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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, June 30th

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HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Police in Ohio have arrested a man who they say was plotting to attack a police station using armed mannequins and explosives.
Police say they were alerted that 51-year-old Timothy Ward was planning to use mannequins to shoot officers and blow up the police station in Marlboro Township, Stark County, about 30 miles outside of Akron.
Federal and local law enforcement officials searched both his and his father's homes. Marlboro Township Police Chief Ron Devies says the FBI told him that they found bomb making materials, but not complete bombs.
WJW-TV in Cleveland reports there's video showing Ward posing with mannequins, and that police have several such videos that were posted online.
Ward was arrested Tuesday on retaliation and weapons charges. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away.
SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases.
The other 10 pallets had already been recovered. It's unclear where the stolen beer was found and no arrests have been made.
Sarkisian says two trailers carrying 3,272 cases of SweetWater's Summer Variety Pack were stolen June 21. The trailers were later found empty.
Because of quality concerns, Sarkisian says the beer, worth about $90,000, will be taken to a recycling facility.

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A cat came with a flood warning when it was adopted from a Florida animal shelter.
Officials at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach tell the Miami Herald that one of its cats turned on a faucet last week, leaving the water to run for 17 hours.
President Carol Ebert says the flooding caused water to run out the shelter's back door. No animals were injured, but the shelter is seeking donations to repair floors, cabinets and other damage estimated around $5,000.
Volunteer Terry Arbour says the shelter suspects a 6-month-old kitten known to play in the sinks.
The cat's name was not released. Arbour says the cat was recently adopted and its new owners were told it was "intelligent enough to turn on water faucets."

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A naked pedestrian strolling through Burlington this week has caused quite a stir.
The man was first spotted Tuesday walking through the city's Church Street Marketplace completely nude, with the exception of sneakers and a bandana on his head.
Bystanders say they were amazed to see him walk around the busy shopping and dining district.
Burlington Police Lt. Paul Glynn says that while the man's nakedness is "inappropriate," it's not necessarily illegal as long as he left home naked and isn't disrobing in public or harassing people.
The man turned down a request by WCAX-TV for an interview.

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BANGKOK (AP) - A Bangkok taxi driver says he didn't know what was in the green backpack a Japanese customer left behind in the trunk of his cab, but he knew what he had to do - hand it over to police.
When he did, Thanakrit Hengniran learned that inside were 16 fancy T-shirts, a Macintosh computer and 800,000 yen ($7,800) in cash.
Thanakrit, 40, said he had no regrets about handing over the bag to the Tourist Police, who returned it Thursday to its owner, 29-year-old Keishi Kobayashi, who is in the garment business.
"I'm happy that he's OK and didn't lose anything, that it made him feel good about Thailand and Thai people," said Thanakrit. "We have discipline, just like the people in his own country."
For his good deed, Thanakrit received a 5,000 baht ($140) reward from Kobayashi, who lost the backpack on June 24.
Already scrambling to make ends meet, Bangkok taxi drivers are facing increasing competition from motorbikes and services such as Uber. However, good Samaritan stories involving taxi drivers are not unusual, said Deputy Superintendent Pramote Chanboonkaew of Bangkok's Bukkalo Police Station, where cabbie, customer and backpack were reunited.
He said the lost and found process is not entirely dependent upon honesty. Surveillance videos often can be analyzed by police to see what taxi was involved, just as they can be used for other investigations, he said.

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A nurse in Lakewood, Washington chose an interesting way to tell Western State Hospital that she didn't want to work there anymore -- but at least you could call it a "sweet" resignation. 
Sarah Childers wrote the words "I quit" in frosting on a sheet cake. She says it's a way to give her (now former) bosses a piece of her mind, while giving them a piece of cake. 
Childers says her time at the hospital was unfortunate, because staffers don't get enough training, they work too much, and they don't get paid enough. 

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When you're a lobster and you've managed to avoid the stock pot for 130 years, you probably deserve to retire in peace.
"Larry the Lobster," a 20-pound specimen that dates to the 19th Century, has been living in the fish tank at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park. 
But as a stunt to celebrate National Lobster Month, the restaurant teamed up with Hempstead officials to pardon the crustacean earlier this week.
Department of Conservation and Waterways staff teamed up with the town and the restaurant to release the lobster back to the ocean.
According to the Long Island Sound Lobster Research Initiative, as recently as the late 1990s the value of the region's lobster catch was greater than all other fish combined. 

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Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city.
The Havana Police Department warned drivers of a massive mayfly swarm on its Facebook page Monday morning, posting two photos that showed the bridge over the Illinois River and a local squad car blanketed by the bugs.
At one point the mound of insects piled 6 inches high, according to the post, making for slick and dangerous roadways for vehicles trying to make their way through the mess.
"There were already motorcycle accidents due to this and cars stuck in the center of the bridge," police said.
Newly winged mayflies will emerge from the waters where they live until adulthood in droves when triggered by the right temperature, according to The Wall Street Journal. The insects then die within a few days.
The City of Havana Street Department and IDOT are working to get the mayflies under control, authorities said.

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The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko apparently made a little mistake during a public speech. He wanted to tell people to roll up their sleeves and get to work, but it's pretty hard to do that if you're not wearing clothes-- let alone sleeves. 
In his speech he said, "Innovations, IT technologies, privatization -- it is all clear. We've conquered all of them. But all our life is in simple things." He went on to say "we should get undressed and work."
See, what he evidently meant to say was "we should develop, and work." But in Russian, the word "raz-VI-vatsa" means "develop," and the word "raz-DE-vatsa" means "disrobe". 
Oops. 
Shortly after that, the internet went crazy with people posting naked photos of themselves at work -- simply following their leader's instructions to "get naked and work."

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CONCORD, Calif. (AP) -- The owner of a California movie theater is apologizing after a trailer for an R-rated upcoming Seth Rogen comedy was shown ahead of a screening of Disney's "Finding Dory."
The East Bay Times reports moviegoers eager to see the PG-rated "Dory" at a Brenden theater in the Bay Area city of Concord were surprised earlier this month with a preview of Rogen's "Sausage Party," animated film with dark themes about what happens to food after it's taken home from the supermarket.
Brenden vice president Walter Eichinger tells the newspaper it was a one-time mishap due to the theater "moving screens around in effort to accommodate several large last-minute groups wanting to see 'Dory.'" He says the wrong movie was started by mistake and insists it won't happen again.

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