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  1. Tampa man accused of stealing checks, then impersonating police officer

    Bizarre News

    TAMPA — Authorities say a Tampa man stole two checkbooks and then called his victims pretending to be a police officer — while a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy was in the room with the victims.

  2. Here's why June 30 will have one extra 'leap second'

    Science

    On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second."

    Leap years come like clockwork every fourth calendar year, but leap seconds are less predictable. The June 30, 2015, leap second is the 26th time an extra second has been tacked on to a day since atomic clocks began governing our time in 1967. The June 30 leap second was decreed in January by astronomers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris, who measure Earth's rotation and compare it with the time kept by atomic clocks. The leap second is designed to keep astronomical time in sync with atomic time. [iStockphoto.com]
  3. Boy, father attacked by alligator at lake outside Houston

    Bizarre News

    WALLISVILLE, Texas — A man and his son have survived an alligator attack at a lake near Houston.

  4. Florida teen slips out of handcuffs, steals patrol car, deputy says

    Crime

    DELAND — A Central Florida teenager faces multiple charges after authorities say he escaped the custody of a sheriff's deputy and stole a patrol car.

    The incident unfolded Sunday in DeLand.

  5. Deformed mutt is crowned World's Ugliest Dog

    Bizarre News

    PETALUMA, Calif. -- A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left him a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

    Quasi Modo wins top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Petaluma, Calif. Quasi Modo's owners, who travelled from Florida to compete, will receive $1500. [Noah Berger  |  Associated Press]
  6. Jury awards patient $500k after an­es­the­si­ol­o­gist mocked him during colonoscopy

    Health

    RESTON, Va. — From the moment he went under, the wisecracks began.

  7. At USF St. Petersburg, a biology professor sees the human side of fire ants

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Two million fire ants are crawling around inside a modest off-white building on Third Street S.

    A nasty infestation? Think again.

    Fire ants float on a raft made of their bodies as minnows feed on them in Mirror Lake Park in St. Petersburg. Univer?sity of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Deby Cassill and a BBC film crew documented the scene Wednesday.
  8. Officials warn of bacterium in saltwater — but be careful what you call it

    Health

    Health officials are working to convince tourists and residents that Florida beaches are safe after their recent warning about a summertime bacterium generated overblown headlines.

    Vibrio vulnificus is shown in a colorized scanning electron micrograph.
  9. Truck carrying 2,200 pigs overturns on Ohio highway (w/video)

    Nation

    XENIA, Ohio — A semitrailer carrying 2,200 piglets has overturned on an Ohio highway.

    An officer passes off a pig after a semitrailer overturned on a highway carrying about 2,200 pigs in Xenia Township, near Dayton, Ohio, Monday, June 8, 2015. Numerous agencies worked to corral the animals after the crash on U.S. Route 35. (Jim Noelker/The Dayton Daily News via AP)  OHDAY201
  10. New York man says fortune teller scammed him out $700K

    Crime

    NEW YORK — A New York man who sought help from a fortune teller to fix a romantic relationship says she scammed him out of more than $700,000.

    The Manhattan storefront where a lovesick man reportedly gave a fortune teller, Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, more than $700,000 for her services. Doubts finally sent the man to the police, who have since arrested 
Delmaro and her companion on charges of grand larceny.[New York Times]