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  1. After detour through St. Petersburg thrift store, cremated remains bound for family

    Bizarre News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sorting through piles of incoming donations a few weeks ago, workers at the PARC Thrift Store came upon a box they knew would never be slapped with a price tag.

  2. Police: Man loses 2 fingers in ceremonial musket misfire

    Bizarre News

    WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut man lost two fingers when the barrel of his ceremonial musket exploded in his hands.

  3. Exotic pets, from hedgehogs to sugar gliders, beat cats and dogs

    Nation

    Pet store owner Joe Averso has found something that he believes will set him apart from the big-box pet store competition.

    Danny Mendez, 40, holds a skunk at NJ Exotic Pets on July 14 in Lodi, N.J. [TNS]
  4. Skinny, the 41-pound cat in Texas, slims down to 19 pounds (w/video)

    Pets

    DALLAS — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

    Dr. Brittney Barton holds Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas in 2012 weighed in at 41 pounds. Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. [Jana Hipp via HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation via AP]
  5. Body of woman missing since 1990 found in Fort Myers pond

    Bizarre News

    FORT MYERS — The body of a woman who has been missing for 25 years has been found inside a red sports car at the bottom of a southwest Florida pond.

  6. Maine fisherman finds bright orange lobster; his 2nd rarity

    Wildlife

    RAYMOND, Maine — A Maine lobsterman has caught a rare bright orange lobster, the second time he's pulled an odd-colored crustacean from state waters.

    A rare bright orange lobster shares the tank with regular lobsters at the Fishermens Catch Seafood restaurant in Raymond, Maine, on Thursday. Bill Coppersmith, of Windham, Maine, caught the crustacean on Wednesday. Robert Bayer, executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, says the odds of catching an orange lobster are one in several million. Coppersmith caught a white lobster in 1997; a one-in-100 million catch. [Associated Press]
  7. Watch Sen. Lindsey Graham destroy his cell phone, thanks to Donald Trump

    National

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham upped the ante in his spat with fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday.

    In a YouTube video, S.C. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham destroys a cell phone in several methods. [YouTube]
  8. Rise of leprosy cases in Florida blamed on armadillos

    Health

    JACKSONVILLE — Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal, and experts are blaming armadillos.

    Nine cases of leprosy have been reported across Florida so far this year, already nearly matching the state's average of 10 cases per year, according to the Department of Health. Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society, says each case this year has involved people who were in direct contact with armadillos. [Times files] 

  9. Pair arrested after police discover $1 million worth of heroin

    Bizarre News

    TAMPA — Two bus riders were arrested Sunday after the FBI said they found the pair carrying $1 million worth of heroin.

  10. Black bear eats 20-pound bag of dog food then naps on lawn (w/video)

    Wildlife

    Bob Cross, who works for Critter Capture Services in Lake Mary, is used to rounding up snakes, raccoons — anything that can be a nuisance animal.

    Bob Cross of Critter Capture Services made several photos of a black bear that ate a 20-pound bag of dog food in Lake Mary on Saturday. [Bob Cross photo via WTVT]