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  National parks show signs of wear and tear

National Parks budgets shrink as costs grow

  The National Park system is a national treasure, but budget cuts, including the sequester, are forcing hiring freezes on thousands of jobs and delays in upkeep now totaling $11 billion. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Ohio family lost and found in Everglades

  The Schreck family was found safe and sound Friday in the Florida Everglades after rescuers heard them blowing whistles. A wrong turn in their airboat had caused them to become stuck, leading to a harrowing night spent outside. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

Florida senator on the hunt to fight python invasion

More than a 100,000 Burmese pythons are believed to have invaded the Florida Everglades. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says it's up to the federal government to help wipe out the snakes and save the swamp. Full story

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  Dangerous crocodile on the loose in Florida

Along a canal that leads to the Everglades, a two-man team is searching for a Nile crocodile that doesn’t belong in the wild. State officials believe the croc escaped a collector’s cage, and officials worry it may become a serious threat. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 photo taken in the Florida Everglades, a captured 13-foot-long Burmese python is displayed for snake hunters and the media before heading out in airboats for the Python Challenge. Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida as

A previously captured 13-foot Burmese python is held by Meiman for the press to view before U.S. Senator Nelson took part in a state-sponsored snake hunt, in the Everglades
A previously captured 13-foot Burmese python is held by Meiman for the press to view before U.S. Senator Nelson took part in a state-sponsored snake hunt, in the Everglades

A previously captured 13-foot Burmese python is held by Capt. Shawn Meiman for the press to view before U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) took part in a state-sponsored snake hunt, in the Everglades, Florida January 17, 2013. Python Challenge 2013 is a month-long event sponsored by the Florida Fish an