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Mad Minute stories from Friday, April 15th

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Students and teachers at a Los Angeles high school missed their lunch break Friday after a mountain lion strolled onto campus and tried to join them.
The big cat was spotted walking across the quad at John F. Kennedy High School shortly after noon. Instead of sitting down to eat, students and teachers quickly secured themselves in their classrooms and called authorities.
Police officers and wildlife officials responded, and the mountain lion dashed off campus and into a nearby backyard.
Officers eventually tranquilized the large animal, which wandered around the yard for several minutes looking confused as it tried to find a way around a fence that kept it off a residential street.
Eventually it sat down and dozed off. Officers moved in to remove it after it was fully asleep.
It wasn't clear how the animal got on campus. It is in the city's Granada Hills area, not far from foothills leading to rugged backcountry.
Still, the mountain lion would have had to make it through a large residential neighborhood and around a freeway to get to the school.
A recording left on the school's voicemail said, "Students are all secure in their classrooms. Proper authorities are on campus to remove the animal."

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WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a suburban Cleveland man had a friend pose as a threatening ex-convict during a test to see whether his teenagers would let a stranger into their home, prompting them to flee and call 911.
Westlake police say a prosecutor will consider potential child-endangering charges against the adults.
Police say the father described his 14- and 16-year-old sons' actions as an "epic fail." But officers commended them for locking themselves in a bedroom, jumping out a window and running to a neighbor's home.
Officers say the stranger went to the door and was let in by the younger teen, and the stranger then said their father owed him money and threatened them. Police say the man was in contact by phone with the father, who resisted halting the charade.

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TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) -- A judge told a Michigan couple they could land in jail for up to 93 days and face a maximum $500 fine for failing to return a novel and a Dr. Seuss book borrowed from the local public library.
Cathy and Melvin Duren of Tecumseh, Michigan, appeared in Lenawee County court on Thursday to each face a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property. They owe about $35 in late fees for "The Rome Prophecy," borrowed in April, 2015. They lost a Dr. Seuss book their teenage son borrowed for their granddaughter in July, 2014.
"I can't image going to jail over it, but I certainly will fight these charges because I'm not guilty," Cathy Duren said.
Although the couple admitted they were negligent in returning the books, they think it's unfair to each be charged a $105 "diversion fee" to the Lenawee County Economic Crimes Unit in addition to fines owed to the Tecumseh Public Library, WXYZ-TV reported.
In December, the Durens received a letter advising them to return the books and pay the fees, as well as the replacement costs if they couldn't find the books. The letter also informed them that they could be charged with a crime.
In January, the couple was able to find and return "The Rome Prophecy," but they couldn't locate the Dr. Seuss book.
Cathy Duren sent a $55 money order to the prosecutor's office to cover the late fees and replacement costs for the lost book. But Cathy Duren said her money order was refused because she and her husband declined to pay the additional $210 in diversion fees to the Lenawee County prosecutor's crime unit.
Cathy Duren said she feels that she's being extorted by the prosecutor's office.
The Durens had to pay $100 bond to avoid going to jail last Friday when they were served with arrest warrants.
The couple said they probably will never check out a library book again.

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JASPER, Texas (AP) -- An East Texas jail inmate who fled while being treated at a hospital has been caught hiding in a dishwasher.
Jasper County jail records show that 20-year-old Wesley Evans of Silsbee (SILZ'-bee) was being held Friday on multiple charges following his day on the run. Jasper is 125 miles northeast of Houston.
Sheriff Mitchel Newman says Evans was arrested on March 8 on charges of aggravated robbery, auto theft and arson. He fled Tuesday after being taken to a local hospital for a hand injury.
Investigators say Evans was found Wednesday in the dishwasher of an apartment at his girlfriend's apartment complex.
Jail records show Evans also faces charges of escape and assault causing bodily injury.
No attorney was listed for Evans. His bond is set at $172,500.

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Georgia have arrested a man for allegedly causing a stink at a bar.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a woman told officers Blake Leland Zengo, 20, of Bogart, sprayed her in the face with a product designed to smell like flatulence.
An Athens-Clarke County police report says several people left the bar Saturday, citing a foul smell inside, and then told police that Zengo was the culprit.
The police report described Zengo as "very inebriated" and said a bottle of spray designed to cause an offensive odor was found in his pants pocket. Zengo denied spraying anything.
He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and underage consumption of alcohol. He was released from jail on $1,500 bond.
It's unclear whether Zengo has an attorney.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales has again raised eyebrows with an unusual gift for Pope Francis: books about the health benefits of coca leaves.
Morales met with Francis Friday before attending a Vatican conference on social and economic justice. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is also among those attending.
During the audience, Morales presented Francis with three books: "Coca, a bio-bank," ''Coca, citogenic diet" and "Coca, the anti-obesity factor."
Morales sparked a minor diplomatic incident during Francis' 2015 visit to Bolivia by giving the pope a crucifix fashioned as a communist-style hammer and sickle. Francis said he wasn't offended.
Coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, is widely chewed in the Andes to fight against altitude sickness and as a mild stimulant.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- For one pair of bald eagles, Scottsdale real estate is truly above par.
The couple and their two 6-week-old hatchlings have been living in a massive nest above a golf course in the city, reported The Arizona Republic.
The eagles were likely attracted by the course's lush greenery and fish-filled lake, said Kenneth Jacobson of the Game and Fish Department. He speculated that the birds may have been nesting along the Lower Salt and Verde rivers and needed more room to spread out.
More bald eagles have been nesting in Arizona. Today, there are 59 breeding pairs, compared to 11 pairs in 1978. Last year was record-setting: 89 eggs were laid and 66 eaglets made their first flight.
Bald eagles have been in the Scottsdale area for at least five years, according to Jacobson, but this is the first time they've nested there. He expects that the eaglets will be flying in another month.
Bald eagle rehabilitation volunteer Joe Miller, who works with Liberty Wildlife in Scottsdale, has been giving Game and Fish regular reports on the eagles since the nest was built over the winter.
"They've done a good job of picking out the tree inside the city where they are protected by a golf course fence and a larger outside fence. Plus, if you were to walk across the street, a big tree blocks (the nest) view," said Miller, who watches the birds through a spotting scope.
"These birds," he said, "appear somewhat desensitized to traffic all day, every day. Everyone's been responsible, and we hope that it stays that way."
A sign on the course tells golfers not to disturb the eagle's nest. The Republic didn't publish the exact location of the golf course because the parents could abandon the nest if they are disturbed.
It takes nine weeks for the eaglets to grow to full size and develop the white head and yellow beak of an adult. They are expected to leave the nest in late June, searching for cooler weather in the north.
Arizona State University ornithologist David Pearson said seeing a bald eagle is a "goose bump" moment.
"Even for a hardened scientist, every time I see one I get the same feeling. It's a wonderful bird. It's so big. It's so powerful. It's so majestic," Pearson said. "It stands for so many things, and especially unity. It shows what you can do if conservatives, Democrats, or whoever work together - which we don't have a lot of right now."

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Some rabbits have learned there are some tasty treats inside Burlington school vans.
District transportation director Mark Branch says a check engine light on one van provided the first sign: Its spark plug wires had been chewed up and an intake tube had a hole. Another van also had some gnawed wires.
Mechanics weren't sure who or what to blame. The mystery was solved when one of them popped the hood on yet another van and found a rabbit in full munch mode.
Branch told The Hawk Eye that pest experts say manufacturers have gone green by putting soy in wiring harness covers, wire insulation and in seat cushion foam and other vehicle parts.
Branch says the rabbits are being trapped and moved from the vans' parking area.

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A stowaway taken into to custody by police at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport has been identified as a Memphis FedEx airport ground crew employee who fell asleep on the plane before it took off for Lubbock.
It happened around 5:17 a.m. Friday. Police were called after a FedEx employee noticed the person on the plane.
Lubbock Airport Director Kelly Campbell confirms the employee was loading FedEx Flight 1459 in Memphis, became tired at some point and fell asleep on the plane before takeoff. 
Campbell says the employee awoke during the flight and knocked on the cabin door, but the pilot did not open the door for safety reasons. Instead, the pilot notified the Lubbock airport and air traffic control that there was a stowaway on the plane.
City officials say Airport police and operations staff responded to the plane when it landed, and Lubbock police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Transportation Security Administration were notified as well. 
The man who fell asleep will not face any criminal charges. The employee was released to local FedEx officials.
His name has not been released at this time.
There was no impact to aircraft operations at Lubbock's airport.
FedEx officials released a statement Friday morning:
"We are aware of an incident involving FedEx Flight 1459 from Memphis to Lubbock. There was never any danger to our employees or cargo. We are fully cooperating with investigating authorities."

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Emergency crews are monitoring a large, gaping hole found in the front yard of a Des Moines home.
The Des Moines Register reports a man felt his home shaking early Wednesday and he later realized a 40-foot-deep sinkhole had swallowed a large tree in his front yard.
Utility crews temporarily shut off the home's water and gas and closed a portion of Fifth Street on the south side of Des Moines. Officials say they are prepared to shut down utilities in the area if the hole gets larger.
Des Moines Fire Department Sgt. Brian O'Keefe says the hole seemed to be stable as of Wednesday morning.
Officials and neighbors say the sinkhole may be linked to several coal mines and shafts that once operated in the area.

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