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Would you like gator with that? Man charged with throwing reptile into Wendy's drive-through

Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

Joshua James, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say he threw a 3 1/2-foot-long alligator through a Wendy's drive-through window in Palm Beach County in October.

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Law requiring sex offenders to be identified on their passports is challenged

A civil rights group has filed a suit challenging a law that will require sex offenders to be identified on their passports.

President Obama signed the International Megan's Law bill, passed by Congress last week, on Monday.

The organization California Reform Sex Offender Laws filed the suit in U.S.

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New York cop in stairwell shooting chokes up on witness stand: 'Oh, my God, someone's hit'

A police officer took the stand Monday to give his account of the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell of a public housing complex.

Peter Liang choked up in his own defense and had to leave the witness stand for about a minute to compose himself.

Liang is charged with manslaughter in the 2014 death of Akai Gurley in the Louis Pink Houses in Brooklyn.

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Obama asks Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika virus

President Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. The White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes.

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Shooting at Tampa club leaves 1 dead, 7 injured

Tampa police say 1 person is dead after a shooting at a club in which seven others were injured.

Officials had no information on the condition of the injured.

Lt. Ricardo Ubinas said early Saturday that police were on the scene of the shooting at Club Rayne. 

Officer William Copulos of the Tampa police said the shooting was being investigated and police would release more information later.

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1 dead, 2 injured in New York City crane collapse

One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan during a snow squall Friday morning, smashing the roofs of parked cars as it crashed onto the street, authorities said.

The collapsed red boom of the mobile crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block after the incident, which occurred around 8:25 a.m.

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