Survey: Couples don't get away enough
BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Courtyard by Marriott hotel chain, based in Maryland, said its survey indicates 70 percent of U.S. couples don't vacation together as much as they'd like.
Courtyard by Marriott said the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, which was conducted for the hotel by ECHO research, found 25 percent of respondents said they never travel as a couple for leisure purposes, while 50 percent said they travel together once or twice a year. Seventy percent of respondents said they do not vacation as a couple often enough.
"We all have so many responsibilities in our lives that making time for ourselves and a significant other all too often becomes our last priority," said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. "Making time for a weekend or overnight getaway to a fun destination can be rejuvenating, and there is no better time than now to find that perfect destination."
The survey was conducted June 5-8 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Tractor driven over seven police cars
NEWPORT, Vt., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Vermont man who was angry about his arrest drove his parents' tractor over seven police vehicles outside of a sheriff's office, authorities said.
The Orleans County Sheriff's Department said Roger Pion, 34, who was arrested by Newport police July 3 on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, drove his parents' large tractor over seven of the department's cars, the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press reported Friday.
"It's more than half our fleet. We have 11 cars," Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks said.
Pion was arrested by Newport police about two miles away, the sheriff's department said.
Vermont State Police said Pion is facing seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, grossly negligent operation and aggravated assault. He was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Women to attempt breastfeeding record
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The New Zealand-based organizers of the Big Latch On event said thousands of women across the world are expected to breast feed simultaneously.
The non-profit Woman's Health Action group said women will gather in 590 locations in 23 countries at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in an attempt to break the world record for simultaneous breast feeding, which was set by 9,826 women during the October 2010 Big Latch On event, CBS News reported Friday.
"We are well on target to break this record again this year," said Isis McKay of Women's Health Action.
The event is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of breast milk in the development of infants.
Police: Man did puzzle behind wheel
CHATHAM-KENT, Ontario, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Ontario said a man is facing a careless driving charge after allegedly trying to solve a newspaper puzzle while behind the wheel.
Investigators said an officer noticed a man with a newspaper on the steering wheel of his Ford F-150 around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent, The Winsor (Ontario) Star reported Friday.
The man was so engrossed in his newspaper puzzle that it took him more than a minute to realize he was being pulled over, police said.
The driver, Daniel Irons of St. Thomas, Ontario, was charged with a count of careless driving.
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