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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, July 13th

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BATH, N.H. (AP) -- A historic general store and tourist attraction that closed this year was sold at auction for $235,000 on Wednesday.
The Brick Store in Bath was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s. It closed after several years of financial hardship.
Auctioneer Paul McInnis said the property was sold to a local investor. There were six registered bidders. About 100 people attended the auction.
Further details on the investor and plans for the property weren't immediately available.
The store is believed to be one of the oldest continually operated general stores in America. There's also a gift shop and a 1950s-style ice cream shop on the property, along with space formerly used as an art studio and apartment. The assessed real estate value was listed at $326,400.
Then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a campaign stop at the store on May 28, 2007, with his daughters. They ordered sandwiches and sampled fudge.
The store's owners had said the extended closure of the nearby Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge for repairs contributed to their financial problems. The bridge, believed to be the oldest covered bridge in the state, has since reopened.

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GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- It's a locked room mystery with a twist: Instead of a room, it was a car, and instead of a victim, it was an inquisitive bear.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado got a call about the bear who managed to get into a Subaru wagon without breaking any windows. The car's owner even said all the doors were closed.
The bear got trapped in the car, leaving a pair of deputies to find a way to get it out.
One deputy, who recorded the escapade on his cellphone, decided to open the hatch, while the other stood guard nearby with a shotgun.
The bear bounded out, leaving behind some snout marks on a window, a shredded interior and questions about how the animal got into the vehicle.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee are looking for a man who they say robbed a Nashville gas station while covering his face with toilet paper.
WSMV-TV reports that the man entered a Twice Daily gas station just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.
He went into the bathroom, grabbed toilet paper and used it to cover his face as he pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk. No other customers were at the gas station at the time of the robbery.
Police are reviewing the store's surveillance video, hoping to get a frame of the man's face before he covered it with the toilet paper.

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LONDON (AP) -- Prime ministers may come and go, but Larry the cat is staying put.
Known officially as the chief mouser at the prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing Street, Larry will not be joining outgoing chief David Cameron and his family when they move out Wednesday.
Instead, he will be in place to welcome Cameron's successor, Theresa May, and her husband Philip- while trying to keep the famous residence and offices vermin-free.
The never shy brown and white tabby rescue cat was seen on patrol as the international press gathered in front of No. 10 to await Cameron's departure and the arrival of May. He looks the part - but some suggest he's not so great at catching mice.
The tomcat was a sentimental topic of conversation in Cameron's final appearance in Parliament as prime minister.
Cameron said he wanted to use the prime minister's question time session to end a rumor that he was not fond of the cat, which was brought to Downing Street from an animal shelter five years ago.
He said he wanted to end speculation that "somehow I don't love Larry. I do, and I have photographic evidence to prove it."
He then produced a picture of Larry lying on his lap.
The prime minister said he was sad he can't take Larry with him but that the cat belongs at No. 10.
"He belongs to the house and the staff love him very much - as do I," he said.
In earlier years, Larry's role was filled by Humphrey, who was retired in 1997 after a successful career as chief mouser.

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MARY ESTHER, Fla. (AP) - A 28-year-old woman told authorities she was praying with her eyes closed when she missed a stop sign and ran into a home in northwest Florida.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies say the unidentified woman ran the stop sign and through an intersection before plowing into someone's front yard and hitting their home.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reported Tuesday the driver was cited for reckless driving with property damage. Photos appeared to show only minor damage to the car and home.
The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation after Thursday's crash.

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BOSTON (AP) - It's now legal in Massachusetts for hairdressers to visit someone's home to cut or style their hair before a wedding or other special occasion.
For years, stylists who made house calls had technically been breaking the law. Not that the state had been enforcing it.
But language in one of the "outside sections" included in $39 billion state budget signed Friday made it immediately legal for 75,938 licensed barbers, cosmetologists, hairdressers and manicurists overseen by the state Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering to make house calls.
State Sen. Ryan Fattman wrote the legislation after hearing about the problem from his own barber. The Webster Republican tells The Boston Globe in age when you can summon a driver on your phone, you should be able to summon a barber.

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HOUSTON (AP) - A 25-year-old Houston man who was charged with a misdemeanor after stopping traffic on a downtown freeway to propose to his girlfriend has been given a year of probation and apologized for his actions.
Vidal Valladares (vee-DAL' vah-YAH'-dah-rehs) got down on one knee to propose in the middle of Interstate 45 near downtown Houston in December. Horns could be heard blaring at the couple in video posted online .
Valladares was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway, but in a plea deal Thursday he was given deferred adjudication. That means the charge will be dismissed if he completes 32 hours of community service, isn't charged with a crime for a year and apologizes publicly.
He immediately apologized in front of reporters.

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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida beachgoer has found more than two pounds of cocaine floating in waters at a state park along the Gulf Coast.
Charlotte County Sheriff's officials say the suspicious package was spotted Saturday at Don Pedro State Park, part of a chain of barrier islands extending along the coast.
Authorities told the Herald Tribune that the parceled contained 2.58 pounds of powder cocaine.
The paper said the case is under investigation.
Sheriff Bill Prummell commended the beachgoer for alerting authorities to the suspicious package.

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FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois woman says she delivered a baby girl a few hours after she found out she was 39-weeks pregnant.
The Hawk Eye reports that Heather Columbus of Niota, Illinois, was admitted to the Fort Madison Community Hospital in Iowa on the morning of June 26 with back pain and cramps.
Columbus was given an ultrasound and a nurse informed her and her husband Michael, who had been waiting in the car, that she was 39-weeks pregnant and the back pain she had been feeling was most likely contractions.
"I was completely in shock the whole time," Columbus said. "Heck, I'm still in shock, really. I'm still trying to process it, really. I'm waiting to wake up from it."
Columbus says she still had her menstrual cycle and never felt her baby move.
That afternoon, 7-pound, 13-ounce Leona Josephine Columbus was born. She was named after both parents' grandmothers.
"We named her after the two toughest women we knew," Michael Columbus said.
Columbus said their friends, families and employers have provided nearly everything they need for their newborn daughter.
"It's been amazing. They have helped out quite a bit." Columbus said. "Everybody has."

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BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police say a man was drunk when he drove onto the property of a Sam Adams brewery in Pennsylvania and crashed into a guard rail.
Upper Macungie police say 59-year-old John Raab had been drinking prior to the July 1 incident at the plant in Breinigsville. Raab was charged with drunken driving. No one was injured, and it wasn't clear why he was at the facility.
No current phone number for Raab was available. No lawyer information was listed in online documents.
The brewery is one of three plants operated by Boston Beer Co. The others are in Boston and Cincinnati. The Pennsylvania facility is the lone producer of Sam Adams' canned beers.
 

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