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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 30th

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket. No, not THAT Vladimir Putin.
Police in West Palm Beach say a 48-year-old man who shares the name of the Russian president was arrested at a Publix supermarket in the city's downtown on Aug. 21. Police say Putin was screaming at employees and refused to leave the store.
Records with the Palm Beach County sheriff's office show he's charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence.
Putin appeared in court Monday morning and was released on his own recognizance.
Court records do not list an address for him. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Davis says he didn't know if Putin had a lawyer.

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CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports.
A U.S. Navy aircraft crew spotted the pair on the beach and gave their location to the Coast Guard in Guam. Hawaii News Now says the two, who had no emergency equipment, were picked up and taken to a patrol boat.
The Coast Guard received a report about the couple's 18-foot vessel going missing on Aug. 19. Hawaii News Now says the two departed Weno Island on Aug. 17, and they were expected to arrive at their destination to Tamatam Island the next day.
Hawaii News Now says that on Wednesday, a ship noticed flashing lights from the uninhabited Chuuk State island where the two were later found. The U.S. Navy was alerted and spotted the survivors on the beach.

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STERLING, Mass. (AP) -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.
Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."
The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."
The maze opens to the public on Saturday.
Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A suburban Phoenix woman has found a 7-foot-long boa constructor slithering near her trash can.
The Arizona Republic reports that Scottsdale firefighters were called Monday night to remove the snake, which they say was docile.
Department spokesman David Folio says this is the third snake to be found in the area. Two albino Burmese pythons were picked up in the same spot this month. Folio says the department suspects someone may be dropping off the apparently domesticated snakes.
He says none of the three snakes were aggressive.
The snakes were taken to the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A lawyer for a Massachusetts man found with 95 packets of heroin in his car says his client shouldn't be punished for unknowingly buying a vehicle from a drug dealer.
The Republican newspaper reports that a lawyer for Sean Deglis said in court Monday that his client had no idea heroin was stashed in a hidden compartment of the car he bought over the weekend.
Attorney Tony LaCasse says it was unfair to expect Deglis to "hire a drug-sniffing dog to inspect a car before purchasing it."
Prosecutors say narcotics detectives, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, arrested the 29-year-old Southwick man Saturday night.
Deglis pleaded not guilty and was held on $10,000 bail.
Prosecutors say Deglis has a long criminal record, including drug possession convictions.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen.
Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June.
Weeks later, Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the gold medal discarded in a pile of garbage. Chloe returned the medal to Jacobi, who had posted about the theft on social media. The former Olympian then promised to visit Chloe's school and let her classmates know about her good deed.
Jacobi spoke Monday to Chloe's first-grade class at Woodson Park Academy. WSB-TV reports the Olympian brought his recovered gold medal with him.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- How do you steal 500 cows?
Probably not all at once. That's according to New Zealand police, who said Tuesday that they were investigating reports of the unlikely crime at a South Island farm.
Locals said they'd never before heard of cattle rustling on such a massive scale. And that's in a nation that's home to some 10 million cows, more than double the number of people.
The farmer involved is feeling too sheepish to talk about what happened, according to friend Willy Leferink.
"He's absolutely gobsmacked, and deeply embarrassed," Leferink said. "If you had three-quarters of a million dollars go missing, you wouldn't want to talk about it either."
Leferink said each milking cow was worth about 1,500 New Zealand dollars ($1,090) and weighed more than half a ton. He said the cows could have been taken from the herd of 1,300 near the town of Ashburton anytime between early July, when they were last counted, and late August.
He said the cows weren't being milked because it was winter, but the farmer did notice they weren't chewing through as much feed as normal.
Police said the incident came as a reminder to farmers that they should be checking their fences and counting their stock regularly.
"It's unlikely the theft of hundreds of animals could be completed at once, and is more likely that multiple thefts could be carried out over a period of time," Senior Sgt. Scott Banfield said in a statement.
Leferink said a trailer-truck would need to be loaded 13 times over to move all the cattle.
"There have to be a number of people involved," Leferink said. "That's the biggest chance we have, of somebody cracking at some stage."
He said the thieves would face a tough time trying to fence the cows, because each one comes with an electronic identification tag in its ear. He said the tags could be removed, but that an honest dealer wouldn't buy a cow without a tag.
Leferink said farmers can sometimes be relaxed about security.
"They're good-natured and haven't got evil thoughts in them," he said. "This is very hard to deal with."

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Deputies in South Carolina have increased patrols after getting new reports of people dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods.
News outlets report that Greenville County sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment complex about 8:20 p.m. Monday that is about 20 minutes from a complex where people reporting seeing clowns last week.
Deputies responding to the report last week said they found no evidence of anyone in the woods behind Fleetwood Manor Apartments.
A family who called Monday night from Emerald Commons apartments said a child saw a man wearing a clown mask in woods near the complex.
Deputies said there was a third report of someone dressed as a clown about 10 p.m. at Shemwood Apartments.
A 12-year-old told deputies that two clowns were in the backyard area.

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TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (WFLA) - Police say a man told them he was an emergency responder who was helping a female when they discovered him having sex with a woman on the Treasure Island beach boardwalk.
Treasure Island police officers responded to 11200 Gulf Blvd. at 1:06 p.m. on Aug. 24. Police say they arrived to find Tracy Briley, 50, having sex with a female who was laying on the beach boardwalk. Police say Briley's shorts were down to his ankles and his genitals were in plain view.
"Defendant advised he was an emergency responder and had to assist the female as it was his duty," said police in the arrest affidavit, which also said Briley may have been under the influence of alcohol.
Briley then allegedly told police that he was homeless and there was nowhere else for him to have sex except in public.
The incident was witnessed by a 3-year-old child and his grandfather.
Briley was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition in front of a minor and trespassing. He was arrested four days earlier on a charge of trespassing.

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LONDON (AP) - A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world's largest aircraft flew for the first time Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England.
Engines roaring, the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of London.
A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the "flying bum" because of its bulbous front end.
The stately aircraft performed a circuit of the area - watched by hundreds of local people who had parked their cars around the perimeter of the airfield - before touching down about half an hour later as dusk fell.
The Airlander is designed to use less fuel than a plane, but carry heavier loads than conventional airships. Its developer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, says it can reach 16,000 feet (4,900 meters), travel at up to 90 mph (148 kph) and stay aloft for up to two weeks.
"It's a great British innovation," said chief executive Stephen McGlennan. "It's a combination of an aircraft that has parts of normal fixed-wing aircraft, it's got helicopter, it's got airship."
The aircraft was initially developed for the U.S. military, which planned to use it for surveillance in Afghanistan. The U.S. blimp program was scrapped in 2013 and since then Hybrid Air Vehicles, a small British aviation firm that dreams of ushering in a new era for airships, has sought funding from government agencies and individual donors.
The vast aircraft is based at Cardington, where the first British airships were built during and after World War I. That program was abandoned after a 1930 crash that killed almost 50 people, including Britain's air minister.
That accident and others - including the fiery 1937 crash in New Jersey of the Hindenburg, which killed 35 - dashed the dream of the airship as a mode of transportation for decades.
Unlike hydrogen, the gas used in the Hindenburg, helium is not flammable.
Wednesday's flight came days after a test flight planned for Sunday was scrapped at the last minute because of an unspecified technical issue.
The successful journey was a milestone in the development of a vehicle that remains untested as a commercial proposition.
McGlennan is confident there will be plenty of customers for Airlander - both civilian and military - because of its potential to gather data and conduct surveillance for days on end.
It can also carry up to 10 metric tons (22,050 pounds) of passengers or cargo. The company hopes to have an even bigger aircraft, capable of carrying 50 metric tons (110,000 pounds), in service by the early 2020s.
McGlennan said Airlander has many of the assets of a helicopter. It can "provide air transportation for people and goods without the need for a runway. But this thing can take more over longer distances, it's cheaper and it's greener."
Chris Pocock, defense editor of aviation magazine AIN, said the jury is still out on whether the craft is commercially viable.
"Airships and hybrids have still got a credibility gap to cover," he said. "Technically I think they are there now, but economically I'm not so sure."

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