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Nov. 18, 2010 at 6:30 AM
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10 shots of espresso in one drink

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A New York coffee shop is offering a 20-ounce beverage with 10 shots of espresso billed as "coffee porn in a cup."

Tony Fisher, owner of The Pulp & The Bean, said the Dieci, named after the Italian word for 10, went on sale Tuesday after he realized the all-espresso drink had "never been done before," the New York Daily News reported.

"It just dawned on me that people really love espresso, so why not just give them a cup full of espresso?" Fisher said.

"It's 20 ounces of just thunder," he said. "One giant cup of jet fuel."

Fisher said the Dieci, billed on a sign outside the shop as "coffee porn in a cup," is ideal for "on-the-go" customers, such as students.

Dr. Jacob Shani, chief of cardiology at Maimonides Medical Center, urged caution in consuming high-caffeine beverages.

"It will make the heart beat a little faster, and it will increase blood pressure," he said. "If you're young and healthy you will get away with it, (but) it's not something I would recommend."


Bristol Palin's 'Dancing' sparks standoff

VERMONT, Wis., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Wisconsin police say a 15-hour standoff with an armed man at his home began with the man's frustration with Bristol Palin's success on "Dancing with the Stars."

Investigators said Steven Cowan, 67, whose wife said has been taking medication for bipolar disorder, was watching the TV show Monday night with his wife at their Vermont home when he became agitated during the dance number by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Police said Cowan demanded his pistols, then found a shotgun and some rounds when his wife did not produce the pistols, which had been hidden by his daughter due to safety concerns. Cowan's wife fled the home after he shot the TV.

Police said hostage negotiators and a dog team were called in during the standoff. Cowan was eventually coaxed out of the home Tuesday.

Cowan was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.


Police: Woman gave fake breast exams

BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Idaho police arrested a woman accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and performing bogus breast exams on women in bars and nightclubs.

Boise police said Kristina Ross, 37, was arrested Tuesday and charged with practicing medicine without a license after she allegedly gave breast exams to several women at bars at nightclubs while claiming to be a plastic surgeon named Dr. Berlyn Aussieahshowna, the Idaho Statesman, Boise, reported.

Police said they were tipped off Nov. 2 by employees of a plastic surgeon who kept getting calls for "Dr. Aussieahshowna" from women who claimed to have scheduled appointments or surgeries.

Victims told police the woman had been seen on several occasions at local bars and nightclubs where she allegedly performed the phony exams.

Police said Ross has never been licensed as a medical doctor.


Man wants his pot back from the sheriff

SEATTLE, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A man allegedly caught walking into a Seattle courthouse with a small amount of marijuana is demanding it back.

John Worthington of Renton, Wash., representing himself, is not denying possession or even invoking his medical marijuana card, Seattlepi.com reported.

Citing a state Board of Pharmacy decision that pot has medicinal value, he asserted Tuesday that it was an "herbal substance," not a drug, and therefore does not fall under laws regulating illegal narcotics.

Worthington was passing through security on his way to the King County Courthouse's law library Oct. 14 when he allegedly placed an old baggy of pot tucked in his jacket in a security tray, the report said.

"I just kind of forgot that I had it," he said.

"I asked Worthington why he would bring marijuana into a courthouse knowing that he would be searched," a deputy sheriff said in the incident report. "He replied that it was an herb, and not a controlled substance, and therefore not illegal."

The deputy said he made sure Worthington had no outstanding warrants and confiscated the marijuana.

"He then told me he wanted to be arrested," the deputy continued.

Worthington was freed. His marijuana remains in the custody of the sheriff's office.

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