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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 22nd

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has uncovered film footage of the quirky wildlife management moment.
In the 1940s the department was trying to deal with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other fur-bearing rodents, packed them into special travel boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
Boise State Public Radio reports that a film made around 1950 showed the infamous beaver drops, but it had long been lost.
Recently Fish and Game historian Sharon Clark found the fragile film, which had been mislabeled and stored in the wrong file.
Now it's been digitized and released by the Idaho Historical Society and the Department of Fish and Game on YouTube. You can watch it here: http://bit.ly/1M8QP4U . The parachuting beavers start about 7 minutes in.
Animal lovers, take heart - it appears all beavers survived their flying adventures unharmed.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia voters now have extra incentive to go to the polls: They could win $10,000.
The editor of The Philadelphia Citizen on Thursday announced an election lottery. Larry Platt says one random voter will win the money Nov. 3, when residents vote for mayor.
The prize aims to reverse abysmal turnout and spark a conversation about civic engagement.
The online news site says turnout for mayoral elections in the heavily Democratic city has plummeted from 77 percent in 1971 to about 20 percent in 2011.
David Thornburgh heads the civic watchdog group Committee of Seventy and says he supports trying new ideas to spur more people to cast ballots.
This year, a voter education organization gave $25,000 to a random voter in a Los Angeles school board election.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The words "free" and "fun" are not the first things that come to mind when talking about the Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance.
Yet a typo in a phone number on a news release issued by the agency Wednesday sent media inquiries to a "free and fun party line" advertising adult hotlines.
The Boston Herald reports that the release declaring October as Cyber Security Awareness Month mistakenly substituted area code "617" instead of "857" in a spokesman's number.
Department chief of staff Dominick Ianno says the error was an obvious typo since "nothing is free and fun in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance."
The mistake was quickly corrected.
The incorrect number also instructed callers on how to set up small businesses to receive commissions for satellite TV referrals.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian education ministry official has resigned after saying that schools should teach young women how to walk provocatively - in high heels.
At a press conference Tuesday, Vasile Salaru, said Romanian schools should teach female students how to walk wearing high heels, dance the tango, be a good hostess and walk enticingly in public. He said girls should walk with "chest out, bottom out, let the boys faint!"
Several student organizations protested his comments and called for his resignation. They also reported him to the National Anti-Discrimination Council.
Salaru, state secretary in the education ministry, resigned Thursday, saying he did not want to harm his party. However, he said his "informal" comments had been taken out of context.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County authorities are investigating the theft of a human leg from a van belonging to an organ and tissue donation organization.
The Los Angeles Times reports the limb was stolen early Monday while staffers for the nonprofit One Legacy stopped for a bite at a downtown restaurant.
When they returned to their vehicle, the cooler containing the wrapped and chilled leg was gone.
Coroner Mark Fajardo said in a letter to county supervisors that it's likely the thief didn't know what was in the cooler.
The theft was reported to police.
Officials obtained a DNA sample from the donor to identify any limb that's recovered.
Fajardo said family members of the late donor were notified.
Confidentiality laws prevent officials from releasing any information about the donor's identity.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland State University librarians in Oregon finally got their hands on two overdue books -- a half century after they were checked out.
The Oregonian reports that someone put two books checked out in 1963 into a book drop, accompanied by an anonymous, handwritten note.
University librarian Joan Petit says the books are so old that staff members don't know what to do with them. In the time since they were borrowed for a high-school speech class, card catalogs have been digitized and classification methods have changed.
But the librarians, who no longer charge late fees, say they are thankful that someone returned "Basic Principles of Speech" and "Preface to Critical Reading."
The anonymous note acknowledges that the books are "outdated -- yes -- but I'll let you decide their fate now."

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man who has filed more than 30 lawsuits claiming to be disabled - including one seeking food stamps for his service dog - pleaded guilty to perjury for claiming under oath that he couldn't walk or hold a glass of water.
James Douris, 60, of Upper Makefield, and his attorney, didn't comment on Wednesday's guilty plea in Bucks County, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Douris left the courtroom in a wheelchair.
The perjury charge stemmed from a court proceeding last year. County prosecutors said investigators caught Douris standing on a ladder, pushing a wheelbarrow and using a power saw after Douris claimed he hadn't been properly served with court papers because he couldn't pick up documents left at his door.
Douris lost a 2010 Commonwealth Court decision after trying to qualify his dog as a household member for the purposes of getting food stamps. The dog ate the same food as Douris and should have qualified as a dependent eligible for food stamps, Douris argued at the time.
Douris, an unemployed veteran, has sued municipalities, officials and businesses claiming his various physical disabilities haven't been accommodated over the past few decades. Nearly all have been thrown out of court.
His Wednesday perjury conviction came shortly after a jury also convicted him of perjury and forgery for fudging an invoice he submitted as evidence against a tree company he was suing. Douris claimed his yard was damaged, and the invoice was for the cost of repairs - but the company he claimed to have paid didn't exist.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Long said he's hoping the latest perjury conviction will stop Douris from making similar claims in the future.
"This is our best bet at putting it all to an end," Long said. "What we're hoping is that if he tries to keep going, people can look back at this and say, 'You're a liar.'"
Douris faces sentencing in 60 days after a psychological evaluation.

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Lake County Sheriff's Deputies in Astor, Florida have arrested a man after he claimed he was the creator and the owner of the world. 
Deputies saw 61-year-old Allen Ramsey hiding in a bush outside the Kangaroo Express near a highway. They say he was watching an employee pick up trash. 
He tried to hide from deputies, but they asked him to come out. When they asked what he was doing, he said it was none of their business, because he owned the world. He also refused to identify himself. 
Deputies arrested him for loitering and prowling.

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It was the icing on the cake that nabbed a burglar in Alpena, Michigan... Literally. 
Police say a woman broke into a home and knocked over a tray of cupcakes. She ran off when the homeowner confronted her.
However, officers caught up with the burglar a few blocks away. They knew it was her because she was drunk, and covered in cupcake frosting. 
Police booked her into jail for unlawful entry and malicious destruction of property.

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Khabarovsk, Russia - A wild bear scared residents in eastern Russia when it broke into a shopping mall.
Closed-circuit surveillance video shows the bear outside, then inside the mall in the city of Khabarovsk, running from store to store.
Police said they were called by frightened mall employees about the bear. 
The animal eventually broke through a glass door and was cornered by police at a children's playground where it was killed.
A police spokeswoman said the bear had become too aggressive and had to be shot.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Scientists have discovered a parasitic wasp in the state that kills its host like a scene from the movie "Alien."
But the discovery is good news because the wasp kills a type of stink bug that harms fruit orchards.
Researchers for Washington State University recently discovered two small clusters of the wasp in Vancouver, Washington.
The tiny female wasps lay eggs inside clusters of stink bug eggs. After a wasp egg hatches, the larva eats the stink bug host, and then bursts out as an adult wasp.

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