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Semi full of bulls crashes on Fla. highway

GAINESVILLE

Semitrailer full of bulls crashes

A crash on I-75 in central Florida snarled traffic after a semitrailer hauling 32 bulls blew a tire and slammed into a tree. Florida Highway Patrol officials said three of the bulls got loose after Saturday's accident and one had to be shot because it was too aggressive. The Gainesville Sun reports a crew of people including cowboys, veterinarians and state troopers set up chutes with portable metal fences to offload the bulls from the semi into trailers that would transport them to South Florida. Bryan Martin said he and driver Travis Carr were hauling the bulls from Texas to Indiantown. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. An entrance to the highway was blocked for several hours.

NORTH BEND, Wash.

Skydiver from Lake City missing

Rescue crews are spending their fourth straight day looking for a skydiver from Florida who vanished during a jump above Washington's Cascade foothills. King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said searchers were back out near 4,200-foot Mount Si east of Seattle at first light Sunday, hoping to find Kurt Ruppert, 29, of Lake City. Ruppert hasn't been seen since he jumped out of a helicopter at 6,500 feet Thursday afternoon, wearing a special wing suit with fabric under the arms to allow him to glide like a flying squirrel. Crews narrowed their search area on Saturday, based on data from Ruppert's cell phone and the helicopter's flight path, but still haven't found any sign of him.

BOCA RATON

Four sought in robbery, slaying

Police are searching for four suspects they say robbed a Boca Raton restaurant, terrorized patrons and fatally shot the bartender. Authorities said upscale Josephine's restaurant closed at 10 p.m. Friday night, but the owner, several employees and diners remained. Bartender Rafael Rodriguez and a waiter went out back when authorities said four armed men with face masks knocked them to the ground. The waiter was allegedly pistol-whipped. Police said the suspects then entered the restaurant and stole wallets, jewelry and cellphones from diners. As the robbers were leaving, Rodriguez exchanged words with one of the suspects. The Palm Beach Post reports Rodriguez was shot once. He died at the hospital. Rodriguez was the boyfriend of restaurant owner Josephine Tribunella. Police did not recover any weapons at the scene.

FORT MYERS

Baby eagles have millions of fans

Millions are descending on southwest Florida to spy on some of their most famous citizens — American bald eagles Ozzie and Harriet. The world watched via webcam (ustream.tv/SouthwestFloridaEagleCam )as the eagles recently added two hatchlings to their nest. One came on New Year's Day and a sibling came three days later. The News-Press reports that more than 2.7 million streams have been recorded on the eagle cam installed above the nest. The babies will likely stay in the nest until late March. Dick Pritchett owns the property where the nest resides. He said the family installed the camera after hearing about other eagle cameras around the country, saying they wanted to share the experience with the world.

Times wires

Semi full of bulls crashes on Fla. highway 01/06/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 6, 2013 10:56pm]
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