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  1. Florida gyrocopter mail carrier pleads not guilty as supporters pick up his cause (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — When Doug Hughes landed his gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn to protest the influence of money in politics, it was one man's lonely act of public disobedience.

  2. Does this stuffed tiger on an SUV look real to you? It made some call 911

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    CAMAS, Wash. — The sight of a stuffed tiger — a very large stuffed tiger — lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real.

    Connor Zuvich snapped this photo of police personnel approaching an SUV with a large stuffed tiger on its roof, in Camas, Wash. The sight of the tiger lashed to the top of the SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real. [Connor Zuvich via AP]
  3. Pet-friendly hotels offer room service and massages for dogs


    ST. PETE BEACH — Laura Abbott typed five words into a Google search: "pet friendly, hotel, luxury, Florida." Up popped Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

    Boogie, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, gets ready to dine Tuesday at the Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach.
  4. Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish


    It's one of the most basic biology facts we're taught in school growing up: Birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded. But new research is turning this well-known knowledge on its head with the discovery of the world's first warm-blooded fish - the opah.

    According to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the opah is the world's only known warm-blooded fish. [NOAA Fisheries West Coast via flickr]
  5. Authorities respond to reports of alligator at East Lake High School

    Public Safety

    Authorities early Thursday responded to reports of an alligator in between buildings at East Lake High School.

    East Lake High School student Kiki Coulouras took this photo of an alligator on campus Thursday morning. [Photo by KIKI COULOURAS]
  6. Hearse with veteran's flag-draped coffin left in parking lot outside Pasco Dunkin' Donuts


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The route the hearse took to retired Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman's funeral wasn't supposed to include a doughnut shop detour.

    The hearse with the body of Army veteran Jesse Coleman is shown outside a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in New Port Richey. For more on the story, visit
  7. At Eckerd College, snakes, dogs, cats and a ferret 'graduate' (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College held its third Pet Graduation ceremony Tuesday at the college's Fox Hall.

    Eckerd College president Donald Eastman backs off as he presents Nico the corn snake and his owner, senior Ryann Dragani, 22, right, with a certificate Tuesday at Eckerd College’s third annual Pet Graduation ceremony. Pet Council adviser Tonya Womack officiated. Dragani, a human development major, researched schools that accepted pets before deciding on Eckerd, where she has kept Nico for four years. About 25 students and their pets participated, including dogs, cats, a frog, a ferret, a Russian tortoise named Dennis, a rabbit named Boris and a duck named Patrick.
  8. Beards are big — and in restaurants, so are beard hairnets

    Food & Dining

    It's like kudzu, a kind of facial hair mission creep. Big beards are booming.

    “I’ve been shaping and forming it so it’s thick and full,” Jason Schwartzwalder of Pietopia in St. Petersburg said of his beard. He buys his own beard nets.
  9. Emma and Noah top most popular baby names list; Charlotte coming on strong


    WASHINGTON — Emma and Noah were the most popular baby names in 2014.

    According to the Social Security Administration, the three most popular names for girls in 2014 were Emma, Olivia and Sophia. For boys, the top three names were Noah, Liam and Mason. [Associated Press]
  10. Florida woman uses online pizza order to save herself and her kids

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    AVON PARK — A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

    Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff's office. [WTSP 10 News]