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$900 stolen from car of crash helper

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Washington state woman says someone stole $900 from her car while she was helping the victims of a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 5.

Peggy Ray of Everett said she was taking the money to pay her landlord Saturday afternoon when she saw a car, driven by a 74-year-old man and carrying a 68-year-old woman, strike a pickup truck and run off the highway, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported Tuesday.

"I was just thinking, 'Oh my God. The car is smoking. We need to get these people out,'" Ray said.

She said she left the passenger door of her car open when she and another witness went to break a window and free the couple from the car, which was stuck in a water-filled ditch.

The Good Samaritan said she returned to her car after medics arrived and discovered her envelope filled with $900 in cash had been stolen from her car.

Police said more than 20 people stopped at the scene of the collision. The theft was under investigation.

Authorities said the man and woman from the car are expected to recover.


Lost ring returned after 41 years

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- An Iowa man who lost a gold ring he had made to commemorate his service in Vietnam says it has been returned to him after 40 years.

John Jones, 64, said he had the ring customized with his infantry, initials and Social Security number after serving in the 25th Infantry Army Division in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, KCCI-TV, Des Moines, reported Tuesday.

Jones said he thought the ring was gone for good when it slipped off his finger while swimming at Lake Delhi in 1971.

However, the Lake Delhi dam broke in 2010, emptying the lake, and metal detector enthusiasts, including Steve Gola of Grayslake, Ill, were drawn to the area.

"I knew it was a special ring right when I dug it up. With the eagles on the side and just the way it looked," Gola said.

Gola said he was able to make out the engravings after cleaning the ring and decided to return it to its owner. He said it took the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs two years to track down Jones, who was presented with the ring at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines Sunday.

"It's a great honor to receive it back. I can't say how much I appreciate it," Jones said.


'Omnishambles,' 'GIF' top words of 2012

OXFORD, England, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Britain's Oxford University Press announced "omnishambles" as the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for Britain and "GIF" as the U.S. word of the year.

Fiona McPherson, one of the lexicographers on the judging panel for Oxford, said "omnishambles" was coined by satirical TV show "The Thick of It" and means "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, and is characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations."

"It was a word everyone liked, which seemed to sum up so many of the events over the last 366 days in a beautiful way. It's funny, it's quirky, and it has broken free of its fictional political beginnings, firstly by spilling over into real politics, and then into other contexts," McPherson said.

Meanwhile, the publisher announced "GIF," a verb meaning to create a GIF file -- an image file featuring looping animations -- of an event, as the world of the year for the United States.


Man finds $20,000 in dumpster

MARLBORO, Mass., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man said he discovered more than $20,000 in a dumpster while looking for magazines to turn into art projects.

The Marlboro man, a Brazilian immigrant who asked for his name not to be printed, said he visits the Wellesley dump about twice a week to search for magazines to turn into art, and during a visit last month he found a book with $20,000 to $30,000 pressed between its pages, WHDH-TV, Boston, Mass., reported Tuesday.

The man said he is trying to find the rightful owner of the cash and has pledged to search for six months before deciding whether to keep the money.

"This book is a lot of history there," he said. "My point of view is, I want to see because if someone maybe who separated the money to buy a house, put a downpayment for the house. What if that happened to me, if it was me? I'm going to go crazy, alright?"

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