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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, October 21st

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania manufacturer is accused of selling imitation Parmesan and Romano cheese that actually contained other cheeses, including cheddar and Swiss.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Universal Cheese & Drying Inc. and International Packing LLC were charged Tuesday with conspiracy.
Prosecutors say the cheeses labeled as "real" Parmesan and Romano didn't conform to U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards and contained trims of other cheeses.
Michelle Myrter, president of Castle Cheese Inc. and a corporate officer in both of the other companies, is charged with the misdemeanor of aiding and abetting the introduction of misbranded and adulterated food.
Her attorney, Stephen Stallings, says Myrter has a plea agreement that involves probation for her and $500,000 in restitution and forfeitures for each of the companies.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina woman says she entered her daughter's apartment and found a bear, who had entered by opening an unlocked door, roaming through the home.
Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelley Klope told local news outlets the mother called emergency personnel Tuesday night after spotting the bear eating some pet food.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway says the bear smelled dog food right inside the door and was able to get in through the door by pulling down on the unlocked handle.
Klope says crews arrived and hit on the ceiling to scare the bear, which then left unharmed.
Klope says all that was left in the wake of the bear's visit was a broken flowerpot and blind.
Carraway says similar break-ins are rare, with this being the first one this year in the Asheville area.

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A northeastern Ohio man has been reunited with his car after it was reported stolen more than 30 years ago.
The (Canton) Repository reports that 52-year-old Ron Reolfi bought the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for around $600 when he was 19.
The North Canton man last saw the car on Oct. 24, 1981. He parked it outside a grocery store where he worked, and it was gone 20 minutes later.
Reolfi says he thought he'd never see it again.
He says someone in Maryland sold the car to a person in Delaware. Authorities were then alerted that it had been stolen.
Reolfi's dad, whose name was on the title, received an email last year with a photo of the vehicle.
Reolfi says recovering the car was "really emotional" for him.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Santa Barbara police have detained a 22-year-old man they say crashed a wedding, then bit an officer and a police dog during a six-minute melee.
Sgt. Riley Harwood says police were called Saturday night after a stranger - who may have been on drugs - crashed the wedding at the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum.
Harwood says guests evicted him. But during a confrontation with two arriving officers, he punched one in the face and bit his shoulder, then bit a police dog on the leg. The confused dog also bit an officer.
Harwood says after he was handcuffed, the man attacked a third officer.
Two officers were treated for various injuries.
Harwood says the man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and will be arrested when he's released.

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A mother is paying an unusual tribute to her late son. After he died in a shooting earlier this month, the mother of Jomar Aguayo Collazo hired a company to set up his body in front of a game of dominoes. Instead of a normal wake, people can now see his body in one last "party" to celebrate his life. 
Collazo's body is on display at his mother's bar in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. 
Friends and family members have been sitting next to him at the table, taking pictures. 
While it may seem a little creepy, this is becoming more popular in Puerto Rico-- with at least 4 other similar displays in the last decade.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WRTV/CNN) - Police said a man stole his ex-girlfriend's car and drove it into a utility pole, set fire to her home and then climbed on the roof and danced during a standoff.
Police said they found 25-year-old Matthew Russ sitting in a chair in his ex-girlfriend's driveway holding a butcher knife. Police shot at him with rubber bullets, then Russ retreated back into the home.
A short time later, smoke was seen coming from the house, and Russ emerged on the roof.
The police department's crisis negotiators tried to coax him from his second-story perch.
Even when flames broke through the rooftop, Russ ignored the danger in front and behind him.
Fearing that they had just about run out of time, police once again shot Russ with rubber bullets and a stun gun. Police then used a ladder to retrieve the incapacitated man from the roof and lowered him to the ground.
Medics took Russ to Eskanazi Hospital for a mental evaluation. The victim was unharmed, and no police officers or firefighters were hurt during the 75-minute standoff.
A police official said if they hadn't used rubber bullets, Russ would have likely succumbed to the fire.

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BELLEVUE, WA - A student driver arriving to take a driving test crashed into the driving school, said Bellevue, Washington, police, who took a picture to prove it.
The accident happened Friday morning at Bellevue 911 Driving School & DOL Testing Center in the suburb east of Seattle.
"There were no injuries to the driver, occupants of the building or the Shasta Cola machine inside," police said.
The student failed.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Southern California say two people were arrested after they allegedly tried to sell a stolen bulldog to the dog's original owners.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reports the English bulldog, Gunny, was taken during a robbery Oct. 17.
When the owners saw Gunny listed for sale on Craigslist last week for $2,500, they contacted the San Bernardino County sheriff's department.
With the help of investigators, they posed as prospective buyers and arranged to meet with the suspects in a Fontana parking lot.
After the owners identified the dog, deputies made the arrests.
Sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Jamill Slaughter and 19-year-old Carla Martinez could face charges including possession of stolen property.
It wasn't immediately known if they are suspected of stealing the dog.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sixty-one wingsuit skydivers have flown into the record books, creating a diamond-shaped formation while soaring over California before breaking apart and floating to the ground.
The group set the record for the largest such formation Saturday at Skydive Perris, 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Taya Weiss, the jump's lead organizer, said Tuesday. It shattered the old record set by 42 flyers in June.
Weiss said the record was verified by a panel of judges from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the international group that keeps track of skydiving and other aviation-related records.
One judge on the ground witnessed the jumpers leap from three separate aircraft at 13,500 feet, create the formation and then break apart at 5,500 feet. Two other judges reviewed photos of the jump later and confirmed Monday it was official.
"It was an absolutely incredible experience," said Weiss, who was also one of the jumpers. "We're a very small community, although we're growing, and to get everyone together from all over the world, especially to achieve such a difficult goal, is very rewarding."
Wingsuit flyers from 12 countries - including the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, Russia, Poland, South Africa and Israel - took part.
Weiss said the flyers actually broke the old record twice Saturday. After 50 people went out for a first jump there was time for a second one, so 11 more joined in.
Skydive Perris was the site of another record earlier this month when 202 divers linked up to form the world's largest sequential skydiving formation.
Wingsuit diving differs in that skydivers wear special suits with pressurized wings attached to their bodies, allowing them to glide horizontally while they fall at a slower rate than regular skydivers.

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VIENNA (AP) -- It's the day that Marty McFly landed in the future - and Austria's transport ministry is ready with guidelines for hoverboards.
Fans of "Back to the Future 2" know that McFly arrived on Oct. 21, 2015 - Wednesday. They also will remember the hoverboard sequence, with McFly being chased by Biff and his gang, all on flying skateboards.
These may never go beyond the prototype stage. But the ministry has issued tongue-in-cheek rules on their use to mark "Back to the Future" day. Its website describes a hoverboard as a "small vehicle for use outside of the road" and says a special license is needed for rocket-driven "Pit Bull" models.
It urges hoverboarders to wear helmets and to "be aware ... of possible additional regulations" for use over water.
 

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