• OLD NYC TOY POODLE CHICHI DIES AT 24, MAYBE 26: NEW YORK (AP) — A toy poodle whose New York City owners had sought to put him in the Guinness World Records book as the world’s oldest dog has died.
Uncle Chichi was 24, 25 or 26.
Owners Frank Pavich and Janet Puhalovic adopted Chichi from an animal shelter in Charleston, S.C., when he was 1 to 2 years old. Records proving his age were lost.
Pavich tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/zMn52K) that Chichi was put down last week after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Chichi’s longevity led to an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” When Pavich revealed Spot’s Stew was Chichi’s favorite food, the manufacturer donated 10,000 meals to the Charleston animal shelter.
Guinness’ official oldest living dog was a 26-year-old Japanese mutt. It died in December.
• HEARSE USED AFTER JFK SLAIN IN DALLAS SELLS: DALLAS (AP) — The man who paid $176,000 for the white hearse used to transport President John F. Kennedy’s body following his assassination in Dallas plans to include it in his collection of about 400 cars in Colorado.
Stephen Tebo, a collector and real estate developer from Boulder, bought the hearse Saturday that was being offered by Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz. It sold for a bid of $160,000, plus a $16,000 buyer’s premium.
The 1964 Cadillac hearse carried Kennedy’s body as well as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Air Force One at Dallas’ Love Field for the flight back to Washington on Nov. 22, 1963, according to the auction company.
• MAN WITH GUN IN CAR STOPPED AT BUSH HOME IN DALLAS: DALLAS (AP) — The Secret Service detained, questioned and released a man who had a firearm in his vehicle as he pulled up outside the north Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the unidentified man showed up “uninvited” about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, saying he wanted to see Bush. While agents and Dallas police questioned him, the man revealed that he had a gun in his nearby vehicle.
Donovan says the man had a permit for the gun and his answers checked out, so he was released and left.
A Bush spokesman says the Bushes weren’t home at the time. The street leading to the house is blocked by a gate.