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    For a week, a young female walrus nicknamed Freya has enamoured Norwegians by basking in the sun of the Oslo fjord, making a splash in the media and bending a few boats. The 600-kilogramme marine mammal has been named after the Norse goddess of love and beauty. She has already been sighted i…

    DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Damages are estimated at more than $481 million in a central Florida coastal county where homes collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean following Hurricane Nicole last week. The damages from the category 1 storm in Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, exceeded those from the much stronger Hurricane Ian, which caused $377 million in the county. Hurricane Ian, a category 4 storm, made landfall in southwest Florida in late September and tore across the state. Volusia County officials say severe beach erosion from Ian made homes vulnerable to the impact of Nicole in Wilbur-by-the Sea, a quaint beach community where single-family homes fell into the ocean last week.

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    FLORENCE, S.C. — Newly elected and reelected members of the Florence City Council will take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Monday in the City Council chambers at the City Center, 324 W. Evans St.

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