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Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Cop gives $100 to needy motorist

PLANO, Texas, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Plano, Texas, police officer wrapped a traffic ticket for an expired registration in a $100 bill after pulling over a man who was down on his luck.

Hayden Carlo said he was driving when an officer pulled him over for an expired registration. The father of two young children told the officer he had no excuse, except to admit he simply didn't have the money.

"You get paid, pay your bills, and there's your money. It's gone," Carlo told KTVT-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth. "I said 'there's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money.' I said 'it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.' "

The officer, who has asked to remain anonymous, handed Carlo a traffic ticket envelope. Inside was a $100 bill.

Carlo said he's been able to update both his and his wife's registration with the money and is driving back and forth to a new job legally.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that. I'll never forget that man," Carlo says. "It definitely restored my faith in God."


Experts: 'Regifting' loses its stigma

SUGAR LAND, Texas, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Texas-based financial company said the economic downturn has transformed the practice of "regifting" from tacky to mainstream.

Joanne Kerstetter, vice president for financial education non-profit Money Management International, which operates a website devoted to "regifting," said the economic downturn has taken the taboo out of giving away possessions received as gifts, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.

"It's becoming more mainstream," Kerstetter said. "It's a way to help people save on holiday expenses. It is a method of recycling, and it's a way to take the emphasis off gift giving and (to bring back) the spirit of the holidays."

The company is offering advice on "regifting" at regiftable.com.

American Express said a recent survey determined about a third of consumers "regifted" during the holidays last year.


Police: Bow hunter shot self with gun

POOLESVILLE, Md., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Maryland said a man who shot himself while bow hunting is likely to be charged for carrying a gun during bow hunting season.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said the 45-year-old man, whose name was not released, accidentally shot himself in the leg with a pistol Tuesday while bow hunting in Poolesville's McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, WTOP.com reported Wednesday.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Sgt. Brian Albert said it is illegal for hunters to carry guns during bow hunting season. He said the hunter is likely to be charged at the conclusion of an investigation.

Police said the man required surgery for his injury, but it was not considered life-threatening.


Police: Implants were filled with cocaine

BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Spain said a woman arrested at a Barcelona airport was hiding more than 2 pounds of cocaine in her breast implants.

Authorities at Barcelona-El Prat Airport said the woman, who had traveled to Spain from Colombia, was seen to have two wounds on the bottom of each breast and she told officers she had recently undergone breast augmentation surgery, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported Wednesday.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where it discovered the implants had been filled with cocaine and some of the drug had entered the woman's bloodstream.

The implants, containing a total of more than 2 pounds of cocaine, were removed.

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