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Mad Minute stories from Monday, January 11th

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A judge used a five-stanza poem to dismiss an Ohio prisoner's lawsuit over bathroom access, writing that "neither runs nor constipation can justify this litigation."
Franklin County Judge David Cain concluded the inmate didn't have a case.
"You know, if he is going to file something that frivolous, he can't expect me to be too judicious in how I respond," Cain told The Columbus Dispatch. "He can't expect me to take it seriously."
The inmate, Darek Lathan, alleged that he soiled himself and was ridiculed after a guard at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient refused his request to use an open restroom during recreation time one evening. He sued the state, seeking at least $2 million in damages.
Cain dismissed the case Thursday through written rhymes that summarized Lathan's allegations and the jurist's conclusions, including: "Claiming loss and shame to boot the plaintiff filed the present suit, but the law provideth no relief from such unmitigated grief."
Records show Lathan, 47, is now incarcerated elsewhere and had no attorney in the case who could comment on his behalf.
The judge, who started out as a journalist, said it took him about an hour to write the poem.
"We have to have some fun every once in a while in this job," Cain told the newspaper.

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey firefighter will lose his $78,096-a-year job after being convicted of shoplifting $7.98 worth of items.
A Municipal Court judge on Friday said 34-year-old Ashton Funk, of Northfield, has to forfeit his jobs as a firefighter and lifeguard after being convicted of shoplifting from a convenience store in Margate in August.
His attorney is appealing the conviction. Funk wouldn't comment.
Funk wasn't on-duty as a Margate firefighter or member of the beach patrol at the time of the offense. But the Atlantic County prosecutor's office wanted him dismissed from the job he's held since 2011, saying a public employee is subject to dismissal if convicted of an offense involving dishonesty.
Prosecutors say Funk left a convenience store without paying for sunflower seeds, a breakfast sandwich, Gatorade and coffee.

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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan couple's engagement is off to a rocky start.
Police say a 25-year-old man proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman at a Bay City Wal-Mart store in front of employees and other shoppers who congratulated them on Dec. 30.
But that same night, William Cornelius Jr. later was accused of shoplifting at a nearby store and arrested. Court records show the items included an edible thong and sex toy.
The Bay City Times, citing court records, reports his fiancee admitted stolen jewelry was in her possession.
Cornelius was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. His fiancée posted bond before she could be arraigned on any charges.
The newspaper says investigators confirmed Cornelius bought an engagement ring at Wal-Mart for $29.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A man was sentenced Friday to prison over a seven-decade-long Social Security benefits scheme hatched by his father, who died in 1984.
Nicholas Severino Jr., 63, of Paulsboro, was given a three-year term and ordered to pay nearly $244,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to a charge of second-degree theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered under mistake.
Authorities said the scheme began in 1945 when Severino's father received a Social Security number under the fictitious name of Frank DiCarlo. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Base under his real name during the day and at a fencing company at night as DiCarlo, prosecutors said.
Father and son had a joint bank account where Social Security checks were directly deposited.
The elder Severino died in 1984, but Social Security continued paying DiCarlo because there was no record of his death.
The scam unraveled when the Social Security Administration came looking for DiCarlo in August 2013 by visiting his last known address in Camden when he would have reached the age of 100. The bank account led investigators to his son, and the younger Severino was indicted in February 2015.
"Like his father before him, Severino thought he could cheat the system, but we're putting such cheats on notice that their selfish criminal conduct will land them in prison," said John Hoffman, acting state attorney general.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man charged with robbing a Pittsburgh bank was jailed after he showed up to fight a traffic ticket in court.
KDKA-TV reports 23-year-old Eric Wagner Jr. was arrested Wednesday after Allegheny County sheriff's deputies did a routine records check when Wagner appeared in Traffic Court.
District Judge Eugene Ricciardi dismissed the ticket for driving with a suspended license saying, "You got bigger problems than this."
Wagner remained jailed Friday, unable to post $500,000 bond.
Police say a suspect in some other Pittsburgh-area bank robberies identified Wagner as the man who robbed Wesbanco Bank on Dec. 21. The other man told police he acted as a getaway driver.
Court records don't list an attorney for Wagner who faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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PLANO, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas woman has given birth to her own granddaughter after serving as a surrogate for her daughter.
At age 54, Tracey Thompson of Plano delivered a 6-pound 11-ounce girl after serving as surrogate for her 28-year-old daughter, Kelley McKissack.
Doctors at The Medical Center of Plano say McKissack and her husband, Aaron McKissack, had undergone multiple infertility treatments only to suffer three miscarriages.
According to a hospital statement released Thursday, the Wylie, Texas, couple had four fertilized embryos left, so Tracey Thompson offered to be a surrogate, despite being seven years past menopause. The embryos were implanted in Thompson's womb last April.
The McKissacks named the child Kelcey, a combination of the mother's and grandmother's names. Grandmother and child are doing well.

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BERLIN (AP) -- German police say they have recovered a violin worth $2.6 million that a musician had mistakenly left on a train.
A spokesman for German federal police says the woman forgot the violin when she stepped off a local train between Mannheim and Saarbruecken in the west of the country.
She alerted police who were able to recover the instrument, described as a General Dupont Grumiaux Stradivarius made in 1727.
Police spokesman Dieter Schwan said in an email Friday to the Associated Press that the unidentified musician was American.

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DETROIT (AP) - Someone is betting $40,026 on the life of a 73-year-old lottery winner in Michigan.
That amount was the highest bid Thursday in an online auction for a lottery prize that pays $1,000 a month, before taxes. But here's the hitch: The money is paid only as long as Donald Magett stays alive.
The Portage man won the "Cash for Life" game back in 1984, although the winnings lately have been going to bankruptcy trustee Tom Richardson to pay Magett's debts.
Richardson auctioned the lottery prize - the last main asset - in an effort to close the bankruptcy case. The auction house, repocast.com, said the top bid was $40,026. At that price, Magett would need to live a few more years for the winner to at least break even.
The winner soon will get the first annual payment of $12,000.
Richardson said he doesn't know the details about Magett's health.
"All I know is his lawyer tells me his health is good," Richardson said.
Bidders weren't offered any information either. The Social Security Administration predicts that the life expectancy of a 73-year-old man is another 13 years.
The winner's name was not released. Magett declined to comment through his attorney, Steve Rayman, who also declined to comment.
"We had hundreds of calls - and that's putting it lightly. We had one from Great Britain," said Duane Mingerink of the auction house. "You like gambling? That's what this is."

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MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.
The official of the National Institute of Anthropology and History spoke on condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to be quoted by name.
Bieber was visiting the seaside ruins on Thursday when the incident occurred.
The official could not specify which of the site's structures Bieber allegedly had climbed, but said he was "asked to leave."
Visitors can climb some pre-Hispanic pyramids in Mexico, but officials rope off or place 'no entry' signs on some ruins that are considered vulnerable or unstable.
Bieber has apparently been on vacation in the Tulum area, on Mexico's Caribbean coast south of Cancun, for several days.
Despite the singer's reputation for getting out of line, the representative of a native Maya ecotourism camp that Bieber visited near Tulum several days before described him as "completely respectful."
Nathalie Leño, the spokeswoman for AllTournative, a cooperative effort with Maya communities at a camp called the Jungla Maya Park, said Bieber visited Jan. 5 and "expressed a lot of interest in the work we do to preserve the environment."
"He was completely respectful, and he participated in the welcoming ceremony performed by a local shaman," said Leno.
"He even ate some of the traditional food prepared by local communities," she noted.
Bieber has been involved in several incidents in Latin America in recent years.
In 2013, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto denied a tweet by Bieber saying the singer met with the leader and his family prior to a show.
Apparently, Bieber was confused about whether the president was there or not. Bieber later wrote in a tweet, "correction. I met the presidente's family and all their friends in the private meet and greet with all their security. They were very nice."
That same year, Bieber faced two criminal complaints and demands for refunds in Argentina, in addition to trouble with police for allegedly spraying graffiti in Brazil.
Bieber angered Argentines by abandoning a concert after less than an hour and not showing up for a photo-op that some fans paid hundreds of dollars extra for. The singer's manager said Bieber came down with food poisoning after a concert.
One Argentine lawyer accused Bieber of sending bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub.
Another accused him of defiling the national symbol by dragging two Argentine flags off stage with his feet and a microphone stand before 45,000 "beliebers" during the first of two concerts in River Plate stadium.
Bieber also walked off the stage in Brazil, ending a concert early after someone threw a plastic bottle at him and Brazilian police tried unsuccessfully to question him about defacing a public building with graffiti, a crime that carries a year's prison sentence.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Workers at a Vermont deli near where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared say they didn't sell any of the bologna sandwich specials concocted in his honor.
The sandwich was on sale for $20.16 at the Kountry Kart Deli, next door to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Trump appeared there Thursday.
The Trump sandwich is bologna on white bread with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, deli mustard and bacon slices, abbreviated B.S.
There also were deli counter tip jars with the faces of Trump and Burlington's own U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate.
Kountry Kart owner Mike Williams tells Boston.com the Trump jar received $6.70 by the end of Thursday while the Sanders jar had $120.
Most of the deli's other sandwiches sell for about $7 to $10.

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