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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, June 25th

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 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A 75-year-old Dubuque man has scratched off two winning tickets in one day.

One was worth $100,000, the other $930.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Ken Broadwell bought both of his Tuesday winners at the same convenience store in Dubuque.

He said Wednesday that he intends to "buy my real estate up at the cemetery and a headstone," and that he is thinking about buying a new vehicle.

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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say an Ohio auxiliary firefighter reported a fake fire so he could head to the scene and earn a paycheck, but a different department was dispatched instead and he is now facing charges.

Twenty-seven-year old Dean Evans, of Lorain, is charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

Lorain County sheriff's deputies tell The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria Evans said he made the fake report in April so he could respond and earn $500. But the South Amherst Fire Department where Evans worked wasn't one of the two departments dispatched to the scene.

Police reports say investigators traced the 911 call to a number that Evans had listed on his auxiliary firefighter application.

Evans pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Court records show no attorney for him.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Officials say a smelly refrigerator at the University of Kentucky sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital.

Multiple news outlets report that workers smelled a strong odor coming from the fridge when they came to work Wednesday at the Dimock Animal Pathology building. They opened the fridge to an overpowering smell.

University officials say movers had brought the fridge there from another campus building Tuesday evening but didn't detect anything amiss.

Fire battalion chief Joe Best says people reported minor irritation to the skin or eyes and some nausea. Eleven were taken to the hospital. Firefighters evacuated the building and kept people away as a precaution.

University spokeswoman Kathy Jones says officials believe the odor was caused by a chemical residue left by something that had been inside the refrigerator. The building was reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Police are crediting a Pittsburgh TV news crew with saving the life of an overdose victim by calling 911 and performing CPR on him before emergency responders could arrive.

WPXI-TV says photographer Dave Clark was getting ready for a news segment with reporter Cara Sapida on Wednesday in Washington, Pennsylvania, when Clark saw the man slumped over in a vehicle, not breathing.

Clark performed CPR while Sapida called 911.

Clark says he was thinking, "OK, if we can just keep a pulse going till the paramedics get here, we'll be cool."

Police Chief Chris Lupino says officers took over CPR when they arrived, and paramedics revived the man with the overdose antidote Narcan.

Officer Matt Karlowsky tells WPXI, "He probably would have died if your crew wasn't there."

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According to a video posted on YouTube, a man is lucky to be alive after a huge saw blade crashed into his car. 

The YouTube video caption reads: 

"A man in China is counting his lucky stars after a huge saw blade came crashing onto a highway and right into his car, and he survived.

The man, identified only as Mr. Xiang, was driving on Chongqing-Guizhou Expressway in Central China when the blade of a giant circular saw blade fell of the back of a truck carrying equipment in a nearby lane, according to The Telegraph.

The blade flew into Mr. Xiang's car but he reportedly walked away unhurt. It lodged in the front of his truck as Xiang tried to keep control of the vehicle, according to the Telegraph.

"I heard a 'bang' and then I saw all the white smoke in front of me. I almost lost control of my car," Xiang told local reporters the day after the incident.

Police reportedly said that if Xiang had been driving faster or if the blade had hit at a slightly different angle, he could have been killed."

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The newest members of the United Nations are real bloodsuckers. But they're not politicians. 

The U.N.'s New York headquarters has found bedbugs in two cubicles.

The Office of Central Support Services is working to fix the problem, and exterminators are treating the area. 

The organization says only one person was using the cubicles, so the issue is under control. 

The U.N. was also infested with bedbugs back in 2010. 

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An illegal cockfighting ring was brought down in central Florida by a delivery driver after an attendee ordered a pizza.

According to Polk County deputies, a pizza delivery driver who had taken an order to the home Friday night reported the operation to local authorities.

Deputies went to the Winter Haven home Monday and reported finding 123 roosters and chickens, a fighting ring, "boxing gloves" for practice and ceramic spurs for the actual fights. Investigators say nine of the roosters found on the property were bred at the location and appeared ready to fight.

Eliut Juse Serrano Hernandez, who lives at the home, faces multiple charges, including nine counts of possession of animals for the purpose of fighting. Deputies say the 38-year-old admitted to owning the roosters and to holding fights there once or twice.

Two others at the home were arrested on unrelated drug charges.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A man accidentally shot himself during a gun safety class at an Orlando pawn shop.

Orange County Sheriff's officials did not identify the 23-year-old victim but said the incident happened Saturday at the Instant Replay Pawn Shop and Shooting Range.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the bullet grazed his leg.

He was taken to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.

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PARIS (AP) -- France's national agricultural institute is investigating how a lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat.

In a statement Tuesday, the INRA said the lamb was sold for meat in October 2014 in the Paris region. The lamb was part of a heart disease research project, which modified animals with a commonly used protein derived from jellyfish that turned cells fluorescent.

The institute said the jellyfish protein was not a threat to human health but that prosecutors were notified of the lamb's entry into the food chain after an internal investigation at the institute. It warned about inappropriate staff behavior in the unit where the lamb was kept.

It's illegal in France to sell genetically modified food.

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According to the website, Grubstreet, a vendor at the Orange County Fair is selling the latest viral food sensation. Chicken Charlie's is offering a caviar-covered Twinkie. Call it classy, or call it trashy, it sells for $125. 
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