It pays to have your smartphone handy. Alva resident Dan Powers was driving along Twin Mill Grade Road in Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, just south of LaBelle, when he spotted a mass of movement in the sky. A murmuration of swallows — thousands of them, perhaps tens of thousands — formed an almost tornado-like swarm in the sky (see video above). "I could feel the hot air coming off them, like a fan, and a low-pitched hum," Powers said Tuesday.
A shooting Wednesday at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia brought the annual game, and its history, into the national spotlight. But what is it? Congress staged its first baseball game in 1909. It didn't become an annual tradition until recent years, though. Republicans and Democrats were slated to square off Thursday night at Nationals Park for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Teams practice for weeks leading up to the game.
A gunman opened fire Wednesday at a Republican congressional baseball practice in northern Virginia. At least one congressman was wounded. THE LATEST FROM USA TODAY: Shooting at congressional baseball practiceFour Florida Republicans are listed on the baseball roster: Ron Desantis, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Rooney and Dennis Ross. Gaetz confirmed he was not present Wednesday morning. "6 a.m. is too early for me to be focused on athletic endeavors," Gaetz said.
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".