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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, July 26th

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat.
The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss.
He also announced his running mates -Thing 1 and Thing 2.
The Republican newspaper reports the Cat said through a spokeswoman that he would be willing to release his tax returns.
The Cat's platform includes working with Red Fish and Blue Fish to address ocean conservation, working with the Lorax on the environment and working with Sam I Am to address hunger.
The event served as the official launch for the new Random House book "One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote."

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COEYMANS, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a 62-year-old man playing "Pokemon Go" at night in the woods behind his New York home became stuck in waist-deep mud and had to be rescued.
Police say the man was playing the game on his cellphone at around 2 a.m. Sunday when he wandered into thick woods behind his home in Coeymans (KWEE'-mihnz), just south of Albany.
Officials say he became trapped in a mud pit up to his waist and couldn't get out. He used his phone to call 911 emergency dispatchers, who guided an officer to his location by pinging the man's phone and the officer's.

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it's across a highway.
A truck carrying salmon to a cannery in Alaska's capital city rolled Monday, spilling fish across most of the highway's lanes and backing up traffic for an hour and a half.
Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson responded with other officers and confirmed the fish left a stinky smell.
Police Lt. David Campbell says the number of fish spilled wasn't known, but workers who looked like fishermen in slickers cleaned salmon off Egan Highway.
The fish was destined to one of the canneries in Juneau. Campbell says he didn't know if those doing the cleanup were from the cannery or the transport company.
The driver had minor injuries, but he wasn't taken to the hospital.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Washington state man led police on a chase across two counties because he was bored.
The News Tribune reports that the 30-year-old man had no warrants or prior convictions and had a valid driver's license when he took off through an intersection near Olympia late Saturday. After burning rubber, a sheriff's deputy tried to pull him over. The suspect did not comply.
The pursuit lasted for more than an hour and crossed two counties and 49 miles (79 kilometers) before the suspect hit a fence and was apprehended. Sheriff's officials say there was no evidence that the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Sgt. Dave Odegaard says the man appears to have instigated the pursuit for fun. The suspect has been charged with three counts of attempting to elude a police vehicle.

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HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man who authorities say was trying to illegally return more than 10,000 cans for 10 cents apiece is heading to trial.
The Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports a judge ruled Wednesday there's enough evidence against Brian Edward Everidge of Columbiaville for the case to move forward.
State police Motor Carrier Officer Clifford Lyden testified he stopped Everidge for speeding in a truck April 27 in Livingston County. Lyden says the truck was packed with aluminum cans that Everidge said were from Kentucky.
Defense attorney Marcus Wilcox says Everidge was caught too early for the charge to stick, saying he "attempted to attempt to return the bottles."
To legally get a bottle or can refund in Michigan, beverages must be bought in the state.

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MILAN (AP) - The outspoken leader of Italy's right-wing, anti-EU Northern League party has refused to apologize for comparing the lower house speaker to a blow-up sex doll.
Matteo Salvini has remained defiant in the face of strong criticism for degrading remarks aimed at house speaker Laura Boldrini, telling Sky TG24 on Tuesday that he had no intention of apologizing for holding a blow-up doll aloft at a weekend rally and calling it "Boldrini's clone." He has, instead, kept up the attack with Twitter posts with a hashtag that translates to "deflate Boldrini."
Boldrini has thanked all those who came to her defense, saying that Salvini has created "an Italy that cannot put up any more with the sexist obscenities."
She said such "degradation of the public discourse harms the whole society."

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Largo, FL - Police in Largo, Florida arrested a man for violently resisting a police officer... but that's not the crazy part of the story. 
In the police report, of course they wrote down his age, weight, address, etc., but there was one thing no one was expecting. 
Under in the section for "aliases," or other names he goes by, he told police to write down "Dickface Johnson." 
Police say they went to check out 37-year-old Jeffrey Forrest Poole when someone reported a domestic disturbance at his home. When they got there, Poole reportedly walked out saying "I will beat every cop's ass!" Officers say that's went he started to make a fist as if he was going to punch one of them, so police took him down and arrested him.  

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SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A Sitka woman has been reunited with her pet snake after it slithered out the door almost a year ago.
Lavender, a corn snake, was found Tuesday in a man's yard and it was reunited with her owner Robin McNeilley after a picture of the snake ran in the newspaper, The Sitka Daily Sentinel reported ( ).
"I saw the picture in the paper and she has really distinctive head markings, so I looked and I said 'that looks like our snake,'" McNeilley said. "She looks a lot bigger in the newspaper, but then I saw there was a pen there for scale."
Lavender escaped from her enclosure in August and wasn't seen again until this week. The 20-inch snake survived Sitka's winter, predators and even the lawnmower of the man who found her. Jim Way noticed the reptile when he was mowing his lawn and at first wanted to run it over. He instead decided to house it in a 5-gallon bucket, sending a photo of the snake to the Sentinel.
Way lives only a few doors down from McNeilley.
"My chickens could have easily eaten this snake if it was in my own yard," McNeilley said. "Birds love snakes. We have crows and ravens and even an eagle could have made a snack out of this. It survived a whole winter, almost no food, predators. (Corn snakes) are a heartier snake but they're still a cold-blooded animal that needs help."
Way said he is happy the little snake made it home, but there was no picturesque reunion when McNeilley came to retrieve her. Lavender had not been too friendly while he kept her in the bucket, so he was surprised to see McNeilley grab the snake with no hesitation.
"It was a happy ending to the snake story," he said. "Good thing I didn't run it over."

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Heard County, GA - It seemed like a normal traffic stop along the Georgia-Alabama border, but dash cam video sheds a whole new light.
Heard County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Wiggins pulled a vehicle over on Friday night after the driver ran a stop sign.
But while he was running the man's license, two other cars pulled up and an older man walks out.
Deputy Wiggins cautiously approaches the man, who turned out to be the father of the man pulled over.
The man said he had just been visiting his father in the hospital.
He then asked the deputy to join them in a prayer.
Deputy Wiggins says though the situation was cordial, it was still nerve-racking.
"My heart was pounding and it's an adrenaline rush cause you have no clue what their intentions are when they get out of that vehicle," the deputy said. "It's just like anybody else, if you're feeling fear, you're gonna do certain things. It's a scary thing, and I'm glad it ended the way it did."
The viral video has received thousands of views. Deputy Wiggins says he let the driver off with a warning.

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New Port Richey, FL - Sheriff's Deputies found a sex offender in a tight spot in a Garage near Tampa, Florida. 
Body camera video from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office shows detectives with 37-year-old Thomas Mock Jr., despite his best efforts to hide inside a plastic bin. 
According to investigators, he'd failed to register as a sex offender. 
Mock faces other charges, including resisting arrest, battery, and grand theft.
Two other people in the home were also arrested, accused of harboring a sex offender. 
 

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