5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

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WILDLIFE OFFICIALS ARE MONITORING DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES SWIMMING NEAR SHORE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Kim Amendola with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service says one whale has died and three others are stranded in shallow waters off Lee County. More than two dozen other whales are swimming nearby. Amendola says another two dozen whales are being monitored in the waters off Collier County. Some of those whales briefly got stranded Sunday in shallow waters off Naples.

FORMER NEW YORK DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN OTIS PIKE DIES IN FLORIDA AT AGE 92

Pike died Monday at a Vero Beach hospice after a long illness. Pike served 18 years in Congress before deciding to retire in 1978. In the mid-1970s, he chaired a House committee that investigated questionable CIA activities. The agency considered the inquiries as a dramatic shift in Congress and the first significant House investigation of the U.S. intelligence community since the CIA’s creation in 1947.

‘TOO FAT TO KILL’ DEFENSE PUTS WIRETAP LAW TO TEST

The ‘too fat to kill’ defense didn’t work for a Fort Pierce man who was convicted of murdering his son-in-law in 2006. So he’s appealing the conviction on grounds that New Jersey’s wiretapping law is unconstitutional. The New Jersey Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of Edward Ates case in Trenton on Wednesday.

WOMAN IN HER MID-30S DIES FROM THE FLU IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

The woman is the second flu fatality in Brevard County this season. Officials said Monday that the woman gave birth in early December. Another woman in her 30s died Jan. 5 at the same Melbourne hospital. The director of the county’s health department says two other people in Brevard hospitals remain on life support due to influenza.

CAR THIEF LEAVES 2 KIDS ON SIDEWALK IN ORLANDO

Police in Orlando are searching for a thief who took a car with two toddlers in the back seat from a hotel parking lot. The children were found unharmed Sunday night, about a mile from the hotel. They were still strapped into the car seats, which had been left on a sidewalk.

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