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  • Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)

    Are you a cat looking for a change? Are you eager to relocate to a feline-based community where you can lounge, rest, sleep and snooze, all with a minimum number of dogs sniffing about?

    Allow us to humbly suggest the great state of Meowsachusetts.

    Massachusetts is, according to a recent report from the Washington Post, the state with the highest ratio of cats to dogs. There are roughly 1.87 cats for every canine in the Bay State.

    The data comes from Euromonitor, which found that when it comes to cat-friendly areas, the northeastern United States is the place to be. Other states cracking the feline top five: Maryland, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut.

    Dogs, on the other paw, seem to be a lot more popular in places where there's room to roam. The state with the highest ratio of dogs to cats? Arkansas, followed by New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    Does this mean that Massachusetts is the unofficial land of crazy cat ladies? The Boston Globe playfully speculates that that just

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  • How long does it take to track down a long-lost, high school class ring? Twenty-five years and three days — at least for one lucky and surprised man.

    While making an arrest at a Wal-Mart store in Scarborough, Maine, police noticed that a ring worn by a suspect held in custody didn’t match her name.

    The ring, which had a football emblem, was engraved with "1987" and the name “Jerry Portier.”

    A crime analyst at the Scarborough Police Department spent three days tracking down the ring’s rightful owner, who said it had been missing since 1989 when Portier lost it while he was away at college in Massachusetts. Portier now lives in Arizona.

    “His first words were, ‘You’re kidding me,’" Det. Ron Nelsen told local affiliate WMTV.

    After confirming that the ring belongs to Portier, Scarborough police say they shipped the ring to him just in time for his next class reunion. That’s, of course, assuming it doesn’t get lost in the mail.

    Follow Eric Pfeiffer on Twitter (@ericpfeiffer).

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  • George Harrison was rememberd by hundreds of fans in Grifffith Park. A plaque was unveiled next to a tree planted in his honor with family members and special guests present. (Credit Image: Chuck Green/ZUMAPRESS.com)George Harrison was rememberd by hundreds of fans in Grifffith Park. A plaque was unveiled next to a tree planted in his honor with family members and special guests present. (Credit Image: Chuck Green/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    Isn't it ironic?

    A memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honor the late Beatles musician George Harrison needs to be replaced after it was infested with real-life beetles.

    Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge made the announcement over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tree was planted near the Griffith Observatory in 2004 to honor the musician who passed away in 2001.

    Bark beetles are common in Los Angeles and regularly feed on pine trees, the same type of tree planted at the Harrison memorial.

    Clearly a fan, LaBonge was reportedly in attendance for the final tour stop of another former Beatle; Ringo Starr was performing with his band at the nearby Greek Theatre on Saturday.

    Harrison spent his final days in Los Angeles and was honored with the plaque including a written tribute, which reads:

    "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener."

    LaBonge says Griffith Park officials plan to replant a pine tree similar to

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  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer
    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

  • WIFE IS UNWILLING TO SHOULDER BURDEN OF MOTHER-IN-LAW'S CARE

    DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She lives alone an hour and a half from us. She also has a professional who takes care of her once a week. My husband, "Fred," goes to help and entertain her every weekend, and I sometimes accompany him. She has enough money to stay in an assisted living facility, but Fred wants to build a mother-in-law apartment for her on our property. Abby, I don't like her. She was a bully when she was younger, and she's still manipulative. She has made some comments about me hitting her, which never happened. ...

  • Will Harold Hamm's be the costliest divorce in history?
    Will Harold Hamm's be the costliest divorce in history?

    Harold and Sue Ann Hamm's divorce proceedings are under way in an Oklahoma courtroom. In order to keep his billions, Harold Hamm may have to fight against his image as a self-made man, and argue that his fortune is thanks entirely to luck. If he loses, his divorce may be the costliest ever.

  • Corrupt Chinese hiding in Western nations elude Beijing's 'fox hunt'

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - When Yang Xiuzhu got wind in 2003 that Chinese anti-corruption investigators were looking into her affairs, she boarded a flight to Singapore. China filed an arrest warrant through Interpol for Yang, a senior official who oversaw construction projects in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang. She was eventually detained in Amsterdam in 2005, but nearly a decade on, China has yet to get her back despite protracted negotiations with the Netherlands. Yang's case and others like it underscore the challenge for President Xi Jinping as he expands his already far-reaching anti-corruption campaign to tracking down suspects who have fled abroad, often taking their ill-gotten gains with them.

  • U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf
    U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

    A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.

  • Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal
    Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal

    A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details.

  • Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash
    Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

    DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

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