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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, April 21st

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ORANGE, Calif. (AP) - Tim the Turkey's abduction did more than ruffle a few feathers.
It landed two California college students in jail Monday after the bird was found wandering a street reeking of beer and suffering from a broken toe, missing feathers and other injuries.
The Orange County Register reports Tim was being treated by a veterinarian Tuesday.
Orange High School agriculture teacher Patti Williams says Tim vanished from his pen sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
After she circulated his photo several people found him wandering on a street and corralled him.
County Jail records show Chapman University students 23-year-old Steven Koressel and 21-year-old Richard Brenton were released on their own recognizance.
Their phone numbers are unlisted and it couldn't be determined if they had retained attorneys.

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Firefighters in New Jersey have rescued a dog that strolled onto a third floor ledge to catch some rays from the sun.
Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli tells NJ.com the dog, Skipper, broke through a screen on Tuesday morning, prompting firefighters to swing into action to get the dog down safely.
Officials say Skipper wasn't aggressive and no firefighters were injured in the rescue.

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HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) -- A World War II veteran has just gotten his Pennsylvania high school diploma and says he's grateful to have it even if it's not going to help him get a job.
Robert Dexter is 88 years old. He was awarded the degree by the Wayne Highlands School Board in a ceremony Tuesday.
Dexter says he enlisted in the Navy in 1944, when he was a 17-year-old junior at Damascus High School.
He returned to his hometown of Damascus when he was discharged in 1948 and started a family and a bottled gas business. He says his son was the "instigator" in getting him the diploma.
Dexter says he's honored and appreciates the effort. He says maybe if he were looking for a job the diploma would help - but he doesn't want one.

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LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) -- Police say a man stole steaks from an East Texas Wal-Mart then tossed some of the meat from his vehicle as authorities pursued him in a high-speed chase.
Police say the pursuit began around 11 a.m. Wednesday after the suspect fled the store in Longview, in Gregg and Harrison counties, about 130 miles east of Dallas.
East Mountain Patrol Sgt. Marc Nichols who was one of the officers pursuing the man tells TV station KLTV that the suspect was throwing the meat out of his vehicle. He says one steak bounced off his patrol car.
KLTV reports that the man sped across two counties, sometimes topping 100mph, before deputies apprehended him in Upshur County.
No officers were injured.

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PEDERNALES, Ecuador (AP) -- Rescuers searching through quake-collapsed buildings in Ecuador have found an unusual survivor: A flapping duck that had been buried under a pile of rubble.
The white-and-brown duck has become an instant social media celebrity in a country eager any good news five days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake flattened large swaths of the country and killed more than 500.
Firefighters were searching for survivors in the ruins of a collapsed structure in the coastal city of Pedernales when they pulled the animal free on Wednesday. Rescuers grinned and cheered as the duck flapped its wings.
The bird spent the night resting and eating bits of papaya.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A hoax claiming that Limp Bizkit planned to give a concert at an Ohio gas station has rallied many of the band's fans and left some disappointed.
More than 6,000 people responded on Facebook to an event that said the band was going to play a "Secret Show" at a Dayton Sunoco station on Wednesday night. Police had warned people not to show up.
Some fans made the trip from West Milton, about 20 miles north of Dayton, and were disappointed when they learned that frontman Fred Durst wasn't making an appearance.
But most didn't appear to be duped by the fake announcement. Several fans showed up just for the fun of it, with some wearing T-shirts advertising the hoax concert.
The gas station's management shut it down for the night.

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Washington Township, PA - A judge has found a Philadelphia nun guilty of drunk driving despite her defense that she has a history of sleepwalking and doesn't remember her arrest.
The judge in this case, Gloucester County Judge Martin Whitcraft, ruled Wednesday morning that Sister Kimberly Miller was guilty of DWI.
In court last week, Miller said she couldn't remember anything about her arrest. 
Miller said she has a history of sleepwalking as well as a painful arthritic condition that requires medication. She claimed the condition keeps her from sleeping so she often drinks wine to help her get some rest.
But the judge wasn't buying it, saying that "sleep driving" as a result of taking Ambien was not a valid defense.
He also said that Ambien prescription was a year old, from November of 2014.
The judge says witnesses could not corroborate her story that she returned to convent after a book signing where she drank the wine.
Miller's license was immediately suspended for 90 days. She must also pay a $650 fine and attend drunken driving classes.
Her attorney said his client feels her reputation as a clergy person has taken a hit.
"She's obviously very upset in tears and crying," said attorney Jeff Lindy. "She's upset because she knows what happened that night. I think the conviction doesn't bother her as much a the judge not believing her. I think that hurts her all of us live by our reputation particularly a clergy person."

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BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman says she was ecstatic when waste workers helped her find diamond jewelry that she accidentally threw away.
Cecelia Callahan tells The Patriot Ledger on Wednesday that she was cleaning her 3.1-carat engagement ring, a 1.75-carat diamond pendant and her grandmother's diamond ring in preparation for a wedding anniversary dinner last week. She says she wrapped them in paper towels and left them on a countertop.
She tossed the towels when she heard the trash truck coming. The 51-year-old Norwell woman says she was "heartbroken" when she discovered her mistake.
A transportation supervisor at a transfer station made arrangements for the truck to drop the trash off at the Braintree station. Callahan, her husband and a loader operator searched the garbage until they found the jewelry.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Jewish leader in Poland said Thursday that her community was deceived by a Polish Catholic man who pretended to be an Orthodox Jew, wearing a beard and payots - curly sideburns in front of the ears - and leading prayers in Hebrew.
Alicja Kobus, leader of Poznan's Jewish community, said that the impostor was unmasked recently when people in his hometown saw him on television taking part in ecumenical observances with Catholic and Muslim religious leaders. They then informed local journalists about the hoax.
Kobus told The Associated Press that the man presented himself to the community as Yaakav Ben Nistell from Haifa, Israel. Polish media say his real name is Jacek Niszczota, a cook from Ciechanow, a town in north-central Poland. He has vanished since being unmasked.
The Poznan community has posted a warning on its website on Niszczota saying he "deceived not only the community members but also other people with whom he cooperated on behalf of the Poznan Jewish Community."
As a volunteer, the man was not obliged to prove his identity, and his activities raised no suspicion.
"He won our trust with the good things that he was doing: he baked challahs (bread) for Israel Independence Day ceremonies, he helped with maintenance of Jewish cemeteries, he had the right knowledge," Kobus said.
He also led prayers and gave lectures on Jewish tradition, that were all correct, and did not protest when people from outside the community occasionally addressed him "rabbi," Kobus said.
Kobus added she was impressed that he learned Hebrew and prayers listening to Israeli radio.
Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said he met the man a few times and always found him to be "very sweet and smiley."
Schudrich said that while it's not good that the man misrepresented himself, the incident is indicative of a growing interest in Poland in its once-large Jewish community, which was nearly destroyed by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust during World War II.
"Who 30 years ago in this country would have pretended to be a rabbi, to say nothing of 70 years ago?" Schudrich said.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ Some running races wrap up with beer after the finish. A race in western Michigan is offering brew at aid stations along the course.
The "HopCat Full Circle 5k" is May 29, starting and ending at the HopCat brew pub in Grand Rapids.
New Holland Brewing, which makes "Full Circle" beer, is among those involved in the event. Organizers say a drink will be available at every mile.
Libby Swore, who co-owns Trivium Racing with her husband, Richard, tells The Grand Rapids Press they have been talking about doing an event with HopCat for several years. She says it finally came together and it's "a combination of a race and a bar crawl."
Runners get a T-shirt, a finisher's beer glass and access to a party afterward.


 

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