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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 8th

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BOSTON (AP) -- The owner of a Massachusetts dumpling restaurant has sued three people she says stole her secret family recipe and opened a nearly identical eatery.
Nadia Liu Spellman, owner of Dumpling Daughter in Weston, says in her lawsuit filed in federal court this week that only three people knew her recipe: herself, her mother and her kitchen manager.
Her suit was filed against the three owners of Dumpling Girl, in Millbury, two of whom once worked for Spellman.
The suit says of 52 items on Dumpling Girl's menu, 41 are identical or virtually identical to dishes on Dumpling Daughter's menu.
The suit alleges misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.
A man who answered the phone at Dumpling Girl told The Boston Globe the eateries were "totally different," before hanging up.

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Colorado man is in custody in South Dakota after law enforcement authorities accused him of stealing a bulldozer and using it to damage a building and destroy a pickup truck.
Police in Rapid City say 21-year-old Justin Thornley of Empire, Colorado, was arrested Sunday on felony charges of destruction of property and aggravated grand theft.
Police say officers followed the bulldozer as it crossed a road traveling east into a field. They say Thornley also stuck electrical power poles and damaged concrete curbs while using the bulldozer.
Police say officers had to use a less-lethal beanbag shotgun, pepper spray and a stun gun as they tried to arrest Thornley.
Thornley also faces a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer. It's unclear whether Thornley has an attorney.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Elvis is back in the building.
Elvis, the missing king cobra snake, was returned to its owner's home near Orlando after being on the loose for more than a month.
A woman who lives about a half-mile from owner Mike Kennedy called Orange County's animal services Wednesday night after hearing hissing sounds coming from under a clothes dryer in her garage.
Three animal services officers captured the 10-foot snake using special tongs. The snake was too large for a traditional snake box so the animal services officers placed Elvis in a cat cage and put it in a soft carrier for extra security.
Students at a nearby elementary school weren't allowed outside for recess during the early days of the search for Elvis.
And a witty Twitter user even created an account for the missing snake with the tagline, "I'm on the loose in Orlando. Keep Away!"
By late Wednesday, the latest post on the Orlando King Cobra account said, "Singing the Folsom Prison Blues tonight. Oh well at least I get three squares a day now."
The owner's wife, Valerie Kennedy, positively identified Elvis and state wildlife officials scanned Elvis for microchip-identification before returning to its owners.
Mike Kennedy pleaded not guilty this week to a misdemeanor charge for failing to immediately report the snake missing.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Utah man posed as a federal agent in an attempt to get VIP tickets to a Comic Con event in Salt Lake City.
Jonathon M. Wall was indicted Wednesday on federal charges after the 29-year-old Layton man allegedly claimed he needed passes to catch a fugitive at the event where many attendees wear elaborate costumes.
Authorities say a security official got suspicious of Wall, who was posing as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The official contacted the Air Force, whose agents confirmed Wall didn't work for them.
Wall faces charges of impersonating a federal officer and making a false statement.
The September comic book convention attracted about 120,000 people and featured "Captain America" actor Chris Evans.
No lawyer or phone number was publicly listed for Wall on Thursday.

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A man who lost his driver's license while fleeing police used the van from the adult day care center where he worked to commit burglaries of several vehicles in central New Jersey, police said.
Jarred Robinson, of Franklin, was arrested in at least a dozen burglaries, and he may be connected to more than 30 others, South Brunswick police said Thursday.
Two other people are suspected in the rest, but Police Capt. James Ryan said police believe all the crimes are related.
Robinson stole about $1,500 worth of laptops, cash and other items from a dozen unlocked vehicles, Ryan said. A total of 48 similar burglaries occurred in the same area all at night.
In some of the burglaries, Robinson used a van belonging to the Sterling Adult Day Care center in North Brunswick where he previously worked. Robinson was connected to burglaries at Royal Oaks Apartment complex after he dropped a wallet containing his driver's license while running from police in September, police said.
Ryan said most of the burglaries happened from late July through August along Route 27, near South Brunswick's border with Princeton.
Robinson was being held in Middlesex County Correction Center on charges including burglary and theft. Bail was set at $30,000.
It was unclear Thursday if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- A 650-pound pig that fell off a trailer in Colorado is getting a new name -- "Lucky" -- and a new home at a sanctuary for abandoned pigs.
The Daily Times-Call reports that Lucky rolled onto Interstate 25 on Sept. 30. He was probably destined for a slaughterhouse, but will instead be headed to a cozy home east of Denver.
The Weld County Sheriff's Office couldn't find the 3-year-old pig's owner, so the boar was given to Hog Haven Farm owner and director Erin Brinkley-Burgardt.
Brinkley-Burgardt says she primarily cares for pot-bellied pigs, which people buy as pets but often abandon as they grow larger. The veterinarian who treated Lucky says he appears to be a Yorkshire pig.
Brinkley-Burgardt says Lucky can expect to live about 13 years in captivity.

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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Police say an argument at a funeral in Connecticut led to a stabbing and an attempted escape in a limousine.
Family members had gathered for a funeral in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven late Wednesday morning when an argument broke out and one man was stabbed several times.
Police say the suspect tried to flee in the back of a limo but was stopped near the cemetery entrance.
Fifty-four-year-old Robert Ferrie was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and breach of peace. He is being held on a $150,000 bond and is due in court on Thursday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
The victim was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Police did not disclose the relationship between the victim and the suspect.

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Police in Apple Valley, California have arrested a burglar who tried to hide his identity by wearing a maxi pad over his eyes. 
The key word here is "tried." 
Surveillance video shows the man with the feminine hygiene product taped on his head, breaking the glass front door of a convenience store with a piece of wood. 
He stole several chargers and flashlights before he got away. 
Luckily however, he had come into the store before, and the surveillance video caught him without a maxi pad on his face-- which only made the chase easier for police. 
Officers arrested 51-year-old Gary Victor a short time later.
He's facing charges of burglary and possessing stolen property.

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.
The Russian research institute responsible for designing meals for the country's cosmonauts said Thursday it was prepared to consider them, after the head of the Russian branch of U.S. fast-food giant Burger King suggested that it should add cheeseburgers in tubes, according to the website of the Kommersant newspaper.
"We're not opposed to this possibility, especially if the food tastes good and the cosmonauts like it," Lyudmila Pavlova, the head of the space food division at the Russian Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying by ITAR-Tass.
However, some of the development team expressed aversion to bumping burgers onto the Russian space food menu.
"Personally, I am against the idea of burgers. It's fast food that is not customary for our country," said Alexander Agureyev, who oversees catering for the International Space Station at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
According to Agureyev, proposals to change space menus have been plentiful since space food began to be mass produced in 2011.
Astronauts' menus are generally made up of refrigerated, dehydrated and canned foods with long shelf lives.
While a variety of ethnic and fast foods ranging from hamburgers to chicken teriyaki are currently available on menus for American astronauts, the menu for Russian cosmonauts has generally featured more traditional fare such as borscht, cottage cheese and caviar.
During the first joint U.S.-Soviet space flight in 1975, Russian astronauts famously treated their American colleagues to tubes of borscht paste with vodka labels jokingly taped on the outside.

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WJAR) - A man from Cranston who weighs 778 pounds is desperate for help after he said Rhode Island Hospital kicked him out.
The man's father said he has nowhere to take his son.
Steven Assanti, 33, said his eating addiction lead him to the trunk of his father's SUV with no place to go.
"It's an addiction, and I realize that," said Assanti.
"And it's a disease."
For the past 80 days, Assanti said, he was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital. There, he lost 20 pounds.
But after Assanti violated his care plan by ordering pizza, he said the hospital told him he could no longer stay.
"I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550 to get the gastric bypass," said Assanti. "That was their plan."
A spokesperson for Rhode Island Hospital said they can't speak about Assanti's case, or the treatment of any other patients.
His father, Steven Veillette, said taking his son home will be a death sentence.
"If he comes home and I do get him up the stairs somehow, someway he's going to go right back to his eating habits," Veillette said.
So, the two men say they'll continue to drive until they find a place that will help.
"I just don't know who to turn to," Veillette said. "I called everybody - everybody you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and nobody seems to be (able to) help me."
Veillette said Assanti was able to be admitted to another local hospital, though they do not know if he will be able to stay at the new location beyond the weekend.

His social worker is looking into another permanent location for treatment.

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