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Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home

Deputies: Man arrested for throwing slice of pizza, screwdriver at vehicle

Stranded camel entertains motorists along snowy roadway

$500 million worth of cocaine seized by the United States Coast Guard

Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

Breckenridge, Colorado, removing divisive giant wooden troll

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Police capture 'unruly' and 'uncooperative' runaway pig

Tiny Rhode Island polling place saw 1 voter after all

NTSB: 5 people died in plane that went missing off Charleston coast; pilot made transmission

Florida man accused of poisoning co-worker’s drink with bodily fluid

Florida woman steals live lobster from Red Lobster, sheriff says

Police: Woman beat McDonald's manager over ketchup

Football fan charged with DWI blames team's performance

Authorities say a pro football fan charged with drunken driving after a crash told police he drank too much because his favorite team isn't any good

Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

A man who couldn't resist a month-old meerkat has been fined with snatching the baby animal from a zoo in Perth, Australia

Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of late-tax notes

The city of Syracuse has found that sending personal notes to residents who owe taxes is more successful than the typical, computer-generated letter demanding payment

National Grid to use 'noise cannon' to scare away crows

National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts

  VIDEO: Florida man crashes truck into boutique

Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary

GA mom says ‘our world needs more people’ like stranger who helped with daughter’s hair

Druken Florida man accused of biting off man’s fingertip

Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized

Florida man catches record-setting 17-foot python

Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The reason? The budget carrier owed money.

Principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Edward John Abernathy was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office release says deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his parents' money to Connerton Elementary School in Land O’Lakes in October.

Alaska man sentenced for faking death to avoid prison term

A commercial fisherman who faked his death to avoid incarceration for a sexual assault has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison

Dining in Florida: Bobcat munches on iguana

Green iguanas normally live in Central America, tropical parts of South America and some of the eastern Caribbean islands, not Florida.

What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband, 69, says age is just a number and he wants his changed to 49

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified suburban Miami neighborhood

The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side

Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other

GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race

Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate easily won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Animal control workers remove large alligator found in the hot tub of a Missouri home

VIDEO: FL man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.

Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Authorities say a 23-year-old man was found injured after breaking into a Florida zoo and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles

Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a Devils Lake police car and tried to drive away

Who steals portable toilets? German court renders verdict

Who steals portable toilets? A court in Germany says two employees from a waste management company

NY family thinks bones under home are long-missing father

A New York family says they've found human bones beneath their basement, and they believe the remains are those of their patriarch who disappeared half a century ago

Philadelphia's decadent 'Wing Bowl' no more after 26 years

Philadelphia's annual decadent display of binge eating and bad behavior known as Wing Bowl is over after 26 years

People find severed head in Oakland yard, take it to police

Police in Northern California are investigating whether a decaying human head found in an Oakland backyard belongs to a recently discovered headless corpse

Police: Naked man arrested for punching police K-9

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - North Port Police Department arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly breaking into a home, punching police officers and a police K-9.

Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage

France's customs agency says it has made an extremely surprising discovery in a garage in Marseille: a lion cub

'French Spiderman' barred from climbing UK buildings

French urban climber Alain Robert has been banned from climbing any building in Britain after scaling one of London's tallest skyscrapers without ropes _ and without permission

'Corpse flower' that smells like dirty diapers to bloom

Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is days away from blooming at Dartmouth College's greenhouse

Deputies: Woman stops attempted carjacking by burning suspect with cigarette

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Charlotte County Sheriff's Office responded to an attempted carjacking in the Walmart parking lot on Tuesday night.

Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper

Quick eye by Goodwill workers in New Jersey turned up an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" masthead.

Deputies: Sheep on the loose runs through traffic in Bradenton

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a loose sheep running through traffic on Thursday morning.

Englewood man accused of killing girlfriend’s dog ‘Tinkerbelle’

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) -  An Englewood man was arrested after allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog in January.

Florida man accused of cutting off penis of ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend

(RNN) - A judge granted a $1 million bond to a Florida man who is accused of attacking another man with a tire iron and then cutting off his penis, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police: Man beats ex-wife, drowns Chihuahua in backyard pool

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Police say a Florida man drowned a disabled Chihuahua while fighting with his ex-wife by tossing the dog into a backyard swimming pool.

Man found dead in Florida with head stuck in car window

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man was found dead with his head stuck in a partially closed car window.

VIDEO: Huge rattlesnake slithers across golf course

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WWSB) - Logan Ungerer was out golfing at the Mangrove Bay Golf Course, when he saw a huge rattlesnake slither by.

Deputies say a man flushed cocaine down the toilet when they were on his doorstep

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Detectives say a man flushed cocaine down the toilet when they showed up at his door to search his home.

Two years after being abducted, Massachusetts child found in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a child in Florida they say was abducted by his mother in Massachusetts two years ago.

Florida man gets 40 years for plotting bombs in Target stores

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to place bombs on the shelves of Target stores in an attempt to drive the company's stock price down.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Florida woman sets Macy’s underwear rack on fire

(RNN) – Police in Ocala, FL, are looking for the woman who lit a rack of underwear on fire inside a Macy’s store Tuesday morning.The suspect walked into the store’s Paddock Mall location at 10:11 a.m. and wandered around for 45 minutes. Firefighters arrived shortly after she left and saw light smoke coming from the mall’s north entrance, according to the Ocala StarBanner.

Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

VIDEO: Monster alligator strolls across Buffalo Creek Golf Course

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Sage Stryczny came across something unexpected as he was golfing on Saturday afternoon.

Man accused of trying to kidnap girl at Orlando airport

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 49-year-old man is accused of trying to kidnap an 8-year-old girl at Orlando International Airport.

Mother arrested for throwing pepper on daughter’s bullies, police say

BREVARD COUNTY, FL (WESH/CNN) - A Florida mother faces charges, including child abuse, after police say she threw cayenne powder into the faces of two sisters who had allegedly been bullying her daughter.

Newborn breastfed by wrong mother at FL hospital

ORANGE PARK, FL (WJXT/CNN) - Joii Brown and her husband held onto their newborn son, Roman Phillips, after returning home from the hospital on Thursday.

Deputy finds large gator on doorstep

SAINT MARTINVILLE, LA (WWSB) - A Deputy at the St. Martin Parrish Sheriff's Office came across an unexpected visitor.

Florida store owner: Don’t warm urine in my microwave

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.

FL man from Polk County charged with threatening US senators over Kavanaugh vote

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man threatened to shoot senators who don't support Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Man accused of trying to buy young girl at a Walmart in FL free on bail

PORT ORANGE, FL (WKMG/CNN) - A man accused of trying to buy a woman’s 8-year-old daughter is free on bond and at home.

Florida man accused of shooting cat with crossbow

BONITA SPRINGS, FL (WINK/CNN) – A Florida man was arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor’s cat with a crossbow.

Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated

FL man charged with DUI after wrecking car morning after birthday

FORT MYERS, FL (WWSB) - Florida Highway Patrol says a Lee County man was out celebrating his birthday when he drove off the road, went airborne and hit several trees.

DASH CAM VIDEO: Deputy stuns FL man pulled over on stolen tractor

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on a man who tried to flee after he was pulled over while riding a stolen tractor.

RAW VIDEO: Strangers attack family, including 11-year-old girl, outside FL gas station

MARION COUNTY, FL (WKMG/CNN) - Deputies arrested two 18-year-olds after they allegedly assaulted four people in an unprovoked attack in the parking lot of a Florida gas station.

Sex offender accused of raping woman, throwing her off bridge caught in North Port

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - A man who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint then threw her off a bridge in Fort Myers has been arrested in Sarasota County.

Police: Man tried to buy girl from mother at Florida Walmart

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Police say an 81-year-old attempted to buy an 8-year-old girl from her mother for $200,000 at a Florida Walmart.

Sheriff’s office: 37 cats found locked in small moving truck

HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman faces dozens of animal cruelty charges after authorities found 37 cats inside a small moving truck.

Los Angeles has its 1st electric scooter DUI prosecution

A Los Angeles man has been fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution for riding an electric scooter while intoxicated and knocking over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk

Boo! A Halloween display so scary that neighbor calls 911

A Halloween decoration hanging in a North Dakota window is so scary that it prompted neighborly concern and at least one plea for police assistance

Drones help search for escaped kangaroo in Florida

Wildlife officers with the help of two drones searched a second day for a kangaroo that escaped an animal sanctuary in South Florida

Quirk resolved: Border Missourians get Missouri addresses

A quirk in the mail delivery system that forced some rural Missouri residents living along the Iowa and Arkansas borders to have mailing addresses in their neighboring states has been fixed

Six Flags St. Louis offers perks for customer coffin time

Six contestants for a promotion at Six Flags St. Louis will compete for a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks, and all they have to do is spend 30 hours in a coffin

Woman rubs feces on neighbors’ door in retaliation for dog pooping in yard

The neighbors say if their dogs used the bathroom in the woman’s yard, it wasn’t on purpose, and the woman should have tried talking to them to resolve the issue.