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Mad Minute stories from Friday, June 26th

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 Ashkelon, Israel, - Israel's electric corporation is struggling to keep thousands of jellyfish away from its seawater cooling system, preventing a shutdown.  

The huge bloom of jellyfish threatened to clog the power station cooling system on Wednesday. The jellyfish problem came at a bad time, the heat of summer, but workers were able to clear them from the system. 

The Rotenberg Power Station in the southern city of Ashkelon uses seawater for cooling. It has means of filtering out and disposing of the jellyfish that were sucked from the Mediterranean sea. But workers struggled to deal with the onslaught of jellyfish flowing into the station, which could have forced a shutdown of the power plant.  

After several hours they managed to clean up the system and prevent either a shutdown or damage. The power company said Israel's southern beaches also were swamped by the white creatures.

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New York, NY - A Fisherman in New York caught a shark in the Hudson River. 

Wu Zhen was in Battery Park when he caught the smooth dogfish shark, but he released it shortly after. 

The shark isn't threatening to humans, but it has rough skin that can irritate your skin if you hold it wrong.

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Westlake, Ohio (WWBT) - A naked, alcohol-fueled night behind the wheel ends with a woman and her new boyfriend in a suburban Cleveland jail.

Police received a report of a naked male and female lounging outside their car in the parking lot of a business that had closed for the day, just after midnight. When officers arrived, the pair had moved back inside the car, were driving around a residential neighborhood.

A patrol officer stopped the car to find the driver, 24-year-old Alexandria Mauer, completely nude and eating a slice of pizza. Her passenger and boyfriend, 33-year-old Kenneth Gillespie, was also naked, holding an open beer can between his feet.

Gillespie, who is also on probation for drug possession, proceeded to urinate in the back of the police cruiser. He was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, open container and public indecency. He only had underwear and a sweatshirt with him when we was arrested, so police gave him an old pair of jail uniform pants and jail shoes to wear home later that morning.

Ms. Mauer also bonded out.

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Bj's Restaurant and Brewhouse is holding a contest to give away a $10,000 gift card. To enter, all you have to do is name your baby Quinoa. 

The chain is offering the contest to promote its new quinoa bowl dishes. 

The contest started on June 22nd. The first person to give a newborn baby the first name Quinoa, will win the prize. Middle names and nicknames don't count, and you need a birth certificate to prove it. 

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A beaver protecting its dam attacked two central Oregon men, who fell into a river and got taken to the hospital.

Sgt. William Bailey of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says the men were exploring Thursday night when they climbed onto a beaver dam and got attacked by the animal protecting its turf.

Bailey says their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

One man quickly climbed out the Deschutes River near Lava Island Falls and sought help for his friend whose clothing got caught on some logs.

The trapped man managed to get out of the water just as a deputy arrived.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- An 88-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting police who responded to her western Massachusetts home, which turned out to be the wrong address.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that officers went to the home of Phyllis Stankiewicz on Thursday following a report of a disturbance involving someone with a baseball bat.

Police say Stankiewicz opened her front door while wielding a knife and slapped an officer, after telling police there was no crime there and yelling at them to leave. Authorities later said the disturbance report was actually for a home a block away.

Stankiewicz pleaded not guilty Friday in District Court to assault and battery on a police officer and was released on her own recognizance. She declined to comment when reached by phone by The Associated Press.

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge won't punish a Kansas judge who didn't show up for jury duty in federal court.

Sedgwick County District Judge Michael Hoelscher failed to appear for jury duty June 15.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren wrote in an order Friday that he believes judges and other public officials should comply with laws with which they expect others to comply. He noted federal judges in Kansas have shown up for jury service in state courts.

But Melgren withdrew his earlier order requiring Hoelscher to show cause for not appearing.

The turnabout came after Hoelscher's attorney argued that sitting state judges are barred by U.S. law from serving on federal juries. An email with the court filing also documented Hoelscher's efforts to comply with directions from the court's automated system.

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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.

Quasi Modo is a 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix who was leading the World's Ugliest Dog contest, with nearly 10,000 votes by Friday. Resembling a hyena or Tasmanian devil, he can unsettle some people, but he makes up for it with a bubbly personality, his biography says.

Quasi Modo was far ahead of No. 2 Morris, a mutt who looks a little like a pig with a spiky haircut and has garnered more than 5,000 votes.

The two are among 27 dogs vying for the title of homeliest hound, which has been given to a pooch in the small California coastal town of Petaluma for decades. Dogs have arrived from as far as Florida, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona to compete in a contest that applauds imperfections.

The winner will receive $1,500 Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Several of the competitors have been rescued from shelters, puppy mills or abusive homes. This year features a new "spirit award," honoring a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or are providing service to the community.

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Doctors in India have removed a hairball from a teenage girl's stomach. It was 5 feet long. 

The 15-year-old girl has a condition where she's addicted to eating hair. She's been swallowing single strands of her own hair, and of her friends.

Doctors say she no longer eats food, and is often in pain. 

Her parents took her to the hospital when her stomach started to stick out. 

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Betsey Stevenson, a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, tweeted a picture of a double rainbow over the White House on Friday shortly after the Supreme Court made it legal for gay couples to marry nationwide. 

The rainbow often symbolizes the LGBT movement. 
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