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Mad Minute stories from Friday, April 22nd

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CONROE, Texas (AP) -- Animal control officers have captured an apparently domesticated tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood in a South Texas city.
The Conroe Police Department says it received several phone calls Thursday from residents who saw the young, female tiger wandering around the city.
Animal control officers captured the tiger, which was wearing a collar with a leash attached.
Sgt. Dorcy McGinnis said the tiger seems to be tame. Authorities are asking for assistance in finding the tiger's owner.
McGinnis said that if the tiger and its owner live in Conroe, the tiger will no longer be able to be housed in the city due to this incident.
Conroe is 40 miles north of Houston.

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BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts 6-year-old's love of sea turtles prompted him to forgo birthday gifts this year and ask instead for money he could donate to sea turtle rescue efforts.
Jasper Rose, of Watertown, collected $550 for Boston's New England Aquarium from his birthday earlier this month. He and his family presented the check to aquarium officials Friday to mark Earth Day and asked that it be used for its sea turtle rescue program.
"It means an enormous amount to us. It really encourages us," Nigella Hillgarth, the aquarium's president and CEO, told Jasper and his family. "We're really moved by this gift. The generosity that he's inspired is really something. "
For his efforts, Jasper got to spend the morning at the top of the aquarium's four story Caribbean coral reef tank feeding the sea turtles by hand. "It's been a lot of fun," he said, tossing cabbage and other leafy greens to a 90-year-old, 550-pound turtle named Myrtle.
Rose's mother, Ananda, said the family visits the downtown aquarium often, and Jasper can pick out and name all the turtles. She says he's even set up a website about sea turtles and wrote a 10-page book about them with his father's help.
"For some reason, he really fell in love with sea turtles and found out everything about them and why they're endangered and why they need help because we're doing all the damage," Ananda Rose said.
Jasper, she says, got the idea for the donation after recently visiting the aquarium's Animal Care Center in Quincy, Massachusetts.
There, aquarium officials treat dozens of sea turtles each year that are found stranded on the beaches of nearby Cape Cod.
Typically suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and other injuries and illnesses, the turtles are nursed back to health before being released back into the ocean.

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DENVER (AP) -- A greater one-horned rhino was able to leave part of its enclosure at the Denver Zoo and wander into a yard occupied by staff and volunteers.
The Denver Post reports that staff members say the rhino, named Bandhu, appeared surprised by the people in the yard when he found his way there on Thursday. Zoo staff says Bandhu was moved to an indoor enclosure and zoo guests were never in any danger.
No one was injured and Bandhu is known for having an exceptionally calm demeanor.
Officials say they are reviewing the incident.

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BERLIN (AP) -- A U.S. Army airborne exercise in Germany is attracting more than a million viewers on social media after a video surfaced showing a Humvee breaking free of its rigging and plummeting to the ground, followed by another - and another.
By Friday afternoon, the video posted on the Facebook group U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments had 1.5 million views.
The scene starts serenely as equipment is dropped by parachute April 11 from planes with the 173rd Airborne Brigade flying across blue skies until the first Humvee breaks free and drops and someone yells out "Oh yes!"
It's followed by a second, then a third and increasing laughter on the video.
The Army says nobody was hurt, and it's investigating what went wrong - and who shot the video.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Police have arrested a 30-year-old Vermont man who they say attempted to rob a credit union branch's night deposit box by slamming into it with a tractor.
The Rutland Herald reports Chase Siliski will be arraigned in Rutland criminal court in May on charges of felony grand larceny, felony attempted grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief.
Police say Fair Haven Rescue Squad members observed Siliski repeatedly ramming the night deposit box of the Green Mountain Credit Union's Cold River Road branch in November.
The Proctor man allegedly fled the scene in the tractor and ran into the woods near the Adele Stanley apartment complex in Rutland. He was apprehended on April 10.
Siliski could not be reached for comment.

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) -- The owner of a new western Massachusetts ice cream shop says his delicious dishes are "a taste to die for."
That's because Petros Mirisis (muh-REE'-sis) is opening his ice cream parlor in a former funeral home in Chicopee.
Mirisis, who already owns a restaurant in town, tells westernmassnews.com he loves taking his three daughters out for ice cream, but it's always been hard to find a place. He drove past the old funeral home every day on his way to work and always thought it was a great place for a business, in the heart of the city and across the street from the library.
His catchphrase came to him in a moment of inspiration.
Petros Ice Cream is expected to open soon.

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man trying to enjoy a book at the beach got quite the surprise when he found a box containing human ashes.
George Silva tells The Standard-Times he found the box wedged in the rocks in New Bedford on Tuesday. Inside was a bag that had the name and number of a New Jersey crematorium.
He called, and was told the ashes were from a cremation performed three years ago in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Silva was told someone must have accidentally dropped the box while trying to dump the ashes of a loved one into the ocean.
He saw the discovery as an opportunity to be a good Samaritan. He brought the ashes to a local cemetery on Thursday, and they will be returned to New Jersey.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Omaha police have announced the death of a squirrel that hung out around police headquarters and had his own Twitter following.
Police say the squirrel, which went by @OPDSquirrel on the social media site, was found dead in the police headquarters' parking lot in downtown Omaha.
A post by Omaha Officer Michael Bossman on Tuesday announced the death, accompanied by a picture of a dead squirrel outlined with chalk.
The squirrel's Twitter account, however, remains active. The rodent's nearly 350 followers have been treated to follow-up tweets from friends and family - including one from Mrs. OPDSquirrel, who thanked everyone for their kind words and said "he will be sorely missed by our 35 children and I."
Police suggest donations to First Responders Foundation of Omaha in lieu of flowers.

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Police on Long Island say they've arrested a man accused of using a blowtorch to break into a Burger King restaurant.
Nassau County police say Latise Eady was arrested Wednesday on arson and burglary charges. He was ordered held on $300,000 bond at his arraignment Thursday. His attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment.
Police say Eady used a blowtorch to break into a Burger King restaurant in East Meadow in December. He's also accused of breaking into two T-Mobile stores by breaking the glass on the front doors.
Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter says Eady is a suspect in nearly a dozen other burglaries, though he hasn't been arrested or charged in those incidents.
He says Eady is currently on parole for armed robbery.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police are seeking an Ohio man who's accused of stealing more than $2,500 in teeth whitening kits, and so far, has made a clean getaway.
Officials say the 46-yeary-old suspect is accused of taking only Crest-brand teeth whitening strips in numerous thefts over the past two months.
The thefts took place at stores in and around Columbus. Officials say the suspect stole $420 worth of teeth whitening strips from one store in Ohio's capital city.
Officials say it's unusual to see so many thefts of the same brand of product.
They continue to investigate.

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