Sunday, February 25, 2018
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The Skinny: Sea serpent II on Calif. beach

Creepy beaches

sea Serpent II washes in

For the second time in a week, an oarfish attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach. The 14-foot rare, snakelike fish washed up Friday in Oceanside. While it's unusual to find the deep-water fish near shore, a snorkeler off Catalina Island found a dead 18-footer Oct. 13. The Catalina Island Marine Institute says oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet, making them the longest bony fish in the world. They are likely responsible for sea serpent legends.

Midnight munchies?

Gator moseys up to Walmart door

A 6-foot alligator stopped by a Walmart in Apopka late Saturday and scuttled close enough to open the sliding doors, authorities said. Shopper Robin Watkins said, "It was neat. But I am glad they locked the doors for safety." The police arrived and called state wildlife officers. But before they arrived, the gator headed to a lake behind the store, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Dr. Spock nearby

Baby boy born in Calif. bookstore

A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead. Firefighters delivered the boy Friday night in the bookstore's lobby, Torrance Fire Department Capt. Steve Deuel said. The firefighters were deciding whether to put her in an ambulance when "the baby made that decision for them." The captain added, "Occasionally nature writes the script, not us."

Why Uncle Si?

No brain behind scarecrow heist

Four moms of fourth-graders at Ball Ground Elementary School in Georgia spent more than 40 hours creating a scarecrow that looks like Duck Dynasty character Uncle Si Robertson for a local contest. But the camouflage-clad figure in the town about 50 miles north of Atlanta was stolen, and a $1,000 reward offered. The Cherokee Tribune reports police found it destroyed after this clue led to an arrest Friday: Si was seen for a while on a nearby porch.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

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Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

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Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
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Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
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UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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