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May 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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British cat has world's loudest purr

PITSFORD, England, May 6 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records said a British woman's 12-year-old cat has made the record book with the world's loudest purr, measured at 67.7 decibels.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, said Smokey the cat, owned by Ruth Adams of Pitsford, England, is officially being recognized as the world's loudest domestic cat.

"Guinness World Records is a veritable cat-alogue of fantastic felines, and Smokey is a welcome addition to the family. It's incredible to think that a cat's purr can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner," Glenday said.

Adams said she is proud of her loud-purring cat.

"We are very happy and purring loudly at the announcement that we hold a Guinness World Records title," she said.

Man with no warrant flees, jumps in river

RENSSELAER, N.Y., May 6 (UPI) --Police in New York state said a man who wrongly believed there was a warrant for his arrest jumped from a car, ran across train tracks and jumped into a river.

Rensselaer police said a vehicle was pulled over on East Street for a possible traffic violation and a 21-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, ran from the car, ran across tracks near an Amtrak station and jumped into the Hudson River, the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reported Thursday.

Police said the man, who was pulled from the water about 250 feet downstream, erroneously believed there was a warrant for his arrest.

"He just took a swim for no reason at all," Deputy Police Chief James Frankoski said.

The man, who was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital for examination, may face charges of trespassing and resisting arrest, police said.

JetBlue awards free vacation to dog

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- JetBlue, based in New York, said a canine frequent flier has been named the carrier's "Most-Traveled Four-Legged Jetsetter" and will receive a free vacation.

The airline said Moose, a 1-year-old Maltipoo, and owner Jamie Griebner are being awarded a JetBlue Getaways vacation package to Los Angeles, including a stay at the dog-friendly Hotel Palomar.

JetBlue said Moose has accompanied Griebner, an East Amherst, N.Y., native attending Suffolk University in Boston, on more than 20 flights between Boston and Buffalo, N.Y.

"It's nice, because Boston and Buffalo is only an hour trip on a direct flight, so over the summer I would usually be back in Buffalo for the weekends," Griebner said. "Now when school is busier I try to make it back to Buffalo around once a month."

JetBlue said Moose received the award as part of its National Pet Month celebrations.

Cream puffs may be official Wis. dessert

MADISON, Wis., May 6 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin state lawmaker said her bill to declare cream puffs the official state dessert was inspired by the efforts of a group of fourth-graders.

State Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, said her bill was the idea of students at Clarendon Avenue School in Mukwonago who started a Facebook page titled "Make Cream Puffs the Official Dessert of Wisconsin," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday.

The senator's office said the page received strong support from the Wisconsin Bakers Association, which helped publicize the Facebook page across the state.

The office said more than 3.6 million cream puffs have been purchased at Wisconsin State Fairs.

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