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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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  • Pistorius sentenced to five-year jail term for killing girlfriend

    PRETORIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A South African court on Tuesday sentenced Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

  • Central banks to the rescue! ECB plays "Boy Wonder" to Fed's "Batman"
    Central banks to the rescue! ECB plays "Boy Wonder" to Fed's "Batman"

    On Wednesday markets plunged, but a day later some comments from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Bloomberg TV helped take the edge off investors' skittishness. He said, “We have to make sure inflation and inflation expectations remain near our target. And for that reason, a reasonable response of the Fed in this situation... we could go on pause on the taper at this juncture and wait until we see how the data shakes out into December.”

  • Sweden Wants to Know Who Is Speaking Russian in the Baltic Sea
    Sweden Wants to Know Who Is Speaking Russian in the Baltic Sea

    Last Thursday, Swedish intelligence agents intercepted an "emergency radio call" in Russian. The next day, another radio transmission was heard and a "foreign vessel" was seen in Swedish waters. Ever since, the Swedish military has been on a wild submarine chase, coordinating both naval and air forces to find this mysterious vessel in the Baltic Sea. While this only became public knowledge last week, the Swedish military revealed over the weekend that it had been "monitoring suspicious activity in the area for several years. ...

  • Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end
    Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

  • Who wins, who loses if Apple Pay takes off
    Who wins, who loses if Apple Pay takes off

    Apple Pay worked great for a quick purchase tee shirt purchase at Macy's, but a lot more companies than just Apple could win or lose if the mobile payment platform catches on.

  • Royal baby due date: Could Will & Kate's second child take the throne?

    Prince William and Kate Middleton will be welcoming a second baby in April, Britain's royal family announced Monday.

  • Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy process
    Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy process

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span.

  • Larry Flynt's daughter hurt in Ohio car accident

    The daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has been seriously injured in an Ohio car accident and is hospitalized in critical condition. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1wXjbZK ) 47-year-old ...

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