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Woman whips gator out of her pants when cops ask if she has ‘anything else’ on her

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Florida has become associated with strange news stories over the last several years. One meme was started where internet users are instructed to search for the phrase “Florida Man” and their birthday. Inevitably it will turn up someone in Florida who has done something bizarre.

One Florida woman has now become part of the notorious list of stories. This weekend Florida officials were prompted to investigate after what should have been a routine traffic stop for one Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy, WBBH reported.

Deputies pulled over a truck in which the woman was riding around 3:15 a.m. for running a stop sign, the incident report said. A 22-year-old man was driving and confessed to the deputies that he and his companion were coming from the underpass of Oil Well Road trying to collect frogs and snakes.

The driver got a warning for the stop sign violation, but the deputy had to ask for more information. He inquired about what wildlife they’d collected to ensure none of the critters were on a list of creatures barred.

The driver showed the deputy a bag near his feet with clothes and personal items in it. The woman opened her backpack revealing 42 small three-striped mud turtles and one softshell turtle.

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Deputies then asked if she had anything else. That’s when she whipped out a foot-long alligator from her yoga pants. The deputy did not include any details about his reaction to the shelter options for the alligator in the report.

The Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation Commission was called to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. and worked to navigate the scene.

The couple was ultimately cited for the critters because, while they are native to Florida, they are regulated.

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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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Male Fox News personality rewarded by the network after being caught sending lewd texts to female colleague

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Less than, two weeks after the Huffington Post published shocking text messages a Fox News contributor reportedly sent to his female Fox Nation co-host, the network rewarded the male employee.

“Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s digital channel, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents,” the Huffington Post reported.

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