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MUFON investigating flying saucer in Texas

EAGLE FORD, Texas, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A photograph of an alleged flying saucer hovering over a Texas oil field that surfaced on the Internet may be authentic, a UFO investigator says.

The photo, which has a July 5 time stamp, appeared on the Mutual UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) Network website last week and was allegedly taken by a security camera at an oil drilling site in Eagle Ford, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News reported.

Charles Stansburge, a veteran MUFON investigator, said the photo has passed two authenticity tests.

"If it's a prank," Stansburge said, "someone spent a lot of money to stage it. It's not a doctored photo. It's a 60-foot-diameter saucer that's hovering."

Other unexplainable sights have been seen in the Eagle Ford-area, including a number of oil workers and nearby residents seeing unidentified lights in the night sky on consecutive days in October.

Stansburge said he is sure what his investigation into the photograph and other sightings in Eagle Ford will uncover.

"All we can do," he said, "is document what we find."


Married couple with same name separated

MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Kelly Hildebrandt and Kelly Hildebrandt, a married couple who made international headlines in 2009 for having the same names, have filed for divorce.

The Hildebrandts, who met via Facebook in February 2009, have been separated since March, with an official divorce, filed last year, still pending, WTVJ-TV, Miami, reported.

"How do they term it at the courthouse? Irreconcilable differences, that is what I would say," male Kelly said. "We gave it our best shot."

"She's a Florida girl, and I'm a Texas guy," he said. "We really did come from pretty different worlds."

The two met offline after having online exchanges for about three weeks that started when female Kelly sent male Kelly a note on their shared name. They hit it off immediately and got engaged.

Their story made national and international headlines when they appeared on the "Today Show," "Inside Edition," and Fox News.

They were married on Oct. 11, 2009.

Male Kelly has since moved back to Texas

"That's where all my connections are. It's been really great since I got back," he said.

Female Kelly's mother said in a statement: "Yes, I am sorry to say they have separated. I am happy to say they have remained good friends and are both doing well."


Polar Plunge raises more than $5,000

SYLVAN LAKE, Mich., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A group of 30 people participated in the first Polar Plunge at Michigan's Sylvan Lake in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan.

The event, which took place Saturday, raised more than $5,000 for the organization, The Detroit News reported.

At the event, the first for the city, participants were encouraged to dress in costume as they jumped into the 34-degree water.

Colin Consiglio, a Sylvan Lake police officer and organizer of the event, said he was pleased with the turnout and the funds raised.

"I said I'd be happy with $2,000 to $3,000 and as it sits now, we've already surpassed that," he said.


Antique cannon discovered in Central Park

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Workers in New York City's Central Park discovered a loaded Revolutionary War-era cannon in a shed, officials said.

The cannon was found Friday afternoon in the park's Ramble shed near the 79th Street transverse, WCBS-TV, New York, reported.

Along with the cannon were more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing and a cannonball.

Preservation workers for the Central Park Conservancy said the cannon was donated to the park around the time of the Civil War, and was on display in the park from the 1860s until 1996 when it was put into storage to protect it from vandalism.

The donation came from someone who salvaged the artillery from a sunken British frigate in the East River.

Tourists in the park Friday afternoon said they were shocked by the find.

"Something like that, it's surprising to be overlooked," Denise Night said.

"It seems like some people are pretty incompetent not to notice after all these years," agreed Steve Night.

The New York City Police Department safely removed the cannon, gun powder and cannonball from the park.

"We silenced British cannon fire in 1776 and we don't want to hear it again in Central Park," the NYPD said in a statement.

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