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Take a look at this week's Top 10 stories. Hot topics included Scientology, caskets for sale at WalMart and a python trapper charged with misusing 911.

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1. Chased by their church: When you try to leave Scientology, they try to bring you back: For years, the Church of Scientology chased down and brought back staff members who tried to leave.

2. United Football League's Florida Tuskers say they could give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a tussle: Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett said though the level of competition level in the first-year United Football League "may not be the National Football League," he believes his team is "pretty close."

3. Man overboard: To leave Scientology, Don Jason had to jump off a ship: Don Jason says he was locked in his cabin and later was denied repeated requests to leave the Freewinds ship.

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4. On sale at Walmart, for $895 (plus shipping): A final resting place: The traditional burial is now anything but.

5. 81-year-old woman escapes Tuesday morning St. Petersburg house fire: Bonnie Gettys, 81, was at home when the fired started but made it out of the house as firefighters arrived.

6. Scientology: What happened in Vegas: Terri and Janis Gillham didn't know it, but they were being watched after leaving Scientology.

7. Gas prices expected to rise 10 to 20 cents before year's end: Gas prices climbed just a couple of cents the past week, and the price of crude oil is down. But don't get your hopes up.

8. Lakeland baby starves in a well-stocked home: Only 2 ounces of formula were found Monday in the home where paramedics pronounced an emaciated 5-month-old girl dead.

9. Feds announce more than 100 prosecutions in mortgage fraud surge: An intensive, nine-month federal investigation of mortgage fraud that stretched from Jacksonville to Tampa and Fort Myers has resulted in charges against 105 people.

10. Trapper who staged python's capture facing criminal charges: A trapper who staged a phony capture of a 14-foot Burmese python in Manatee County in July is now facing criminal charges.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:59pm]


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