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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 28th

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- The father of a Salt Lake City businessman who placed an Idaho newspaper ad seeking women interested in marrying his 48-year-old son has received about a dozen inquiries.
Arthur Brooks had planned to meet potential candidates at a Coeur d'Alene resort, but son Baron Brooks told the Spokesman-Review on Sunday that its managers asked his father not to conduct interviews there after getting barraged with media requests.
The younger Brooks previously called the $900 ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press "embarrassing" but said he'd let his 78-year-old father go forward.
He says about 12 women from around the U.S. expressed interest in the ad. Arthur Brooks will interview them in the coming weeks.
Baron Brooks says his father wants a grandchild to carry on the family name.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A former University of Connecticut student who went on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese has been arrested in Florida after an altercation with a police officer.
Luke Gatti was charged May 28 in Boca Raton with battery on an officer and resisting an officer with violence.
A message left at Gatti's home Tuesday wasn't immediately returned.
Last year, the 20-year-old former UConn student from Bayville, New York, was arrested over his Oct. 4, 2015, outburst in the Student Union. He ranted at and shoved a university food service supervisor for refusing to sell him the macaroni and cheese.
The altercation was caught on video and was widely viewed online.
Gatti was put on probation and released his own video in which he apologized for his actions.

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BERLIN (AP) -- A German court had to restart the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery store because a judge kept nodding off during the proceedings.
The Muenster state court told the dpa news agency on Tuesday that the presiding judge decided it was better to start things over than provide immediate grounds for an appeal.
German trials are typically heard by a panel of five judges - three professionals and two lay judges. In this case, it was one of the lay judges who couldn't stay awake on Monday.
Fortunately, it was the first day of the trial and it was able to start again from scratch after an alternate judge took his place.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he broke into his grandmother's home and tried to steal frozen dinners.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Jonathan Saiz was recently arrested at his grandma's house near Carnuel, New Mexico. A criminal complaint says the 34-year-old Saiz stuck his thumb in a deputy's eye as he attempted to escape.
The deputy says he later found a gun in Saiz's pocket and several glass pipes with drug residue.
Saiz is facing firearms and battery on a peace officer charges.
It was not known if he had an attorney.

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BERLIN (AP) -- Police in the German town of Minden say a 25-year-old man who arrived last year as a refugee is their "hero of the day" after he found some 150,000 euros ($166,095) - and handed it to authorities.
The unidentified Syrian man discovered the money in a cupboard he had been given by a charitable organization.
Minden police said Tuesday that he found about 50,000 euros in cash and savings books containing more than 100,000 euros hidden under a board while assembling the furniture.
Police said in a statement that while small amounts of money are regularly handed in to authorities, "such a large sum is the absolute exception."
The man arrived in Germany last October as a refugee.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A cowboy who tied up traffic by riding a horse across a busy bridge connecting New York City and New Jersey says he is traversing the country to raise money and awareness for child hunger.
Tod Mishler, 80, was followed across the Outerbridge Crossing on Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.
Once he was safely across the bridge, officers issued him two criminal court summonses, for trespassing and impeding traffic.
A video sent to the Staten Island Advance newspaper showed Mishler sporting a cowboy hat, a brown vest and a red kerchief and riding quickly toward Staten Island. New Jersey-bound traffic slowed as motorists stopped to watch. The rider held the reins of the second horse laden down with bags.
"My dream is to ride across the country and let the people know that we have the money to feed every starving child in the world," Mishler told WCBS-TV.
Mishler, who goes by Doc, said that he hadn't paid any toll for riding across the bridge on his horse and that he had been on his way to a corral in Queens.
He said didn't have any ill-will toward authorities for the summonses.
"The police are always here to serve and protect all across the law," he said.
Mishler, of Ulster Park, New York, has earned both admirers and critics for his horse-riding endeavors.

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WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the city's public library.
The governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 2-1 to give the library 30 days to find a new home for Browser the cat.
The ex-shelter cat has been a library fixture for six years. But council member Elzie Clements moved at a June 14 council meeting for the tabby's removal.
Mayor Ron White, who has no vote on the council, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the vote was a tit-for-tat after a city employee wasn't allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall.
Ex-council member Alan Price said Browser's supporters will petition for a reprieve in November's elections.

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FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say they've nabbed two New Jersey residents who have racked up about $30,000 in unpaid tolls combined.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says officers pulled over Englewood resident John Reynolds on Wednesday morning after seeing him pass through the E-ZPass lane of the George Washington Bridge while pretending his cellphone was a transponder.
Authorities say the car had about 300 toll violations, totaling about $19,000.
The next morning, officers stopped North Plainfield resident Lucy Sanchez on the bridge after police say she passed through without paying a toll.
Police say Sanchez didn't have a driver's license and had nearly 150 toll violations, totaling about $9,000.
Both are charged with theft of service and evading tolls.
It's not known if they have lawyers.

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BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) -- The waitress bounded with a cup of chowder and a plate of fish and broccoli.
It was Ann LePage's first double shift at McSeagull's, a bustling restaurant touting double-wrapped bacon scallops and views of Boothbay Harbor.
The wife of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage had kept a low profile for the first few weeks of her summer job. But then her husband told a crowd at a recent town hall that his wife took a job to "supplement" his $70,000 salary, the lowest of any U.S. governor.
The LePages live with their dog, a Jack Russell terrier mix named Veto, in the Augusta governor's mansion and bought a $215,000 Boothbay home two years ago. The governor recently tried but failed to increase his successor's salary to $150,000, above the nearly $135,000 average for all 50 state governors in 2015.
Ann LePage said being a waitress is "something I've always, always wanted to do."
Her daughter Lauren made $28 an hour last summer at McSeagull's. LePage said she spent years taking care of her mother, who long suffered from scleroderma and passed away in October.
Now it's time to follow through on her interest, LePage said, adding: "I know she'd be proud of me."
Wearing a black McSeagull's T-shirt and sneakers with pink shoelaces, LePage greeted customers with an easy: "Hey, how are you?"
LePage, who's saving up for a Toyota RAV4, works three days a week, and is asking for more shifts.
"Because of who I am and who I'm married to, I want to work extra hard just so I can show them I can do the job," she said.
She doesn't tell customers, or co-workers, who she is unless they ask.
But when a reporter revealed her identity Thursday, the news just confirmed a customer's inklings.
"I knew, that's why I kept staring!" exclaimed Nina Stoddard, of Bridgton, a Republican.
She later wondered: "I mean, is she really here just making money?"
Her friend Laurie Green, of Casco, said she loved it.
"I really hate a lot of our politicians nowadays that have the wealth, the money," said Green, an unaffiliated voter. "They have no clue what the average person out in the world is doing."
Stoddard agreed and suggested LePage herself should run for office: "It's the best of Maine, the best of who we are. Two feet on the ground."

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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.
SweePee Rambo took home the title at the annual Petaluma World's Ugliest Dog contest Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds after besting 15 other malformed pooches, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Saturday..
Judges in the contest, now on its 28th year, take into account bad appearance, including stench, poor complexion and a host of other inherited and acquired maladies.
SweePee has a mohawk that glistens in the sun and a tongue that sticks out. She is blind in both eyes and has to wear doggie diapers.
Owner Jason Wurtz, 44, of Encino, said he got the dog as a gift for his first wife but after a week she didn't want anything to do with the gremlin-like pooch. Wurtz, however, said he couldn't bear to let her go, calling her a "ride or die chick" in the description he wrote for the contest.
When the 4-pound Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix was announced the winner, Wurtz's younger brother, Jeffrey Wurtz, burst into tears, shouting SweePee's name, and shaking a homemade sign that read "SweePee Rambo for President 2016."
The presidential election was a theme present in the contest.
One pup named Himisaboo, who didn't place, had a flowing golden tuft that resembled that of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
"Whether you love him, or loathe him, a vote for Himisaboo is a vote for a dog that looks like Donald Trump," said Heather Wilson, Himisaboo's owner, who drove out from Idaho for the occasion.
Jason Wurtz and SweePee took the first-place title and trophy and a prize of $15,000. He says he will use the money to pay for the removal of a tumor that recently popped up on SweePee's gum line.

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