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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 27th

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A deer apparently hit by a car brought itself to a New York hospital and walked into the emergency room.
Hospital officials say the deer walked through the automatic doors at the entrance to Strong Memorial Hospital's emergency room late Monday afternoon in Rochester. Officials say the deer made it about 20 feet down a corridor before staff members corralled it.
The Monroe County sheriff's office says two deputies happened to be at the hospital when the deer wandered in. They and hospital public safety officers strapped the deer to a gurney and wheeled it out to the parking lot.
One of the deputies put down the deer.

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BERLIN (AP) - A German condom manufacturer has run into legal trouble with a claim that a packet of seven of its products "corresponds to up to 21 orgasms."
Berlin company Einhorn asked a state court in Duesseldorf Tuesday to overturn an injunction obtained by a German rival, Fair Squared, barring it from using the claim on packaging.
Lawyers for Einhorn argued that the slogan was obviously a joke but judges indicated they weren't minded to budge, news agency dpa reported.
Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said the slogan is "suited to deception" and could tempt people to use the condoms several times. She said "that is why we banned this."
Brueckner-Hofmann said condoms are medical products and their packaging subject to "particularly strict requirements."
The court will announce its decision on Nov. 26.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Naval Academy midshipman has been charged with burglary after he was found sleeping in a Maryland apartment.
The Capital of Annapolis reports that a 74-year-old woman called police Sunday morning when she discovered 20-year-old Max Smith sleeping on a chair in her living room. Smith left the apartment, but police found him outside.
Smith told police he was drinking at a bar the night before and met a girl. The two left together and made their way to the Eastport apartment complex, where they entered an apartment through an unlocked door and had sex.
Smith, whose identification card says he's a midshipman at the Naval Academy, was charged with fourth-degree burglary.
The Naval Academy says it is aware of the arrest and is conducting an internal investigation.

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RUSHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Indiana Jones couldn't outrace his pursuers this time.
Authorities say a 21-year-old man named Indiana Z. Jones led police on a chase that topped 100 mph on a road in New York's Finger Lakes region.
Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike says the chase started late Sunday when Jones tried to evade a traffic stop in his hometown of Rushville, 35 miles southeast of Rochester.
Spike says spike strips were used to puncture Jones' tires after several miles, and he was taken into custody.
The charges include unlawfully fleeing police, speeding and having an unregistered, uninsured and uninspected vehicle.
Jones posted $1,000 bail and was released.
Court officials say Tuesday he doesn't have a lawyer. A call to a phone number associated with Jones rang unanswered.

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WOODHULL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Joyce Kingsley heard "kaboom" but didn't see anything when she looked out a window.
The 83-year-old needed to look up: A Ford Mustang was parked on the roof of her Michigan home after the driver had a medical problem Monday and lost control on Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County.
The Argus-Press of Owosso reports that Kingsley's home is built next to a hill, and the roof is nearly level with the ground.
State police say the Mustang went through several bushes, trees and a fence before stopping on the roof. The driver was treated for low blood sugar but wasn't hurt. Trooper Ben Rowell says he's "extremely lucky."
Kingsley plans to put a tarp over the damaged roof until it can be fixed.

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Police in Russia's far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway - only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside.
The Interior Ministry's department in the Khabarovsk region said on Tuesday the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, not far the Chinese border, to a city further north. When police officers asked the driver to open the car they saw plastic containers with caviar hidden under the wreaths lying next to a casket. More caviar was found inside the casket, which did not contain a body.
The driver and his partner, who both work for a funeral director, told the police they had been hired by a man in a village outside Khabarovsk who asked them to take the casket with the body of a female relative to a city morgue. The men insisted that they had no idea what was inside the casket.
Police are looking into the source of the caviar and considering charges for illegal production and distribution.
Caviar production in Russia is strictly regulated and contained to about 50 sturgeon farms. Wild caviar production and sturgeon fishing is almost entirely banned, except for indigenous peoples of Russia's north who have to obtain permits. Sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea have shrunk dramatically since the fall of the Soviet Union because of illegal fishing.

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(AP) GRANTS, N.M. -- A New Mexico man who had been watching TV's "The Walking Dead" told authorities he fatally beat his friend to stop him from becoming a zombie.
Grants police spokesman Moses Marquez said Sunday that 23-year-old Christopher Paquin was beaten and that 23-year-old Damon Perry is being held on a murder charge.
Perry's attorney, Michael E. Calligan, did not immediately return a call for comment
Officers were called Thursday afternoon to an apartment complex where Perry was allegedly wielding a knife.
They found Paquin's body inside an apartment and maintenance workers detaining Perry.
Perry told investigators they had been drinking when Paquin began "to change into a zombie" and tried to bite him.
Police say Perry beat Paquin with his hands, feet, an electric guitar and a microwave.
Authorities say Perry attributed his actions to binge-watching "The Walking Dead," which centers on a zombie apocalypse, on Netflix.

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A grocery store in Pennsylvania is putting a stop to kids egging houses on Halloween. Ahead of the holiday, the store has put a ban on selling eggs to minors between October 24th and November 1st.
The sign says the restrictions are because of safety concerns. 
Online, people say they've seen similar signs at other Redner's Market stores elsewhere throughout the northeast. 
Last year, the store had a chain-wide policy in the days leading up to Halloween as well. 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sgt. Casey Day was skeptical. The chief of his rural Northern California police department wanted him to find out if an ancient martial arts weapon made famous in 1970s Bruce Lee movies could be used to subdue unruly suspects.
But it only took a few days of training with nunchucks to win over Day. The weapon - two solid sticks of plastic attached by a foot-long nylon cord - was recently added to the Anderson Police Department's arsenal.
The department of 20 sworn officers about 200 miles north of San Francisco joined several other U.S. law enforcement agencies that use nunchucks as "less than lethal" weapons 20 years after their popularity peaked.
Day says the weapons have the impact of traditional night sticks but also allow trained officers to quickly bind wrists or ankles to control a suspect without violence.
"It's a two-for-one weapon," Day said, adding that it's also easier to carry than a long night stick.
Law enforcement agencies were moving to adopt nunchucks in the 1980s, including police departments in San Diego and Los Angeles that used them to help break up chaotic protests at abortion clinics.
But the weapons started to fall out of favor after the LAPD agreed in 1991 to stop using them during abortion protests to settle a lawsuit. Three years later, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a similar lawsuit by San Diego abortion protesters, but departments were beginning to embrace high-technology, nonlethal gadgets by then - or returned to the trusty police baton - to control crowds and suspects without using guns.
Sales slumped significantly once departments began buying Tasers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to Kevin Orcutt, who says he's the only nunchucks maker for U.S. law enforcement agencies.
"The Taser slowed everything down," he said.
He provides three days of training and certifies officers as instructors to teach others in their agencies how to use nunchucks.
Orcutt said he hopes to spark renewed interest in the weapon now that he is retired from a 35-year law enforcement career and is devoted full time to his Denver-based company.
He said Bruce Lee movies from the 1970s stirred his interest in nunchucks, leading him to train in the martial art of Jukado and earn a black belt. He got a patent for his version of the ancient Japanese weapon in 1984 and persuaded the chief of Colorado's Thornton Police Department, where he served, to formally adopt it.
Denver police nearby soon added the weapon to its nonlethal roster, and officers there still use nunchucks. A spokesman for the agency didn't return a call seeking comment.
Orcutt estimates about 100 departments across the country have an officer certified to train others to use nunchucks, but he is not sure how many officers carry the weapon these days.
He says he hasn't sold many of them in recent years but is hoping to branch out beyond police departments to prisons and airline security.
"There is still a place for them," Orcutt said.

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LITCHFIELD, N.H. (AP) -- The bridesmaids wore black and the flower girl showed up in a skeleton costume at a wedding held at a haunted theme park in New Hampshire.
Melissa Cote and Tom Cowern, who both work at SpookyWorld/Nightmare New England in Litchfield, tied the knot Monday night in front of the attraction's haunted house.
Cote wore a traditional white wedding gown with a black sash, but her dad dressed as Beetlejuice, the spirit played by Michael Keaton in the 1988 movie of the same name.
Cowern, dressed in black with a top hat, was the first horror actor hired at the attraction eight years ago.
During the ceremony, the justice of the peace encouraged them to "haunt and howl at the moon together as long as you shall live," and "to have and to hold from this night on, in madness and in haunting fun."
The couple told WMUR-TV Cowern first scared Cote when she went through the haunt. A few months later, they met under normal circumstances.
"She's like, 'You work there? Some guy scared me,'" Cowern said. "I just started laughing. I said, 'Yeah, that was this guy.'"
 

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