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Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 30th

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BOSTON (AP) - A wedding reception aboard a boat got off to a rocky start when the vessel ran aground off Georges Island in Boston Harbor.
The Majesty, a Boston Harbor Cruises vessel, became stuck around 7 p.m. Saturday. There were 152 people aboard, including 137 passengers. No one was injured.
A Boston Harbor Cruises spokeswoman told The Boston Globe that all passengers were safely transferred to the Asteria, another Boston Harbor Cruises vessel.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Barresi says five boats operated by the Coast Guard, state police, state environmental police and the Massachusetts Port Authority helped transfer the passengers.
It's unclear why the ship grounded.
There's no word on whether the couple tied the knot later on dry land.

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SOMERS, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block.
The sale of the 10,000-square-foot home in Somers is set for Tuesday.
The co-founder of the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Friendly's restaurant chain had the house built for $7.7 million in 2014 ahead of his 100th birthday. No one has ever lived in the home, and it failed to sell for a reduced listing price of $4.9 million.
S. Prestley Blake had the home built because he's a fan of Jefferson. Jefferson's Monticello was built over 28 years in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The copycat home mimics the original from the outside but has an updated interior that includes an elevator, gourmet kitchen and lights and heating that can be controlled from a phone app.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Searchers fixated with finding a treasure hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe will converge in the city.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that people are expected to gather Saturday for "Fennboree" and a screening of the documentary, "Fenn's Searchers."
The annual gathering is inspired by author Forrest Fenn, who stated in his 2010 memoir that he had hidden a chest containing nearly $2 million in coins.
The treasure has drawn interest for years.
Randy Bilyeu, of Colorado, disappeared in January after telling family he planned to search for it.
Some critics have said the search should be stopped because of the dangerous terrain.
Organizers of "Fennboree" say they will honor Bilyeu with a moment of silence.

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DELTA, Pa. (AP) -- A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said.
The Chesapeake, Virginia, couple were driving from Baltimore on Friday night when they got onto an access road at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, owned by Exelon. The driver told police he didn't see two "No trespassing" signs when he cut the chain on the gate, The York Daily Record reported.
Exelon spokeswoman Krista Merkel said the couple never posed a threat to the plant and security was monitoring them the entire time they were on plant property.
"It seemed they inadvertently made it to our property and were trying to find their way back out," Merkel said. "They thought the only way they could get back was to cut the fence."
Police initially said, after consulting with security staff, that the man and woman appeared to have made it to "a highly security sensitive area where radioactive material is transferred from the main power plant. If the couple had gone inside a nearby outbuilding, the plant would have been placed on lockdown and there was a "possibility of lethal force being used," authorities said in court documents.
But Merkel said Saturday that the couple hadn't made it to any areas where radioactive materials are transferred or stored and didn't make it past security officers who constantly monitor all sides of the plant. She said the couple was "very cooperative" and waited until police arrived.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci also said there was no threat to the plant or harm done to equipment, and officials believe "security at the plant is appropriate."
Nuclear plants have at least two resident inspectors from the agency who watch things like work activity, and the Inspectors may go in on Tuesday to go over the arrest and what happened, Screnci said.
The couple was charged with trespassing. The woman was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police said she had a small metal pipe that smelled like marijuana.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Coast Guard says rescuers needlessly searched a Rhode Island bay after receiving a distress call from an expired radio beacon that had been improperly discarded.
The Coast Guard says in a statement that a command center received a transmission Sunday afternoon that indicated a boat was in distress. The transmission came from an electronic position-indicating radio beacon.
Helicopter and boat crews were dispatched to Mount Hope Bay to search for the vessel.
But about two hours later, the command center learned that the signal was coming from an improperly disposed-of radio beacon that had been dropped while being handled.
Lt. John Mansolillo with the Coast Guard says batteries need to be removed from the beacons when they are expired to prevent false distress signals.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment complex are not giving "likes" to a Facebook-centric condition to their lease.
KSL-TV reports that tenants at City Park Apartments received a notice on their doors late last week about a contractual add-on involving Facebook.
According to the document, a new lease agreement mandates that residents "friend" the complex on Facebook within five days of signing or be found in violation.
The document also has a release that permits the property to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on its Facebook page.
A message left at the office of City Park Apartments was not immediately returned Sunday.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A woman says she and a friend were injured when they were jumped by a kangaroo while cycling in an Australian wine region.
Sharon Heinrich, 45, said Monday that she and her friend Helen Salter, 47, were cycling side by side along a tourist route in the Clare Valley in South Australia state on Wednesday when she saw a large kangaroo standing on a slight rise.
As they passed, the kangaroo bounded across the trail, landing with his long hind legs first on Heinrich's left torso and then on Salter's back. It knocked both from their bikes before hopping off, apparently unharmed, Heinrich said.
"I've gone to ride past, I thought: 'He's cute,' and he's just jumped me and taken out the side of me," Heinrich said. "As I'm falling, I felt him push off me and then he's flown to Helen and taken her out.
"He looked peaceful. He didn't look angry," she added.
Heinrich said she broke three ribs and will undergo surgery on Thursday to replace ruptured breast implants.
"They worked as air bags and have been ruptured by the ordeal," Heinrich joked.
Slater suffered concussion and whiplash, Heinrich said. But Slater managed to cycle on Heinrich's bike to a nearby business to call an ambulance for Heinrich.
Slater could not be immediately contacted for comment on Monday.
Heinrich and Slater work in a nursing home in the town of Clare and are used to seeing kangaroos in the area. But she never suspected a kangaroo might jump a bike, and is grateful their injuries were not more severe.
Heinrich's husband gave her a stuffed toy boxing kangaroo as a memento.
"It's all you can do now: Laugh about it and heal," she said.

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ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire state police say they clocked a Massachusetts motorcyclist driving at 128 mph on Interstate 93 in Ashland.
Authorities say when Trooper Sean McCarthy stopped 36-year-old Sean Reardon of Dorchester, Massachusetts, just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, he was found to be operating on a motorcycle learner's permit.
Reardon is charged with reckless operation and is due to appear in Plymouth District Court on July 28.
No phone listing for Reardon could be found. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a Long Island man broke into a grocery store, stole an ATM and loaded it onto a stolen school minibus.
Nassau County police say 61-year-old David Hughes broke the glass door of a Bravo supermarket in Westbury early Friday.
Police say Hughes grabbed the store's cash machine and loaded it onto a yellow school bus that he had stolen earlier.
Supermarket manager Victor Perez says Hughes was caught on surveillance video sliding the stolen machine into the bus. He says there was about $3,000 in the ATM.
Hughes was arrested later Friday in Queens after someone called police to report a suspicious person in a school bus. He was awaiting arraignment Saturday on burglary and grand larceny charges.
It wasn't clear if Hughes had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police say they arrested a 61-year-old man after he threw scalding hot coffee on another man during an argument at the St. Paul Salvation Army.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that police said the man butted in front of a pregnant woman who was standing in line at the Salvation Army on Wednesday. When the woman's husband objected, the man threw his coffee on him. The husband was taken to the hospital with severe blistering on his back. His wife wasn't hurt. Police arrived and arrested the coffee-thrower on suspicion of aggravated assault.
 

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