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Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 27th

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LOGANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Where's the beef? That's what authorities would like to know after someone stole 40,000 pounds of it from a meat plant in central Pennsylvania.
State police say it happened Nov. 21 at Nicholas Meat near Loganton.
According to troopers, a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat into a trailer during a scheduled pickup and drove off. He was supposed to deliver it by Monday to a company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - but never showed up.
A spokesman for Nicholas Meat says the customer notified him Tuesday about the missing product, which would have been enough to make 160,000 burgers.
Police later discovered the driver used a fake ID to get the delivery contract. Authorities say the company information on the truck was also fraudulent.
The investigation continues.

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A Riverdale High School driving instructor was arrested following a Tuesday night crash on Palm Beach Boulevard.
Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies said 51-year-old Richard Bull drove his truck into a ditch while intoxicated and was charged with DUI and property damage.
In their arrest report, deputies say Bull said it was someone named "Josh" that was driving the truck when it crashed. He said "Josh" ran from the scene before deputies arrived.
Witnesses said Bull crashed the truck into a construction ditch in the McDonald's parking lot. They said Bull got out of the driver's seat wearing a maroon Riverdale T-shirt.
The report details Bull failing field sobriety tests on the scene, and said his blood alcohol level was .159 -- nearly twice the legal limit.
The Lee County School District heard of Bull's arrest early Wednesday. The district said Bull is qualified for other positions, and he's expected to be reassigned from his duties as a driver's education teacher.
He also coaches the golf and JV soccer teams and has worked in the district for 10 years.
Students outside Riverdale Wednesday were disappointed to hear of the arrest, but said they hopeful Bull would return to campus.

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HOPEWELL, N.J. (AP) -- A 78-year-old woman decided to spend her final hours last month - to her very last breath - in the now-shuttered New Jersey luncheonette she spent more than three decades running.
The lights dimmed on Chubby's Luncheonette three years ago, but it was so special to former owner Carol "Chubby" Montello that she decided she wanted to die in the Hopewell diner, NJ.com reported on Friday
Montello worked in the luncheonette before buying it in 1979 and didn't make many changes to its 1950s decor, with framed newspaper articles, baseball cards and toys lining the walls.
Montello had established unofficial rules to being anointed a regular in the establishment and those customers normally made it to the diner before she did, said Joanne Farrugia, who was raised by Montello along with and her two sisters, Michelle Hamilton and Lyn Farrugia. She left the door open 24-7 so regulars could make coffee and heat muffins before she arrived in the morning.
"Chubby was not an early-riser," Joanne Farrugia, of Princeton, said. "The luncheonette opened at 5 a.m. but Chubby wouldn't get there until around 9 or 10 a.m."
After the store closed, Montello often sat inside the diner since she lived above it. Longtime friend and customer Joe Vaccarino recalled having coffee with Montello in the luncheonette after it closed while she read newspapers and smoked cigarettes.
"The store closed three years ago," Vaccarino said. "There was no heat. She was freezing. I bought her one of those ceramic heaters. She sat in there all the time."
Last month, Montello went to the hospital, but didn't want to stay, Hamilton said. So they arranged to put her hospital bed in Chubby's alongside the tables, and she died there on Oct. 11, with her loved ones by her side.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Wildlife rehabilitation workers say a great horned owl that was tangled in fishing line is resting after being rescued by Oregon firefighters.
The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that a resident in Shady Cove saw the adult male owl flapping its wings erratically while high up a tree on Sunday.
Jackson County Fire District No. 4 Captain Rick Mendenhall says the owl was "stuck big time."
Firefighters were able to rescue the bird, which had fishing line wrapped tightly around one wing. They removed the line and put the bird on the ground, but it was too tired to fly.
So they wrapped the owl in a blanket and took it to rehabilitation center Wildlife Images.
Marketing coordinator Devan Ferrell says the owl will be released if and when it regains its wing strength.

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A technical glitch meant some First Hawaiian Bank customers logged on to their accounts to find that they appeared to be billions, or sometimes more than a trillion dollars in the red.
KHON-TV reports that bank officials say the glitch was visible to customers who logged on to their accounts during a 20-minute window Wednesday. They say no actual customer information or balances were affected by the issue.
Customers who logged in at that time saw outstanding balances of at least $710 billion.
Kauai resident George White says when he saw the error all he could think was, "Well, my wife is going to kill me."
First Hawaii Bank said in a statement that the issue was resolved quickly and that the bank apologized to customers who were inconvenienced.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital.
The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the Nov. 10 surgeries.
Orellana, of Bridgeport, and Ferris, of Newtown, were both diagnosed with kidney disease and had been undergoing dialysis.
Canales, of West Haven, decided to help her friend Ferris. The two were incompatible for the transplant, though, so they entered into Yale-New Haven Hospital's kidney-pairing program. Ferris received Mix's kidney, while Canales donated hers to Orellana.
Mix volunteered to become an altruistic organ donor, meaning she donated without knowing any of the participants.

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla - The Jacksonville Beach Police Department says they've arrested a man who they say tried to rob a Jacksonville Beach convenience store wearing a Darth Vader mask Sunday.
Police say Jacob Jeremy Mercer, 32, entered the 8 til Late store, located a 1375 3rd Street South, with a gun.
Surveillance photos caught the masked man tape.
"We looked at each other for a couple of seconds it was a little scary," said a man who only wanted to go by the name Ricardo.
Ricardo did not want his face shown on camera. He says the suspect had a bloody face as he was leaving the 8 til Late store.
"He ran to his car sped off driving recklessly through a stop sign and took a right onto first Street, I lost him from there."
The suspect was armed with a pistol and demanded money, investigators said.
Police say a clerk hit Jacob Mercer with a wine bottle.
A store employee says he threw a wine bottle at the suspect, who wearing a Darth Vader costume. The suspect then ran out of the store.
The suspect was taken into custody shortly after, police said. No one else was injured.
Ricardo says he is just happy to hear that no one was hurt.
"It's a local business, one of my friends works there he's good people and I'm glad to see everyone is safe."

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Something strange happened when a goat entered a Siberian tiger's enclosure at a safari park in Moscow.
The intended four-legged meal surprised everyone. Instead of becoming an edible delight, the goat named Timur has become friends with Amur the tiger. 
The courageous goat was sent into the tiger's enclosure earlier this week as one of the predator's twice-weekly meals, the Russian Primorsky Safari Park said Thursday.
However, no one had taught the animal to be afraid of tigers. Timur chased the big cat from its resting area. Timur has been using his spot for four nights now and Amur has been sleeping on the shelter's roof. 
Siberian tigers are the world's largest cats, endangered, and live in eastern Russia's birch forests, according to National Geographic. There are an estimated 400 to 500 Siberian tigers living in the wild and beyond Russia, some exist in China and North Korea. 

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The Nutella company told a 5-year-old girl that she couldn't have a personalized jar with her name on it, because her name is Isis. 
The Australian girl's aunt tried to buy some personalized Nutella jars at a store in New South Wales during part of the "Make Me Yours" campaign, but they quickly learned it wouldn't be possible. 
The department store's computers flagged the girl's name as a problem, and the store manager wouldn't do anything about it. 
The girls mother says she named her daughter after the Egyptian goddess, not the self proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.

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Police in Central Florida arrested a man when he told police he was so drunk, he would blow up their breathalyzer test. 
Officers say 57-year-old Kenneth Mote crashed his car with his three children inside. At first, he told police he drank two beers, but his girlfriend told them he had been drinking all night, and probably had closer to 18 beers. 
When police took Mote to the police station, they gave him a breathalyzer test and he fessed up about how much he had been drinking. Officers say he blew 0.204 and 0.206, both of which are well over the legal limit.

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