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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 24th

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Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich, who has a history of drug-related arrests, is again in trouble with the law with his arrest in Irvine, where police say he was found in the nude and with marijuana in a residential backyard.
Police were called about 9 p.m. Friday regarding a "naked person seen on a trail," Irvine police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said.
Officers were sent to Venta Spur Trail to investigate and, while looking for the suspect, "heard noises from a backyard off of Bluecoat," Hallinan said.
The residents of the home also called police, saying they saw the nude suspect in their yard, Hallinan said.
Marinovich was cited and released after police booked him on suspicion of trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sans clothes and thus with "no pockets," Marinovich was carrying marijuana around in a "brown bag," Hallinan said.
The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders' first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.
Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.

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It seems that Starbucks can put as much ice as it wants in your beverage.
A judge in California dismissed a case that accused the coffee chain of under-filling its iced drinks, saying the plaintiff had "not alleged any viable claims" against the company.
"If children have figured out that including ice in a cold beverage decreases the amount of liquid they will receive, the Court has no difficulty concluding that a reasonable consumer would not be deceived into thinking that when they order an iced tea, that the drink they receive will include both ice and tea and that for a given size cup, some portion of the drink will be ice rather than whatever liquid beverage the consumer ordered," wrote Percy Anderson, the U.S. District Judge presiding over the case in his dismissal of the lawsuit last Friday.
In addition, Anderson noted that the company's signage just lists the size of the cups in ounces, but does not say how much liquid will be in the cup.
"The cups Starbucks uses for its cold drinks... are clear, and therefore make it easy to see that the drink consists of a combination of liquid and ice," Anderson wrote.
A Starbucks spokeswoman told CNBC, "We are pleased with the court's decision and the judge's comments on the matter."
This isn't the only ice-related lawsuit that Starbucks is facing. A woman in Illinois also accused the company of over-icing its cold beverages. That case has yet to be settled.
In both ice cases, Starbucks responded by saying that consumers who are not satisfied with how their drink was prepared can ask for it to be remade.
Another class-action lawsuit was filed against the coffee chain in March, which stated that Starbucks had been under-filling its hot lattes.

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LINTON, Ind. (AP) -- A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of "The Moths of the Limberlost" that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8.
WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana, reports that Larry Murdock checked out the book from the Linton Public Library in western Indiana in 1956. He says he found the book in a box and that returning it "was the right thing to do." He also paid a $436.44 fine. Murdock says the book is about what he loves, "insects and especially moths."
The professor says he thought "maybe after all those years there are kids out there who might get some benefit" from the book by late Indiana naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.
Linton library officials say they used the fine money to buy new computers for the children's section.

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PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - A 27-year-old central Florida man is being recognized for honesty after finding a wallet with $3,400 inside and turning it over to sheriff's deputies.
Turns out an Orlando woman lost the wallet earlier this month while visiting the beach near Palm Coast with her children.
Kevin Miller tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal he knew someone was depending on that money and he's glad it's been returned to her. The woman's name hasn't been released.
He says he spotted the wallet Aug. 5 in a shopping center parking lot. He says he decided to pick it up after seeing two nearby teens eyeing it. He immediately called the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Miller says he really could have used the money but felt it was important to do the right thing.

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CORMORANT, Minn. (AP) -- The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.
Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees, won a third one-year term as honorary mayor of Cormorant Township on Saturday.
The big, shaggy white dog was overwhelmingly re-elected at the sixth annual Cormorant Daze Festival. Anyone could pay a dollar and cast a vote.
Cormorant resident Karen Nelson says Duke "greets everyone" who comes to the village of about 20 people nestled among lakes about 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Nelson says the canine mayor also is popular with children. She says Duke "can have 10 kids on him, and he don't care."
Duke was first elected in a write-in vote in 2014.

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A crew removing trees from a blighted property in Flint found a treasure: a 1946 Chevrolet.
TV station WNEM says the car was abandoned with trees growing around it. A tag indicates that it was made in Flint at Fisher Body.
Neighbors say the property has been the site of many businesses over the years, including a gas station. Chad Schlosser of the Mott Park Blight Squad says the car is "by far the greatest thing" they've found on cleanups.
He says they'll try to track down the car's owner or find someone who might want to restore the old Chevy.

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A group of shirtless burglars brought three crocodiles to aid their break-in at a school. Welcome to Australia. Humpty Doo, Australia to be exact. 
Australian police are searching for the four shirtless men who stole computer equipment from a school office in the continent's Northern Territory.
Video released Sunday shows the men hurling three salt water crocodiles into the office through a smashed window. 
The men then bust through the office door with their faces covered and begin rifling through office drawers before swiping a computer and making their escape.
An alarm alerted a groundskeeper at about 5 a.m. Sunday. The incident occurred at Taminmin College, a secondary school.
"It was far from clear what the three reptiles - 5-foot-long female saltwater crocodiles, or 'salties' - were supposed to accomplish for the intruders," reports the New York Times. "The most plausible guess seemed to be that they were meant to scare off anyone who might have been present in the office at 5 a.m. Arrests, of sorts, were made."
Parks and Wildlife Rangers were sent in to safely collect the reptiles. One of the rangers told reporters the crocs's mouths were taped shut and were malnourished. 
The crocodiles were placed in the care of animal specialists while police continue to look for the men responsible.

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their missing potbellied pig, who also serves as a therapy animal.
The Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte was last seen July 11.
Charlotte served as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Center in Hopewell Township. She helped cheer up residents there.
Katie Manni and her fiance, Edward Perry, got Charlotte in February when she was 6 weeks old.
The pig was left in a car with a pair of pugs for about 10 minutes in July while Perry ran into the center to get keys from Manni, who directs nurses there.
Manni says someone might have opened the car door to help Charlotte get out or to see her up close, and she escaped.

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CRAWCROOK, Eng. - A 105-year-old got what she wanted for her birthday: a group of burly firefighters clamoring through her bedroom window.
Ivena Smailes lives in a senior care home in Crawcrook, England. Staff told ABC News that every year, Ivy gives them a special task for her birthday. This year, she wanted some hunky firemen to climb through her window.
Staff at Addison Court Care Home made it happen, scoring five firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services who were more than happy to help celebrate Ivy's birthday.
Staff at the senior care home say Ivy has a great sense of humor, so they weren't at all surprised when she made the request.
The celebration included cake and singers, who performed Ivy's favorite tunes by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Ivy isn't slowing down either. She already has big plans for her next birthday: to meet Prince Harry.

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A childless Bosnian couple have staged and attended their own funeral saying they wanted it to be an opportunity to celebrate life with friends and family.
Dragan Maric, 61, and his 65-year-old wife Dragica had sent invites to their pretend funeral and some 200 people turned up.
During the ceremony at a cemetery in the northern village of Pojezdina, Dragan held a speech about the couples' love-filled life. The "mourners" then proceeded to a traditional post-burial feast in a local restaurant which turned into an all-night celebration with music and dancing.
Dragan said: "We do not have children so we had to organize a proper funeral for ourselves before we die."
He added: "Our only obligation now is to die when our time comes and that is just a formality."

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