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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, December 9th

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Attention owners of three jumbo jets parked at Malaysia's main airport: please remove your aircraft immediately or the airport will.
Malaysia's airport operator took the unusual step of posting photos in two major newspapers of the three Boeing 747-200s that have been sitting idle for more than a year. The notice this week warns the owners that the airport has the right to sell or dispose of the planes unless they are collected within 14 days.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport General Manager Zainol Mohamad Isa said Wednesday such notice is normal in a bid to recover debts owed to Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, after exhaustive but futile efforts to locate the owners. They are believed to be foreign entities that could have ceased operations.
The planes carry registration prefixes TF for Iceland. An Iceland-based air charter and cargo company, Air Atlanta Icelandic, was quoted by The Star newspaper as saying it operated the planes until 2010.
"We placed out the advertisements because we want to remove ambiguity over ownership of the planes," Zainol said. "We want the owners to step forward and we want the planes to be out of our airport bay."
He said that such cases are not uncommon and happen in airports around the world.
If the planes are unclaimed, Malaysia Airports will likely sell the jets to recover debts for landing and parking fees, Zainol said, but declined to say how much money is being owed.

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INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) -- Hundreds of sealed coffee cans and vacuum-packed coffee bricks have washed ashore along Florida's Space Coast and officials believe they may be from containers that fell off a barge last weekend.
Florida Today reports that the yellow-and-red packages of Cafe Bustelo dotted the beach Tuesday in Indialantic, where delighted beach combers were scooping them up and stuffing them into bags.
The news outlet says the coffee may have come from a barge ship that lost containers between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach last weekend.
The report quotes the Coast Guard as saying that as many as 25 containers fell overboard, including one that contained batteries.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A New York woman was arrested after she allegedly bit an employee of a Vermont store after he attempted to retrieve underwear she had allegedly stolen from the store.
The Rutland Herald reports the 33-year-old woman from White Plains, New York, will be arraigned on Dec. 14 on misdemeanor charges of retail theft and simple assault. Her hearing had been scheduled for Monday, but has since been rescheduled.
Loss-prevention officer Richard Durham, of the TJ Maxx store in Rutland, told police the woman kicked him, slapped his glasses off of his face and bit his thumb after he had taken her purse to check for the stolen underwear.
Police say Durham retrieved the $21.50 underwear from the woman's bag.
If convicted, the woman faces a maximum sentence of more than a year in prison.

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AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) -- It was another Hail Mary pass to give the Packers the win. Only this time the winners are e a Minnesota boys high school basketball team, thanks to a full-court shot as time expired.
Players and fans erupted in jubilation as Austin came away with a 57-56 buzzer-beating win Tuesday over Northfield.
The Austin Daily Herald reports three seconds were left in the game when Northfield missed a free throw. Packers junior Oman Oman grabbed the rebound and flung the ball. To everyone's surprise, it went through the net.
Austin head coach Kris Fadness says he's never seen an ending like that in his 30 years of coaching. It reminded him of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary pass last week for a Wisconsin Packers' win against the Detroit Lions.

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- When two Wisconsin brothers found out their babies were due a week apart, the newborns' arrivals turned into a bit of a family competition that ended in a relative tie.
Both babies were born at the same hospital in Kenosha on the same day, delivered by the same doctor.
Chris and Courtney Hicks arrived for a scheduled cesarean section Friday at Aurora Medical Center and found out Chris' younger brother Matt and his fiancee, Allie Osheim, were already at the hospital, awaiting their newborn's arrival.
Chris and Courtney's daughter, Kadence, arrived first and was followed just hours later by Matt and Allie's baby, James.
Family members tell WISN-TV that visiting the new cousins is easy because they can just walk from one hospital room to the one next door.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service in State College says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College.
The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles near the Nittany Mall.
The weather service calls the process a "microscale event" - too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting stations.
The dusting was a rare, if brief, winterscape for a region in the midst of an unseasonably warm and snowless fall.

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FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a homeless man sleeping inside a garbage bin survived two compaction cycles after the bin was emptied into a trash truck.
Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said Tuesday the 44-year-old man was sleeping inside a large trash bin behind a restaurant when a trash truck collected it and used the compactor.
Bosques tells the Oakland Tribune the truck then traveled to a fast food restaurant, collected trash from another bin there and again used the compactor.
She says the man crawled out through an opening in the roof the next time the truck stopped at another store.
Bosques says the man was very lucky to have survived the compaction without serious injuries.
The man, who suffers from mental health issues, was taken to a hospital to be checked.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Santa may need more reindeer to haul the gifts required to fill what's been designated as the world's largest Christmas stocking.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that the 1,600-pound, 7,700-square-foot stocking will be unveiled at Arnette Park in Fayetteville on Saturday.
It was crafted by knitters from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and Ireland who donated 3-foot-by-3-foot swatches of knitted yarn.
Kimberly Patrick, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records, says the stocking was measured by a local land surveying company and qualifies as the largest.
The stocking was created with yarn from Caron United. The Washington, North Carolina-based company donated part of the proceeds from yarn sales to provide more than $100,000 for scholarships for the children of U.S. military members who have died.

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Residents of a New Mexico town have been turning in dead gopher tails for money as part of a bounty program established by the Carlsbad Soil and Conservation District to control the pests.
The district offers residents $6 for each gopher tail brought in on the first Monday of each month, The Current-Argus reported.
"We'll have a handful more this month," said Judith McCollaum, who works in information and education in the district. "They save up their tails so they can buy their Christmas gifts."
McCollaum counted 266 of the furry tails nearly two hours before the monthly turn-in deadline on Monday.
There were dozens of tails stored in a pickle jar filled with witch hazel and several others were in small Ziploc bags.
"We'd really prefer if people brought them in in alcohol," McCollaum said.
The small animals can have a significant impact on agricultural fields.

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A woman has been accused of throwing a plate of chili cheese fries at a fast-food worker in Glendale and then shattering the restaurant's front door during an attempted robbery.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 40-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after demanding money from Troy restaurant while pointing her hands in the shape of a gun.
Police say she then walked behind the counter, attempted to punch an employee, hit another employee and tossed a nearby plate of cheese fries.
She was arrested of investigation of robbery, vandalism and shoplifting.


 

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