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June 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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Swedish party wants sit-down urination

SORMLAND, Sweden, June 11 (UPI) -- Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination.

The Left Party in Sormland said it wants the Sormland County Council to pass a motion requiring toilets reserved for stand-up urination to be labeled, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.

The party said sit-down urination is more hygienic and reduces the risk of bathroom users having to negotiate their way around puddles en route to the toilet.

The supporters of the motion said sitting during urination also has medical benefits, including reducing the risk of prostate problems and leading to a healthier and longer sex life.

Viggo Hansen, a substitute member of the council and author of the motion, said he wants it to eventually lead to sitting-only bathrooms.

Florida seeks 'crocodile response agents'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is posting job openings for "crocodile response agents" in the Florida Keys.

The commission said it will train the agents to investigate complaints about American crocodiles, finding alternatives to relocating the threatened crocodiles and taking care of the occasional carcass recovery, the Florida Keys Keynoter reported Monday.

The posting says it prefers applicants with experience handling crocs, but officials said it is not required.

"Since few people have extensive experience with alligators or crocodiles, that's not a prerequisite," said Lindsey Hord, the commission biologist in charge of South Florida's nuisance alligators and crocodiles. "We can train them. If somebody with a lot of experience comes in, that would be a plus."

Hord said the agents would be paid $25 per hour and would work on an as-needed basis.

Deer moves into urban Chicago back yard

CHICAGO, June 11 (UPI) -- Residents of Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, blocks from Wrigley Field, said they were shocked to see the area's newest resident -- a deer.

The neighbors said the deer has been living for at least a week in the back yard of a home belonging to a family that has been on vacation since before the animal showed up, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

"It goes to the same spot in the side yard during the day and then goes to the back yard at night," neighbor PJ McCarthy said. "I don't know how the hell it even got here in the first place."

Chicago Animal Care and Control said the deer will be left alone for now, but residents are cautioned not to feed it.

"It can create a potentially dangerous situation for the residents and for the deer," said Brad Powers, assistant to the director at Animal Control. "Generally if a deer knows to go to one place for food, it's going to continue to go there and get accustomed to it. It's not wise to encourage the deer to remain in a highly populated urban setting."

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7-foot python captured in Maryland

TOWSON, Md., June 11 (UPI) -- Police in Maryland said a python estimated to measure 7 feet was removed from a city roadway.

Towson police said a resident called 911 after 9:30 p.m. Sunday and reported seeing the python on the road, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Officers arrived and found the snake in a nearby bush. It was captured by city Animal Control officers, police said.

Investigators said they do not know from where the snake came.

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