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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 29th

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a Portland man has been arrested for breaking into a neighbor's home and stealing women's underwear.
The Oregonian reports that Daniel Kowatch, 24, told police he had thought about breaking into a neighbor's home many times just to see if he could get away with it. He reportedly did that early Sunday. The couple living there chased him out and called police.
Police say they found the man's jacket on the roof with two pairs of women's underwear, maxi pads and a large bowie knife in the pockets.
Kowatch reportedly told police he took the items from a dryer in the home and that he "has an obsession with women's underwear and it's getting worse."
He has been booked on burglary and criminal mischief charges.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Touchdown! Chipmunks?
A Lansing taxidermist is honoring Michigan State's stunning football victory over Michigan with dead, stuffed chipmunks portraying players on the final play.
Jalen Watts-Jackson returned a fumble for a touchdown on Oct. 17. Nick Saade (SAAH'-day) has a stuffed chipmunk wearing a Spartan helmet and crossing the goal line with a football.
Chipmunks with Michigan helmets are in pursuit. A referee chipmunk has its arms raised to signal a touchdown.
Saade tells the Lansing State Journal that the chipmunks were trapped by friends as nuisance animals.
The display includes a scoreboard. It's for sale for $1,500.

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KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A woman who claims she's a representative of the sovereign nation of Texas was convicted of issuing fraudulent court papers ordering a judge and lawyer to appear before an "international common law court."
A jury northwest of San Antonio found Susan Cammack guilty Wednesday of simulating a legal process, the San Antonio Express-News reports. She was fined and placed on probation. A co-defendant pleaded guilty in August and testified against her.
Cammack and other members of a group called the Republic of Texas believe Texas never legally became part of the U.S. and remains a separate nation.
The papers she issued had ordered a state district judge and a lawyer involved in foreclosure proceedings against her to appear before the group's court, held at a VFW hall in Bryan.
Authorities representing the local sheriff's office, FBI and other agencies interrupted the group's proceedings in February and seized computers, phones and other material from about 20 people participating in the meeting at the VFW.
Cammack's attorney, Deborah Perry, told the Express-News during the trial earlier this week that prosecutors were overreaching.
"They're after the Republic of Texas, and Suzie just is the pawn to get there," Perry said.
Republic of Texas President John Jarnecke testified that he supports the group's common law court and said Cammack is a member of his group's house of representatives.
"Like it or not, we're living in two different worlds," Jarnecke said. "The free and independent nation of Texas, where we want to be ... and the corporate world of Texas and the United States."
Cammack at one point during the trial was asked whether she is a citizen of Texas, and responded that she was born in Texas and calls herself a "Texian."
"I believe my good name has been besmirched . my inalienable rights have been trampled on by the system," Cammack said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Show me your hands, or your dance moves.
A D.C. police officer helped defuse a fight between teenagers in a Washington park by challenging one of them to a dance-off.
Seventeen-year-old Aaliyah Taylor says a woman officer arrived Monday and when she saw Taylor dancing to the popular song, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)," the officer laughed and said she had better dance moves.
What happened next was a dance-off between the officer and the girl. Onlookers recorded the dance battle on their cellphones, according to The Washington Post, which posted the video.
The officer said if she won, the teens had to leave the area.
"Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun," Taylor said. "I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops."
The officer matched Taylor with each step. Taylor said the officer would have kept going, but after several minutes of dancing, the teen got tired, so the two hugged and everyone left the area.
Taylor later posted a video of the dance-off on Facebook, where it had been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in less than 24 hours.
The officer told the newspaper she didn't want to be identified, saying the story wasn't about her.
The officer has been with the force for about three years and recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser praised the officer's actions, as did President Barack Obama.
"Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae?" Obama said in a tweet. "Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe."

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Flaws in New York's health exchange resulted in 21 dead people being enrolled in Medicaid and 333 getting continuing government-funded health coverage after they died, according to audit results released Thursday.
The state comptroller's office reported that its auditors found overpayments of $3.4 million for the year starting Oct. 1, 2013, when the exchange began operating. That included $325,000 in coverage for the deceased.
"Only by chance does New York State Of Health receive notification of the death of an enrolled recipient and begin the process to end Medicaid coverage," the report said.
Auditors faulted "a range of design and process flaws" in the health exchange's process for checking eligibility. The exchange was established by the state under the federal Affordable Care Act to provide commercial health insurance or Medicaid to the state's uninsured, enrolling more than 2.1 million people.
The auditors said the state also issued multiple identification numbers to several thousand adults, children, newborns and even some unborn children who enrolled, resulting in Medicaid overpayments of $2.8 million.
The health department established the exchange and runs it. It disputed several audit findings in a written response.
Officials said the Social Security database was initially used to check for deaths and the department has been awaiting a new federal service for further verification. Last year, they implemented a manual process to link and eliminate payments under duplicate identification numbers.
Health officials also said they confirmed that 321 people cited in the audit were dead but said that four are still alive. They're still checking on the other 29.
New York's Medicaid enforcement efforts in 2011 through 2013 recovered $1.73 billion, they said. Meanwhile the state has cut spending growth to 1.7 percent annually.
Medicaid covers about 6 million low-income New Yorkers and costs about $60 million annually. It's paid almost half by the federal government, one-third by the state and the rest by counties and New York City.

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PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- A big rig loaded with more than 22 tons of pizza dough and flour has crashed in northern Arizona and spilled a large portion of its cargo.
Arizona Department of Public Safety says the semi rolled on its side about 4 a.m. Thursday along a stretch of U.S. 89 near Page.
The truck was filled with 44,500 pounds of pizza dough and flour, with each bag of dough weighing 50 pounds each.
DPS officials say the rig struck a guardrail and bounced left, rolling onto its side.
They say speed and fatigue may have contributed to the crash.
No one was injured but DPS says the driver was cited with failure to control the vehicle.

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A Logan County Assistant Prosecutor in West Virginia is on leave, after he pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot fake spiders at his office. 
Chris White reportedly has arachnophobia, and he couldn't stand seeing the Halloween decorations. 
The prosecutor says White never pointed the gun at anyone, and he apparently didn't have a clip in it.
The prosecutor says he doesn't plan to fire White, who has been with the office for 5 years. 

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A man is in custody after an alleged crime spree Tuesday evening in Arlington that began with a carjacking and ended with the man stabbed during a home invasion, police say.
The man, whose identity has not been released, forced a driver out of a minivan at about 6:45 p.m. on the 4600 block of Little Road, police said.
He then drove to an Exxon station on the 4400 block of Kelly Elliott Road, where he stole gas from another customer, police said.
Surveillance video obtained by NBC 5 shows the minivan pulling up near a man who is pumping gas. The alleged suspect gets out of the minivan, then starts a fist fight with the man pumping gas.
Arlington police say a man is in custody after an alleged crime spree that began with a carjacking and ended with the suspect stabbed during a home invasion. That man runs away to get help, while the suspect begins to steal his gas.
The man sped away in the minivan and crashed a block away on the Interstate 20 service road near Park Springs Boulevard, police said.
After crashing, the man ran across I-20 to the 7-Eleven on the 4200 block of Park Springs Boulevard and attempted to steal another vehicle, police said.
Police said from there, the suspect went around the corner to a home on Fort Hunt Drive and forced his way inside.
Brian Hackney owns the home and told NBC 5 he was inside his home carving pumpkins with his daughter when the man barged in. Hackney said he took one of his carving knives and stabbed the intruder in the back.
"I was personally thinking, 'What are you doing in my house?'" said Brian Hackney. "I just went into protection mode. Ladies say 'mama bear,' but it was 'papa bear' here."

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A Baltimore Ravens fan is pretty upset that the team is currently 1-6. That's why a young man in Baltimore, Maryland is eating 6 purple crayons to protest the losing streak. 
He lost a bet that the Ravens would win on Monday night, and he made good on his promise in a YouTube video. 
He tried the crayons plain, and with caramel, chocolate syrup, Old Bay seasoning ("not bad!"), ground cinnamon, and mustard.  

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Already home to a ski hill inside a mall, the sunbaked deserts of the United Arab Emirates soon may be home to a snow park too.
Officials with Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall, scheduled to open in 2018, say they plan to build a 125,000-square-foot (11,600-square-meter) snow park inside the mall.
In a statement Wednesday, the developers say the park will include opportunities to luge and "zorbing" - which, for the uninitiated, involves rolling down a hill in a giant ball made of transparent plastic.
In Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is already home to an indoor, snow-covered ski hill and penguin shows.
Reem Mall, anticipated to cost $1 billion, is being developed by Kuwait-based National Real Estate Co. and the United Projects for Aviation Services Co.

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