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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, July 27th

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Two circus acrobats tied the knot on a tightrope during a performance in Houston.
Mustafa Danguir (moo-STAH'-fuh dan-GWEER') and Anna Lebedeva (AHN'-yuh leb-uh-DAY'-vuh) got married 30 feet off the ground Tuesday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium.
The groom, wearing a white tuxedo coat, arrived on a camel and climbed a side ladder to reach the tightrope.
The veiled bride rode a horse. She shed her high heels and adjusted her flowing gown to also climb a ladder to the wire.
The ringmaster presided as the pair met in the middle of the wire, then exchanged vows and rings.
The smiling newlyweds descended and waved to the cheering crowd as they walked away arm-in-arm.

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BOSTON (AP) -- Visitors to one of Boston's top tourist destinations are being asked not to give money to what officials have dubbed "the fake monk mafia."
Faneuil Hall Marketplace General Manager Joe O'Malley told The Boston Globe that officials have received complaints about individuals "dressed in monk garb" who are suspected of being insincere in their fundraising efforts.
Visitors to the historic shopping district have reported being approached by people dressed in orange garments offering bracelets and asking them to sign a notebook before demanding a donation.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace management has posted signs that read: "Do not give money to the fake monk mafia!" and "These are not real monks" along with images of people dressed in orange robes.
The marketplace is located in downtown Boston.

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LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit motorcyclist was apparently fast enough to leave police in the dust during a chase, but not swift enough to stop from bragging about it on Facebook.
Lake Orion police say 33-year-old Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, turned himself in on Tuesday, three weeks after the incident. He's charged with fleeing police and reckless driving.
Police say an officer pulled up to Brown outside a restaurant after seeing loud motorcycle maneuvers in the street. Brown sped off and the officer eventually stopped pursuing him.
Police say Brown boasted on Facebook that he was going "140 in a 35 mph" zone. He added: "#nojailthisweekend." Someone shared the post with police.
Brown doesn't have a listed phone number and couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. He's due in court Aug. 2.

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ZELIENOPLE, Pa. (AP) -- The co-owner of a bridal shop has been charged with indecent exposure after three women reported him standing naked next to mannequins in the store's display window.
Authorities said three women saw him on July 20 at One Enchanted Evening, in Zelienople (zee-lee-en-OH'-pul), Pennsylvania, which offers bridal, prom and pageant fashions.
One woman provided a cellphone photo. One Enchanted Evening's website shows it closed at 4 p.m. that day.
Fifty-four-year-old Peter Scolieri, of Cranberry Township, was charged with open lewdness and disorderly conduct.
Police said he smelled of alcohol. Scolieri told them he consumed two drinks.
Court documents don't list an attorney. A listed number for Scolieri couldn't be found Wednesday and a message left at the shop wasn't immediately returned.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers now have a new way to savor the team's NBA title.
The Cavs are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opened Wednesday in Columbus.
The butter sculpture display includes life-sized Cavaliers' mascots Moondog and Sir C.C., along with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The trophy sculpture is about 4 feet tall, much larger than the actual award.
The display took about 2,150 pounds of butter and 500 hours to complete. The sculptors began by building wooden and steel frames to support the sculptures' weight. They then formed each sculpture from 55-pound blocks.
The American Dairy Association Mideast has sponsored butter sculptures since the early 1900s. The displays are inspired by a theme representing something "optimistic and non-controversial" about Ohio.

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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- A man in Louisiana has thwarted a carjacking attempt with the help of a car wash power spray.
KSLA-TV reports Michael Davis was cleaning his car at a Shreveport car wash July 20 when he says a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his keys and cash. A video from Davis' dash cam shows him turning the powerful spray on the gunman and then trying to hit him with the wand. He also fended off another man who came around the other side of the vehicle.
Davis doesn't regret his actions. He says he probably would have been shot even if he had turned over the car and adds that his disabled veteran brother was inside. He hopes the duo will be caught.
Shreveport police haven't commented.

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MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) - A retirement and assisted living facility in New Jersey wants its sheep back.
Maise, a 300-pound ornamental sheep, disappeared from the front of Arbor Terrace in Middletown. It stood with four other sheep lawn ornaments.
The center says its residents miss the statue.
The center is offering a $50 reward for the person who finds it.

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BURGAW, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man will spend at least six months in prison after he removed nearly 1,000 Venus Flytrap plants from public game lands.
Media outlets reported that a jury found 23-year-old Paul Simmons Jr. guilty. A judge sentenced him Tuesday to six months to 17 months in prison.
Venus Flytraps only grow in wetlands in southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. The carnivorous plants trap bugs to survive. They are protected, and poaching them was made a felony in North Carolina in December 2014.
Prosecutors say Simmons was caught by a wildlife officer with 970 plants in his vehicle in January 2015 at the Holly Shelter Game Land in Hampstead.
Two others with Simmons received probation, while a fourth defendant is awaiting trial.

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DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers plan to host their first yoga day at Comerica Park in Detroit when the team plays the Kansas City Royals this fall.
The Tigers say a yoga day package for Sept. 25 includes a ticket, a Tigers yoga mat and the opportunity to participate in a postgame yoga class in the outfield.
Details are posted on the team's website.

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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin police officer resigned after an internal investigation found he had sex nearly 100 times on duty.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen confirmed Tuesday that Officer John Worden stepped down in May, after first being placed on administrative leave.
The Hudson Star-Observer newspaper first reported on Worden's resignation, citing documents obtained from police through a public records request. Jensen and a city attorney declined to provide the documents to The Associated Press Tuesday.
The Star-Observer reported a woman filed a complaint with police in April, saying she had been in a relationship with Worden. The woman reported having sex with Worden in or outside of his police SUV or at her home.
The newspaper quoted Worden as saying he "screwed up." No home listing for Worden could be found.
 

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