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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, March 30th

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Maybe the state should be called Rhode Iceland.
Rhode Island officials yanked a new tourism video, designed to draw visitors to the state, off YouTube in embarrassment on Tuesday after eagle-eyed viewers complained it showed a scene shot in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
The state's economic development agency, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, confirmed the goof and blamed an editing company.
The state released the video at a meeting on Monday night and posted it online Tuesday for a new campaign. The video's intro features a skateboarder outside a glass building and has a narrator saying, "Imagine a place that feels like home but holds enough uniqueness that you're never bored." People on social media said: Hey, that's not Rhode Island - that's the Harpa concert hall and conference center in Reykjavik.
Designer Greg Nemes visited Iceland in October and said he recognized the photogenic building, which has a steel framework and an exterior skin of differently colored glass panels.
"It was pretty unmistakable to me, so I did some digging around and posted on Facebook about it," he said.
Social media users agreed with him, posting side-by-side photos of the building in the Rhode Island ad and Harpa.
Early Tuesday, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation's art director said he could "assure that all shots" were in Rhode Island. But later Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed that the building in the state's tourism ad is Harpa and said an editing company used the wrong footage.
"As the Commerce Corporation put this presentation video together, explicit instructions were given to the local firm that helped with editing to use only Rhode Island footage," spokeswoman Kayla Rosen said in an email. "A mistake was made. Once the mistake was identified, the video was removed."
She said the video, which cost $22,000 to make, is being updated at no cost to the Commerce Corporation or the state.
It's not the first time people have been embarrassed because they used incorrect footage in their promotional videos.
In February, a TV ad for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, opened with a scene from Vancouver, Canada. In 2007, Tennessee's tourism department caught flak for using a photo taken in Alaska. And in 2014, the Republican candidate for governor in Rhode Island was called out after he filmed a TV ad in Ohio.
On Twitter, Rhode Island state Rep. Daniel Reilly, a Republican, questioned the cost of the state's tourism video and its use of stock footage of Reykjavik. He added the hashtag #nicejob.
Nemes, who teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, said he wasn't on a crusade to bring anyone to justice and there's a lot to like about the state's tourism video. He said he just questions why Rhode Island needed a scene from elsewhere to look good.
The state released the video and a new logo, with the slogan "Cooler & Warmer," as part of a $5 million integrated campaign to attract tourism and business.

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LAUREL, Miss. (AP) -- Officials say a family dog in Mississippi recently came home with more than a bone or toy to play fetch - the pup had a big bag of marijuana.
The Jones County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that narcotics deputies were sent to the home Saturday to investigate the unusual incident.
According to the statement, the homeowner told deputies that when his dog came home with the bag, he initially thought it was garbage. But he inspected it and found that it contained a leafy substance that smelled like marijuana.
Authorities say they recovered about a pound of the drug. How or where the dog got the bag is not known.

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.
A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school.
Officers determined the men, who were carrying pellet guns, were employees of a pest control company hired to eradicate squirrels at a neighboring apartment complex. Police say the employees fired a shot at a squirrel, missed and chased the squirrel onto school property.
A school employee said the lockdown was lifted after about an hour.

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) -- A New York City man has pleaded not guilty after police say they found more than 1,400 bags of heroin stashed inside his body.
Vermont State Police say 41-year-old Fernando Estrella of the Bronx was pulled over for a traffic violation early Tuesday in St. Albans. Authorities say a police dog detected drugs but police did not find any in the minivan.
Police say they got a warrant for a body cavity search and 1,428 bags of heroin were removed from Estrella at a hospital.
Estrella pleaded not guilty to felony heroin possession, heroin trafficking, heroin importation and violating conditions of his release.
He's being held Wednesday. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. A message left at the public defenders' office after hours was not returned.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Southern California are searching for a pair of thieves who stole Easter eggs meant for a toddler with Down syndrome from a family's front yard.
Home surveillance video shows a man and woman passing by the home in Chula Vista on Easter Sunday and stopping to pick up several eggs.
A neighbor had spread the eggs on the lawn while Janet and Michael Ford went to church. The Fords were looking forward to having their 2-year-old son, Gabriel, hunt for them later in the day.
The video shows the thieves returning, accompanied by two kids, to pick up more eggs. Then the pair came back a third time and grabbed some holiday decorations.
Police Lt. Fritz Reber tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that investigators are reviewing the recordings.

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) - A company is investigating after an Oklahoma couple said they discovered parts of a mouse in a can of green beans.
KFOR-TV reports (bit.ly/1ROmD8h) that Midwest City residents Andrew and Chelsea Belflower say they found the head and leg of a small mouse in a can of the beans while preparing an Easter potluck at their church.
The Belflowers say they were disturbed by the find, and worried the rest of the rodent could be in other cans of the product. The youth pastors kept the mouse and are working with the company to get pictures of the contaminated can.
Best Choice, the maker of the product, says all cans of its green beans have been pulled from Oklahoma store shelves while it investigates.

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A man is under arrest after police say he rammed a vehicle into a radio telescope facility atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory says it doesn't appear Tuesday's incident damaged the radio telescope antenna.
Two employees who were on site at the Very Long Baseline Array are uninjured. The facility's fence, building and vehicles are damaged.
Hawaii County police say a Kailua-Kona man is being held on suspicion of criminal property damage.
The Very Long Baseline Array is a radio telescope system with 10 dish antennas. In addition to Mauna Kea, there's one in St. Croix and eight on the mainland. The system is controlled remotely from New Mexico.
Spokesman Dave Finley says there's no indication the incident is related to protests against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope.

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ARIS (AP) - It reads like the world's worst menu.
Italian olives painted with copper sulphate solution, Sudanese sugar tainted with fertilizer, and hundreds of thousands of liters (gallons) of bogus alcoholic drinks top Interpol's annual tally of toxic and counterfeit food seized by police agencies across the world.
The haul of bogus diet supplements, adulterated honey and formalin-drenched chicken guts makes for stomach-churning reading.
A statement Wednesday by Interpol said that a record 10,000 tonnes (roughly 11,000 U.S. tons) has been recovered across 57 countries. Some busts have been previously reported.
European law-enforcement agency Europol, which coordinated the seizures along with Interpol over the past three months, says counterfeit food is "a multi-billion criminal industry which can pose serious potential health risks to unsuspecting customers."

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A new Ronald McDonald statute has arrived in Burlington, Vermont, after vandals burned, decapitated and cut the feet off the old one that sat outside a Ronald McDonald House for sick children and families needing to be close to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital.
The Burlington Free Press reports (bfpne.ws/1UsURPa) that the new smiling statue was chauffeured from Springfield, Missouri, arriving Tuesday morning with a police escort.
Ken Coleman and his wife, who donated and delivered the statute, had learned about the Burlington Ronald McDonald's plight from Coleman's mother. His family had been in the McDonald's restaurant business for nearly 30 years before he sold his four locations in February.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Police in southern Arizona are at odds with a small Indiana town over a Tommy gun taken from notorious gangster John Dillinger during an arrest more than 80 years ago.
Officials in Peru, Indiana, want the Colt Thompson submachine gun turned over that Tucson police confiscated in 1934 when they took Dillinger into custody and now display at police headquarters, The Arizona Daily Star reported.
Peru officials told local newspaper Kokomo Tribune that they believe the weapon was stolen from police there in 1933 when a Dillinger accomplice posed as an insurance agent and asked police to lay out their guns so he could give them a quote.
Dillinger, accomplice Harry Pierpont and others returned to the police station that night and held officers at gunpoint while stealing several items, including the Tommy gun, said Peru City Attorney Pat Roberts, whose father was one of the officers on duty.
After other robberies nationwide, the outlaws were caught in Tucson.
"We understand it's a big part of their history," Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said of the request for the gun. "But it's also a big part of Tucson's history."
Dillinger and his accomplices had several weapons when they were arrested, and it can be difficult to determine the origin of each, Dugan said.
Peru officials say the gun's serial number can prove their claim.

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