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April 10, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Authorities in the Northern California town of Roseville responded to a wild call Wednesday after a 4-foot crocodile was found wandering around in a suburban shopping center. Its mouth taped shut, the stray reptile was apparently abandoned in front of a pet store near a TJ Maxx parking lot in Roseville, said police Sgt. Kelby Newton. The Nile crocodile had been left in a makeshift cage - a gray plastic tub taped shut with duct tape - but escaped, Newton said. Next to it was a note that instructed its finder to “call rescue.” The crocodile wandered past a Panera Bread restaurant and a pizza joint before stopping at a local runner's store.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Authorities in the Northern California town of Roseville responded to a wild call Wednesday after a 4-foot crocodile was found wandering around in a suburban shopping center. Its mouth taped shut, the stray reptile was apparently abandoned in front of a pet store near a TJ Maxx parking lot in Roseville, said police Sgt. Kelby Newton. The Nile crocodile had been left in a makeshift cage - a gray plastic tub taped shut with duct tape - but escaped, Newton said. Next to it was a note that instructed its finder to “call rescue.” The crocodile wandered past a Panera Bread restaurant and a pizza joint before stopping at a local runner's store.
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SCIENCE
November 8, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Crocodile and alligator jaws are covered with an array of tiny sensors that make them more sensitive than a human fingertip, according to a paper published Thursday in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The surprising discovery explains the purpose of the sensors, which was previously unknown. The tiny bumps, which can be found on the jaws and inside the mouths of alligators and crocodiles -- as well as all over the bodies of crocs -- conceal a vast network of nerve fibers that extend from the skin to the brain via a small hole in the skull.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By David Fleshler
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Paddling down the Intracoastal Waterway in southern Florida, Russell Fields noticed what appeared to be a large palm leaf floating near shore. The leaf began moving toward him. A few feet from his paddleboard, a reptilian head filled with teeth emerged from the water. Fields slapped the water with his paddle, and the head stayed there for a moment and then submerged. Fields' encounter with a 10-foot American crocodile in Boca Raton has become a more common experience in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as these light gray cousins of alligators reclaim their historic range.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2010 | By Charles Burress, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Strange that no horror movie ever featured these creatures from the crypts of ancient Egypt — crocodile mummies. The toothy reptiles were embalmed and wrapped in worship of the crocodile god Sobek, and two painstakingly preserved 2,000-year-old specimens are now on display at UC Berkeley in an ancient Egypt exhibit that marks a sharp departure from touring King Tut spectacles. Berkeley's show at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is free, small and devoid of crowds.
NEWS
May 15, 1990 | Reuters
A crocodile ate an engineer just hours after the man arrived on a remote island off northern Australia to service telephone lines, police said Monday. A police spokeswoman said engineer Albert Juzelrunas was last seen alive Friday night on Groote Eylandt island, about 250 miles east of Darwin. A hunt began Saturday after human remains were washed up on the shore. Later, a saltwater crocodile almost 12 feet long was trapped in the ocean.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By David Fleshler
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Paddling down the Intracoastal Waterway in southern Florida, Russell Fields noticed what appeared to be a large palm leaf floating near shore. The leaf began moving toward him. A few feet from his paddleboard, a reptilian head filled with teeth emerged from the water. Fields slapped the water with his paddle, and the head stayed there for a moment and then submerged. Fields' encounter with a 10-foot American crocodile in Boca Raton has become a more common experience in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as these light gray cousins of alligators reclaim their historic range.
NEWS
December 19, 1986 | United Press International
A crocodile snagged a fisherman off a river bank and pulled him to his death in the Tana River, 210 miles east of Nairobi, the Kenya News Agency said Thursday. The news agency said the 19-year-old Kenyan fisherman was searching for a net along the crocodile-infested Tana near Hola when he was attacked.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
On more than one occasion, it was hard to decipher whether the Lacoste Live Coachella Music and Arts Festival party last weekend was in the middle of the desert or the Hamptons. During the two-day fete, people in bathing suits frolicked in the sun on a large lawn leading up to the private residence where the party was held. Red cardboard cutouts of the signature Lacoste crocodile peppered the walkways. Joe and Nick Jonas, Alessandra Ambrosia, Katy Perry and Chris Pine were just a few of the celebrities who made the short walk from the nearby Empire Polo Field to support the Lacoste brand and party in the sun. Alexa Chung, DJ Mom Jeans (Danny Masterson)
NEWS
September 11, 1986 | United Press International
Wildlife rangers harpooned a crocodile today and found in its stomach the head and torso of a man who police said might be a camper killed this week. Police said Lee McLeod, 39, was attacked by a crocodile Sunday night as he slept on the banks of the McArthur River. His legs were found floating 100 yards upstream, and a search was launched for the crocodile.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Crocodiles and alligators can -- and do -- climb trees. "Climbing behavior is common among crocodilians," reads a new study in Herpetology Notes. The study includes a picture of a Mississippi gator perched on the branch of a tree . Is that a smile on its face? And there's this tidbit: "One adult dwarf crocodile escaped from its enclosure at the Bristol Zoo ... by climbing up a tree growing at an angle and then over the barrier. " IMAGES: Cute animals and animals so ugly they're cute The report comes from researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's department of psychology.
SCIENCE
December 6, 2013 | By Amina Khan
As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds. The discovery in two crocodilian species - mugger crocodiles and American alligators - is the first report of tool use in reptiles, according to a study in the journal Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Some birds, like egrets, actually choose to nest around crocodile and alligator hangouts because they offer some protection from tree-climbing predators like raccoons, snakes and monkeys.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Linda Kozlowski Hogan, who starred with Paul Hogan in the 1986 hit "Crocodile Dundee" and its 1988 sequel before marrying her leading man in 1990, has reportedly filed for divorce. The 55-year-old actress, who is asking for her maiden name to be restored, filed papers citing irreconcilable differences and asking for spousal support and joint custody of their 15-year-old son, Chance, TMZ reported Thursday.  Seems 74-year-old Paul Hogan isn't in the mood for a second ugly divorce after his 1986 split from first wife Noelene Edwards, the mother of five of his six children, whom he left for costar Kozlowski.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Hermès closed out the spring 2014 season of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday afternoon with a show at L'Orangerie in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Orangerie, which dates from 1839, houses the garden's large plants during the winter. On Wednesday afternoon, the space was full of lush palms, bitter orange trees and such, in keeping with designer Christophe Lemaire's verdant theme. Inspiration: Tropical, after the storm, and the work of French painter Henri Rousseau.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have purchased a Malibu estate from actors Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski for $4.8 million. The remodeled home, built in 1992 and set on an acre, has ocean views, vaulted ceilings and a library. A Victorian exterior belies the more than 6,000 square feet of contemporary interior. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Hemsworth, 30, stars in the new movie "Rush. " He has starred in such films as "The Cabin in the Woods" (2012)
WORLD
August 26, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Police in Australia say they have recovered the body of a man who attempted to swim across a crocodile-infested river in the Northern Territory. Sean Cole, 26, from Darwin, was attending a birthday party Saturday night at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat when he and a friend decided to go for a swim, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported . Horrified partygoers described seeing a crocodile drag Cole under the water, then swim upstream with his body in its jaws, Northern Territory police told the broadcaster.
SPORTS
September 10, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
Mark Davies, an Australian swim coach, going where few motivational geniuses had ever ventured, planned to inspire his charges, ages 7 to 20, by dropping a crocodile into the pool. He was going to have its jaw wired shut, of course, for safety. Davies actually arranged with a local reptile park to provide the croc before the Darwin City Council rejected the scheme.
NEWS
May 22, 1994 | JIM SALTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With her left arm snared in the jaws of a killer crocodile, Sandy Rossi had to make a life-or-death decision. "I knew from the beginning it was a choice between my arm and my life," she said. "I chose to fight for my life." It was a fight she won, losing her arm but escaping from one of the world's deadliest creatures. A year later, the 28-year-old Missouri woman is preparing to return this fall to the same remote African rain forest where she was attacked.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
On more than one occasion, it was hard to decipher whether the Lacoste Live Coachella Music and Arts Festival party last weekend was in the middle of the desert or the Hamptons. During the two-day fete, people in bathing suits frolicked in the sun on a large lawn leading up to the private residence where the party was held. Red cardboard cutouts of the signature Lacoste crocodile peppered the walkways. Joe and Nick Jonas, Alessandra Ambrosia, Katy Perry and Chris Pine were just a few of the celebrities who made the short walk from the nearby Empire Polo Field to support the Lacoste brand and party in the sun. Alexa Chung, DJ Mom Jeans (Danny Masterson)
HOME & GARDEN
February 16, 2013 | Leslie Fuhrer Friedman, Leslie Fuhrer Friedman is executive director of the Pacific Jewish Center's Shul on the Beach in Venice
Crying my eyes out the morning after, I replayed over and over the events of the previous evening when Mr. Latest Flame had calmly stated that his fondness for me had flickered out. Clearly, finding love was not in the cards for me. It was the mid-'80s, and at 31, I suddenly felt old and washed up, laden by baggage heavy with broken engagements and other failed relationships and even a brief marriage. This was the last straw. Whatever hope I still entertained for finding a soul mate was extinguished, and I just felt like locking myself in the divorce-settlement Toyota with the windows rolled up and the world shut out. Like a passenger in a sinking boat, watching her life flash before her eyes, I reviewed the minutiae of every event, every conversation, every development in what I thought had been a promising new relationship over the previous couple of months.
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