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21 invasive pythons killed so far in Fla. contest
By JENNIFER KAY
IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES (AP) -- Florida wildlife officials say 21 Burmese pythons have been killed so far in a public hunt for the invasive species in the Everglades.
It's unknown how many pythons live in the Everglades. Even experienced hunters have a hard time spotting the snakes in the swamplands.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says more than 1,000 people registered for the state's monthlong "Python Challenge." The hunters may get lucky if colder temperatures drive the cold-blooded animals onto sunny surfaces.
The dead snakes will be processed by the University of Florida. The state hopes to apply the data gleaned from the carcasses to management plans for the Everglades.
Officials say the large snakes are devouring native wildlife at an alarming rate.
The contest ends Feb. 10.
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Posted: Sunday, January 20 2013, 12:37 PM CST
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Obama says nation must do more for fallen heroes
May 25, 2013 10:08 GMT
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the country must care for the loved ones the fallen leave behind. He says the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Obama says that, above all, the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.
In the Republican address, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thanks the nation for its prayers and support following Monday's deadly tornado in his home state. He recalls past natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma and says that while the state was hard hit, "we're not knocked out."
Obama's address: http://www.whitehouse.gov Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress
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