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Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 16th

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The leaves are coming out on trees, daffodils are starting to bloom and snow is falling in parts of Northern New England, a month before the official start of summer.
The National Weather Service says 3.4 inches was recorded in the northern Maine town of Caribou early Monday, setting a record for the most snow this late in May.
Five inches of snow fell in Caswell and New Sweden, Maine.
In northern New Hampshire, Pittsburg recorded 2.5 inches. The Vermont towns of Middlesex and Hyde Park and near Pomfret got 2 inches Monday morning.
But the snow is expected to be short-lived. The forecast calls for temperatures to rise, with rain in northern New Hampshire and Maine.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Thousands of tiny red crabs are carpeting beaches in Orange County and creating an amazing spectacle for swimmers and surfers.
Lifeguards estimate that hundreds of thousands of the tiny crustaceans washed up Friday on beaches in Newport Beach.
Others were spotted in Laguna Beach.
The Orange County Register reports that pelagic red crabs are usually found off Baja California, but currents that are part of the El Nino weather pattern are sweeping them north.
The 1- to 3-inch-long crabs have washed up for several years along the Orange County coastline.
Before that, they hadn't been seen in the area for decades.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife.
The incident last week and several other recent cases led to fresh warnings that park rules require visitors to stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves.
Visitors brought the newborn calf to a park facility on May 9, which officials called a dangerous move because adult bison are protective and will attack to defend their young. Rangers took the animal back to where it was picked up, but they could not get it back with the herd after several tries.
"The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," the park said in a statement.
The visitors were cited for touching park wildlife and fined $110, Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said. She declined to name the visitors or issue a copy of the citation amid the investigation.
In another recent high-profile case, a woman was seen on video trying to pet an adult bison as it rested on the boardwalk around Old Faithful. In another, tourists posed for photos dangerously close to bison that had caused a traffic jam on a road.
Five visitors were seriously injured last year after getting too close to the massive animals.
Approaching wildlife also can affect their well-being and survival, possibly causing mothers to reject their offspring, park officials said.
Such reminders are included on Yellowstone's website, in information handed to visitors as they come in and on signs throughout the park, Reid said.
"This year we've added translations of the safety signage and provide park newspaper translations in a number of different languages," she said in a statement.

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ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man tried to rob a car wash in Northern California with an empty potato chip bag and an alleged handgun.
Rohnert Park's Department of Public Safety says in a statement that the man entered KaCees World of Water car wash Friday night and dropped an empty potato chip bag on the counter.
He told the cashier to fill it with money, warning that he had a gun.
The man gestured that the weapon was in the empty bag, but the cashier saw it held only a piece of cardboard and called a co-worker for help.
Police say when the other employee approached, the suspect fled on foot.

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DALLAS (AP) -- A lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction in Texas for $6,875, nearly 190 years after the former president died.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said Saturday's sale involved 14 strands that were snipped by Jefferson's personal physician at the time of the statesman's death on July 4, 1826. A Heritage Auctions statement says the pre-auction estimate for the hair was $3,000.
Company spokesman Eric Bradley says the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
The seller was collector William F. Northrop, who purchased the lock in the early 1980s from an autograph scholar. The documentation includes a letter confirming the lock as part of a limited number of Jefferson's hair samples known to exist.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas man has been arrested after police say he had 134 pounds of marijuana shipped from Mexico to his home.
Jonesboro Police Department spokesman Paul Holmes said officers posed as delivery company employees Thursday and arrested 52-year-old Alberto Gomez-Reyes after he signed for the package containing the marijuana. Police say he had the officers place it in the back of his truck.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Gomez-Reyes has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. He's being held at the Craighead County jail on a $500,000 bond.
It was not immediately clear whether Gomez-Reyes has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

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NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- Bad luck followed a group of teenagers heading to the prom on Friday the 13th as the limousine they were riding in caught fire.
WFXT-TV reports the Natick High School students from Massachusetts smelled smoke in the white stretch limousine around 6 p.m. Friday.
Good luck returned when the 10 teens and the driver escaped the limo unharmed before it burst into flames.
It's unclear what caused the blaze. Natick police tweeted the limo "might be evil" because the fire later rekindled.
One student suggested the bad fortune was a result of it being Friday the 13th. The students said it was scary but also "kind of cool."
The teens did make it to the prom; they caught a ride on a passing trolley also headed there.

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CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - A zebra that was reported missing from a New York farm has been found dead.
State wildlife authorities investigating the death of 5-month-old Zula said Monday that the zebra might have fallen from a cliff in a hilly forest preserve near where it went missing.
Owner Richard Myer told the Times Union of Albany that Zula was spooked by a branch hitting a barn Thursday at Bailiwick Animal Park and Riding Stables in Catskill, 30 miles south of the capital.
Myer says he had intended to board the animal at the stable. He spent Sunday driving back roads in wooded areas around Catskill looking for Zula, who was about the size of a large pony.
Volunteers had also joined in the search.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A live World War I-era explosive found at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island has been safely detonated.
The Newport Daily News reports the bomb was found last week by the fort's facility maintenance manager on a desk in an office and was safely detonated by a Navy ordnance squad.
Officials say the bomb had a 6-inch-long cylinder and was originally dug up May 5. Workers at the time didn't realize the bomb was still active and moved it to an office.
Newport Deputy Fire Chief Paul Faerber says the maintenance manager immediately recognized what it was and took the bomb outside before contacting authorities. The detonation team detonated the ordnance in a grassy area.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It took more than 60 years but a University of Southern California student has finally received his diploma.
Ninety-six-year-old Alfonso Gonzales received a bachelor of science degree in zoology on Friday, making him the oldest graduate in USC history.
The World War II veteran thought he'd already graduated when he skipped commencement exercises in 1953 because of work obligations. He was founding a soil company that he ran for 55 years.
But when relatives recently approached the university about getting a copy of his diploma, they learned he was one unit short.
Although the school no longer offers a zoology major, it crafted an independent study course through the gerontology school that included reading, video assignments, visiting other classes, and writing a thesis about his life.
USC officials call Gonzales a "wonderful inspiration."

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NYPD is looking for a man with a cane who stole a painting from a church in Upper Manhattan.Police say the robbery occurred at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Washington Heights at about 12:30 p.m. on May 8.
Police released a surveillance video that shows the suspect entering the church using a cane, taking off his jacket and wrapping it around the religious painting before fleeing.
 

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