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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 9th

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A woman trying to take a picture of a dolphin at SeaWorld in Florida with an iPad apparently got a bit too close because it snatched the device right out of her hands.
Video shot by another parkgoer shows the dolphin reaching over the side of the viewing tank at SeaWorld Orlando, where visitors can touch the dolphins. After the dolphin grabs the iPad and tosses it into the water, the woman retrieves the device and then quickly walks away.
A voice can be heard over a loudspeaker saying, "As you can see, the dolphins can reach your loose items."
Tampa's WTVT-TV reports there's no word on the fate of the iPad.

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AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say they've discovered what they believe is a methamphetamine lab under the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in western New York.
Police in the town of Amherst say officers on routine patrol found chemicals and other items used to make meth in an underground culvert that runs below the parking lot in suburban Buffalo. Officers say the culvert is tall enough for a person to stand up in.
Police and fire crews on Monday removed several jars of suspected meth from a manhole that's accessible from the culvert.
Authorities say they plan to look at the Wal-Mart store's surveillance video to see if it shows people using the culvert.
No arrests have been made yet.

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Police say a freight train car that derailed in northern Iowa rolled into and damaged a trackside tavern called DeRailed.
Police Chief Hugh Anderson says the accident occurred around 4 a.m. Tuesday as crews moved rail cars and changed connections in Charles City. He says it appears that the track separated and the grain car tipped about 45 degrees into the back of the bar.
Anderson says a patrol officer called him to say a train car had derailed into Derailed, adding that "it's not every day you get to say that."
No one was injured. The bar owner estimates damage at $10,000.
Charles City is about 140 miles northeast of Des Moines.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich's Jailhouse Rockers may have disbanded but their memory lives on in the ex-Illinois governor's resentencing case.
A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to cut Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on 13 of 18 convictions upheld by an appellate court, including that he sought to exchange an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash.
The defense has asked for a five-year term, citing the dropped counts and Blagojevich's exemplary prison behavior. They even pointed to how Blagojevich, an Elvis Presley fan, formed a prison band called "The Jailhouse Rockers." The group had a 21-song play list, and the ex-governor was the lead singer.
It dissolved after the lead guitarist was released.
Blagojevich went to prison in 2012.

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus police were investigating Monday how an officer mistakenly telephoned a Serbian who was suspected of being the ringleader in a mafia-linked assassination plot.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the officer intended to call his counterpart at Interpol's office in Serbia in March this year, but erroneously called the suspect instead.
An initial investigation found it was a genuine mistake and not corruption-related. A second probe will determine if the officer will face any disciplinary measures.
Cyprus police say the error happened after they were informed by Belgrade about a planned assassination attempt, but insisted the tip-off didn't specifically name anyone as the intended target.
Critics claim the gaffe warned the plot ringleaders, who reworked their plans and postponed the assassination to June, when a 51-year-old Cypriot businessman was killed in the resort of Ayia Napa.
The debacle came to light after daily Phileleftheros published leaked police documents. The paper on Monday reported that Serbian Interpol had information a Cypriot prison guard may have been involved in the case.
No one has been convicted yet of the killing of Fanos Kalopsidiotis who had also been the target of an earlier assassination bid four years ago.
Kalopsidiotis was shot multiple times by two gunmen as he was dining in a busy restaurant with a policeman, the officer's wife and their two children. The police couple was also killed in the exchange of gunfire, but the children were unhurt. One of the gunmen was also killed, while his cohort escaped and is still being sought.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said he has asked Attorney General Petros Clerides to appoint an independent criminal investigator to look into whether corrupt police officers were in any way involved in the killing, as well as how police handled the information provided by Serbian authorities.
"The road to eliminating corruption from the police force won't be easy and it's expected to get more difficult as efforts intensify," Nicolaou said in a statement.
Nicolaou backed Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou's assertion that corruption continues to be a problem after firmly taking root in the force decades ago when previous governments hired and promoted unqualified people.

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Authorities in Kentucky were searching Monday for an alleged arsonist who attempted to burn down a building and lit himself on fire in the process.
The Madisonville Police Department released surveillance video from Sunday that showed a white van parked outside what authorities described as a new business in town.
In the two minute clip, a woman with a baseball cap can be seen sliding open the van's side door and placing something near the building. A man emerges from the driver's side door with what appears to be a Molotov cocktail, which he tosses on the ground.
When he returns with a second bottle, flames shoot toward his body, quickly igniting his shorts and shoe. He bolts around the corner and flings himself onto the grassy yard of a nearby home. A few seconds later, he appears back on camera, kicking off a smoldering shoe and jogging around a parking lot.
He returns to the building, where flames are now rising, and slowly pours the contents of another bottle on the fire. He then gets back in the van and drives off.

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CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials in Centralia say a resident sparked a small fire in an apartment while trying to kill cockroaches with a homemade flamethrower.
KOMO-TV reports that fire crews were called to the apartment on Monday morning after receiving a report of a commercial structure fire.
By the time firefighters arrived, the resident had extinguished the flames. No one was injured.
A preliminary investigation found that the resident was using bug spray and a lighter to create a flamethrower for killing cockroaches. That sparked the fire.
It's not clear whether any cockroaches were actually killed in the process.

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DELTONA, Fla. -A Deltona couple believed to be under the influence of the drug Molly endangered two children when they used a machete to chase ghosts out of a house, deputies said.
Jonathan Ponce, 31, was arrested for child neglect. A charging affidavit was completed against Meghan Silva, 26.
Volusia County deputies said they found Silva running down a street. She told them she was high on Molly and was running from Ponce because he had a machete.
Deputies said they found the machete in the front yard of the couple's home. Ponce, who admitted that he was also high on the drug, said he'd been using it to chase ghosts, authorities said.
Investigators said they found a sheath for the machete in a room where a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old were sleeping.
Deputies said Ponce and Silva displayed erratic and paranoid behavior.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Wildlife enthusiasts are helping migrating turtles cross an Indiana highway by collecting them in buckets.
The effort, organized through Facebook, also collects data for researchers in Indiana State University's biology department, the (Terre Haute) Tribune Star reported.
Amber Slaughterbeck, naturalist for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, said this time of year is a busy migration period for the turtles, which typically move northward from the south side of the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area.
According to the group, Wabashiki Turtle Research and Rescue, fewer turtles and other creatures have been killed on U.S. 40 since the Indiana Department of Transportation installed a fence this summer.
When the group arrived at the location Saturday evening, 46 live turtles were rescued along the fence. Another team rescued 11 more Sunday morning.
"The majority of those, if we hadn't had the fence, probably would have been smashed on the road," said Leah Dresdow, a member of the group.
Dresdow said five turtles were found dead.
The live turtles are collected in buckets and taken to nearby Lazy L Lake. Members determine the species and gender of each turtle, record any remarkable physical characteristics and note the time of day and environmental conditions when they were found. They also measure the reptiles.
"Once you start saving those little turtles, it's kind of addictive," Dresdow said.
The average turtle collected from the area is 5 inches long, but some are as large as 10 inches. The most common species found are painted turtles.

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ROME (AP) -- Police in a Rome neighborhood have come to the "rescue" of an elderly, quarreling couple by cooking them two plates of pasta.
Police headquarters said Tuesday that neighbors called police one recent, hot summer night because the 94-year-old man and the 89-year-old woman - married for nearly 70 years - were doing lots of shouting.
According to a police statement, "it can happen, as it did this time, that they were yelling out their desperation so strongly, in the end someone called police."
The statement said the four officers realized there was no crime in progress, just "two souls to reassure." They set to work treating them to dinner, using ingredients at their disposal: spaghetti, butter, cheese plus a "precious ingredient - all their humanity."
The couple ate with gusto.

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