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Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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Kenyan mom names newborns Barack, Mitt

SIAYA, Kenya, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- It turns out Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were born in Kenya, and it on was Election Day, when a woman gave birth to twins and named them after the candidates.

Millicent Owour, 20, of Siaya, Kenya, said of her newborn sons at Siaya District Hospital, "I named the first twin Barack and the second one Mitt."

The president's father, Barack Obama Sr., was born not far away in the village of Kogelo, where his 89-year-old step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, still resides, the British newspaper The Independent reported Thursday.

The residents of Kogelo sang and danced the night away after Obama's election victory Tuesday, the BBC said.

"The reason why he has won is because God has given it to him," said Sarah Obama. "He has got the knowledge to love all people. He doesn't have the knowledge of division. That is why he has won."

Police: Officer lied about misplaced ammo

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said an officer who attempted to purchase ammunition to hide the fact that he lost 40 rounds was suspended for five weeks.

The Coral Springs Police Department said officials received a call in June from the bullet company saying an order placed by Louis Coldros, 44, was being processed. Coldros was sent home to retrieve the magazines for his gun, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

Coldros returned to say his vest and two 20-round magazines it contained were missing and must have been stolen from his car. However, investigators said the missing items were found in a SWAT vehicle July 13 and may have been left there June 5.

"When I realized equipment was missing from my police car, I expected to be held accountable. In an attempt to avoid repercussions and face further criticism from my supervisors, I attempted to purchase and replace the missing items on my own. With 18 years in law enforcement, I should have known better and disclosed the missing items right away," Coldros said in an Aug. 15 letter to Chief Tony Pustizzi.

Coldros was issued a five-week unpaid suspension.

Tattoo parlor tiles floor with pennies

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The owner of a Pittsburgh tattoo parlor said she found covering her shop's floor with pennies was cheaper than buying tile.

Mel Angst, owner of the Artisan tattoo shop, said she and a team of helpers spent about 300 hours gluing 250,000 pennies to the floor of her store, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"Amazingly enough, we found it's a lot cheaper to just glue money to your floor than to actually buy tile. It's about $3 a square foot," Angst said.

Angst said anyone who spent at least 30 hours helping with the floor will receive a complimentary Abraham Lincoln penny tattoo.

"Some days it was just me. I think the most [people helping] we ever had was seven," Angst said. "But on average, three or four people a day for about 10 to 16 hours a day, for about three weeks straight, gluing these down."

Italian students dislike math the most

ROME, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Italian website said its survey of the country's students indicates math is the subject learners loathe most, followed by Latin and Italian.

Studenti.it said 38 percent of students using the website picked math as their least favorite subject, while 16 percent chose Latin and 9 percent picked Italian, ANSA reported Thursday.

"This aversion (to math) has a scientific basis," said Marta Ferrucci, who manages Studenti.it. "According to research at the University of Chicago, solving math problems has a tendency to provoke a cerebral reaction that's comparable to physical pain. The research is causing much discussion, but it shouldn't become an alibi."

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