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Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 7th

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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Police say a Georgia woman has been arrested for placing an online ad telling mothers they could drop off unwanted babies at her home because she wanted one for her teenage daughter.
Forsyth County sheriff's Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez said in a statement Monday that detectives received a tip about the Craigslist ad, suggesting mothers drop off any unwanted baby in a "baby box."
Rodriguez says an investigation found that the 47-year-old woman placed the ad to get a baby for her 14-year-old daughter. Rodriguez says the woman said her daughter wanted a baby and would find a way to get one, so she decided to help.
Police say the daughter faces juvenile charges related to the ad.
The Associated Press doesn't generally name juveniles charged with crimes and is not naming the mother to avoid identifying the daughter.

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VIENNA (AP) - Vienna police say they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog center.
Police say one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf district on Friday morning. Officers then saw a man taking a hose into the warehouse and searched the premises, finding 734 cannabis plants.
They said in a statement Saturday they also found 32 sacks stuffed with deep-frozen marijuana and a bag full of dried marijuana at the 27-year-old suspect's apartment.
Police say the man is denying wrongdoing. Spokesman Roman Hahslinger told the Austria Press Agency the suspect comes from outside Vienna and might not have known that a police facility was nearby.

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a suspect had his first name stenciled on a sweat shirt he wore while breaking into a western Pennsylvania taxi company where he used to work.
That's why 26-year-old Joshua Jording, of Latrobe, faces a preliminary hearing on burglary, theft and related charges Dec. 14.
State police security video showed the suspect wearing a shirt with the name "Josh" on it. They searched Jording's home and found that shirt, as well as two guns and two smartphones taken during the burglary Dec. 2 at the Veterans Cab Co. in Unity Township.
Police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the search.
Jording is free on bond. He didn't immediately respond to a Facebook message and The Associated Press could not immediately locate a listed phone number for him.

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BERLIN (AP) -- A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its "boaring" life - leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.
Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed "Banana," has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.
Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle - "He's fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating."
Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he's not worried that the boar's life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.
He says that "this pig has a special status."

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a man was accidentally shot at a gun show in Phoenix but is expected to recover.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says the shooting happened around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
According to Garcia, the man's friend was looking at a semi-automatic handgun he had recently bought when it somehow discharged.
The bullet went through the man's upper torso.
He suffered injuries that weren't non-life-threatening but was taken to a hospital.
DPS is investigating.
Garcia says it is not known yet if any criminal charges will be filed.
The two men were attending the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
Signs at the show as well as on the Crossroads website say loaded firearms are not permitted.

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VIENNA (AP) -- The banknotes were wet, but Austrian police are not treating the find of more than 100,000 euros found in the Danube river as a classic case of money laundering.
Firefighters fished the banknotes worth nearly $110,000 out of the water in Vienna on the weekend. On Monday, police remained mystified about how they got there, and who the owner is.
Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger says there are no links to robberies or other crimes involving such a large amount of money.
He suggests that if the search for the owner fails, it could be a case of finders' keepers for a man who discovered the large denomination notes on Saturday and then dove into the water to start recovering them.

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ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey councilwoman who quit after colleagues voted to add the word "Christmas" to the name of the town's tree-lighting ceremony has rescinded her resignation.
Minutes after the Roselle Park council approved the change Thursday night, Charlene Storey walked out of the meeting. She submitted a resignation letter, saying the borough's decision to change the ceremony's name from a "tree lighting" to a "Christmas tree lighting" favors one religion and "cuts non-Christians out of the loop."
According to NJ.com, Mayor Carl Hokanson reached out to Storey. He says the outcome was Storey rescinding her resignation and the creation of a committee on diversity that she will lead.
Friday's event will continue to be called a "Christmas tree lighting." Storey won't attend.
She was raised Catholic but describes herself as a non-believer.

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NOVATO, Calif. (AP) -- A cat that was missing for more than eight years has been reunited with her family thanks to a man who took her to an animal shelter.
Marin Humane Society spokeswoman Lisa Bloch said Sunday that Rick Benson had been feeding the orange tabby near his shop in Novato for about two months until he decided to take the stray feline for a checkup at the animal shelter.
Bloch says luckily the cat was micro-chipped and the shelter was able to contact her owners, Nancy and Stephen Payne, who reunited with Ginger on Wednesday.
Bloch says Ginger was just a kitten when she ran away from her Novato home.
She says reuniting a pet missing for eight years with their owners is a record for the organization.

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - One woman stabbed another during a fight at world-famous Art Basel Miami Beach, causing at least one patron to think he was watching performance art.
Miami Beach Detective Kathleen Prieto told the Miami Herald the suspect stabbed the victim's arms and neck during Friday's fight. She said the victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested.
The fight happened near an exhibit by artist Naomi Fisher. She told the Herald one witness thought it was a performance with fake blood until he realized the blood was real.
The paper says others thought the police tape cordoning the area was an installation.
Art Basel Miami Beach spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice said in an email to The Associated Press Friday, "The attack was an isolated incident that was immediately secured. Our thoughts are with the victim."
Art Basel Miami Beach is the extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, and is attended by thousands.

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A Newspaper in Norway is apologizing for writing an obituary that said Santa was dead. 
The Aftenposten published the fake obit, that said Father Christmas died at the age of 226 in Nordkapp back on December 3rd. It went on to say his funeral would be at the North Pole Chapel, three days after Christmas, but it didn't say how he died. 
The obituary said Saint Nick was born on December 12th, 1788. 
Managers at the Newspaper say they aren't exactly sure how the obituary was posted, but it was later removed from their website. 

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