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Apple winner hangs up on $10000 call, thought it was prank

Imagine receiving a call from Apple regarding prize money, but you disconnect it thinking it to be a prank call? Well, the same happened with Gail Davis, a woman in Orpington, England, who politely hanged up $10,000 gift card call from Apple.

Heavy smoking ups breast cancer risk--study

Here's another reason why women should quit smoking. Apart from causing heart attack or lung cancer, puffing the smoke increases breast cancer risk.

Police: Woman attacked over baby toy

Port St. Lucie, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a woman attacked a fellow Walmart shopper because her baby was "squeezing a child's toy that was making a lot of noise."

Port St. Lucie police said Jeanette Ramirez, 33, of Lauderhill, instigated a "verbal altercation" with the mother due to the noise made by the toy and the incident escaladed when three witnesses saw Ramirez "physically assaulting/hitting" the other woman, reported Thursday.

Police arrested Ramirez on a charge of misdemeanor simple battery.

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80-year-old fined for trashing newspaper

New York -- An elderly woman says she was hit with a $100 fine for tossing a newspaper into a city trash bin outside her Manhattan apartment building.

Delia Gluckin, 80, tossed the paper into the city litter basket on her way to the subway station downtown when she was approached by a woman in a blue uniform, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"I thought she was going to ask for directions. She said, 'You just dropped garbage in there.' I said, 'I didn't, it was just a newspaper,' and I offered to take it out," Gluckin said.

Sanitation cop Kathy Castro wrote Gluckin a ticket for putting "improper refuse" in a city litter basket marked "litter only" and "no household trash."

Husband charged with assault on boxer

Orlando -- Her husband's alleged assault on boxer Christy Martin may have been motivated by her affair with a woman, Florida police records released Wednesday said.

James Martin was arrested Tuesday after a week as a fugitive and hospitalized in Orlando after stabbing himself, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Officials say he will be arraigned after his release from the hospital.

Martin allegedly shot and stabbed his wife at their home in Apopka on Nov. 23.

Records released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the attack occurred shortly after Christy Martin spent two days at a motel with a longtime friend. She and the woman reportedly had recently begun a romantic relationship.

Temple football players in alleged assault

Philadelphia -- Philadelphia police say they are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a woman by two Temple University football players in a campus residence hall.

The student told police the two football players raped her in a room in a university dormitory room Saturday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Philadelphia police confirmed they were investigating a sexual assault but released no further information, the newspaper said.

A spokesman for the Temple athletic department had no comment, deferring to a university spokesman.

"We received a report of a sexual assault from a student on Saturday that took place on our campus in a residence hall," Ray Betzner, an assistant vice president for university communications, said.

Relative blocks woman's cremation

New York -- The body of a 105-year-old woman has been kept in cold storage at a funeral home in New York because a relative refuses to let her be cremated, officials said.

Ethel Baar died in September and in her 1999 will said she wished to be cremated, but a grandnephew has blocked the procedure, saying the Jewish religion prohibits cremation, the New York Daily News reported.

"He objected based on religious grounds to the proposed cremation, arguing that the Jewish religion forbids cremation," funeral home lawyer Peter Shapiro said in court documents.

The grandnephew, James Pollock, lives in Israel and was the only relative to object to Baar's cremation; his actions have angered other family members.

Woman sues to get school perfume ban

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- An Indiana mother is taking her son's high school to court in an attempt to have perfume and cologne banned because the boy is allergic.

Janice Zandi's lawsuit against the Fort Wayne Community High Schools claims it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to ban sprayed scents from Northrop High School, where her son, J.Z., attends, ABC News reported Friday.

Zandi said her son has suffered several allergy attacks at school and had to be taken to a hospital via ambulance three times due to respiratory distress.

However, allergists contacted by ABC News said they had never heard of an allergy to sprayed scents, and particles in perfume are so small as to make allergic reactions unlikely.

Two arrested for motorized cart theft

Huntington, W.Va. -- Authorities in West Virginia said a man and a woman were arrested after allegedly stealing a motorized cart from Wal-Mart and taking it to a strip club.

Cabell County sheriff's deputies said Jonathan Lee Misner, 34, and Billie Jo Stevenson, 36, both of Huntington, were arrested in the early hours Monday and charged with grand larceny and public intoxication, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, reported Wednesday.

Wife denies attack over hair weave

Lynn, Mass. -- A Massachusetts woman has denied allegations she chased her husband with a knife because he wouldn't help with her hair weave.

Lynn police said Kenneth Rudolph, 48, called 911 Saturday and he told arriving officers his wife, Kaukauna Gethers Rudolph, 51, had chased him with a 15-inch knife because he refused to help her while she was taking out her old hair weave in preparation for putting in new extensions, The Boston Herald reported Wednesday.

Police said the wife was holding the knife behind her back when they arrived. She was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.

However, Kaukauna Gethers Rudolph said she never asked her husband to help with her hair.