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Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 23rd

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Alaska came back three hours later, but it wasn't to turn himself in.
State Troopers say 20-year-old Joshua Yaska returned with an SUV and tried to help other inmates flee the facility in Fairbanks.
Staff members say Yaska was spotted leaving on a bike just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Troopers say he returned at 4:20 a.m. and tried to "aid in the escape of other inmates."
Authorities say he tried to strike a halfway house employee with the vehicle. Troopers say they caught up with him that night after he broke into a relative's home.
Online court records show Yaska has past misdemeanor convictions for misconduct, assault and violating the conditions of his release.
He has been represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which didn't immediately return a phone message Monday.

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A police officer in Maine is getting a laugh out of a man's tattoo that says, "Cops Suck."
The Bangor Police Department on Monday posted a Facebook photo of the man holding out his fists with letters tattooed on his knuckles next to a smiling officer. The photo has more than 3,700 likes.
The police department has received attention for using humor in its social media presence.
Police note the man apparently had a problem with authority earlier in his life but cooperated when they asked him to move on over the weekend.
Officers Jimmy Burns and Keith Larby were so impressed by the tattoo they reached for their camera, not the handcuffs. Larby smiled for the camera and gave a thumbs up.

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MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish priest says he has given up hope that local authorities in his parish of Xestoso in the northwest of the country will fix the potholes in the roads so he has asked for divine intervention.
Luis Roldan Patino celebrated Mass on a pitted road Sunday and splashed holy water to bless it. Each pothole is now marked with a wooden cross on the roadside so drivers can slow down before hitting them, he said.
Roldan Patino told journalists that "just like we can pray to the Lord for rain" he is pleading for divine intervention to fix the road because "it's going to be the only way to do that."
He said the authorities are "blind to the situation and we feel totally abandoned."

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Graduates at a Southern California high school are getting one last laugh before saying goodbye after the school distributed diploma covers with a typo.
A graduating senior at Ontario High School posted a photo to Twitter that shows a diploma cover handed out Thursday with the letters "h" and "c" transposed in the word "school."
School officials said the misspelling was a printing error made by the graduation products company.
"The principal has informed all Ontario graduates that the company has been contacted and will mail a corrected diploma cover to each graduate along with an apology letter," Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mathew Holton said in a statement.
The diploma covers were distributed to about 550 seniors at a Thursday evening commencement ceremony, school officials said.
Holton added that the Ontario Class of 2016 was the first to graduate in a new stadium on campus with over 5,000 family members and friends in attendance.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas-area couple is crediting their cat to alerting them to a fire in their home.
KTNV-TV in Las Vegas reports that a fire broke out at a home in the Summerlin community around 2 a.m. Sunday.
The husband and wife told fire officials they were asleep when they got woken up by the cat scratching kitchen cabinets.
The husband says he went to check on the cat and found a fire in the garage.
They immediately called 911 and evacuated the home with a nephew they were babysitting and the cat.
Firefighters say no injuries were reported.
The damage to the home was confined to the garage.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A 12-year-old Sacramento student who already has three community college degrees and has been accepted to two University of California campuses says he plans on studying biomedical engineering and becoming a doctor and medical researcher by the time he turns 18.
Tanishq Abraham has been accepted to UC Davis and received a regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz, but he has yet to decide which university he'll attend, reported Sacramento television station CBS 13 Sunday.
"I think I'll be 18 when I get my M.D.," he said.
Tanishq started community college at age 7 and last year he received associate's degrees from American River College, a community college in Sacramento, in general science; math and physical science; and foreign language studies.
Professors at the college didn't initially want him in their classes because of his age. But finally a professor agreed to let him attend if his mother, a doctor of veterinary medicine, also took the class. "There were times when I had to explain general relativity and special relativity to my mom," he said.
Biology professor Marlene Martinez said he was never afraid to ask lot of questions. "In lecture he would always pop up with 'so, does that mean ...' or 'what about this?' " Martinez said.
Tanishq, who joined the IQ society Mensa at only 4 years old, has always picked up knowledge quickly, his father, Bijou Abraham, told NBC News.
"We tested him and discovered that he was pretty smart," he said. "We were surprised when we started giving him advanced stuff and he was picking it up really fast."
Tanishq says child geniuses are often seen as odd. "When you think of a genius, you think of a mad scientist kind of thing," he said.
But he pointed out he's just an ordinary kid who likes learning and microscopes but also playing video games. "I just think learning is fun," Tanishq said.

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SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man who made a resolution on Jan. 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong - 27 years later.
Saugus resident Lenworth "Kip" Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day.
The 57-year-old General Electric Co. engineering manager tells The Daily Item of Lynn that he remembers reading at the time that if you can do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. He said 1989 was a mild winter, which helped him as he is a strictly outdoor runner.
Williamson sticks to the streets, regardless of the weather, and puts in at least 3 miles a day. At least once a week, he puts in a 6- to 8-mile run.
He says as long as his legs work, he will continue running.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Hartford Yard Goats won't be the first to take the field at Dunkin' Donuts Park when the Double-A team makes it long-awaited debut at the new stadium.
Police say four men were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing after they were caught playing baseball in the yet-to-be-completed Connecticut ballpark at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
An officer assigned to a security detail at the stadium discovered the men after hearing yelling and cheering coming from the field. When the officer went to investigate the commotion, he found a man on the pitcher's mound, another in the batter's box and two in the outfield.
Police say one of the men who was charged works for Centerplan Construction, a company involved in building the ballpark. The others were his friends.
Centerplan officials declined to comment.

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Columbus, OH - We know sitting too much can be a detriment to health, but now there's a term for it: "Dormant Butt Syndrome."
Yes... apparently it's a real thing.
A physical therapist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center says he coined the phrase after seeing patients with knee, hip and back pain.
"Dormant Butt Syndrome" happens when people sit way too much throughout the day, weakening the gluteal muscles.
If those muscles aren't strong enough, it may put too much strain on the muscles and joints around the rear end.
Doctors say stretching and making a point to stand and walk around as often as possible are key.

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A Vermont man accused of stealing beer, lobster and Angus steak from a supermarket faces retail theft charges, authorities say.
State police said they were notified of a retail theft/trespassing incident at Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland on Wednesday.
An investigation found that Anthony Sargent, 53, of Rutland City, had gone into the store in violation of a notice against trespass and stole $105.63 worth of items, police said.
Police say Sargent concealed the products under his shirt.
The beer, lobster and steak were recovered by the store when Sargent was stopped in the parking lot. He fled the scene before authorities arrived, but was later located by probation and parole officers, officials said.
Sargent has a court date set for June 13. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
 

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