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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 11th

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BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A lamb on the lam for several hours after a tractor-trailer crash in Nevada killed 74 fellow sheep has been caught and is now being cared for by a foster family.
A baby girl sheep nicknamed Dodger ran loose Monday after a big rig overturned and sent its animal cargo onto a highway. It shut down traffic on part of U.S. 95 near Boulder City.
Animal control said 74 of the 250 shearing sheep heading from Cedar City, Utah, to Yuma, Arizona, died. Five others were injured, and five were quickly recaptured. Dodger was finally corralled Tuesday morning.
The driver was cited for speeding but wasn't hurt.
The owners picked up the sheep but gave up Dodger to animal control, which is seeking a permanent home for her.

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SIAK, Indonesia (AP) -- Forest fires difficult to control? Call in the pachyderm patrol.
Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help control fires that have claimed vast amounts of forest while sending thick haze into neighboring countries.
For nearly three months, Riau province in East Sumatra has been blanketed by smoke from forest fires and land clearing, especially in peat-rich areas where flames are difficult to contain.
At the elephant conservation center in Siak district, 23 trained elephants are being used as "forest watchdogs."
Carrying water pumps and other equipment, elephants and their crews patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands.
Supartono, the head of the Riau Forestry Division, who uses one name, said the elephants had earlier been trained to help patrol forests to find people encroaching illegally, as well as to resolve frequent conflicts between wild elephants and people by driving the wild elephants that enter human settlements back to their habitats.
So far, Indonesia has been unable to put out the raging fires this year because of intentional burning and a rain shortage.
Much of the forest land that was burned in the past 17 years was converted into oil palm and pulp plantations. Data from the Riau Forest Fire Prevention Taskforce show more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of forests and land have been burned in the province.
Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya says about 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of forests and plantation land have been razed by fires throughout Sumatra and Borneo.

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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania woman has admitted she stole a police cruiser and led police officers on an 80 mph chase - all while her hands were cuffed behind her.
Twenty-eight-year-old Roxanne Rimer, of Chippewa Township, also pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beaver County Court to an unrelated theft charge.
Defense attorney Steven Valsamidis said she was sentenced to four to eight years.
Authorities say Rimer was handcuffed and placed in the back of the cruiser after being accused of shoplifting in January. Officials said she squeezed through an unlatched opening and crawled into the front seat, then zoomed off and led officers on a nearly 10-mile chase, weaving in and out of traffic, before crashing.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky woman faces charges after authorities say they found her hiding in an empty doghouse after a dangerous pursuit.
Frankfort police tell local media that 28-year-old Myranda Skinner and 36-year-old Bryan Wells led officers on a chase Monday morning after an officer noticed a license plate that had been reported stolen.
Authorities say Skinner, the driver, tried to run over an officer when the suspects' vehicle was briefly stuck at a dead-end road.
Police say the pursuit led to the car crashing through a gate at a golf course, with the suspects fleeing on foot.
A K-9 unit found Wells inside the bed of a truck and Skinner, of Lexington, in the doghouse.
The suspects were indicted Tuesday on numerous charges, including fleeing police. It's unclear whether they have attorneys to contact for comment.

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FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin are looking for the owners of a mystery casket.
The coffin was found along a highway in Adams County over the weekend. The sheriff's department posted a photo of the casket on its Facebook page with a message to its unknown owners. "If this fell off the back of your truck over the weekend, get in touch with us. It's a little creepy and we'd like to get it back to you."
Sheriff's Deputy Joseph LeBreck tells WISC-TV the locking mechanisms on the casket weren't damaged, which indicates no one was ever buried in it. LeBreck says the padding and fabric from inside the casket had been removed.

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police officer who sent flowers to a crying woman she pulled over for speeding has received a commendation.
Somerville Officer Ashley Catatao received a Beyond the Call of Duty Award from Chief David Fallon on Tuesday for her empathy and professionalism during the Nov. 4 traffic stop.
Catatao pulled over a vehicle driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone, intending to issue a warning.
She noticed the driver was crying. The woman explained that she just found out her mother was being placed in hospice care.
Catatao says she sent the flowers because she has a mother, is a mother and never wants to forget that the drivers she pulls over are "real people with real things happening in their lives."

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An elderly woman in Spain is in jail, after Police say she tried to smuggle drugs to her son when he was in prison.
How did she do it you ask? She reportedly hid them inside a Kinder Surprise's plastic shell, inside her vagina. 
The 73-year-old woman was caught at the prison in Alicante.
Police say she was waiting to be frisked, when she got too nervous and took out the "Kinder Surprise."
Officers say she gave it to the guards, who found cocaine, heroin, tranquilizers, and cash. 
She pleaded guilty, and is now serving a nearly two year sentence.

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How do you know if your school's cheerleading squad is into the game? When the refs say they are making too much noise.
That's exactly what happened during the Toledo-Central Michigan game Monday night.
Officials stopped the game and the head ref said the cheerleaders were not allowed to make noise during the snap count, and then reset the play clock for visiting Toledo.
The announcement first stunned and then angered the Chippewas cheerleaders and their fans -- who only got louder and louder.
Toledo would not score on this possession.
In the end however, Toledo would go on to get the win over Central Michigan 28-23.

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A living copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear is making its debut in New York. 
The creators used genetic copies of samples of DNA, collected from the great-great-grandson of the artist's brother. They then used computer imaging technology to recreate the ear's shape based on how it looked in van Gogh's self portraits. 
Although it's a little gross and creepy, the creators say it was a hit at its original exhibition in Germany. It's now on display at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

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There's a big algae bloom on Lake Erie this year. Like, really big. 
It's so large, it covers an area the size of New York City. 
Scientists say it's the biggest algae outbreak on the lake in years, about 300 square miles. It was most likely caused by heavy rainfall back in August.
The bloom has also left behind a weird scum across the lake, that looks like paint. 
 

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