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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 31st

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BEULAH, Mich. (AP) -- A dog swam more than 6 miles and walked a dozen more to find its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.
Edward Casas was boating on the lake Sunday with his wife, Kristin, and the family dog, a 10-month old Belgian Malinois (MAL'-ehn-wah) named Rylee. Casas tells ABC News Rylee went overboard while he was in the engine room trying to figure out a mechanical problem with the boat and his wife was steering.
Casas says he sent out a mayday call on the radio and was connected to a volunteer group that searches for lost dogs.
The next morning someone spotted Rylee going into a nearby campground. Edward Casas says there was a lot of sobbing and hugging when the family was reunited with him.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- One rotten apple spoils the bunch, but a man known as the "bad apple culprit" doesn't stop at just one.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office in southwest Washington says someone has periodically been tossing apples on roofs. Sometimes the culprit leaves a note, as was the case when he recently struck at a home in Hazel Dell.
In the note, the culprit claimed he targeted five homes - three apples per house. He also wrote of his experience tossing apples at homes across the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon.
He says Portland "might be the best place on Earth for a hooligan riding a bicycle with a backpack full of apples." That's because there are bicyclists everywhere and it's easy to get lost in the neighborhoods.
Deputies have released a surveillance image of the culprit in hopes the public can identify him.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Authorities say a vibrating device that claims to fights wrinkles as it rolls over a person's face has forced a Southwest Airlines flight to evacuate in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Aviation Police tell news station KOB-TV that passengers were ordered off the plane Monday after the anti-aging skin roller was discovered in the back of a seat.
Authorities say the flight crew moved the item to the galley, and police searched the plane.
No other suspicious items were found, and no arrests were made.

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CARBONDALE, Pa. (AP) -- The cops have been buzz-ted.
A swarm of bees has forced officers at a Pennsylvania police department out of their station.
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports Carbondale police had to abandon the station Tuesday when the bees arrived.
Most of the buzzing insects settled into cracks and crevices in the third-floor brick exterior of City Hall, but others managed to get inside the first-floor police station.
A beekeeper removed more than 400 bees on Tuesday while officers worked from other offices in the building. The expert was expected to return Wednesday to remove the rest of the bees from the building's exterior.
The station was to remain closed to the public Wednesday.

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) -- Wessie P. Thon might actually be Wessie A. Conda.
A Texas scientist who ran tests on a large snake skin found in the Maine city of Westbrook says Tuesday the tests came back as "100 percent from anaconda."
A big snake caused a stir in Maine when it was seen this summer eating a beaver along a riverbank. The discovery of a 10-foot snakeskin this month indicates it's still lurking locally.
Locals dubbed it Wessie. That spawned a parody Twitter account called Wessie P. Thon.
University of Texas at Tyler biologist John Placyk (play-SIK') performed the skin test. He says Wessie's behavior corresponds with that of an anaconda. He's says it's possibly an escaped pet.
The Wessie Twitter account tweeted Tuesday that the news was causing "a mid-life crisis" for the reptile.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian senator has fallen victim to the press freedom he champions when he was photographed snoozing on his first day in Parliament.
Former veteran journalist Derryn Hinch was caught napping as a senator beside him nudged his arm during Governor-General Peter Cosgrove's 40-minute speech on Tuesday afternoon opening Australia's 45th Parliament.
Usually the extraordinary restrictions on press photographers working in the Senate ban such candid and unflattering pictures. Senators can be snapped only when they stand to speak.
But the rules were relaxed Tuesday because of the special circumstances of Parliament's first meeting since a national election in July.
Hinch on Wednesday conceded he had fallen asleep, but being caught out did not change his belief that photographers should not be censored in the Senate.
"I dozed off for a couple of seconds. I knew I'd been got," the 72-year-old told Melbourne Radio 3AW, where he had recently hosted the late afternoon slot.
Hinch said he had heard everything in the speech before and an afternoon nap had been his daily routine before broadcasting his radio program.
"It must be a habit I have to break," the independent senator said.
Hinch said that while he had only been nudged once, another lawmaker admitting to being nudged awake three times during the same speech and a that government minister had also fallen asleep.
Hinch, who has been dubbed "the Human Headline" due to his propensity for becoming the center of news stories, said in a statement last week that his first move in the Parliament would be to try to remove the "media blackout in the Senate."
"The media - and thus the public - should be able to see us in action, or photograph our inaction," he said. "If you get caught nibbling your ear wax, or counting your money or dozing: tough."

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COCOA, Fla. - Police in Cocoa said they arrested a costumed 19-year-old who caused a scare at Riverfront Park on Sunday.
According to authorities, officers were called to the park to investigate a report of an armed man. Officers found the man wearing some type of "gamer" dinosaur-type costume and a tactical police-type vest. The suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Berden, of Tampa, had his face covered in a black ski mask, police said.
Police said he was armed with what was later determined to be an Airsoft rifle. Berden had several magazines for that rifle, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask while committing an offense at the park.
Berden told police he was part of a gaming group and wanted to participate in a flash mob.

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An end-of-summer party turned into booze-soaked rager on Long Island, as cops caught nearly 400 teens at a house in Great Neck.
Nassau County Police said they responded Tuesday night to a house on Old Mill Road, where they found "a large house party consisting of approximately 400 people, most of whom were underage."
Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old girl were taken to a hospital suffering from severe intoxication.
The homeowner received an appearance ticket for violating the Social Host Law, and is due in court later next month. 
An attorney for the family said the party was supposed to be a small end-of-summer get-together for their 16-year-old daughter.
But according to authorities, word about the party got out on social media, and teens from New Jersey and Connecticut showed up. 
As of Wednesday afternoon, several bottles that smelled like alcohol could still be seen outside the sprawling home. 

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EUGENE, Ore. -- A South Eugene High School student is getting a lot of attention for her unique, if somewhat disturbing, senior photos.
Jillian Henry tweeted one of the pictures out this weekend and now it's been retweeted 24,000 times and has 74,000 likes.
The extra attention is due to the completely unexpected naked photo-bombers in the picture; a naked man and his dog.
Jillian and a friend were down at the river, snapping shots for the yearbook, when a man in the buff wandered down to the opposite river bank.
"His dog was running around and I was like, 'He's naked!'" Jillian said. "And I was like, 'He has to see us. He has to know we have a camera.'"
She still has no idea why the man was there, why he was naked, or even who he is. She said she wasn't shocked by it; she just thought it was funny.
But she said the attention the pictures received has been shocking. Buzzfeed and several other high-profile websites have contacted her to find out more about the story.

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Rome, NY - A restaurant in New York state has turned the presidential race into what might be called a food fight.
Ballister's Bistro in Rome, New York is offering four meals representing the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green Party presidential candidates.
For the GOP's Donald Trump, it's a sandwich filled with baloney, as well as ham, cheese and orange-hued apricot mustard.
Hillary Clinton's sandwich is turkey, swiss cheese and blue cheese dressing. The owner calls it an acquired taste.
Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson's meal is a sandwich, but each customer can decide for themselves what to top it with -- and sales tax is on the house.
As for Jill Stein of the Green party, it's.a salad served in a container friendly to the environment.
While owner Dan Ballister is having fun with his meals, he hopes customers give the race some serious thought.
"I think people should really look at them and make a serious decision about this," Ballister said. "It shouldn't be about who you would sit down and have a beer with, it should be who do you think is going to do the best job."
Ballister says he will donate $20.16 to the candidate whose meal is ordered the most by October 31st. Hillary Clinton has the early lead.
 

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