Monday, February 19, 2018
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The Skinny: Christmas book has $1.9M diamond deal

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This Christmas book has $1.9M diamond deal

For a one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer, a holiday buyer with $1.85 million burning a hole in his pocket can design a diamond ring and travel to Africa to see where the stone came from. The 87th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, unveiled Tuesday in Dallas, also has a less pricey overnight stay at architect Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut (only $30,000) and for the miser, a $12 mug.

Princely sums

Royal coins struck for a christening

Superstition holds it's good luck to cross a newborn's palm with silver to wish the child riches and health, but Britain's baby Prince George is getting something more: a whole set of coins in his honor. Britain's Royal Mint said the 5 pound coin (with a face value of $8) will carry the image of great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on the front.

The fix is in

Dog's mixed result for crashing race

An Indiana dog that crashed a half marathon has won a medal — and a visit with a vet. The chocolate Labrador retriever, Boogie, ran most of the 13.1 miles (time: 2 hours, 15 minutes) in Saturday's Evansville event. Owner Jerry Butts tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash Friday night, his fourth escape. Boogie now has a microchip and an appointment to be neutered.

Sleep and shop

Ikea stores change the sheets daily

The Swedish furniture chain says its stores in China allow customers to nap on the beds. Linda Xu, Ikea's Chinese spokeswoman, said the stores do not mind changing linen daily. "Today's visitors could be tomorrow's clients."

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting. The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging...
Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Customs agents will step up searches for banned flowers meant for Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be station...
Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
Published: 02/09/18
Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
Published: 02/08/18
UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
Updated one month ago
Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

A 9-year-old student in New Mexico gave fellow students gummies - only to realize later they were not ordinary candies.The candies had apparently been laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for how marijuana affects the bra...
Updated one month ago