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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, June 8th

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NEW YORK (AP) - Meryl Streep has made use of a spray tan, a fake belly and an oversized red tie to get in character for her latest role, Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports that the three-time Oscar winner took the stage Monday in New York as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee during a gala benefit for the Public Theater.
A Times reporter has posted video of the performance on Twitter showing Streep impersonating Trump while performing a duet alongside actress Christine Baranski's pantsuit-clad Democrat Hillary Clinton. The pair sang "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate."
Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis tells the newspaper that the performance was Streep's idea and "she was absolutely sure she could do it."
Streep is a supporter of Clinton.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware say they have arrested a suspect in a bank robbery after he locked himself out of his getaway car.            
State Police said in a news release that 21-year-old Joseph Rosado of Wilmington entered an Artisan Bank in Wilmington brandishing a handgun on Monday afternoon. Rosado demanded cash from two tellers, who gave him an undisclosed amount.       
Troopers say Rosado left the bank and ran to a car, but had locked himself out. He ran away but was quickly caught by a New Castle County Police officer.
Media outlets report Rosado, who police have linked to other armed bank robberies, is charged with six counts of 1st degree robbery among other charges. He's being held on $501,100 bail. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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WALWORTH, N.Y. (AP) -- A roomful of marijuana has gone up in smoke during a fire at a house on High Street in a New York town.
The Wayne County sheriff's office says firefighters were called to the house in Walworth shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. They found smoke coming from a locked office upstairs.
Once the fire was out, investigators found 40 to 50 potted marijuana plants under grow lights in the room. The sheriff's office says the fire is believed to have been sparked by an electrical malfunction.
Firefighters contained the blaze to that room and the roof. None of the four residents were hurt.
A man who lives there was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful growing of marijuana and released on a court appearance ticket.

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MIAMI (AP) -- For 17 years, a South Florida couple grew vegetables in a front-yard garden until a new town ordinance was passed limiting such gardens to backyards. Now, the couple is asking a judge to uproot the ban they claim violates their constitutional rights.
Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts say they dug up the garden in front of their Miami Shores home in August 2013 when town officials threatened to fine them $50 a day if they didn't. The threatened fine came a few months after the Miami Shores Village Council adopted a new zoning plan for the town of about 10,500 north of Miami.
The couple sued, and at a hearing Wednesday their attorney said the ban violates the Florida Constitution in several ways, including improper limits on their private property rights and violation of the equal protection clause by singling out vegetables over other plants.
"We're not saying you can do anything you want on your property," attorney Ari Bargil told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Monica Gordo. "We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution."
Richard Sarafan, attorney for Miami Shores, said the new zoning rule was not irrational and treated all homeowners the same: their front yards should be covered with grass, sod or a "living ground cover" not further defined. It's no problem, he said, to have a vegetable garden in the backyard.
"There certainly is not fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard," Sarafan said. "Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose."
Carroll, who attended the hearing, said the couple sought to grow produce using organic practices, such as no use of pesticides. He said he had never gotten a complaint from a neighbor in all the years he tended the garden, which grew some 75 varieties of vegetables.
"It's important that we have the right to do something on our own property," Carroll said. "We're just trying to grow vegetables."
The couple is being represented by lawyers from the Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice, which describes itself as a Libertarian nonprofit organization that focuses on issues such as private property rights, school choice and free speech.
Gordo did not immediately rule. Both sides said the judge could decide the matter without a trial, but either way the case is likely to be appealed, attorneys said.

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FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a dump truck driver has been arrested in northern New Jersey after a computer check of her license plate revealed she had nearly $16,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.
Port Authority Police say Laura Tarrats had been crossing the upper toll plaza of the George Washington Bridge on Monday morning in Fort Lee. Police say they pulled the 42-year-old Wantage driver over after noticing she went through the toll without paying.
Police say she didn't have an E-ZPass transponder and owed about $15,800 in tolls, as well as fees that had been tacked on for failing to pay.
Tarrats' E-ZPass account was revoked in February.
She's charged with theft of service, toll evasion and traffic violations. It wasn't immediately known if Tarrats has an attorney.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish court has ordered candy maker Mars to stop selling M&Ms in the Scandinavian country, at least not with the customary lower-case letters it uses on the packaging and on the colorful chocolates.
The Svea Court of Appeal said Wednesday it ruled against Mars in a trademark dispute with Kraft Foods, which sells chocolate-covered peanuts under the Marabou brand with a single "m'' on the packaging.
It said Kraft has exclusive rights to the trademark in Sweden.
However, it added that using the upper-case M&Ms, as Mars does in its corporate communications, doesn't constitute a trademark infringement in Sweden.
Mars said: "We have always believed no confusion exists" between the two products and that it would "assess the next steps for our beloved brand in Sweden."

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It's an error that has loomed over New York Harbor for more than 50 years: The name of the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is spelled wrong.
Despite a new petition drive to make it right - the bridge is named for 16th-century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (two Z's) - the state authority that controls the span has stubbornly held to the one Z position it's taken for years: We know it's wrong, but we're not changing it.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say it would simply be too expensive to change all the signs, brochures, maps and websites. Changing the name of New York's Triborough Bridge to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008, for example, reportedly cost the state $4 million.
"This is a travesty," said Robert Nash, a 21-year-old Brooklyn college student who started an online petition to add the other Z to North America's longest suspension bridge. "To honor a man and name a bridge after him and not spell his name right?"
Nash, whose mother is Italian and father half-Italian, said Italian-Americans everywhere deserve better. "We were always proud of being of Italian descent, and this rich culture shaped who I am," he says.
After all, there was no question how Verrazzano, the first European to explore New York Harbor in 1524, spelled his name. So why, Nash asks, should Italian-Americans have to endure the error every time they cross the 4,260-foot span between Brooklyn and Staten Island? Why should they seethe every year when the bridge gets worldwide attention as the starting point for the New York Marathon?
And as critics have noted over the years, would it be acceptable if the George Washington Bridge or John F. Kennedy International Airport were spelled wrong?
So why push for the name change now? Nash, whose petition was first reported by the Brooklyn Paper and its Brooklyn Daily website, says it came to him by chance as he was taking pictures of the bridge with his girlfriend. He noticed a sign with the name and it just looked wrong. His suspicions were confirmed when he checked Italian websites for the explorer's name, "and I said, 'Wow!'"
Exactly how the error was made in the first place is unclear.
At the time the bridge opened in 1964, the nation was still grieving President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and famed New York urban planner Robert Moses had reportedly favored naming the bridge for him. It was John LaCorte, founder of the New York-based Italian Historical Society of America, who led the fight to have the bridge named for Verrazzano. Some have speculated Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signed off on the name with one Z.
But according to Gay Talese, who chronicled the span's construction for The New York Times and in his book "The Bridge," the origin of the error was the original 1959 building contract, which spelled Verrazzano's name with one Z.
"We're talking about a typo and everybody let it go," Talese told The Associated Press. "Nobody noticed because nobody really knew who Verrazzano was then."
Others, however, have managed to get the name right.
A statue of Verrazzano in lower Manhattan includes the two Z's, as does a bridge over Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.
One of the city's prominent Italian-Americans, Mayor Bill de Blasio, chuckled when he was informed of the petition drive during a news conference Wednesday.
"I will get a task force going on that right away and get back to you," the mayor joked. "As a proud Italian, I need to go back and do my research."

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BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Authorities say a fugitive wanted in connection with a police chase that left a Sharp County deputy injured was arrested after walking into a restaurant near Batesville where the sheriff and other deputies were eating.
Sheriff Mark Counts told reporters that he and deputies were at E&B Bigger Burger on Tuesday when 30-year-old Jonathan Miller walked into the restaurant. Counts said Miller ducked and tried to leave when he saw the law officers, but was arrested.
Miller was wanted in connection with a Monday night chase in which he allegedly led a deputy on before the deputy crashed his patrol car. The deputy was treated and released at a hospital.
Court records do not list an attorney for Miller.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Authorities say an Albuquerque man took drastic action to escape the sounds of his neighbors having sex _ he set fire to his own apartment.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Reuben Cook told police Sunday he "tried to burn anything he could think of" in his apartment to run from the annoying sounds.
A criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court says police found minor fire damage when they arrived to Cook's apartment.
The complaint says the 36-years-old Cook told police he heard people having sex upstairs and decided he wanted to go to prison and get away from the noise.
Cook was charged with arson. He was released on his own recognizance Tuesday.
It was not known if Cook had an attorney.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City is moving forward with efforts to control the overpopulation of deer on Staten Island with vasectomies.
The Staten Island Advance reports Comptroller Scott Stringer is allowing the city to fast-track the contracting process on a $2 million study.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation must also approve the plan. The department has said deer fertility control programs have "limited effectiveness." It only permits such programs if they're part of a scientific study.
Deer can harm property, spread tick-borne illness and cause traffic accidents.
A 2014 aerial survey found 763 deer in Staten Island's green spaces. Some ecologists believe there might now be more than 1,000.
The study would start in September. Hundreds of bucks would be tranquilized, given vasectomies and released onto parkland over three years.

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