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Woman, 100, says stress prevents long life

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A 100-year-old woman in Carlsbad, Calif., says avoiding stress has allowed her to live a long and happy life.

Beatrice Patten, who celebrated turning a century old Thursday, told the San Diego Union-Tribune the key to a long and happy life is simply to avoid stress and just deal with any life problems immediately.

"When people ask me how I've lived so long, I just tell them I don't let things bother me," Patten said. "I deal with problems immediately, then I don't bother with it anymore. I just go on my merry way. Stress is what kills people."

During her long life, Patten has traveled to foreign locales such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Patten never married but the senior offers no regrets about turning down a prospective suitor in her past.

"I wrote him a Dear John letter that said thanks, but no thanks, which was too bad because oil was discovered on his property," she told the Union-Tribune.

Police: Man ended lengthy chase in comfort

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A man who led police officers on a lengthy chase at high speeds through three Florida counties ended the chase sitting in a patio chair, police allege.

Police alleged after officers chased the man, whose identity wasn't released, from Miami to Palm Beach County on suspicion of robbery, the man suddenly pulled into a driveway and sat in a nearby patio chair to await capture, The Miami Herald reported.

Police officers hot on the man's trail quickly arrested the relaxing suspect Wednesday on charges related to two robberies in Miami.

Portions of the high-speed chase that ended in Boca Raton, Fla., were captured by area TV stations.

Portrait made of 250,000 hole punch dots

MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A woman in Britain says she used 250,000 hole punch dots to create a portrait of race car driver Lewis Hamilton.

Artist Nikki Douthwaite of the village of Timperley said she wanted to create the 8-foot-by-5-foot portrait of the British Formula One racer to show her love of the sport and Hamilton's McLaren Mercedes race team, The Daily Telegraph said.

"I am a massive Formula One fan and I have been since I was a little girl," the 34-year-old said. "And I've always supported McLaren.

"The rest of my family like football, but for some reason I have always liked fast cars. I like the cars and I like all the tactics that are involved."

Douthwaite told the Telegraph she was inspired to combine her love of art and racing after first recreating a landscape work by19th century French painter Georges-Pierre Seurat, who developed the style known as pointilism -- creating an image from dots of paint.

"Having done a landscape I wanted to do a portrait," she said, adding she created the hole punch style after being inspired by Seurat.

Woman guilty of one-eyed drunken driving

OREBRO, Sweden, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A woman in central Sweden who alleged she drove with one eye closed to avoid double vision is guilty of drunken driving, a court has ruled.

A court has convicted the woman, whose identity wasn't revealed, on drunken driving charges after she told police she had been driving with one eye closed to counteract seeing double while intoxicated, The Local said.

The incident occurred last summer near Osternarke, Sweden, when police attempted to pull the woman over for alleged erratic driving. Police claimed the woman's vehicle was swerving across all lanes on the road. The woman then didn't pull over for the police in pursuit for nearly 2 miles, police said.

The Local said it was then the woman offered her one-eyed defense for her illegal blood-alcohol level while driving, a motion than helped earn her a two-month prison sentence during a later court date.

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