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Mad Minute stories from Monday, March 21st

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities in Las Vegas say a performer known for her impersonation as "Mini Kim Kardashian" died at her apartment during the weekend.
The Clark County coroner said Monday that 32-year-old Kimberly Tripp was pronounced dead early Sunday at her apartment.
The coroner didn't make an immediate ruling on a cause and manner of death, pending laboratory results.
Police said there was no evidence of foul play.
Tripp performed at Beacher's Madhouse at the MGM Grand Las Vegas resort.
Officer Michael Rodriguez says her body was found by her boyfriend, who plays mini Kanye West in the same show.

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LONDON (AP) -- It's a name that might better suit a rubber ducky than an extremely expensive, state-of-the-art research vessel designed to explore the coldest regions on Earth.
Nonetheless, the name "Boaty McBoatface" could be given to a 200 million-pound ($288 million) vessel because of a public preference for that moniker.
The name has emerged as a favorite since Britain's Natural Environment Research Council sought input in naming the new vessel, urging the public to find an "inspirational name" that reflects the ship's mission and celebrates Britain's long naval history.
Spokeswoman Alison Robinson said Monday the council is "pleased that people are embracing the idea in a spirit of fun."
She said thousands of names have been proposed and that many honored British explorers and British history. Robinson said the council will announce the name it has chosen "in due course" based on the criteria it set - which that suggests "Boaty McBoatface" may not make the grade even if it gets the most online backing.
The man who proposed the name, former BBC radio host James Hand, told BBC radio he has "apologized profusely" for the controversy created by his jest. He said he actually voted to name the ship after naturalist David Attenborough.
Others have suggested naming the ship after the late David Bowie.
The boat will launched in three years. Officials say it represents a significant advance for Britain's scientific fleet.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The Easter bunny has scuffled in a mall brawl.
A mall Easter bunny and a father got into a tussle Sunday after the man's child slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken, Jersey City police said Monday.
A video posted on Twitter on Sunday evening shows a chaotic scene at the Newport Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, near an area set up to take photos with the Easter bunny.
The father of the 1-year-old verbally and physically attacked the 22-year-old who was playing the role of Easter bunny after the girl slipped, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. She said both men were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
No charges have been filed as police continue investigating.
The video shows a man wearing the body portion of the bunny costume fighting and then being separated by security. A few seconds later, the man in the costume appeared again, throws off his white bunny gloves and exchanges more punches.
"The safety of guests and cast members is of utmost importance," said Charles Russell, a spokesman for the Noerr Programs, which runs the Easter Bunny photo program. "We will continue to investigate this incident and take appropriate action."
Russell said other employees have been assigned to fill the role of Bunny.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Robbers in Sweden are suspected of blowing up the walls of a building in an apparent effort to empty an ATM. But police say they're not sure any money would have survived the blast.
Regional police spokesman Calle Persson says they were alerted to the explosion in the small southern town of Genarp after 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Monday. They sent a bomb squad to check the site before officers began an investigation.
He said no one was hurt but the blast destroyed two walls of the red-brick building. People in neighboring houses reported they saw "a few men" at the site immediately after the explosion and heard a car pull away.
It was not clear if the damaged ATM had contained any money.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado landlord will let dogs with good references live in the apartment he rents, but not anyone who backs Donald Trump.
Mark Holmes warned Trump voters not to call in an ad he placed last week for the two-bedroom apartment that's part of his home in Grand Junction.
The 62-year-old told The Daily Sentinel that he doesn't know what to do anymore about the possibility of the GOP front-runner getting elected but that he doesn't want to live upstairs from someone who backs Trump.
One caller accused Holmes of discrimination, but excluding renters based on their political affiliation isn't prohibited by federal law like barring them based on sex or race.
Holmes' voicemail box was understandably full Monday and he couldn't be reached for further comment.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A job interview was in progress when a thief grabbed cash from the till at a fast food restaurant. The manager conducting the interview then blocked the door, and the applicant grabbed the thief's arms.
Eighteen-year-old Devin Washington got the robber - and the job - at a Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken restaurant in eastern New Orleans.
Manager Danyanna Metoyer (muh-TWIRE) said the robber asked the cashier to change a dollar Saturday afternoon, "and just reached over the counter and stuck his hand in the change drawer."
Police said in a news release that assistant manager Dominique Griffin grabbed the man's arm, but he broke away from her and headed for the door.
But Metoyer was there to block him. "My upper-body strength was stronger than his," she said Sunday morning.
"We hadn't made hardly any money, Metoyer said. "He wasn't going to take the $300 to 400 we probably had made. We needed our money," she added.
Washington said, "I got up and bent his arm back." He said he didn't know whether the man had a gun, but wasn't scared.
Washington and cook Michael Ford held the thief until police arrived, said Metoyer.
Police said Pablo Ciscart, 50, was arrested on a simple robbery charge. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney who could speak for him.
Metoyer said she and Griffin already had decided to hire Washington, but hadn't had a chance to tell him when the theft occurred. She said they told him afterward, "You're hired. You earned it."

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say a firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of driving a fire truck while drunk.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson told WTVA-TV that 34-year-old Phillip W. Gasaway, a member of the Unity Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department, lost control of the fire truck while he was responding to a grass fire on Thursday night.
Gasaway was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and is scheduled to appear in court on April 16, authorities said.
WTVA reports that Gasaway said he swerved off a county road to avoid an oncoming car.
It wasn't immediately clear if Gasaway has an attorney.

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TIFFIN, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa man has been arrested on charges that he used money from a jail bank account to pay his bills.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 34-year-old Lorenzo Johnson, of Tiffin, was arrested Thursday and charged with identity theft under $1,000.
A police complaint says he used the Johnson County Jail's bank account to pay for his Mediacom cable and phone bill in December. The jail was charged $350.16.
Police say Johnson previously received a check from the jail after being released on charges. He allegedly used the bank and routing number from the check to make the transaction.
Johnson was booked and released from jail on Thursday.
A phone listing for Johnson could not be located. Court records do not list the name of an attorney.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in Ohio say a suspect in a video game store theft ran out of gas soon afterward and then asked an officer for a ride.
Columbus police say the officer gave the man a ride back to the video game store where employees identified him. Then the 28-year-old got another ride to the county jail.
Police charged him with a misdemeanor count of theft.
Investigators say the suspect stole a video game Wednesday and that a nearby security camera caught an image of his truck.
The Columbus Dispatch reports a Columbus police officer saw the footage and went looking for the truck.
Police say the officer saw the suspect running through a yard and that he explained he had run out of gas and needed a ride.

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Toronto, Ontario - A Toronto man is facing several charges for hijacking a city bus.
Police say the man boarded the bus just before midnight on Friday, and then threatened the driver with a knife.
He then allegedly forced the driver to bypass a number of stops. Police say he eventually demanded to be dropped off at a donut and coffee shop -- Tim Hortons -- where he was taken into custody.
No one was hurt.

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