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Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Police: Teen drugged parents to use web

ROCKLIN, Calif., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Police in California said they arrested a teenager accused of drugging her parents with sleeping pills so she could use the Internet.

Rocklin police said the teenager was upset her parents wouldn't let her use the Internet after 10 p.m., so she bought them milkshakes Dec. 28 and spiked them with her friend's prescription sleeping pills, KOVR-TV, Sacramento, reported Thursday.

Lt. Lon Milka said the parents thought the milkshakes tasted odd and only consumed about a quarter of them, but it was enough to make them fall asleep for the night.

Milka said the parents took a drug test and confronted their daughter, who admitted drugging the shakes to circumvent their Internet restriction.

The teen and her friend, whose names were not released because they are 16 and 15 years old, were arrested Monday on charges of conspiracy and willfully mingling a pharmaceutical into food.


Flight attendants reveal their secrets

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A New York travel website said the "things your flight attendant won't tell you" include passing decaffeinated coffee off as regular.

George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com, said flight attendants speaking on condition of anonymity revealed some of their secrets of their trade.

"You know that coffee you ordered? It's actually decaf even though you asked for regular. We'd rather you sit back, relax and fall asleep so you don't bother us too much," one flight attendant said.

"If a flight is going to be late anyway, we've been known to delay it even further to make sure our overtime pay kicks in," another said.

"Who do we upgrade? Not the slob who's dressed in a dirty tank top. It helps if you're extremely nice, well dressed, pregnant, very tall, good looking, one of our friends or all of the above," one of the attendants revealed.

"I want to yank your headphones off after I've asked you what you want to drink and you've responded "huh?" three times. After the fourth, I just move on or give you Coke," a flight attendant said.


Gym rats dread wave of resolution-makers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More than half of Americans who regularly go to the gym said they dread the month of January when resolution-makers pile in and take over, pollsters said.

About 65 percent of Americans surveyed said they planned to make a New Year's resolution about living healthier -- and for many, that means joining the local gym. Though many of the resolution-makers lose interest and motivation after a few weeks, the year-round crowd can still get annoyed.

A Harris poll found 56 percent of gym rats said they at least somewhat dread January when their usually docile gym is overrun, leaving fewer machines available -- and never enough clean towels.

The Harris poll found 11 percent of Americans sign up for a year-long gym membership but quit before the year was over.

The poll surveyed 2,309 Americans ages 18 or older Dec. 17-19. Due to the type of poll conducted, no margin of error could be calculated.


250 tires wash up on Scottish beach

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Scotland have vowed to clean up the 250 worn out car tires that washed up on a beach, but their origins remain a mystery.

Residents of the Granton district of Edinburgh said the tires are believed to have been illegally dumped in the water and washed up a few days before Christmas, The Scotsman reported Thursday.

Jan Bakker, a local resident, led a team of volunteers to collect the tires and stack them at the top of the beach.

City deputy leader Steve Cardownie, ward councilor for the area, said local agencies are still trying to determine who is responsible for the beach, but he vowed the tires will be removed.

"Someone will have to get this sorted out as soon as possible because Wardie Bay is a site of special scientific interest which prevented it from being developed many years ago," he said. "As a key part of the city it's imperative that these tyres should be removed as soon as possible. Now it's been brought to my attention I will raise it first thing in the morning and I don't care which agency does it."

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