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  1. Man steals front-end loader, leads police on 90-minute chase

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man driving a stolen vehicle no faster than 25 mph nevertheless led police on a 90-minute chase through north St. Petersburg neighborhoods Saturday night before they could arrest him.

    St. Petersburg police followed a front-end loader driving erratically near 62nd Avenue N. and 16th Street. The vehicle, a $250,000 Volvo L110G,  drove onto side streets and through neighborhoods, hitting curbs and running stop signs. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  2. Baby weighing nearly 14 pounds born in Colorado

    Health

    ALAMOSA, Colo. — A woman in southern Colorado was surprised when she gave birth to a baby girl that tipped the scales at almost 14 pounds.

    This image provided by Children's Hospital Colorado shows Mia Yasmin Garcia shortly after birth Dec. 2, 2014. She was born by cesarean section in Alamosa, Colo., weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces. Mia's father, Francisco Garcia, says the newborn's size shocked everyone, including hospital staff. He says "they were like whoa! They opened their eyes like they've never seen a baby like that." [Tia Brayman of Children's Hospital Colorado via AP]
  3. James Watson's Nobel medal sells for record $4.1 million

    Science

    NEW YORK — James D. Watson's 1962 Nobel Prize medal for sharing in the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, the foundation of the new science of genomics, sold for $4.1 million at auction Thursday.

    James Watson won in 1962.
  4. Cat survives trip in moving box from Va. to Hawaii

    Human Interest

    SUFFOLK, Va. — A cat has used up at least one of its nine lives after surviving a monthlong trip in a moving box with no food or water.

  5. Shark 'photobombs' Australian surfing competition

    World

    CANBERRA, Australia — A jumping shark has "photobombed" a surfing competition off an Australian beach.

    In this photo taken with a smartphone camera on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, a shark, center, jumps out of the water near where several surfers are paddling on their boards at Coffs Harbour, Australia. An expert from James Cook University says it's possibly a spinner shark, which is common in the region and is known to jump from the water and is estimated at around 2 meters (7 feet) long. [Photo by Steph Bellamy via AP]
  6. Hiker photographed bear before it killed him (w/video)

    Accidents

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.

    In this Sept. 21, 2014, photo taken by hiker Darsh Patel and provided by the West Milford Police Department, a bear approaches 22-year-old Patel in New Jersey's Apshawa Preserve. Patel was mauled to death by the bear shortly after the photo was taken. [Photo by Darsh Patel via West Milford Police Department]
  7. New research finds sexting is the 'new norm' for teens

    Health

    Texting and "sexting," sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone, are firmly entrenched in the high school dating scene these days, but until now little solid data has existed on to what extent these social media connections have been misused to control, harass, threaten or stalk.

  8. Florida man steals chain saw by sticking it in his pants, police say (w/video)

    Crime

    PORT ST. LUCIE — Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants.

  9. Years of tracking giant snails costs Florida taxpayers millions

    Wildlife

    MIAMI

    At a little-known government laboratory in South Florida, they keep the snails under lock and key. Sure, any escape would be sloooooow. But giant African land snails are such a threat to humans that the rules say they have to be kept locked away, just in case.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services scientist Mary Yong Cong holds a live giant African land snail in her hand. Cong keeps live snails in her office (under lock and key) so that dogs trained to sniff them out can get their scent.
  10. Quad amputee named 'person of interest' in Florida parents' slaying

    Crime

    ORLANDO — A former South Florida resident who as a teen lost his hands, feet and parts of his limbs is a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of his parents in their Orlando-area home, police said.

    Sean Petrozzino uses his computer to play Diablo 2, an RPG, in 2000, after many surgeries to treat bacterial meningitis. Fourteen years later, Petrozzino, now 30, is a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of his parents in their east Orange County home. [Preston C. Mack | Sun Sentinel]