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Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 25th

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- For the first time in its 36-year history, a Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway.
Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on Saturday in Key West, Florida. The winner said he is not related to the late author.
The contest, which attracted 140 entrants, is the highlight event of the annual Hemingway Days festival that celebrates the author's legacy. It was held at Sloppy Joe's Bar, which was a frequent hangout of Hemingway's during his Key West residency in the 1930s.
Hemingway, who won the contest in his seventh attempt, wore a wool, cream-colored turtleneck sweater similar to what the late author favored.
"Even though this sweater is really hot, it was part of my strategy," he said. "And I think it worked really well."
Like the author, Dave Hemingway said he likes to fish, to drink a little "and I like women. I like having a good time. I do feel like Ernest because I'm in the town he lived in so many years."
The husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen - Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia - finished in the top five for the second straight year. This is the sixth time he has participated in the contest.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A turtle found wandering around a busy New York City bus terminal has been reunited with its grateful but sleepy owner.
Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN'-jeh-loh) says a bus dispatcher summoned police Sunday after the rambling reptile was found on a roadway inside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey terminal.
The turtle had spent about a half-hour at the police desk when a clue emerged: a man holding a second turtle.
He told police that he'd fallen asleep, and the turtles had climbed out of his shoulder bag and went exploring.
He went to claim the second turtle. Then all three hit the road - together. Their final destination was unknown.

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BANGKOK (AP) -- Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month's referendum on a proposed constitution.
District official Surachai Maneeprakorn said a large population of the monkeys lives behind the Buddhist temple where the polling station they raided Sunday is set up in an open hall.
"For some reason they were being very naughty and started tearing up the lists," he said.
Local officials brought the animals food Monday, and hope that if that does not deter them, then newly installed sliding glass doors protecting the reposted lists might, said Phichit district election official Prayoon Jakkraphatcharakul.
"The glass cases should deter the monkeys, but if they're smart enough to find a way to open the glass door, that will be problematic," said Prayoon. "There were only a couple of lists left on the board by the time the police got there. Some of the monkeys were still even holding onto the papers."
Prayoon speculated that the pink color of the voter lists for the Aug. 7 referendum might have attracted the animals. He said that the temple had been a polling station for many previous national elections without voters encountering any interference from long-tailed neighbors.
Two 8-year-old girls in the northern province of Kamphaeng Phet were charged last week with obstructing the referendum process and destroying public property when they tore down voter lists because they liked the pink paper on which they were printed.
The two girls will not face any punishment due to their young age but will carry a criminal record for their offenses.
In preparation for the referendum, Thailand's military government brought in a law that prohibits rude criticism and lobbying for or against the draft constitution. Those who break it face a 10-year prison sentence. Dozens have been detained but there have been few if any convictions so far.
The junta has faced increasing criticism in the past months for intimidating those opposed to the draft constitution and for the content of the proposed charter, which some consider undemocratic, such as an appointed rather than elected Senate.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas judge has ordered a cosmetologist to cover up a defendant's neck and facial tattoos that include a swastika and the words "Most Wanted" on each day of his robbery trial.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that District Judge Richard Scotti decided that Bayzle Morgan's tattoos should be concealed in an effort to get him a fair trial.
Morgan has tattoos including a swastika inside a clover under his eye, the words "Skin Head" on his eyebrows and "Baby Nazi" written across his neck.
It comes after an entire group of potential jurors said last month that they couldn't be impartial after seeing Morgan's tattoos. A new group will see him in makeup starting Monday.
Defense attorney Dan Bunin says he supports the move.
Morgan also has been charged with murder in a separate case.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian border police have confiscated thousands of packs of cigarettes which apparently were dropped in a field from a powered hang glider.
The Interior Ministry said Monday that police discovered 10 boxes containing 5,000 packets of Chinese-produced Ashima cigarettes.
Police say they were patrolling the area with heat-detecting equipment when they spotted the glider flying into northeast Romania and returning to Moldova early Sunday. Romanian and Moldovan authorities are investigating.
Novel Research marketing research company said this month that more than half of all cigarettes in Romania's poor northeast are contraband, mainly from Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia.

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws.
Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket.
Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard told the Ketchikan Daily News that the woman stopped at canneries for ice to put in the truck bed during the "rolling wake."
The man had died of natural causes.
A mortuary took custody of the body after the authorities were called.
The family can make further arrangements.
Bengaard said hopefully the woman won't take her husband back out on the road, but that he wasn't aware of any laws she had broken.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Police have arrested a man after he spent nearly 12 hours perched in a tree in Seattle.
KOMO-TV reports the man climbed onto the roof of an apartment building in the Lake City neighborhood at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. He then crawled across some power lines and made his way into a nearby tree.
Police say the incident started with some sort of domestic dispute. The man was wanted for domestic violence vandalism and also had warrants out for his arrest.
He refused to come down from the tree until about 1:30 p.m.
No one was hurt, and the man was taken into police custody.
Another man who spent 25 hours atop a sequoia tree in downtown Seattle in March was charged with malicious mischief, but was later found incompetent to stand trial.

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Police say a man stole and crashed a boat off southwest Florida that belongs to the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion while hunting in Africa in 2015.
A police report says 26-year-old Andrew Derwin of Marco Island was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of grand theft and remains held. Authorities say Derwin took Walter Palmer's $61,175 boat from his vacation home Sunday and later crashed it. Derwin's passenger, Nicolas Stolinas, was seriously injured, officials say.
The report says detectives contacted Palmer, who lives fulltime in Minnesota, and he told them Derwin lives near his vacation home but didn't have permission to use the boat.
Records didn't indicate whether Derwin has a lawyer.
Palmer caused an international furor after he killed the lion in July 2015 in Zimbabwe.

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Weld County, Colorado - A beer truck overturned on a Colorado interstate over the weekend. 
The truck flipped over on Interstate 25, north of Denver, and temporarily blocked all southbound lanes on the highway.
Several beer bottles were seen scattered across the ground while workers began cleanup. 
This is the second beer truck to overturn in the Denver area in the past few days.
It isn't clear if anyone was injured in the crash, or what caused the truck to flip over.

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Little Rock, Arkansas - Imagine your home getting hit by lightning not once... not twice... but three times.
It's happened to the Stice family in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lightning hit the family's garage on Thursday - destroying a classic Corvette, several bikes and tools.
Two weeks ago, lightning hit the roof of the family's home - which burned much of the second floor.
Putting out that fire caused serious water damage on the first floor.
The family says the first lightning strike of the trio happened a decade ago when their home in Pine Bluff got hit and burned to the ground.
That's when they moved to Little Rock, but lightning followed.
Lisa Stice tries to poke fun at her misfortune.
"What are the odds?" she said.  "Three times, huh. Better odds for the lottery I'm sure than three lightning strikes for a lifetime."
Fortunately the family has insurance and hopes to move back into their home in about a year.
In the meantime, Stice plans to buy a lot of lottery tickets.
 

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