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Mad Minute stories for Monday, November 16th

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SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania State police say they've arrested a woman for two different drunken driving crashes in the same day.
Troopers from Somerset say Michele Leonard, of Somerset, crashed her car about 5 p.m. Saturday.
She was arrested, charged with drunken driving and then released.
Police say that's when Leonard offered a stranger $3 for a ride back to her crashed vehicle, which she entered and began driving again.
Police say Leonard again lost control of the car, and sideswiped a parked car in Somerset Township about 6 p.m., then crashed into a garage.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Leonard, whose age has not been released by police.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Customs officials in Saudi Arabia say they've cracked a case - and then some - of smugglers trying to bring illicit cans of beer through the kingdom by disguising them as Pepsi.
In a statement, customs officials say they intercepted 48,000 cans of beer moving through the al-Batha border crossing with the United Arab Emirates.
In video posted Wednesday on Twitter, the customs officials show an officer using a box cutter to open a wrapped 24-pack of the fake Pepsi only to find the green-and-white Heineken cans beneath it.
Drinking or possessing alcohol is a criminal offense in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- A car built by Google that drives itself around city streets had a brush with the law for driving too slowly.
A police officer in the tech giant's Silicon Valley hometown pulled over the prototype car Thursday because it was going a traffic-tying 24 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The officer spoke with the person in the driver's seat but issued no citation, according to the Mountain View Police Department. Though the car was driving itself, state law requires a person to be able to intervene when the technology is tested on public roads.
The officer wanted to "learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic," according to a department blog post.
The bubble-shaped prototype has two seats. Its top speed is 25 mph.
"Driving too slowly? Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often," Google's self-driving car project wrote in a blog post. It said the cars - outfitted with high-tech sensors and computing power - have never received a ticket.
Other self-driving cars that Google has been testing on California roads and highways were involved in 17 minor collisions since May 2010, according to the company. Google has said all the collisions were minor, were not caused by its cars, and happened over 2.2 million miles of testing, including nearly 1.3 million miles in self-driving mode.
Representatives of Google's self-driving car project have said that in recent months they've been trying to program the vehicles to drive less like robots and more like people - in part to reduce the number of times they are hit by other drivers expecting certain driving behavior.
Mountain View police say they regularly meet with the tech giant to make sure the vehicles are operating safely.

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Police in Maine say a teenager's pocket dial to 911 led to three arrests for vandalism that included damage to a fleet of school buses on Halloween.
The Sun Journal reports that the errant call in Lisbon led police to the teenagers, who were charged with illegally consuming alcohol and vandalizing school buses. Police say the teenager who accidentally called police had 911 on speed dial.
Two 18-year-olds, one from Old Orchard Beach and one from Sanford, along with a younger boy from Old Orchard Beach were charged with criminal mischief. Police say damage to the buses is about $1,500. It was not immediately clear if the three had lawyers.
Investigators did not say which of the teens placed the pocket call.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When you hear hoofbeats, the saying goes, you should think horses, not zebras. In Philadelphia on Sunday, you would have been wrong.
A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philadelphia before they were recaptured, police said.
The two animals somehow fled the UniverSoul Circus outside the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in west Philadelphia at about 2 p.m. Sunday. A circus spokesman told The Philadelphia Inquirer in a statement that the animals "briefly went on the loose." No injuries were reported.
Witnesses took to social media to post photos and video footage of the animals running through the streets before police confirmed their recapture at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
"Zebras in custody," police said on their Twitter account. "They are already sporting old-timey prisoner getup ahead of trial and sentencing. Have faith, fellas."
Last month, a circus trapeze artist at the UniverSoul Circus show fell into the crowd during a performance in Philadelphia.
Police said the 19-year-old performer fell about 30 feet from his apparatus on Oct. 31 and landed in the crowd. A witness told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he bounced off a safety net then landed among the spectators. No injuries were reported to anyone in the crowd and circus officials said the performer was expected to make a full recovery from a lower back injury.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A man has gotten back his wallet, which contained $1,200 in cash, two months after losing it thanks to an Albuquerque pharmacy owner.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that the owner of Sam's Regent Pharmacy discovered the wallet at a local restaurant on Friday.
The wallet contained cash, an ID card and six credit cards.
The pharmacy owner called police and gave them the wallet.
The police were able to find the owner and return the wallet to him.
According to police, the wallet's owner had misplaced it about two months ago.

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PLANO, Texas (AP) - A Dallas-area driver found himself with an unexpected passenger when a deer smashed through his windshield and ended up in the backseat of his car.
Christopher Coleman of Frisco was not hurt, but the deer died in the accident Wednesday on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Plano.
Coleman says he briefly admired the deer on the side of the road then heard a bang as the windshield broke and the animal entered his car at high speed. The deer ended up wedged behind the driver's seat.
Coleman says he was freaked out by the deer in his car. He says he's amazed he wasn't injured and is just happy to be alive.

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BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts agency is letting a woman who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo after she cited her religious beliefs.
Lowell resident Lindsay Miller said Friday that she "absolutely loves the history and the story" of Pastafarians, whose website says has existed in secrecy for hundreds of years and entered the mainstream in 2005.
Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says policy does not permit head coverings or hats on license photos, but exceptions are made for religious reasons.
Lawyer Patty DeJuneas calls Pastafarianism a "secular religion that uses parody to make its point."

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OAK LAWN, Ill. -- QA woman from Oak Lawn, Illinois is facing assault charges, after an argument over the phrase "all you can  eat pancakes."
Police say that's what Natasha West ordered at a Denny's Restaurant for $4, but when she started sharing the meal with her friends, the waitress told her that wasn't okay. 
Officers say that's when West cursed at the waitress and tried to hit her, before leaving the restaurant without paying. 
The Denny's manager called police, who stopped West's car and arrested her. 
Police brought the group back to Denny's, and one of West's friends paid the bill. 

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CLERMONT, Fla. - A woman in Lake County, Florida is in jail over a phone call to 911.
Lake County Sheriff's deputies arrested 45-year-old Liann Watson, after she called 911 and demanded cigarettes and chicken wings. She even said she would pass out if she didn't get her demands.
When deputies went to her house, she told them she had been drinking and couldn't drive, so she thought calling 911 was the best way to get what she wanted.

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