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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 23rd

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ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - After two years and 10 months, 93-year-old Ernie Andrus has made it across America.
The World War II veteran dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning, ending a cross-country run that started in San Diego.
Local media reported that Andrus was surrounded by hundreds of people including family members and friends who have joined him at different parts along his journey.
He started his trek Oct. 7, 2013 on the sands of San Diego, weaving his way over the months and years through the southern United States until he reached St. Simon's Island in Georgia on Saturday morning.
"Oh, it's great," Andrus told The Brunswick News after the run was over. "I'm glad to have finished and met the goal. But I wish it wasn't over."
People travelled from as far away as Arizona and New York to be there at the end of his journey. A marching band welcomed him, and the crowds shouted his name.
"All these people, it's so wonderful," he said. "This is great, this is the biggest crowd I have had, ever."
John and Michelle Crosby met Andrus when he ran through Madisonville, Louisiana, last year and went on to accompany him on 15 legs of his journey, including his trek through Mobile, Alabama, in February. Along the way they have helped him with police escorts. But this was the first time they had seen him since Mobile.
Mobile City Councilman John Williams met Andrus when he ran into the district Williams represents.
"It didn't take long after his arrival to know we had a special person in our city," Williams told AL.com.
Andrus turned 93 on Friday.
He was running to raise money to return a WWII-era ship in Indiana to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing. He was a medic on a similar ship during the war.
Now that this epic run is finished, Andrus has already planned a new adventure. He's going to drive his motor home to Alaska where his stepdaughter lives and drive the Alaska Highway.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd of hundreds twerked in the street.
The filming in downtown Albuquerque Sunday triggered a long block party Sunday night, snarling traffic and confusing motorists amid the neon lights and the city's historic buildings.
The crew filming hip-hop artist Jandro took advantage of the unexpected, spontaneous party scene by shooting footage of the festivities, videographer Editz Macias said in an interview on Tuesday.
"The whole situation just got bigger than what we expected so we went where the footage was," Macias said.
Albuquerque police said Jandro did not have permits needed to shoot the video along blocks of Route 66 that go through Albuquerque, but Macias said permits were obtained to film in front of one shop.
Officers decided to close off parts of the Mother Road because of the lowriders and the street dancing.
A video posted by the website ABQ Raw shows lowriders bouncing along Route 66 and children and adults cycling on custom-lowrider bicycles as people twerked.
The crowd ended up numbering about 300 people, said Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier. No arrests were made and no citations were issued during the peaceful event.
Macias said "it was nice to see families coming together on a summer night."

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Hawaiian woman has won more than $10 million playing the penny slots in Las Vegas.
The Wynn Las Vegas said the unidentified woman from Oahu won a total payout of $10,777,270.51 after betting $3 on a penny slot machine.
The jackpot happened about 9 p.m. Sunday at the Strip casino on an IGT Megabucks Wynn Wheel slots machine.

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SAUGET, Ill. (AP) -- A minor league baseball player in southern Illinois hit a grand slam homerun only to find the ball smashed the windshield of his own truck.
The Gateway Grizzlies of Sauget (SAW-zhay), Illinois, say Brandon Thomas hit the homer during Sunday's game against the Joliet Slammers. The 25-year-old outfielder sent the ball sailing into the parking lot, where his 2008 black Toyota Tundra was parked.
Thomas says he didn't realize what happened until players in the dugout were laughing a couple of innings later and told him.
Thomas says after the game he "went out there and saw the damage that (he) had done." He says the truck was parked 60 feet behind the left field wall.
Thomas says a couple of people have offered to fix the windshield for him.

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MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth.
Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, says she took the newborn monkey home three weeks ago after his mother refused to carry him on her back.
To Antropova's surprise, her 16-year-old cat Rosinka accepted the baby, who is called Fyodor. By now, though, the elderly cat is getting a bit tired of the little monkey because he "is getting naughty" and "has started biting and pinching her."
The cat just has to hold out for another month, when Fyodor will go back to the zoo to live with other squirrel monkeys.

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PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania man who believed sap from a tree next door was ruining his car, chopped it down, causing the tree to crash into an apartment building he owns, damaging it so badly it had to be condemned.
Five others who lived in the building are now homeless.
Fifty-one-year-old Raymond Mazzarella has been in the Luzerne County jail on reckless endangerment and other charges since Monday following the Saturday incident in Pittston Township. WNEP-TV says he's also charged with aggravated assault after allegedly getting into a fight with a neighbor.
A township code official says the tree wasn't on Mazzarella's property, but its branches were hanging over his parking place.
Mazzarella doesn't have an attorney and faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 31.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A University of Pittsburgh student trying to impress a woman by leaping from one rooftop to another instead fell into a narrow gap between the buildings near campus and had to be rescued, police said Tuesday.
The student, a 22-year-old from nearby Indiana Township, fell awkwardly between buildings in the city's Oakland neighborhood and became wedged in a narrow, debris-filled space. It took rescuers about four hours to free him.
The couple apparently got onto the roof by climbing an exterior fire escape. After the man fell, the woman alerted campus police, who called city police.
"The young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the next," said Sonya Toler, a spokeswoman with the Department of Public Safety.
Crews used a jackhammer and other tools to break through a wall from inside a restaurant on the first floor of one of the buildings. A paramedic was lowered on a rope to check on the man before other paramedics led him to safety, said Emily Schaffer, another spokeswoman with the Department of Public Safety.
The man was bleeding but conscious, and he waved to TV news cameras signaling he was OK as he was wheeled on a gurney to an ambulance. He broke his ankle in the fall and was being treated at a hospital.
Police were considering whether to file criminal charges and did not immediately release the man's name, Schaffer said.
Chad Brooks, the franchisee who owns the Qdoba restaurant whose wall was broken through, said the eatery will probably be closed for a couple of weeks.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Mass. (AP) -- The health board in a small Massachusetts town says it can't order a resident to remove the port-a-potties flanking his driveway despite the objections of neighbors.
The toilets at Chris Duval's Williamsburg home have been haphazardly spray-painted orange.
Duval tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette the toilets are "empty fiberglass shells" that he finds "decorative."
The board on Monday took no action on the port-a-potties because the town has no bylaws regarding their regulation.
Opponents say the toilets are privies, and there's a state law prohibiting them from being "located within 30 feet of any building used for sleeping or eating or any lot line or street." But the town health agent found they don't meet the state definition of a privy because, among other reasons, they're not being used.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Internationally heralded artist Peter Doig was correct when he insisted that he didn't paint a landscape work that had been valued at more than $10 million, a federal judge in Chicago said Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman made the comment as he began explaining his reasoning in the case as he led up to a verdict. He had not yet formally announced a verdict, but the entire case of the painting's owner, Robert Fletcher, hinged on his claim that the Scottish-born Doig painted it.
Feinerman said evidence clearly showed that it's a case of mistaken identity and that a different Peter Doige, who spelled his last name with an 'e,' actually created the artwork.
The suit was filed in Chicago because one auctioneer who had expressed interest in selling the painting is based in the city.
Fletcher, a retired prison official from Canada, filed a lawsuit in U.S. court for millions in damages after the painting's projected sale price tanked following Doig's disavowal of it.
Fletcher maintained that the painting of a desert landscape, which he paid $100 for in the 1970s, is by Doig. He claimed he bought it while Doig was serving prison time in Canada's Thunder Bay Correctional Center.
Feinerman, who spoke as the work at the center of the case sat on a courtroom easel to his left, pointed to high school yearbook photos and said that proved Doig was in a Toronto high school when Fletcher said he was painting in a prison where he worked.
"Peter Doig could not have been the author of the work," the judge said.
Doig's works are prized for their ethereal scenes often with subjects appearing as ghostly figures in forests or lakes. His painting of someone slumped over a canoe, entitled "Swamped," sold last year at Christie's for $25.9 million, according to the action company's website.
Authenticity disputes typically arise long after an artist dies, not, as in this case, when the artist is still living and flatly denies a work is his. The oddity of such a dispute making it all the way to trial has created a stir in the art world, where the principle is widely accepted that artists' word on whether a work is theirs or not is final.

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MADISON, Maine (AP) -- A parrot that can do a wolf whistle and sometimes sounds like R2-D2 from the "Star Wars" films is on the loose in Maine.
Oscar Cornejo tells The Morning Sentinel his 10-year-old Timneh African Grey parrot named Paco became spooked last week and flew off his shoulder.
The 10-inch-tall charcoal gray bird has a burgundy tail. Cornejo says it has since been seen several times on the grounds of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where Cornejo is the summer program administrator.
Paco can imitate the beeps of microwave ovens, smoke detectors and trucks.
The birds are native to the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.
Experts say the parrot could face difficulties feeding itself and avoiding predators.

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