancy like an enlarged abdomen and nausea." Carvalho said "doctors could not hear the baby's heartbeat and feeling its life was in danger ordered an emergency cesarean after which they discovered it was a false pregnancy."
Tons of hams get spilled on roadway
A truck overturned in metro Atlanta, spilling tons of hams onto an Interstate 85 ramp. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the truck was hauling 40,000 pounds of hams Thursday about 4 a.m. when it overturned, spilling its cargo south of Atlanta. The cab of the truck was destroyed in the crash, which also caused a diesel fuel spill. Truck driver Rigo Vargas said he was hauling the hams to Texas when he wrecked. He said he banged his head against the door when the rig flipped over, but wasn't seriously hurt.
Holiday high jinks
Noel climbs park's Christmas tree
A Connecticut man named Noel who climbed a tree decorated with Christmas lights has been arrested. The electricity for the lights was cut as police and firefighters responded around noon Wednesday after Noel Delgado climbed the tree on the New Haven Green, a 16-acre park in downtown New Haven near Yale University. Delgado had two banners in the tree. Police Lt. Jeff Hoffman tells the New Haven Register he shouted about various causes. Delgado has been charged with breach of peace.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.