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Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Homeless woman turns in found cash

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A homeless Canadian woman who found a purse with thousands of dollars turned it in to police.

The woman, currently a resident of the YWCA in Calgary, asked police not to release her name, the Calgary Sun reported.

"It never crossed my mind to keep the money," she said. "It's not mine to keep. I didn't think keeping it at all."

The woman said she spotted the purse leaning against the door of a car Thursday morning. When the car drove off without it, she first tried to catch the driver's attention and then took it back to the Y.

She said she found the money, $10,400 Canadian or $10,600 U.S., while she was looking for some way to get in touch with the purse's owner. She then consulted her case manager, and they called police.

The money was quickly claimed by an Edmonton woman.

Police Constable Eddie Chesal said there is no reason to believe the owner was involved in anything illegal.

Chesal said the homeless woman acted with unusual honesty: "It definitely could have ended differently had somebody else found it. I spoke with her and she's very humble about it."

Abandoned baby walruses head to new homes

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The New York Aquarium announced one of two baby walruses orphaned off the northern coast of Alaska will soon make the facility its permanent home.

Four-month-old Pakak, who weighs 350, is scheduled to arrive at the aquarium Thursday via Fed-Ex, ABC News reported Saturday.

The Indianapolis Zoo announced Wednesday the second baby walrus, Mitik, who at 4 months old weighs 234 pounds, will take up residence at its facility next week.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized human intervention after the calves were separated from a group of walruses passing the northern slope of Barrow, Alaska, in July, The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.

Both were nursed back to health at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

"These 'little' guys have been a ton of work, but the work was so satisfying that it was nearly impossible to be bothered by it," Tara Jones, president of the Alaska SeaLife Center said. "We will miss those two very social, inquisitive animals that always wanted attention."

Zoo officials will quarantine both animals for 30 days before they are allowed to join the walrus populations at their respective zoos, ABC News reported.

The estimated cost to ship Mitik and Pakak is about $15,000 dollars, which the receiving zoos will pay.

Waiting on new trash can, garbage piles up

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A woman in western Canada says she has been waiting for days for a new trash can to replace one that was stolen, and the pile of used diapers is getting higher.

Liz Pimentel of Winnipeg told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that by Friday she had five days worth of accumulated trash.

"If you have a toddler like me ... it's going to be a lot of garbage," Pimentel said, adding that the garbage pile includes used disposable diapers.

Pimentel said when she called the city Monday to report the trash bin stolen, she was told she would not get a replacement immediately because the stolen one could be tracked. The cans have bar codes that allow them to be identified if they turn up after a theft.

Officials say Pimentel will be charged $60 for the replacement. The money will be refunded if the stolen bin resurfaces.

86th edition of Christmas Book released

DALLAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was unveiled in Dallas, with fantasy gifts such as a limited-edition McLaren and a walk-on role in "Annie: The Musical."

The 86th edition of legendary Christmas Book was made available by the Neiman Marcus in Dallas Tuesday, the luxury retailer said in a release.

This year's edition of the Christmas Book features fantasy gifts, including a Heritage Hen Mini Farm, a Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer, a Casa Dragones Private Dinner for 10 and a Pinel & Pinel Arcade PS Trunk a 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider.

A portion of the proceeds from each fantasy gift, each priced over $30,000, go to charities, including The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, PEDIGREE Foundation, Pajama Program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

"This year's collection of fantasy gifts is a spectacular array of more of what our valued customers have grown to love and anticipate year after year," said John Koryl, President of Neiman Marcus Direct. "Once again there is something for everyone – from the luxury watch collector, to the video game aficionado, to the secret backyard farmer – and it can all be viewed online at www.neimanmarcus.com."

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