One New York attorney took starting off with a clean slate a little bit too far.
On Feb. 13, a homeless man was ID'd as Raymond Power Jr., 57, a New York lawyer who had been missing for almost seven months after suffering amnesia, the Chicago police department said.
Power somehow ended up at a Chicago homeless shelter and said he even sent the FBI his fingerprints in the hopes that would help identify him, according to local WLS-TV News.
"I have a lot to learn," Power told WLS-TV.
For the last six months, the father of two had stayed at the Pacific Gardens Mission, going to church at the Ark of Safety Church in Cicero — all the while his life a mystery to himself as he suffered from amnesia, called dissociative disorder by doctors.
Living in the shelter under the name "Jay Tower" and selling papers on the street, Power met a new family who tried to aid him at the church.
"It just broke my heart. I couldn't really understand his situation. But I sympathized for him," friend Arthur Johnson told WLS-TV.
"Basically, it was like I didn't exist," Power told the network.
Bishop Herman Jackson said his mission in life is trying to comfort lost souls, but Power's dilemma was unique.
"He could have been a congressman or a criminal, but either way I knew that he was a child of God," Bishop Herman Jackson, of the Ark of Safety Church, told WLS-TV.
Power's family back in New Rochelle, N.Y., had been frantically searching for him after he failed to come home from work last August — but he didn't remember them.
Someone at the shelter saw his photo when "America's Most Wanted" posted it on its Web site six months later, and his sister flew out to Chicago to see for herself. No one knows what happened or how he wound up in the windy city.
"He just looked at me like he had absolutely no idea who I was, and I said, I'm your sister," his sister, Sue Power, told WLS-TV.
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What Have You Been Feeding That Thing?
Forget the cat in the hat, we've got a cat in the fat.
A whopping 33-pound cat with a 31-inch girth is supposedly in good health, his Chinese owners say, according to KNBC-TV.
However, vets warn that monumentally obese animals are at risk of a whole slew of health problems such as diabetes.
The fat feline's owner conceded he has to help the huge animal climb into bed — where he folds it into its own personal blanket.
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— Thanks to Out There reader Molly R.
Beans, Beans, That Magical Fruit
EATON, Ind. (AP) — The manager of an Indiana canning plant said Monday that he did not know how it could have produced a can of pinto beans with a bird's head inside as claimed by an Illinois woman.
As earlier reported in Out There, Chicago-based La Preferida Inc. announced a voluntary recall on Friday of a limited number of its cans as it investigated how the head ended up in the 15-ounce can.
David Morrow, general manager of Eaton-based Meridian Foods, said he was eager for answers about the discovery last week by a DeKalb, Ill., woman who reported buying the can at a grocery store in nearby Aurora, Ill.
"We don't know anything, and we are waiting on the results of tests," Morrow told The Star Press of Muncie. "We have procedures in place to prevent these things from happening, and we have reviewed those procedures."
A canning company for 40 years, Meridian has been owned by Clinton, Mich.-based Eden Foods since 1994. Meridian is Eden's sole canning plant.
The 29-employee plant about 10 miles north of Muncie packs about a dozen varieties of cooked-in-the-can beans.
The La Preferida beans covered by the recall have the lot number 5348 MF on the can lids. The batch was canned Dec. 14 and is marked by a best-buy date of Dec. 14, 2007, La Preferida said.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.
I Love You Granny, I Mean Mommy?
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A 62-year-old woman gave birth Friday to a healthy 6-pound, 9-ounce baby boy, becoming one of the oldest women in the world to successfully bear a child.
Janise Wulf gave birth to her 12th child. She is also a grandmother of 20 and a great-grandmother of three.
Family members said the delivery went smoothly, despite earlier concerns about the mother's health. Wulf, a diabetic, experienced swelling and higher blood pressure earlier this week, prompting doctors to perform the Caesarean section a week early.
Wulf and her third husband, Scott, 48, named the red-haired boy Adam Charles Wulf. He follows just 3 1/2 years behind his older brother, Ian.
"I hate to raise one alone, without a sibling," said Wulf, who was impregnated both times through in vitro fertilization.
The oldest woman on record to give birth is a 66-year-old Adriana Iliescu of Romania, who had a Caesarean section Jan. 15, 2005.
The Guinness Book of World Records also lists two 63-year-old women who have given birth: Rosanna Della Corte of Italy in 1994 and Acheli Keh of California in 1996. News reports, however, list Della Corte's age at 62 when she gave birth.
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Talk About Hot Tempered!
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Talk about a hotheaded reaction to hot sauce.
Authorities were looking for a man they say vandalized a bathroom at a Mexican restaurant because he thought employees put hot sauce on his tacos.
Two men ordered some tacos at Taco John's drive-thru around 8 p.m. Friday.
After receiving their food, they pulled over in the parking lot and one of the men walked into the restaurant and yelled at employees for putting hot sauce on his tacos, police said.
The employee told the man the restaurant doesn't put hot sauce on its tacos. The man then walked into the men's bathroom and cracked the tank on the toilet, police said.
Anyone Ever Tell You Smoking's Bad for You, Doctor?
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state's tough new anti-smoking law has an unlikely opponent: a retired doctor who argues the ban is forcing elderly smokers in nursing homes to take unnecessary risks.
Dr. Robert Guild, 71, says the law is forcing him and other smokers at the Maplewood Gardens Retirement Apartments — some in wheelchairs and walkers — to brave ice and snow to get to a structure that is far enough away from the retirement facility to meet the ban's requirements.
The smokers have dubbed the structure the "Butt Hutt," and argue that it is a poor replacement to the well-ventilated smoking lounge management provided before the ban on indoor smoking went into effect in December.
"There's overhead heating, but it's very inconvenient, and there are no facilities," Guild said, noting that restrooms are important for folks his age.
Guild started smoking cigars after he retired from private practice and his teaching position at Michigan State University.
He says those who penned the clean indoor air initiative "ought to be shot." But he's willing to negotiate.
"Give us our smoking room back, and all is forgiven," Guild told the Spokesman-Review for a story in Monday editions.
Imagine If They'd Said Laura Was Coming
CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban couple found a way to speed up their home renovations: They told workers the president was coming.
A construction crew had been building an addition and renovating Mark and Margie Hauser's house in Indian Hill for a year and a half.
The job still hadn't been finished as final preparations were being made for a political fundraiser featuring President Bush at the couple's home Thursday. About 150 people are expected at the event for Republican Sen. Mike DeWine's re-election campaign.
Needing the renovations finished, the couple told workers about the president's visit. "We lit the fire," said Margie Hauser, 43.
The contractor finished replacing the black-and-white tiles in the foyer, landscaping and other small chores late last week.
"This is a great way to get the contractor to finish the job," said Mark Hauser, 45.
This is the first fundraiser hosted by the couple, who contributed $28,320 to the Republican Party in 2003 and 2004, including $2,000 to the Bush campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Andrew Hard.
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