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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, October 28th

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BOSTON (AP) -- A judge granted a protective order against a warlock on Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of harassment.
The two faced off in court before a Salem District Court judge, who granted the protective order to witch priestess Lori Sforza. She had accused self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day of harassing her over the phone and on social media over the past three years.
During testimony that at times became heated, Sforza accused Day of making incessant phone calls and humiliating her on Facebook. Day's lawyer countered that the dispute stems from a onetime business partnership that fell apart. Day and Sforza both run occult shops in Salem.
According to WBZ-TV, Sforza said she has known Day for 27 years and was a business partner with him in 2009, adding that she "treated him like a son." Outside the courthouse, Day told reporters that trouble started in 2012 when Sforza split to open her own business.
The pair made headlines in 2011 when they cast spells together to try to heal actor Charlie Sheen, who had called himself a "Vatican assassin warlock" during an interview on national television.
During the hearing, Sforza reportedly told the judge that she can see into her own future, saying, "That's why I'm here today." Sforza, 75, uses the business name Lori Bruno and says she is a psychic witch who descends from a line of Italian witches. She also leads a pagan church in Salem.
Day, 45, who now lives in Louisiana, owns occult shops in Salem and New Orleans. Described on his website as the "world's best-known warlock," he organizes the Festival of the Dead in Salem, a series of occult-themed events every October that culminates in a Witches' Halloween Ball.
The judge hearing the case said he was dismayed by the volume of late-night calls Day made to Sforza. After hearing the decision, Day, who didn't testify, denied making the calls and then stormed out of the courthouse, according to The Globe. He told reporters he would appeal the order.
Salem, home of the 17th-century witch trials, has a tourism industry built around the occult that reaches fever pitch in October, drawing thousands of visitors.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A fish and wild game supper is featuring some Vermont road kill on the menu.
New York's WPTZ-TV reports Hotel Vermont will offer three animals injured or killed on the road as it hosts the Wild About Vermont event on Nov. 7. The event will feature a game supper with donations from hunters and fishermen in the state.
Residents say it's a quirky and interesting idea.
The supper will cost $75 and will be prepared by chef Doug Paine. Also on the menu will be deer, bear, moose and muskrat.
Paine says it will be delicious and well worth trying. He says he's sure many residents haven't tried beaver but would probably like it if they did.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- While U.S. politicians are scrambling for ways to pay for campaigns, few are likely to adopt the latest Bolivian tactic.
Backers of President Evo Morales say they're bolstering their finances with donations of potatoes and coca, the crop that's a traditional stimulant in Bolivia but is banned abroad as the raw material of cocaine.
The president's partisans are seeking a constitutional amendment eliminating a ban on Morales seeking another term in 2019.
Coca growers' vice president Leonardo Loza says his members are pledging 20 tons of coca to be sold to raise money for the effort. They hope to raise $120,000 and say none of the crop will go toward cocaine. Morales is honorary president of the growers' union.
Other growers' groups are pledging potatoes and rice for the campaign.

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MUNCY, Pa. (AP) -- An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its moorings in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two U.S. fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its cable across power lines.
The bulbous, 240-foot helium-filled blimp finally came down near Muncy, a small town about 80 miles north of Harrisburg.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado said the blimp detached from its station at the military's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland at about 12:20 p.m. and drifted northward, climbing to about 16,000 feet.
The F-16s were scrambled from a National Guard base at Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to NORAD. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Ash Carter did not say what the two fighter jets might be asked to do or whether he considered it a threat to aviation.
Witnesses reported seeing the blimp drifting in a sparsely populated area. Its tether was snapping power lines.
The local electric utility, PPL, reported about 20,000 customers without power in the area, and Bloomsburg University canceled classes because of the outage.
The blimp is the kind used extensively in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to provide ground surveillance around U.S. bases and other sensitive sites. It is tethered to the ground when in use.
"My understanding is, from having seen these break loose in Afghanistan on a number of occasions, we could get it to descend and then we'll recover it and put it back up," Carter said. "This happens in bad weather."
As the blimp drifted away, Federal Aviation Administration officials worked with the military to ensure air traffic safety.
The aircraft is known as a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, and can be used as part of a missile defense system.
It was not immediately clear how the blimp came loose.

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WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him $48,000.
Joel Ramer says the Jeep landed in a mud pit last week in Walpole, near Boston. It took 12 hours for police and Assured Collision to pull the vehicle out. Ramer was given a bill for $48,000 when he went to pick it up.
The owner of Assured Collision tells WFXT-TV that the Jeep's proximity to power lines put his team in dangerous conditions and that the fees reflect the industry standard.
The Statewide Towing Association tells the station it has not reviewed the invoice, but that the rates quoted appear to be significantly higher than industry standard.

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CAIRO (AP) -- A stray cat is darting around Cairo's international airport, flustering authorities trying to catch it days ahead of a major international inspection.
Security men were called in Wednesday to try to capture the rebellious feline, which had been fed by some passengers and staff in recent days but has now been declared persona non grata by authorities ahead of next week's International Civil Aviation Organization visit. As of the evening, the Egyptian Mau cat is still at large.
It is not the first such incident involving animals at the Cairo airport - several days ago a stray dog wandered onto a runway, leading security men to chase it away.

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A man in DeBary, Florida probably shouldn't do karaoke again until he has a little more confidence in himself. 
Police say 26-year-old Joshua Fort was performing a Jay Z and Justin Timberlake song at Blackie's Bar, when suddenly he didn't like the way he sounded. He responded by attacking the DJ-- grabbing is laptop, slamming it shut, and then throwing a glass that hit the DJ in the head. 
Police say Fort also grabbed the DJ and threw him on the ground on the dance floor. 
He ran off, but later turned himself in. He's now facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 
The DJ wasn't badly hurt.

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Police in Brookhaven, Georgia arrested a man after he shattered the door of a Waffle House. 
Officers say 39-year-old Mitchell Harris Feinberg wasn't happy that the restaurant was upping the price of a sausage biscuit from $1 to $1.50.
Employees say he threw a fit when he learned about the price hike, and then kicked the door on his way out. 
Feinberg told police however, that he barely kicked the door. He said he only used his foot because he didn't want to open the greasy door with his hand. 
He's currently in jail on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.  

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ARVADA, Colo. - (KUSA/NBC) A Colorado teen is back home a day after she somehow managed to travel 9 miles while sleepwalking.
Sometime in the middle of the night, Taylor Gammel left her home in Arvada, Colo., and ended up 9 miles away -- wearing only sweatpants and a t-shirt.
"She did not have shoes. No phone, no money, no purse, no anything. She got up and walked out of the house," said Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
The sheriff's office received a call around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday from the girl's father, who said his daughter wasn't in her bed and has a history of sleepwalking.
 
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Teachers at a school in Broadstairs, Kent are seeing double, because of seven pairs of twins have enrolled at the same time. 
The weirdest part though, it that five other sets of twins applied to the Upton Junior School, but didn't get in. 
The pairs are four sets of girls, one set of boys, and two sets of a boy and a girl. They're all either 7 or 8 years old. 


 

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