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Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 18th

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donald Trump's gravity-defying hair has generated plenty of attention, but have you seen George Washington's?
You can check it out this month in Philadelphia, where a museum has put the hair of some early presidents on display.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is showcasing locks of hair once belonging to Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The exhibit, called "Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair and Fossils," runs through July 29, coinciding with the Democratic National Convention.
A Philadelphia attorney collected the specimens, which were given to the museum after his 1860 death.
Academy historian Robert Peck says it may seem like an odd hobby today. But he says it was once common for people to keep hair clippings from loved ones in "lockets, brooches, rings and pins."

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) -- A woman caused a scare when she mistakenly thought a dead reptile that washed up along the banks of a Massachusetts river was an alligator.
The Eagle-Tribune reports Deborah Salerno and her husband were exploring a new boat ramp on the Merrimack River in Methuen on Saturday when she saw the scaly creature floating in the water.
Salerno's husband thought it could possibly be a caiman, the gator-like reptile spotted on the streets of nearby Lowell earlier this month.
Not knowing what to do, Salerno called the police. Officers responded, but they determined that no further action was needed.
The manager of a nearby pet store identified the creature as an Argentine black and white tegu, a large lizard that's legal to own as a pet in Massachusetts.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police in New Hampshire's largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.
A post on the Manchester Police Department Facebook page announces that police recently detected one of the more rare Pokemon characters - a Charizard - in the booking area. The post invites those whose names appear on a list linked to the post to be "one of the lucky ones" to come capture the Charizard.
The list includes the names of the more than 500 fugitives on the department's wanted persons roundup.
Sgt. Eric Knight said Sunday the post has yet to net an arrest. But it's been popular with its Facebook followers.
Since the post went up late Saturday night, it's captured more than 13,000 "likes."

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A man and a woman who became stuck after crawling miles through a storm drain system have been rescued by Phoenix firefighters.
Fire officials say the two entered a storm drain early Sunday morning to search for a dog.
According to firefighters, they crawled several miles and then became trapped.
A bicyclist riding by heard their screams for help and called 911 sometime before 1 a.m.
Firefighters spent nearly an hour using tools to gain access into the storm drain and rescue the victims.
Both people, who are in their early 40s, showed no signs of injury.
They also never located the dog.

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Some holders of electronic benefits transfer cards find that dialing the phone number on the back of the cards gets them a sex line, not their balances.
A Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokesman tells the Sun Journal that officials have been aware for months that the phone number on some cards is off by one digit.
Lj Langelier, of Lewiston, discovered the error this week when he went to check his EBT balance before going to the grocery store. What he got instead was a message welcoming him to "America's hottest talk line."
Langelier says he thought he'd misdialed, but kept getting the same message when he called back.
The department plans to replace the misprinted cards and strengthen its review process to prevent future errors.

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CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) -- An aspiring nun who was told she couldn't enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has used an online appeal to get the money.
Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the Sisters of Life in New York City in September.
The Clifton, New Jersey, woman started a GoFundMe page late last month, hoping to get $12,000 to pay down her student loans. She surpassed her goal Thursday, raising more than $22,000.
In an update on the crowdfunding page, Taylor said the extra money will be used for a vocation fund for Casa Guadalupe, a house of prayer and discernment for Catholic women, where Taylor is currently staying.
Multiple attempts to reach Taylor were unsuccessful. But she told WCBS in New York that "The Lord when it's his will, he always provides, and I just trust him."
Officials say most Catholic religious orders ask people to delay applications until they have repaid debt.
"Religious life is a full-time job so to speak, so she wouldn't be able to work and enter into religious life," Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei said, noting that nuns with the Sisters of Life have no salary or stipend.
After graduating from college in 2010 with a degree in fashion, Taylor moved to New York and got a job making costumes for Broadway shows. She said she enjoyed her life, but felt something was missing.
"When I moved to the city I had all these desires. I wanted to have a career, a family, and marriage, but your heart begins to shift," she said.
The Sisters of Life invited Taylor to attend a "Come and See" retreat with them so she could learn more about the order, and she eventually decided to move to New Jersey and at Casa Guadalupe. It was there that she decided her calling was to join the convent.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man has added $250,000 to this year's winnings from the Iowa Lottery.
In February Tom Clark won $77,777 in a lottery scratch game. The lottery says Clark won $250,000 more Thursday from a scratch game ticket he bought that morning.
The 63-year-old told lottery officials that he will use the prize money for paying his mortgage and funding his retirement.
He said: "I'm just going to enjoy life from now on."

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - James and Cortni Music have already experienced the ups and downs of marriage, and that was on their wedding day.
The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) the couple chose the Fury 325 roller coaster at Carowinds amusement park as the venue for their exchange of vows. The Mount Airy couple visited the amusement park on the North Carolina-South Carolina line for Independence Day weekend last year. It was their first official date after knowing each other for about 14 years, and they rode the roller coaster multiple times.
They rode again on Thursday, with a minister riding alongside, and the bridesmaids and best man behind them.
The 325-foot opening climb lasts about 60 seconds, so the minister had to finish the ceremony before the ride crossed the border into South Carolina.

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Ninety-two ducks were dumped in New Jersey and are now in need of a home, according to officials. 
The ducks were rescued by New Jersey State and Wildlife officials Friday after being dumped near the Mill Creek Mall Secaucus on Friday. 
They were temporarily relocated to The Barnyard Sanctuary in Columbia, New Jersey, an organization that rescues pet farm animals. 
Tamala Lester, the sanctuary's managing director said they're young Khali Campbell ducks, a domesticated breed that does not fly. The group is now looking for help to care for the ducks, and hopes they can go to a good home. 
Officials are looking for information about who dumped the ducks.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has come up with a surprising way to save the black footed ferret -- an endangered species. 
The agency wants to lave M&M's with vaccines, and then use drones to shoot the candy at the ferret colony in Montana. 
The USFWS says the ferret is very rare, and only about 300 still live in the U.S. One of their biggest threats is the Sylvatic plague, which is transmitted by fleas. Scientists have tested the Sylvatic plague vaccine, and it works -- now they just have to get it to the wild animals. 
The agency says it's now working with a private contractor to create the equipment it needs to properly and evenly distribute the medication. 
The USFWS says its studies show having drones in the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge won't post a problem for the environment, and it could make a dramatic impact on the black footed ferret's chances of survival. 
 

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