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Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 2nd

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police have arrested a woman who they say lay naked on a table at a South Beach diner and poured ketchup on herself.
Witnesses told Miami Beach police a topless Angelic Valle turned over tables and chairs at Johnny Rockets earlier this month, then removed the bottom of her bikini before climbing on the table and pouring the ketchup on herself.
Onlookers said she then began to perform a kind of dance while she still lay prone on the table.
One patron told police he grabbed a chair to make a barrier. Other male diners encircled her and waited for police.
Valle was gone when officers arrived, but they located her. The 23-year-old Valle was arrested Thursday.
She did not respond to a telephone message left for her Friday.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania man caused $4,000 in damage to parking meters he knocked down for the $30 in coins inside.
Police say 51-year-old Allen Delgrosso was captured on surveillance video taking the four meters from a Greensburg parking lot Oct. 8.
Authorities say Delgrosso backed his truck into a pole holding the meters. They say that loosened the meters enough that he could remove them and put them in his pickup.
Police say it took a few days to find the truck, but they pulled over Delgrosso once they identified his license plate.
They say he told them he only got $30 in change from the meters.
The Jeannette man is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

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WALKER, Mich. (AP) -- A 97-year-old woman has received an honorary diploma from a Michigan high school, eight decades after she was forced to drop out to help her family.
Margaret Thome Bekema finally was able to don a mortarboard and fulfill her lifelong goal in front of her friends and family on Thursday. School administrators from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids presented her with the diploma at the Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manor senior community in Walker.
Bekema would have graduated with the Class of 1936, but she left during her junior year to care for her three younger siblings because her mother was ill with cancer.
She said leaving school at age 17 broke her heart and she's thankful for the recognition.
Grand Rapids is about 160 miles northwest of Detroit.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- City officials say they're not surprised that an owl recently went on the offensive at Seattle's Discovery Park.
Christopher Li says he was walking through the park on Wednesday evening when he suddenly felt sharp claws on the back of his head.
Li says he "freaked out" and began screaming and running as the owl chased him.
He was able to get away, but the owl left a small cut on his head.
Seattle Parks and Recreation education specialist Penny Rose told KING-TV young Barred Owls tend to become territorial around this time of year and that the department has had at least 10 reports of Discovery Park owl attacks this season.
David Takami of the parks department told KOMO-TV that the park might post warning signs if there are more attacks.

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Two forestry companies colluded for more than a decade to control the prices of toilet paper and other products following a meeting at a golf course to end a price war, according to Chile's competitive practices regulator.
Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes said Thursday that the collusion between the market's biggest players was outrageous and affected the poorest Chileans the most.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet called the alleged collusion by companies that control 90 percent of the toilet paper market "extremely serious."
The regulator said Wednesday that an antitrust court accepted its filing accusing the companies of colluding to control prices of toilet paper, napkins, absorbent towels and other products from 2000 to 2011.
"It's one of the biggest collusion cases ever uncovered in the country," the agency said in a statement, adding that the companies have combined annual sales of about $400 million.
CMPC Tissue SA, however, will not be fined because the company acknowledged the anticompetitive conduct earlier this year. The regulation agency asked the court to sanction SCA Chile SA, but the company is expected to get a reduced fine because it also acknowledged wrongdoing.
CMPC Chile said that it had fired the general manager of its tissue division and other company executives involved in the collusion scheme.
"The fact that some of our executives carried out acts that go against free competition is illegal and also deeply affects our way of acting as a company, our corporate policies and our organizational culture," CMPC said in a statement.
Swedish-owned SCA could not be reached for comment.
The regulator said that a price war for toilet paper broke out between the competing paper giants in 2000. The collusion apparently began with the then-manager of CMPC began meeting with the owner of PISA - a company that was bought in 2012 by SCA - at a Golf Club in the Chilean capital. In the following years, other executives were involved in the scheme using fake email accounts and pre-paid phones.
"This sort of abuse harms people, the economy and the image of our country," Bachelet said.

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A man from Branson, Missouri was arrested when police say he started a fight at a Monopoly tournament. 
Unfortunately for 69-year-old John Litton, there was no get out of jail free card. 
He went to the Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament, but wasn't able to play, because directors say he had unsportsmanlike conduct during last year's competition.
Last year, he was kicked out, and got his (real) money back. 
Police say this year he was asked to leave, but instead he attacked other competitors. 
No one was seriously hurt, but Police booked Litton into the Stone County Jail on three counts of third-degree assault, disturbing the peace and trespassing.

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BOSTON (AP) -- Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he's too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he's too young to drive a car alone.
Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San Gabriel, California, who has dashed by major milestones as his age seems to lag behind. He graduated from community college at age 11. Four years later, he had a bachelor's in math from the University of California, Los Angeles.
This year, he started online classes to get a master's in cybersecurity through the Boston area's Brandeis University. He decided to postpone that pursuit for a couple of terms, though, while he helps NASA develop surveillance technology for airplanes and drones.
Between all that, he has racked up an exhausting list of extracurricular feats. He just published his second book, drawing on his experience being bullied and stories he's heard from others. He plans to have his airplane pilot's license by the year's end. At his family's home near Los Angeles, he has a trove of trophies from martial arts tournaments.
Still, Cavalin insists that he's more ordinary than people think. He credits his parents for years of focused instruction balanced by the freedom to pick his after-school activities. His eclectic interests stem from his cultural heritage, he said, with a mother from Taiwan and a father from Brazil.
"My case isn't that special. It's just a combination of parenting and motivation and inspiration," he says after a recent shift at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. "I tend to not compare myself that often to other people. I just try to do the best I can."
His parents say he was always a quick study. At 4 months, he pointed to a jet in the sky and said the Chinese word for airplane, his first word. Cavalin hit the limits of his home schooling after studying trigonometry at age 7. Then his mom started driving him to community college.
"I think most people just think he's a genius, they believe it just comes naturally," said Daniel Judge, a professor of mathematics who taught Cavalin for two years at East Los Angeles College. "He actually worked harder than, I think, any other student I've ever had."
But his rapid rise hasn't been without twists. Early in college, he dreamed of being an astrophysicist. When he started taking advanced physics classes, though, his interest waned. His fascination in cryptography led him toward computer science.
That has been a better fit, Cavalin said. He was surprised when NASA called to offer work after rejecting him in the past because of his age. Ricardo Arteaga, his boss and mentor at NASA, says Cavalin was perfect for a project that combines math, computers and aircraft technology.
"I needed an intern who knew software and knew mathematical algorithms," Arteaga says. "And I also needed a pilot who could fly it on a Cessna."
In the office, Cavalin is a quiet worker with a subtle sense of humor, Arteaga says. They laugh about the stuff scientists laugh about. His daily work at NASA has included running simulations of airplanes and drones that are headed for collision, and then finding ways to route them to safety.
"He's really sharp in mathematics," Arteaga says. "What we're trying to bring out more is his intuitive skills."
In conversation, Cavalin speaks with the even cadence and diction of someone who chooses his words with care. He's unflappable, at least until he discusses his distaste for being called a certain word: "One word I don't take too kindly is genius," he said. "Genius is just kind of taking it too far."
After he finishes his master's from Brandeis, Cavalin hopes to get a master's in business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, he wants to start his own cybersecurity company.
For now, though, he's counting down the days until his 18th birthday, when he'll be able to get a full driver's license under California law. Living away from home to work at NASA, he relies on his landlord for rides to the grocery store, or he takes a taxi. His older colleagues drive him to work every day.
As for the other teenage stuff, Cavalin says he'll wait until he gets his doctorate degree to find a girlfriend. He's only half-joking.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A 73-year-old Las Vegas man has fulfilled his quest to run marathons in all 50 states.
John Maultsby crossed the finish line on Sunday in a race in New Hampshire. It was his eighth marathon this year.
WMUR-TV reports that Maultsby began his endeavor at age 60.
He completed the Anthem Manchester City Marathon in 4 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds, capping his 13-year quest.
Maultsby says he knows there are runners who've reached that goal a whole lot quicker, but he doesn't know too many who started when they were in their 60s.

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Some kids who went Trick-or-Treating in Quebec got something unusual in their candy bags. A pharmacist accidentally handed out bipolar medication instead of candy. 
It turns out a customer had dropped her son's antipsychotic prescription on her way out of the store. Another customer picked up the pills and left them on the counter, a little too close to the candy bin. 
Quetiapine and divalproex are used to treat schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, among other psychological illnesses. The seven pills were individually wrapped. 
Police say somehow an employee just mixed it in with the candy by mistake. Taking the meds isn't dangerous, but it can have side effects like nausea, tremors and suicidal thoughts.
Luckily, the pharmacy found all the medication before any children ate any of it. 

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Cabinet minister has drawn outrage and mockery after suggesting transferring the thousands of stray cats that walk the streets of Israel to another country.
The Yediot daily published what it said was a letter by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel proposing the idea. It said he cited Jewish law against animal cruelty as reason not to neuter cats and a biblical commandment to populate the earth.
Ariel is from the religious Jewish Home party and usually known for fiery rhetoric against Palestinian statehood.
Opposition legislator Tzipi Livni posted a picture on her Facebook page of her playing with a black and white cat. "No way will I get a foreign passport for little one," she wrote.
Israeli animal rights activists condemned the minister. Thousands of stray cats roam Israel's streets.
 

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