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  1. Scientists dissect 770-pound colossal squid (w/video)

    Science

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

    Capt. John Bennett shows the colossal squid he and and his crew caught t in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea.  The creature, which has tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates, was caught a mile below the surface. [Associated Press]
  2. Albino cobra captured in California neighborhood

    Wildlife

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

    Lt. Fred Agoopi, right, from the Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control, captures a venomous albino monocled cobra Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. [AP photo]
  3. Navigation buoy breaks loose during storms

    Bizarre News

    Early morning exercisers discovered a new attraction had landed just offshore Tuesday morning near North Shore Park.

    The buoy sits in shallow water near North Shore Park in St. Petersburg Tuesday morning. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  4. Crocodile that bit 2 swimmers dies during capture

    Wildlife

    CORAL GABLES — An American crocodile suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died.

    Trapper Todd Hardwick, of Pesky Critters, sets out snare traps in Coral Gables on Thursday. Hardwick had been trying to catch a crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal. Wildlife officials say Pancho died Friday morning while fighting capture by two trappers. [Associated Press]
  5. Legendary croc dies fighting capture in Coral Gables

    Bizarre News

    Pancho — a 12-foot, 300-pound American crocodile that has made its home in the backyard waters of the exclusive Gables by the Sea community— is dead.

    Trapper Todd Hardwick, of Pesky Critters, sets out snare traps Thursday. He had been trying to catch Pancho, the crocodile that bit two swimmers last weekend. Miami Herald photo

  6. Speed trap indeed: Waldo cops say they've been under ticket quotas (w/video)

    Public Safety

    WALDO — Anyone who has received a speeding ticket in Waldo has probably suspected that officers were acting under a quota.

    A sign erected by AAA outside Waldo attests to the North Florida town’s statewide reputation as a speed trap.
  7. Largo police: Man who shoplifted for son's birthday violated parole on murder charge

    Bizarre News

    A Largo man was arrested on a shoplifting charge recently after he tried to steal items he said were for his son's birthday, police said.

  8. St. Petersburg police: Man attacked fellow public library patron, cited 'mental sorcery'

    Bizarre News

    A man randomly beat up another man at a St. Petersburg public library this week, then told police he did it because of "mental sorcery."

  9. St. Petersburg police: Woman stole barber's chair from salon, held it for ransom

    Bizarre News

    A woman who believed that a St. Petersburg hair salon owed her money decided to get revenge by stealing the business' barber's chair, police reported.

  10. Crocodile attacks swimmers in South Florida canal (w/video)

    Wildlife

    CORAL GABLES — A South Florida man is recovering after he was bitten by a crocodile while swimming at night in a Coral Gables canal.