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Buried Cat Returned to Owner—Alive

Owner Ellis Hutson is utterly floored

(Newser) - Florida resident Ellis Hutson grieved when a car ran over his cat. He was simply stunned when his cat, since buried, clawed its way out and refused to die, ABC News reports. "I was so shocked," says the 52-year-old landscaper. "I didn’t know really what to... More »

Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops

Cooked ribs on stove, put rest in freezer for later

(Newser) - Warning: Do not read the rest of this story if you've just eaten. A Florida man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after police say he strangled his mother's pitbull puppy to death, then cooked and consumed the remains. According to Tampa cops, Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25,... More »

Convention-Goers Trapped on RNC Buses for Hours

Needless to say, not a great ending to the night

(Newser) - Republican delegates had a rousing day at the Tampa convention yesterday, were moved by Ann Romney's and Chris Christie's speeches , and then … spent two hours trapped on buses before finally being dropped off at their hotels in the wee hours. Convention attendees boarded buses to leave the... More »

What to Watch at RNC Tonight

Ann Romney, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum the highlights

(Newser) - After a rained-out Day 1 , Republicans will finally get to speechifying today at their national convention in Tampa, with things officially kicking off at 2pm. Here are the biggest names on the docket today, according to USA Today :
  • The star will be Ann Romney, who has the perhaps unenviable job
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Isaac Dumps on GOP Parade

Republicans scramble to re-write convention

(Newser) - With Tropical Storm Isaac ripping close to the coast of Florida, forcing the GOP to cancel today's convention events , Mitt Romney and the Republican leaders are now scrambling to condense their four nights of carefully choreographed political theater into just three, reports the New York Times . Already wind speeds... More »

'Red Bull Killer' Declared Insane

Though judge says case was never about energy drink

(Newser) - A Florida man who smothered his elderly father to death is going to a state hospital instead of a state prison. A judge declared that Stephen Coffeen "did not understand the wrongfulness of his actions" and found him not guilty by reason of insanity today, reports the St. Petersburg ... More »

Mom: I Killed My Kids for Being 'Mouthy'

Tampa Army wife arrested after her 2 teens shot to death

(Newser) - Julie Schenecker's kids "talked back, they were mouthy and she was tired of it," Tampa police say, so the 50-year-old Army wife shot son Beau, 13, twice in the head on the way home from soccer practice. With her dead son in the car, Schenecker says she drove... More »

Strapped Fla. County to Hollywood: Blow Up Our Bridge

Tampa span unsafe, so pols pitch studios

(Newser) - A Florida county is looking to demolish an old bridge, and hopes to convince Hollywood to foot the bill. Find a film that needs some fireworks, a Tampa politician posits, “And they would do it under their budget, and it wouldn’t cost us a thing, or very little.... More »

Teen Uses YouTube to Help Dad

14-year-old's video a heartfelt tribute to his dad

(Newser) - When Mark Gullett lost his job as a marketing executive for the Tampa Bay Lightning, his son Ben, 14, knew what to do. He made a somber YouTube video in which he told Mark’s story in short sentences on poster boards. Now, after only 6 days, the video has... More »

Recession Dims Super Bowl Glitz

(Newser) - Thanks to the economy, Super Bowl week will be less extravagant and profitable than in years past, the Washington Post reports. While host city Tampa Bay is expected to attract more than $150 million from Super Bowl visitors, that’s 20% less than usual; despite hotels filled to the rafters,... More »

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