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Mad Minute stories from Friday, March 25th

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have been visited by some actual cubs, playing with the baby bears at spring training before their daily stretching program.
The two male cubs spent time Friday with the front-office personnel, players and coaches, getting passed around before roaming on the grass.
The 10- to 12-week old cubs were brought in from Bearizona, a wildlife park, the latest tactic by manager Joe Maddon to keep spring training light before the workday begins.
The team will get to name the cubs by the end of its season.
Maddon says that's a lot of pressure: "We are trying to come up with creative ways to name both cubs as they grow up to bears."
First baseman Anthony Rizzo really took to the cubs, at one point sitting down with both in his lap.
He said, "When are you ever going to get a chance to do this again?"

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BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A pastry has helped save the life of a pot-bellied piglet that was abandoned on a busy highway in New Jersey.
A motorist called the Barnyard Sanctuary after seeing another driver toss the animal onto the side of Interstate 80 on Wednesday.
Director Tamala Lester tells WNBC-TV (bit.ly/1MGdVkY) the motorist stood guard by the terrified piglet for 45 minutes until she could get to the scene. Lester says she used a cherry Danish to lure the animal closer and grabbed its hind legs to take it to safety.
The piglet has been named "Cherry." It is recovering at the animal sanctuary in Blairstown and will be put up for adoption.

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FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rescuers nicknamed the seal Ozzie after she was found Thursday on Osgood Road in Fremont. The female northern fur seal had no visible signs of injury and was taken to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola.
She was treated and released earlier this month in Bodega Bay, which is about 100 miles northwest from where the animal was found this week in Fremont.
They say the seal should have headed north to Alaska but lost her way and headed south.

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HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) -- A former president of a county bar association has been convicted of using forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade even though she didn't have a law license.
Kimberly Kitchen was convicted Thursday on charges of forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering in Huntingdon County.
Kitchen, 45, fooled BMZ Law, a Huntingdon firm, by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee, prosecutors said.
The James Creek resident handled estate planning for more than 30 clients despite never attending law school, and she even served as president of the county bar association for a time. She made partner at BMZ before the fraud was discovered.
The judge on the case was brought in from another county, and the state attorney general, not county prosecutors, handled the case because Kitchen had been a fixture in the county courthouse for years.
BMZ officials testified at her two-day trial but haven't commented publicly since issuing a statement in December 2014, when the Huntingdon Daily News first reported that Kitchen was being investigated. The firm's voicemail said its offices were closed for Good Friday.
"Sadly, it would appear that our firm was the last, in a long line of professionals, to have been deceived by Ms. Kitchen into believing she was licensed to practice law," the firm said previously. "We are undertaking a thorough review of each and every file she may have handled."
Kitchen had worked in fundraising at Juniata College before she started telling people she was an attorney, state prosecutors said.
Defense attorney Caroline Roberto said Friday that she is reviewing whether to appeal. The judge didn't immediately schedule sentencing, giving caseworkers 90 days to file a presentence report first.
"We think that she had no intent to defraud," Roberto said.
She said there was no evidence Kitchen's work was bad. "She provided a good service," she said.
Kitchen hasn't practiced law since the firm asked her to stop in December 2014.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Massachusetts have charged a man they say got so angry when he found out that Taco Bell was closed that he sped off in his car, crashed into a free-standing ATM building, and knocked himself unconscious.
Police say Derrick LaForest pulled up to the drive-thru in Pittsfield at 1:30 a.m. Thursday and when no one came to serve him, honked his horn for two minutes.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that after a worker told him the restaurant was closed, he tore away at high speed, struck a curb, lost control, and smashed into the building. He refused medical attention.
LaForest told police he didn't remember hitting the building.
He has been released on $500 bail after pleading not guilty to reckless operation and vandalism.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Japanese couple traveled more than 6,000 miles to get married in Philadelphia with some help from the organization that first brought the groom to the city six years ago.
Philly.com reports 33-year-old Yusuke Yoda and 35-year-old Kazuko Inoue tied the knot Thursday during the Rotary Club's weekly luncheon.
The linguistics lecturers at Tokyo University tried to arrange their wedding from across the Pacific, but didn't know any caterers, photographers, reception halls or even a judge to marry them.
That's when they remembered the Rotary Club. The organization had sponsored a scholarship to bring Yoda to the University of Pennsylvania for graduate school.
The Rotarians found a judge, a photographer and a cake. They toasted the newlyweds who traveled across the world to get married at a Rotary lunch.

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Investigators say a robber helped them out when he apparently dropped his own wallet with his identification in it as he and two accomplices tried to take money from men outside a Florida Panhandle bar.
Twenty-eight-year-old Devonte Levoris Pace was arrested in Panama City on Tuesday following the armed robberies on Jan. 16.
The News Herald reports that Pace and two other suspected robbers were captured on surveillance video robbing the men, who were in a vehicle outside the bar.
According to Panama City police reports, the trio walked up to the men, pulled a gun and demanded their wallets. About $600 in cash was stolen. The wallet left behind helped police arrest Pace.
It wasn't immediately known whether Pace had an attorney to contact for comment or whether the other men had been arrested.

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Rowlett, TX - A Texas woman felt fortunate her home escaped serious damage after tornadoes touched down in her city recently. But she was shocked to come home Tuesday to find a demolition company made a mistake, and accidentally tore down the wrong house -- her house.

"Boom. Just like the tornado came through again." That's how Lindsay Diaz says she felt when she showed up to the site of her former home Tuesday. 
After tornadoes ripped through Rowlett in December, Diaz and her family were relieved to find their home better off than so many others. She was ready to make repairs after she says an engineer declared the home structurally sound, but then it was mistakenly torn down. 
When she met with the demolition supervisor right afterwards, he explained what happened. 
"The team went out in the morning," Diaz explained. "They called him. They said, we're at 7601, 7603. Is it the corner lot? Was it damaged by the tornado? Yes, yes, yes. Except the street wasn't confirmed." 
Instead of tearing down the duplex on Cousteau Drive a block over, the team demolished Diaz's home. She says the supervisor referred her to the company president, but when she called, she says he started making excuses. 
"I didn't believe he was telling me this," she said. "I was hoping for an apology, I'm sorry my company did this. We'll make it better, and instead he's telling me how the insurance is going to handle it and telling me that it's going to be a nasty fight."
The president of the demolition company declined to comment. Diaz says she still hopes the company will help her, otherwise she'll be talking to attorneys. 

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - State police say two drivers pulled over on suburban Rochester highways during separate traffic stops had a total of 88 license suspensions between them.
Troopers say they stopped 37-year-old Lashawn Harris of Rochester on Interstate 390 in the town of Chili on Tuesday. Police say a driving records check revealed he had a total of 54 suspensions on his driver's license. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
Troopers say the previous day they stopped 41-year-old Tyrone King of Rochester on I-490 in the town of Pittsford. A records check showed that King was driving with a revoked license that had a total of 34 suspensions. Police say he was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation and also charged with false impersonation for handing troopers a fake identity document.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who transfixed Seattle - and the Internet - by perching near the top of an 80-foot sequoia tree in a downtown shopping district for more than a day would not leave a jail cell for his first court appearance Thursday.
Cody Lee Miller, 28, was arrested on suspicion of malicious mischief after climbing down from the conifer Wednesday. A judge found probable cause to hold Miller while prosecutors decide whether to file charges and rescheduled a bail hearing for Friday.
Miller spent about 25 hours in the tree, ignoring police efforts to coax him down for much of it and hurling apples and branches at responders. The drama sparked intense interest online, with new Twitter accounts and the hashtag #ManInTree trending on Twitter and Facebook.
An urban forester with Seattle's Transportation Department and a certified arborist pegged damage to the tree at about $7,800, police said in a probable cause statement released Thursday.
Officials have not said if Miller is a member of the city's ballooning homeless population. But a police report said he was arrested on March 19 after being approached by a bicycle officer because he was sitting on the sidewalk in front of a Starbucks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The officer arrested him for false reporting because he initially gave a fake name, the report said.
"The subject became agitated and began ranting about being harassed and wanting to leave," the officer wrote. "I explained to the subject that he is delaying his ability to walk away by his ranting about the United States of America's Bill of Rights."
Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency as deaths of homeless people mounted last fall, and the city has authorized new tent cities and safe parking lots for those living without shelter or in their vehicles.
While Miller was in the tree, he at times appeared agitated, gestured wildly and threw what a police report described as "rock hard green pine cones." Police tried to speak with him from a firetruck ladder and the sixth-floor windows of the Macy's department store next door.
A local TV station live-streamed video of him as he dozed, shouted and knocked around a stick.
When Miller finally descended Wednesday, he was greeted by onlookers who cheered the safe resolution by chanting "Man in tree!" - in deference to the Twitter hashtag. He sat down and appeared to be eating a piece of fruit.
Officers initially kept their distance but soon approached Miller, got him on a gurney and took him to a hospital, where he received physical and mental evaluations, officials said.

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