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US police searching for suspect who stole snake putting it down his pants

A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot (0.61-meter)-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

Sgt. Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made in Friday’s theft. But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said video surveillance has helped viewers and police detectives identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned soon.

Not a dime a dozen: Rare 1894 dime sells for nearly $2M in Tampa auction

TAMPA, Fla. Whatever disparaging cliche you’ve heard about the lowly dime ‚Äî dime a dozen, nickel and dimed, dime’s worth of difference ‚Äî it’s not true of this dime.

No, this particular coin that went to auction Thursday evening in Tampa sold for just under $2 million.

The 1894-S dime was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were made, and only nine likely still exist.

Dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to Cuba

WASHINGTON A dummy U.S. Hellfire missile was mistakenly shipped from Europe to Cuba in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The inert missile did not contain any explosives, the Journal reported, but there are concerns that Cuba could share the technology with potential U.S. adversaries like North Korea or Russia.

Seeking support for executive actions on gun control, Obama tears into National Rifle Association

FAIRFAX, Va. President Barack Obama tore into the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he sought support for his actions on gun control, accusing the powerful lobby group of peddling an “imaginary fiction” that he said has distorted the national debate about gun violence.

Rare coin worth more than a million up for auction in US

TAMPA, Fla. — A rare 10-cent coin is expected to fetch over a million dollars at auction. The 1894-S dime is set for sale Thursday evening at Florida United Numismatists show in Tampa.

Belonging to a private owner who is remaining anonymous, coin was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were made, and only nine likely still exist.

Condemnation and skepticism greet North Korea’s announcement it has tested a hydrogen bomb

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of North Korea’s declaration that it had tested a hydrogen bomb for the first time was greeted with widespread condemnation ‚Äî but also skepticism and doubt ‚Äî as world powers vowed Wednesday to punish the impoverished and defiant nation with new international sanctions.