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Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 11th

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Las Cruces police investigating a shootout outside a pub arrested a man after following fluid that leaked from a vehicle.
Police said a man escorted out of the pub early Friday morning got a gun from his care and shot at security officers and that one fired back.
No injuries were reported, but at least one round fired by a security officer hit the man's car.
The man drove off, but police said investigators followed a trail of unspecified liquid left by the car to a home where they arrested 22-year-old Sostenes Quinones.
He was jailed on suspicion of two counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony.
Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says he doesn't know if Quinones has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Yeti is back - just in time for another winter.
The furry phantom provided much-needed comic relief last winter when the city fell siege to a record 9 feet of snow by running around in costume and stopping to help dig out stranded drivers. He kicks off another season next week with an appearance at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Brattle creative director Ned Hinkle says the Yeti - who still hasn't publicly revealed his true identity - will take the stage Dec. 17 at a screening of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and field questions from the public.
"He brought people together and gave us some respite from the ridiculous amount of snow we had to endure," Hinkle said. "We hope he won't be needed as much this winter."
The Associated Press caught up with Boston's favorite folk hero on Friday via email:
AP: We haven't heard much from you since the snow melted in spring. How did your hibernation go?
Boston Yeti: Hibernation provided all of the relaxation and rejuvenation I had hoped for! Believe it or not, I spent a lot of time at the movies, catching up on comedies and documentaries at the Brattle Theater. Under the dark of night I would also occasionally escape to a midnight movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater. (Aside from that mostly just playing solitaire in the woods.)
AP: Everyone's worried about this coming winter, wondering if we're going to get whacked by blizzards again. What's the Yeti's forecast?
Boston Yeti: The warm weather here in Boston that caught everyone off guard earlier this week will soon show signs of letting up, just in time for Christmas! Conditions in the coming weeks, while cooler, will also bring bouts of rain and clouds. Furthermore, my instincts tell me we will experience significant snow in January with periodic flurries throughout February and into March. Snowshoers, skiers and sledders alike will rejoice! And to those folks who are fearful of another brutal winter and eager to avoid it I say: Think warm and see you at the movies!
AP: What have you asked Santa to bring you for Christmas?
Boston Yeti: The last I spoke with Santa I had four gifts in mind: a Fitbit, slow cooker, slippers and joy for all New Englanders. I've been mighty good this year so I'm hoping he'll come through - but if he can only manage one of the gifts then I hope it's the last one.
AP: There's a new smartphone app that people can use to get help shoveling snow. Not surprisingly, it's called "Yeti." What do you make of that?
Boston Yeti: Imitation is the best form of flattery.
AP: We're in an election cycle. Would you ever consider running for office?
Boston Yeti: First things first. I need to register to vote. After that, I'm considering starting my own party: The Yetiquality For All Party (YFAP.) If elected I would ensure free snow removal for all and offer nationwide, bi-monthly hugs to anyone in need of one. In fact, I've already spoken with Santa and Bigfoot and they've both agreed to serve as YFAP chairperson and secretary, respectively. We'll see what happens!

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DERRY, Pa. (AP) -- The mother of a western Pennsylvania high school student says a yearbook photo of her holding a bow was rejected because officials consider it a weapon.
Lisa Bihon tells WTAE-TV her daughter Jordyn Bihon loves archery and wanted to submit a photo that her sister took of her holding a bow with no arrow to the yearbook. It was for the "Ads for Grads" classified section of Derry High School's yearbook.
The photo shows the girl's face through the sight on the bow. Her mother says a teacher told her Tuesday they can't use it.
She says a photo was published in the 2011 yearbook of a girl holding a bow, but it wasn't facing the lens.
Derry Area Superintendent Cheryl Waters says photos of students holding weapons aren't allowed.

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Police in Riverside County, California arrested a man who tried to carjack a FedEx truck, naked. 
Police say Albert Luna demanded the keys while the driver was getting a package out of the back of the truck. The driver complied, and ran to a nearby home to report what happened. 
But moments later, police say Luna realized he didn't know how to drive it, so he left the keys in the truck and ran away -- still naked.
Police found him at his home the next day and arrested him on felony carjacking charges. He's now in jail on a $60,000 bond.

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Police in Greensburg, Pennsylvania arrested a man on drug charges, and his mug shot is going viral. 
State Troopers say they found 70 psychedelic mushroom plants inside 41-year-old David Kalb's public housing apartment when they went there on a disturbance call. 
Police found Kalb standing outside his neighbor's apartment. He said he had lost his room keys. 
After he got a spare from his neighbor, he invited police into his own apartment to help look for his lost keys. 
At that point, police say that's when they saw marijuana, and shortly after, the mushroom plants.
They arrested Kalb on charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and booked him into jail.
Although he's clearly smiling in his mug shot, he's not too happy -- he's been kicked out of his apartment because of the drugs.

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A man in Washington D.C. is charging people $100 to teach them how to smoke marijuana. 
Pot is newly legal in D.C., which is why "Ryan" is opening the D.C. School of Mary Jane. He says his goal is to teach new smokers how to safely and recreationally smoke. 
So for his fee, he or another teacher will come to your home. They bring a pipe and do a whole presentation about smoking, eating edibles, and vaping. You're allowed to bring three friends to the "class."
The teacher will give you tips about where to buy your weed, while also educating you on the risks and benefits of using it.

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Manchester Metropolitan University in England is offering a new major that sure sounds tasty. 
As part of the new degree, the school is teaming up with Pizza Hut to teach students how to make the perfect pizza. 
They'll also learn how to run a successful business, which includes health and safety details, and how to keep the books.
"Over the next few years we will work hard to provide our apprentices and team members with the best training and development so that we can equip them with skills for life, not just for working in a restaurant," Pizza Hut's HR director Kathryn Austin said.
The school says more than 1,500 students will sign up over the next five years. 
But if pizza's not your thing, don't worry. KFC and McDonalds also offer similar programs in the UK.

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Krafla, Iceland - A Korean couple went on an adventure storm hike during their vacation in Iceland. That's the first thing you need to know, they paid for this experience.
The couple, Aya and Ken Lee were planning to go on a farm tour when high winds canceled their trip.
Staff from the travel company discussed the options with the Lees, and they decided to take a storm hike to the farm with
tour guide Anton Freyr Birgisson, who was equipped with a GPS.
The hike lasted about ten minutes, and ended with a power plant tour before the couple walked back to the car. 

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Lesson learned, don't address gifts to animals in the mail 
A cat in the UK named Ted got a package in the mail, but his owner missed the delivery. When Brittany Maher-Kirf went to the post office to pick it up, she ran into a problem. 
The postal worker said she couldn’t take the package, because the cat didn't have an ID to claim it. 
All she wanted was to take home the cat advent calendar her mother had sent, so she called the post office in London and thoroughly explained the situation. 
Luckily, the employees thought it was hilarious, and they ended up giving her and Ted the calendar. 
Ted was clearly very happy in the end, because the package was full of treats.

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A new study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden says drummers may be far more brilliant than you give them credit for. 
Researchers had people take intelligence tests while keeping a beat with a drumstick, and found people who had a better sense of rhythm performed better. 
"The rhythmic accuracy in brain activity that is observed when a person maintains a steady beat is also important to the problem-solving capacities measured with the intelligence tests," said professor Frederic Ullen.
Other studies have also shown having good rhythm improves cognitive function, and a study at Oxford University found most musicians get a natural high from music, which makes them more tolerant of pain, and generally happier. 
Researchers at Harvard say drummers have a special internal clock that imitates the rhythm in human brain waves and sleep heart rates. 

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