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Friday, November 9, 2018

Officers catch huge lizard

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. Florida Fish and Wildlife said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet long. An escaped pet, it was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in backyards and scratched at patio doors. Wildlife officers and Davie police officers caught it Tuesday after getting a tip from a resident who said the lizard frequently appeared on his property around midday. The lizard will be returned to its owner, who received a criminal citation for its escape.

No voters at polling place

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections this week. Miguel Nunez, deputy director at the state elections board, said Precinct 2807 has just 11 registered voters. None of them showed Tuesday. The precinct is near the Statehouse, state offices and a national memorial and contains few residences. Those registered voters have shown up for elections before. Four people voted at the site in the 2016 presidential election. No one voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The precinct votes at the Cathedral of St. John, the former mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island that stopped holding services in 2012.

Lottery player hits homer

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday’s Mass Cash drawing using the numbers 11-16-19-22-25. He claimed his prize Wednesday. Those are the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The numbers represent “two young stars, a dazzling outfielder, a starting pitcher and the series MVP,” the lottery said in a release.

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