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PYTHON DEVOURS DEER

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Researchers studying Burmese pythons in Florida came upon something they’d never seen before: an 11-foot-long python had consumed an entire deer that weighed more than the snake itself. Biologist Ian Bartoszek told the Naples Daily News that the fawn weighed 35 pounds; the snake 31.5. He says: “We were sitting there just trying to process that an animal this size could get its head around what turned out to be a deer.” Burmese pythons, which can grow nearly 20-feet long, were brought to South Florida as pets in the late 1970s. They were released into the wild, and have become a problematic invasive species. He says the predator-to prey size ration stunned his entire team.

FRONT-END LOADER VS. FLIPPED-OVER TRUCK

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire man is facing charges for using a front-end loader to push a pickup truck down a highway. Officials say a family dispute boiled over when 55-year-old Edward Evans used his company’s construction equipment to flip the truck on its side and push it 1,000 feet down Route 16 in Ossipee. He deposited it at an auto repair shop.

CLASH WITH OVERPASS

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A tractor-trailer driver transporting privately owned luxury cars may have made an expensive mistake last week. The News Journal cites a Wilmington police report that says the driver erroneously thought he could clear the bridge Wednesday, but got stuck. The damage extended to several of the Porsches, Maseratis, Bentleys and other cars that were being transported in an enclosed, climate-controlled environment from Florida to Delaware. Authorities say the roadway was blocked for nine hours, until police and a towing company were able to partially disassemble the trailer to free it. The driver was cited for inattentive driving.

KOREA’S CURLING CRAZE

UNDATED (AP) — Free flights and baseball tickets are just some of the freebies South Korean companies are offering to anyone named Yeong-mi, the first name of the lead sweeper for the women’s curling team that won an unexpected silver medal at the recently completed Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The five-member team, from a remote province famous for its garlic, captured hearts in a country that hardly knew curling before. Dubbed the Garlic Girls, they have become sought-after models for commercials and inspired countless online memes and catch-phrases.

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