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Mad Minute stories for Thursday, December 31st

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SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) -- A 2-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm is getting a special gift: A kitten that also suffered an amputation.
Matt and Simone Tipton, of Orange County, had been searching for a kitten for their daughter Scarlette, who was born with a rare form of cancer. Scarlette's left arm had to be amputated when she was 10 months old.
Doctors say she's now cancer free.
Scarlette's parents wanted to find a kitten that had undergone an amputation surgery to help in their daughter's ongoing recovery. That's when they heard about Holly, a kitten two women found bleeding from a traumatic injury in December.
The kitten's left front leg was amputated.
The family drove to the San Jacinto animal shelter to adopt the cat named Holly on Christmas Eve.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A vacation in Hawaii not only cost a former Connecticut police officer his job, but also led to criminal charges being brought against him.
The Stamford Advocate reports Donald Chen was granted two weeks off from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15 by the Stamford police department so he could report for training with his U.S. Army Reserves unit.
Eight days into Chen's military leave, police received a call from the Army asking where he was. After initially telling a lie involving his "sick" father, police say Chen admitted that he was vacationing in Hawaii with his girlfriend.
Chen, who resigned from the force on Dec. 14, is facing charges of felony larceny and defrauding a public community. He turned himself in to police on Tuesday.
Chen's attorney declined comment.

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- An anti-violence demonstration in Newark, New Jersey, devolved into a physical altercation between two activists.
NJ.com reports the small crowd began arguing on the steps of Newark City Hall on Wednesday about the city's attempts to curb violence.
The demonstration was organized by two anti-violence groups.
They say they wanted to urge Mayor Ras Baraka to put his "quality of life plan" into action to help address violence in the city. A group of Baraka supporters appeared and an argument ensued.
At one point, one man put his hands around another's neck and pushed him to the ground.
Organizers and other participants said the skirmish lasted only a few minutes, and there were no serious injuries.
Baraka says the scuffle is being investigated by Newark police and called it "disheartening."

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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal court papers say a postal worker was so overwhelmed by the holiday season workload on his delivery route that he dumped 1,000 pieces of mail in the trash.
The New York Post is reporting that Queens postman Daniel Darby was charged with unlawfully delaying and destroying the mail. Federal officials say he was so stressed by the increase in December mail that he bought three white garbage bags, stuffed the mail into the bags and dumped them into the trash. They were discovered two days later.
According to the Post, a second mail carrier, James Hayden, was also accused of stealing 50 gift cards from envelopes over the past year in a separate case. The Brooklyn mail carrier was charged with stealing mail.
The men and their lawyers declined to comment.

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A grocery store chain in Australia is taking its love of tomatoes to a whole new level. 
The company Aldi is running a new ad, that's essentially cashing in on the food porn crazy. 
In it, a man clearly shows his love for tomatoes as a love song plays in the background. It sings "Baby you're so fine, swinging on that vine," and sounds similar to the Boyz-II-Men song "I'll Make Love To You."
Aldi Australia has been singing its adoration for various fruit recently. One of its ads in the last month included an upbeat song about buying "bananas for my boo."

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A teenager from West Palm Beach, Florida is facing charges, after police say he peed on the door handle of his neighbor's car. 
Officers say 19-year-old Enrique Miguel Diz hid in the bushes so he could see his neighbor touch the door, and then jumped out laughing when he did so. 
The neighbor told police he realized the handle of his car was wet, and when he sniffed his hand he realized it was pee. 
When the neighbor shouted at Diz, police say Diz picked up an aluminum bar and threw it at his ankle, cutting his neighbor's leg. 
Officers say the two have been fighting about some recently borrowed money. 
Police arrested Diz for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. They booked him into jail, but he got out when he posted a $5,000 bond.

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A woman in West Bloomfield, Michigan is upset about something that's happened not once, but twice at a Domino's Pizza. 
Keenyatta Robinson says she's discovered vulgar notes on two receipts from the restaurant. 
The first receipt came when her daughter ordered a pizza. She says it read "f*** this c***"... But without the asterisks.
That's when Robinson wanted to see if maybe it was a mistake, so she ordered again. But the second receipt said the same thing. 
She says she thinks the nasty notes are trying to get back at her for an incident in 2014, where she complained that she didn't get a sausage pizza she ordered. 
The director of operations at Domino's says the manager who was working at the time has been fired -- one of the reasons was for being rude to customers. 
The restaurant has offered Robinson a gift card, but she says she doesn't want to accept it, and never wants to eat there again. 

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A plane flying from Mumbai to London had to suddenly turn around, when someone saw a rat running around the cabin. 
Passengers on the Air India flight noticed it at first, but as people on board tried to find it again, they couldn't. 
The airline says the pilot decided to land the plane back in Mumbai just to be safe, and that crews would have to fumigate the plane before they can use it again. 
The passengers all got onto a different plane which successfully brought them to London, rodent free. 

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There's been a rare sighting in a safari park in South Africa.
Ever seen a three-horned rhino? Experts haven't either. 
73-year-old Jim Gibson spotted the rhinoceros at the Etosha National Park, Namibia.
He says in all the animals he's seen there for 40 years, he's never seen anything like the triple-horned animal. 

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Google Chrome is offering a way to get Donald Trump out of your life... At least online. 
A new add-on lets you avoid all mentions and pictures of the presidential hopeful on the internet.
The description for the Trump Filter extension says essentially fighting Trump's "toxic candidacy."
The app was launched on December 24th. The creator says the idea is to take Trump out of the spotlight so people can actually focus on the other candidates and learn about the issues.
You can set the filter to three different levels: mild, aggressive, and vindictive. On mild, Trump's whole Twitter page goes blank for example. But on vindictive, entire news sites that feature him at all are blocked- like CNN and Google News. 

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