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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, December 29th

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PARIS (AP) -- A French prosecutor says choosy thieves returned a delivery of police armbands they say they inadvertently stole while targeting luxury goods.
Vienne prosecutor Matthiew Bourrette told the Dauphine Libere newspaper that five masked thieves robbed a delivery center in Saint-Quentin-Fallavie on Dec. 22, making off with a shipment of Louis Vuitton products - as well as six packages destined for the national police.
The paper reported for Tuesday's editions that the packages containing police armbands were left outside the police station overnight on Dec. 24 with a taped note: "An unexpected windfall, luxury clothing targeted without weapons or violence. Happy holidays to all."
The thieves - and the Louis Vuitton merchandise - remain missing, the newspaper reported.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A wayward seal in Northern California is still swimming in an area near a highway and apparently looking for another chance to cross the road.
The Marine Mammal Center plans to launch a rescue worker in a kayak Tuesday morning and use bullhorns to yell at the seal in an attempt to scare it back into open water.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that wildlife experts and law enforcement officials on Monday worked to keep the determined elephant seal off a Sonoma County highway that it has repeatedly tried to cross, snarling traffic in the area.
The California Highway Patrol warned the two-lane highway could be shut down if the portly pinniped tried to charge across the thoroughfare again.
On Monday afternoon, the mammal center dispatched a rescue team, as did the San Pablo Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- A 90-year-old Rhode Island barber is putting down his clippers after 68 years.
Tony Manzi has cut five generations of hair at Manzi's Barber Shop in Cranston. The Providence Journal reports the man known locally as Tony the Barber is set to retire Thursday.
Manzi says he's "down in the dumps" about leaving but it's time. Glaucoma has blurred vision in one of his eyes. He wears reading glasses for close shaves around the ears.
He describes the bowl cut as "just about the ugliest thing" he has seen and says he doesn't understand modern "novelty" haircuts such as the Mohawk.
Manzi says he plans to do nothing but he has two children and five grandchildren to keep him occupied.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department is welcoming 1,123 new officers - and for three of them the job is all in the family.
Brothers Alec, John and Stephen Favale (fah-VAHL'-ee) were among Tuesday's graduates. And cheering them on was their dad, Deputy Inspector Anthony Favale.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) saluted all the cadets for joining the nation's biggest police department. He added special thanks to the Favales for their "family tradition" of service.
Alec and John are 22-year-old twins. Stephen is 24.
They say they're proud of their dad's 30-year police career. But Stephen Favale adds the NYPD brothers are "just like everybody else who graduated" after working hard.
Anthony Favale says it "feels amazing" to have three sons join the police force at once.

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LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Philadelphia puppy is getting back to his bouncy self after two plastic squeaky toys were removed from his stomach.
Doctors at Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown say the only sign that 6-month-old Jasper was having problems was he couldn't keep food down. He otherwise seemed energetically normal.
They say X-rays showed the two balls were taking up most of the space in the Cane Corso's stomach.
Dr. Scott Joudrey, who surgically removed the red-and-green balls on Saturday, says "dogs eat crazy things."
In the last year, the suburban Philadelphia practice treated a bulldog named Elvis that ate three pacifiers and a mixed-breed dog that scarfed down a pair of calf-high boots.
Jasper's owner, Michael Ehrlich, of Philadelphia, says he thinks the dog swallowed the toys weeks ago.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man is suing an Omaha comedy club, claiming he broke his leg while under hypnosis during a 2014 show. William M. Bendorf, 38, of Omaha filed the lawsuit this month against the Funny Bone Comedy Club, the Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/22uWoGk ) reports.
Bendorf's attorney, Richard Shicker, said the performer believed Bendorf was no longer hypnotized when he sent him and others on stage back to their seats, telling them to use the stairs. The lawsuit says Bendorf was still in a trance and walked off the stage, breaking his leg.
Schicker said Bendorf's injury "continues to be painful for him."
"He was in that zone - that sort-of unconscious state. He didn't snap out of it until he crashed to the ground," Schicker said. "It was definitely a rude awakening."
A woman who answered a phone at the club Monday referred questions to the club manager, who she said was out of town. The manager didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment on the club's behalf.
The club has 30 days to formally respond to the lawsuit.

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HOMER, La. (AP) - Police say a man set a house and six cars on fire after a woman spurned him romantically.
KSLA-TV reports Darien Dunn faces seven charges of aggravated arson and one count each of criminal damage to property and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
Homeowner Mary Mitchell said Dunn lived down the street and had made overtures to her granddaughter, Tonquaneilla Malone, the day before.
"He came over here trying to see me and I wasn't on the same page as him," Malone said. "So I guess he got angry."
Mitchell said Dunn returned to her home, where eight people were staying, before 3 a.m. Saturday and knocked on Malone's window.
"I said 'Go home! We're in the bed!' Mitchell said. "I guess he got offended. About 15 minutes later, everything was engulfed. Flames."
No one was injured, but the house was heavily damaged.
While fire crews were at the house, another car fire started a block away. Police say Dunn set a total of six cars in the area on fire.
"Even if you got mad, that's other people's lives in there," Mitchell said. "That's my family you're going to take away from me."
Dunn remained jailed in Claiborne Parish Monday. It's unclear if he has a lawyer who could speak for him. The Homer Police Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Several vehicles were damaged by fire. Other houses also were damaged but the extent of that damage is unknown.
No injuries were reported.

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When police in Florida arrested a burglar, he apparently told them he had a good reason for what he did. 
20-year-old Alexander Weigard told police the reason he was looking through the office of a Walmart manager in the middle of the night, was that he wanted a job as a mystery shopper. 
Delray Beach Police say the young man carried a garbage bag into the store, and stuffed with an XBox One and other items, worth more than $450. 
Officers say they also found Weigard was carrying a loaded gun, heroin, Xanax and other drugs. 
He told police he wanted to be a mystery shopper because it "seemed like a cool job."
He's currently in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $32,000 bond, facing charges of burglary, grand theft, carrying a concealed weapon, and drug possession. 

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A rare pink hippo has been spotted in Kenya. The animal was with its herd, swimming at the Masai Mara national reserve, but it certainly stuck out to the people who saw it. 
Experts are still trying to figure out the reason behind its color - some say it may be a skin condition, others say it may be an albino. 
Either way, it's still very cool and unusual to see. 

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Mascot to the rescue! When a bat got loose inside the arena before the San Antonio Spurs game on Monday night, a coyote saved the day.
The bat flew onto the court before tip-off, so the coyote swooped in after it. We should be clear though -- it wasn't a real coyote, but the Spurs' mascot, who happened to be dressed as Batman.
The caped coyote quickly corralled the flying rodent with a fishing net before handing it off to authorities for release.
As impressive as the bat apprehension was though, it might not be the best one in Spurs history.
Back in 2009, Spurs player Manu Binobili took down a bat with his bare hands during a game.
He later needed rabies shots as a precaution.

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