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Sept. 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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Farm mourns gargantuan pig

IPSWICH, Mass., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts owners of a pig estimated to weigh 1,200 pounds at his peak said the animal has died at the age of nearly 12.

Miranda Russell, co-owner of Russell Orchards in Ipswich, said Big Boy went to "hog heaven" in late August and workers have since discovered how much the pig was loved by the farm's frequent visitors, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

"If pigs could be a diva, Big Boy was a diva,'' said Patrick Henry, who was Big Boy's primary caretaker. "He would play to the camera. He knew his value as an entertainer. He knew when he had an audience. He would nod his head, pointing down to where he wanted people to drop an apple or a doughnut. He loved Chinese food. He really would eat almost anything.''

Russell said another of the farm's pigs is likely to receive a promotion and be spared to attract tourists.

Macaw saves man from robbers

FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- An Arkansas man credited his pet macaw for rescuing him from a pair of home invaders who attacked him and demanded drugs.

Jack Dukes of Fort Smith said he let the two men into his home about 2:35 a.m. Monday because he thought one of them was a neighbor, and once inside they attacked him physically and demanded hydrocodone pills, KSFM-TV, Fort Smith, reported Tuesday.

Dukes said one of the invaders grabbed his macaw, Charlie, leading the bird to attack. He said Charlie used his beak to take a chunk out of the man's arm.

"He said to the other guy, he said 'let's get the hell out of here,' and they both headed out the door," Dukes said.

Police said the case is under investigation.

43.6 percent of U.S. adults unmarried

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Census Bureau marked Unmarried and Single Americans Week by revealing 43.6 percent of U.S. adults were unmarried in 2010.

The bureau marked the Sept. 18-24 celebration of singlehood by detailing data from the 2010 census showing 43.6 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 and up were unmarried -- including those who have been divorced or widowed -- at the time of the census.

The figures stated 61 percent of those who were unmarried had never been married while 23.8 percent were divorced and 14.4 percent were widowed.

The Census Bureau said there were 88 unmarried U.S. men for every 100 unmarried U.S. women at the time of last year's census.

The bureau said there were 6.5 million unmarried-partner households at the time of the census and 581,300 of those were same-sex households.

Graffiti artist writes in Los Angeles sky

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles professional graffiti artist used five skywriters to post a message to the city opposing recent crackdowns on graffiti and street art.

The artist, Saber, had the skywriters post his message in the air above downtown Los Angeles about noon Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

"End Mural Moratorium," the message in the sky read. "Art Is Not A Crime."

Saber said the stunt was inspired by crackdowns on graffiti and street art as well as what he described as a campaign to remove public murals.

"This was once the city of murals," he said, "but no more."

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