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  1. Gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes' friend questioned again by Secret Service after Capitol landing

    Bizarre News

    Only a few hours after Doug Hughes landed his gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn Wednesday, secret service agents were at the doorstep of his friend Mike Shanahan's home in Apollo Beach.

    Television trucks gather Thursday morning outside the Ruskin home of Doug Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, landing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, in an attempt to bring awareness to the need for campaign finance reform. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
  2. Ruskin mailman's U.S. Capitol gyrocopter stunt draws supportive response on Twitter


    Doug Hughes meant to make a statement about campaign finance reform when he flew his gyrocopter into restricted airspace Wednesday and landed it on the U.S. Capitol building's West Lawn.

  3. Aviation experts explain why Capitol gyrocopter wasn't shot down (w/video)

    Bizarre News

    Why didn't the government shoot down Doug Hughes in his gyrocopter as he approached the nation's Capitol Wednesday?

    A bomb squad technician walks past the gyrocopter that Doug Hughes of Ruskin landed on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 14, 2015. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  4. Footage of mailman's gyrocopter flight funnier with 'Inspector Gadget' theme

    Bizarre News

    Ruskin mailman Doug Hughes' gyrocopter landing on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday freaked out a bunch of people and captured the nation's attention.

  5. Tattooed shooting suspect hitchhiked to Florida — and someone picked him up


    GOLDSBORO, N.C. — The man accused of killing a community college worker said the motorcycle he used to get away broke down along Interstate 95 and he walked 30 miles before a woman headed to Florida gave him a ride, according to a police report released Wednesday.

    Kenneth Morgan Stancil III is seen in a booking photo provided by the  Volusia County Department of Corrections. Stancil, 20, wanted in the shooting death of the print shop director at at Wayne County Community College in North Carolina on Monday morning, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Goldsboro police said. [Associated Press]
  6. Video shows police cruiser ramming into robbery suspect


    TUCSON, Ariz. — Dramatic dash-cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as an officer plows his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday called the officer's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the …

    An image from a dashboard camera shows Mario Valencia just before he was hit by a Marana, Ariz., police cruiser.
  7. Flight's departure returns napping baggage handler in cargo hold to full upright position (w/video)


    SEATTLE — The airport worker's shift started early, at 5 a.m., and ended with an unfortunate nap in the cargo hold of a departing Alaska Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles.

    In this frame from video, workers walk with a Menzies Aviation cargo worker after the worker was removed from the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines passenger airplane, Monday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. The Los Angeles-bound flight had to return to Seattle when noises were heard from the worker in the hold as the plane took flight. [KIRO 7 via AP]
  8. Nik Wallenda to walk on 400-foot Orlando Eye wheel


    NEW YORK — Daredevil Nik Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of a 400-foot observation wheel in Orlando this month.

    High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announces his latest stunt at the 400-foot Orlando Eye, during a news conference, in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of an Orlando, Florida observation wheel on April 29. The daredevil has previously crossed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the divide between two Chicago skyscrapers. [Associated Press]
  9. St. Petersburg police horse has a new talent — painting (w/video)

    Human Interest

    AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION WHERE POLICE HORSES ARE KEPT — Artists are often sensitive, so it's no surprise that Jacob, the painting police horse, was at first afraid of the canvas.

    Jacob, a 10-year-old Percheron and thoroughbred mix, is a member of the St. Petersburg Police Department. With the help of his partner, Officer Jason Hughes, he created a new work on Wednesday at the barn he calls home when not on duty.
  10. Photo of shark-eating bobcat in Florida goes viral


    A Fort Pierce man said he captured a remarkable wildlife encounter Monday: a bobcat emerging from the surf near Sebastian Inlet with a shark in its jaws.

    John Bailey, a Fort Pierce sales rep, said he captured this photo of a bobcat emerging from the surf near Sebastian Inlet with a shark in its jaws while taking a walk on the beach on Monday. [Photo by John Bailey]