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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, April 20th

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) -- Police say a Philadelphia man has been found with 317 pounds of marijuana in his minivan during a traffic stop in Rhode Island.
State police said Wednesday that 44-year-old Jian Zhi Li is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and related crimes.
Police say an officer pulled over Li's minivan just before midnight Monday in Warwick for a traffic stop. They say the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search turned up 327 vacuum-sealed plastic bundles of marijuana packaged in 12 cardboard boxes in the minivan's rear.
Li was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Tuesday. A bail hearing is scheduled for May 3.
Online court records didn't list an attorney for Li.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- McDonald's Corp. is quashing reports that a coming Missouri restaurant will test all-you-can-eat fries, saying the endless spuds will be available for a limited time only to promote the site's scheduled July grand opening.
The buzz is around a reported "test" of unlimited fries for customers at the pending location in St. Joseph, north of Kansas. But McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says no such test is in the works.
McComb says the 6,500-square-foot Missouri restaurant will be unique because it will allow its customers to place their orders at digital kiosks and customize their burgers and desserts. McComb said more details will be available closer to the restaurant opening.
Messages left Wednesday with the Missouri location's franchise owner, Chris Habiger, were not immediately returned.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors say a man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar has confessed to committing more than 100 burglaries in a New York City borough in the last decade.
Robert Costanzo pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three counts of felony burglary. But Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon says Costanzo will be back in court Thursday and is prepared to plead guilty. The district attorney says the statute of limitations expired on the other burglaries.
Costanzo also is accused of committing burglaries in upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Prosecutors say Costanzo mainly broke into occupied homes. They say Costanzo wore all black clothing, covered his face and often used a ladder to climb through a second- or third-floor window or terrace.
Costanzo's attorney hasn't responded to a request for comment.

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ROCHDALE, England (AP) -- When the announcement came over the public address system that someone had left their car lights on, Rochdale midfielder Callum Camps immediately began looking for some help.
The 20-year-old Camps happened to be on the field at that moment playing against Gillingham in a third-division soccer match.
"I was listening because the ball was out of play, and as soon as I heard the (registration) I was thinking that's my number plate," Camps told BBC Radio Manchester. "I thought I'd blocked someone in, so I said to (teammate) Jamie Allen: 'That's my car, that.'"
Camps quickly found some help on the sidelines.
"I looked over to (head of sports science) Kevin Gibbins and said, 'My car's just been read out, can you sort it out?'" Camps said.
Camps went on to a score late in the first half to give his team the lead in the eventual 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities say a smuggling suspect was arrested after 23 dogs - including 20 puppies packed in a nearly airless crate - were seized from an SUV at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the driver told officials at the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday that he had picked up the dogs in Tijuana and was bound for Los Angeles. He said he had not given them water for more than five hours.
All the animals are expected to recover. The dogs - including Labradors, shepherds, hounds, terriers and Chihuahuas - will be offered for adoption.
The suspect, who was not named, could face multiple counts of animal cruelty.

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JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Firefighters came across a new danger while battling a South Carolina house fire - about a dozen venomous snakes.
Local media outlets report the James Island homeowner, who workers in nuisance wildlife removal, told fire crews Tuesday to be aware of up to 80 reptiles in the home's garage. Officials say about a dozen of the reptiles were poisonous snakes.
Firefighters had the blaze under control within an hour, but they couldn't enter the home while deadly snakes were potentially on the loose.
James Island Fire Chief Chris Seabolt says six snakes made it out alive, four of which were venomous. He says the surviving reptiles were taken to the Edisto Serpentarium.
No one was hurt in the fire.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent.
The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from iconic Dolores Park.
The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."
The lawsuit alleges that the item installed in February discriminates against women and the disabled and exposes those who use it to "shame and embarrassment."
"The open-air urination hole violates the privacy of those who need to use the restroom but would be required to expose their bodies and suffer shame and degradation of urinating in public view," it says.
The city attorney's office said in a statement that it will fight the litigation. It pointed out that the 16-acre park is well-known for its "counterculture, immodest sunbathers, pot brownie vendors, spectacular city views, and famously irreverent 'Hunky Jesus' contest."
The office said residents advocated for the facility, called a "pissoir" (piss-WAH), to stop people from urinating on walls, bushes and sidewalks.
"If I had to predict the top 100 things in Dolores Park likely to offend these plaintiffs, I wouldn't have guessed that this would make the cut," city attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey said in the statement.
The urinal is part of a $20 million renovation plan that now has put more than two dozen toilets in the park along with other upgrades.
San Francisco has a long, sometimes creative, history of dealing with public urination.
Last summer, the city painted nearly 30 walls with a repellant paint that makes urine spray back on the offender. In 2002, the city increased the possible fine for the crime up to $500, but that did little to deter the practice.

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ORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he drove to the California Highway Patrol office to report a crash he had been involved in over the weekend.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper reports an officer who spoke to Donald Gendron in the station's lobby said he smelled strongly of alcohol. The CHP says in a statement Gendron's eyes were red and watery.
Gendron told officers he had driven himself to the CHP office in Corte Madera. He was booked into Marin County jail after failing a sobriety test. There was no publicly listed phone number for Gendron.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A United Airlines flight has been delayed at a New York airport after a male passenger uttered the word "bomb."
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says another passenger alerted the flight crew at Albany International Airport, and the man was taken into custody Wednesday morning.
The pilot requested a search of the aircraft, which was bound for Newark, New Jersey. All passengers were evacuated and everything was unloaded from the plane while K-9 units searched it.
No bomb was found. The flight was allowed to take off after the delay.
Apple says the police response was routine.

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If Smokey the Bear, Beavis and Frankenstein have taught us anything, it's that fire bad!
Officers tried to relay this same lesson to a less-than-receptive 22-year-old man Saturday night after they caught him spewing flames from his mouth on a busy Capitol Hill street.
Officers Sandlin Grayson and Christopher James were working an emphasis patrol in the Pike/Pine corridor around 10:30 PM when they spotted a four-foot plume of flame shooting over a crowd of people in the 900 block of E. Pike Street.
As officers moved toward the stream of fire they discovered the flames were coming from the 22-year-old man's mouth.
Officers Grayson and James explained to the man that he was creating a risk for people on the street and asked him to curtail his human torch routine.
The man refused ("in one ear, out the other," he told them) and declined to tell officers his name, though he did reveal that he lacked a business license and street use permit.
Officers became concerned with they saw the man manipulating the can of butane and lighter in his hands and asked him to turn them over. Again, he refused, and struggled with officers when they attempted to wrest the can from his grasp. After securing the can of gas, they arrested the 22-year-old for reckless endangerment and booked him into the King County Jail.

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