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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, January 13th

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BANGKOK (AP) - Bangkok's main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall and startled passengers.
Suvarnabhumi (pronounced "Suwanapoom") International Airport, built on land previously known as "Cobra Swamp," said it would like to "apologize for the incident that frightened passengers" on Sunday.
Passengers spotted the snake coiled around the base of the trolley after a female traveler had loaded bags onto it and was preparing to leave the arrival hall, Thai media reported.
"After being alerted, security officers captured the snake right away and no passengers were injured," Airports of Thailand said in a statement Sunday that described the reptile as "a small baby snake" but did not identify the species.
Snake expert Thanaphong Tawan at a Bangkok snake farm run by the Thai Red Cross Society said the snake appeared to be a non-venomous variety called Dryocalamus davisonii - commonly known as Blanford's bridle snake - based on a picture taken at the airport and published by Thai media.
The statement sought to "reassure that clear and strict measures have been imposed to prevent all poisonous animals from slipping into the airport's buildings" and said it was believed "the baby snake managed to slip into the airport because it was very small."
Meanwhile, on the resort island of Phuket, a Chinese tourist was bitten on the nose by a python while leaning in to kiss it on the head while visiting a snake show over the weekend, The Bangkok Post newspaper reported Monday.
A video of the incident was widely shared on social media, showing the snake striking at the woman's face as a loud scream is heard. Thai media reported that the woman received eight stitches and then flew home.

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HURRICANE, Utah (AP) - A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, the St. George Spectrum newspaper reports.
The son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 shotgun shells with his father's ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park in Hurricane with the help of relatives and friends.
His son, Clint Hosey, says: "I think he got a kick out of that."
The newspaper reports that Walter Hosey, who often visited the sports park, died on Jan. 2.
Spilsbury funeral director Mark Heiner called the firing of the shells "a fitting tribute to the way he lived."
Heiner told the Spectrum that he has read about funeral ashes being loaded into shells for memorial shooting, but it's the first instance he knows of in Utah.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a nude protester's claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played violin stark-naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland.
Matthew T. Mglej of Hillsboro, Oregon, sued the Portland police and the county last January, seeking $1.1 million in damages. The 26-year-old was arrested for indecent exposure in May 2014.
According to The Oregonian, the judge said Mglej's nudity didn't advance a specific message, so it wasn't protected by either the First Amendment or the state constitution.
The judge allowed one allegation of excessive force against Multnomah County to proceed to trial. Mglej claimed jail deputies cut his wrists by jerking on his handcuffs.
County attorneys argued Mglej refused to follow directions once in jail and he didn't complain of injuries at the time.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police in Indianapolis say someone used a forklift stolen from a construction site to make off with an ATM from a bank.
The theft happened Thursday at a Kemba Credit Union on the city's east side.
WISH-TV reports that where the ATM used to be there's now an empty space and broken wires on the ground.
Police are investigating and say the forklift used to lift the machine off its foundation was stolen from a construction site about a mile away.
It was left with its engine running near the bank.
Sgt. Kendale Adams called it "a very odd case."

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The owner of the Nevada brothel where former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was found unconscious is making a bid for a state Senate seat.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Dennis Hof announced this week that he will run for the seat held by Sen. Greg Brower of Reno.
Hof says he will run as a Libertarian.
Brower, a Republican, announced in September that he will not seek re-election.
Former Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert, a Republican, is also campaigning for the seat.
Hof owns the Love Ranch and other legal brothels throughout the state.
The Love Ranch is where Odom was staying in October when he was found unresponsive. Search warrant records revealed authorities believed Odom had overdosed on cocaine and other drugs.

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CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they found a 3-year-old in a diaper driving a motorized big wheel alongside a busy Florida highway, reports say.
Citrus County Sheriff's officials told local media outlets they were alerted by motorists who feared for the child's safety. Deputies said several vehicles created a blockade around the boy to keep him from entering traffic. Authorities said the child, clad in a shirt and diaper, was in the toy vehicle's driver seat when they arrived Wednesday.
Authorities didn't release the father's name. Reports say he told deputies he was in the bathroom when his son used a small chair to unlock a door and left without his knowledge. WFTS Tampa Bay reports the father said he immediately began searching for him.
Authorities didn't immediately return calls for further information.

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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Police say two 13-year-old boys in Pennsylvania are facing disorderly conduct charges after one agreed to be set on fire so the other could film it and post it online.
Pennlive.com reports the stunt took place on New Year's Day in Frankstown Township.
State police say one of the boys put lighter fluid on his clothes and the other used a blowtorch to ignite the clothing while he recorded it.
Police say the boy who was on fire had a difficult time extinguishing the flames but eventually managed to put them out, avoiding injury.
In a news release, state police say the public should know "such incidents, regardless of their intentions and the end result," can result in charges.
The stunt was never posted online.

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida say a suspected burglar was arrested after returning to a crash scene to retrieve a bottle of iced tea, fearing it would be used as evidence.
Local news outlets report 23-year-old Bryan Lindon is charged with burglary of an unoccupied residence and grand theft.
Authorities say Lindon and another person are suspected of breaking into a Cooper City home Tuesday morning, then trying to break into another residence in Pembroke Pines.
Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect in Pembroke Pines, but say Lindon fled in a stolen car and crashed into a truck.
Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter says Lindon was arrested after returning to the scene for the tea, which she says Lindon probably thought was DNA evidence.
It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- The head of a southwestern Michigan mental health agency has learned his future: at least 32 months in prison for using public money to hire a fortuneteller.
Ervin Brinker was sentenced by a Lansing-area judge Wednesday, two months after pleading guilty to embezzlement and Medicaid fraud conspiracy.
Brinker was CEO at Summit Pointe, a mental health organization in Battle Creek that serves people in five counties. He was accused of spending $510,000 on a palm reader and her husband in Key West, Florida, and concealing it from others.
The attorney general's office says Brinker will pay double that amount as restitution and a civil penalty. A message seeking comment from his attorney wasn't immediately returned.
Brinker will be eligible for parole after 32 months.

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FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - Waffle House says it has fired two employees at one of its Arkansas restaurants after video emerged showing a worker dipping her hair into a pot of water in the restaurant's kitchen.
Antonio Robinson tells Memphis, Tennessee, television station WREG that his friend found hair in his food when they dined last week at a Waffle House in Forrest City, about 90 miles east of Little Rock.
Robinson says he watched one employee dipping her hair into the water pot on a stove in the restaurant's kitchen, then drying it with a towel.
Robinson says he and his friend recorded the incident on their cellphones.
Waffle House, based in Norcross, Georgia, said in a statement it has fired two employees and that the restaurant has since passed a state health department inspection.
 

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