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Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 7th

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico were given a start when a serpent slithered into the cabin in a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller "Snakes on a Plane."
Carrier Aeromexico says the reptile was detected on a Sunday flight from Torreon in the country's north to Mexico City.
A brief video circulating online shows a greenish snake emerging from the ceiling behind an overhead luggage compartment and then partially dropping down into the cabin.
Aeromexico says in a statement that the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers "secured the reptile."
The airline says it's investigating how the snake came to be in the cabin and taking measures to avoid it happening again.

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SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian police have made an unusual find while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested: a baby koala.
Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.
The woman, who was arrested on "outstanding matters," said she found the male koala on Saturday night and had been caring for it since.
The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala - believed to be about 6 months old - was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.
The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilograms (3 pounds) and has been named Alfred.
"He's been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer," RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said.

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Forget dumping ice buckets, dancing or planking, the latest viral phenomenon sweeping the internet consists of people standing still as part of the "mannequin challenge."
Videos of the challenge feature posing as mannequins in dramatic postures. They began to appear late last month online and by last weekend everyone from high school cheerleaders in Texas to the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks had taken part.
The Dallas Cowboys went airborne for their challenge , complete with a stoic Tony Romo being stuffed into an overhead compartment on the team plane.
The challenge has become a victory celebration for some teams. Texas Christian , Penn State and Clemson's football teams posted mannequin challenges after big wins Saturday.
The videos are set to the song "Black Beatles" by rap duo Rae Sremmurd, which held a live version of the challenge during a concert last week.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are searching for a suspect they say walked out of a cathedral in Brooklyn with a 4-foot tall gold scepter.
Surveillance video shows the suspect walking out of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Sheepshead Bay last week. It shows him trying to conceal the religious artifact under a knee-length jacket.
WCBS-TV reports the object is more than a century old.
Police say the suspect also stole another artifact and $30 in cash.
Police say the items were found at the top of a stairwell by the superintendent of a nearby building, and have been returned.
Church leaders say they haven't had the scepter appraised.

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LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- It's not pranksters or vandals who placed toilet paper all over the streets of Littleton, Colorado, it was city workers.
The Denver Post reports that Littleton crews have used bathroom tissue to help seal up cracks along more than 120 streets.
Officials say toilet paper was applied with a paint roller over freshly laid tar used to fill asphalt cracks. The paper absorbs the oil from the tar as it dries, keeping it from sticking to pedestrian's shoes or car and bike tires. The biodegradable paper will break down and be gone in a few days.
Littleton spokeswoman Kelli Narde says the toilet paper allows traffic to retake the road more quickly.

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Charges are pending against an Alexandria woman who allegedly caused an apartment fire, unsuccessfully hid from firefighters in the ceiling, then stole a police squad car after being handcuffed and led officers on a high-speed chase.
Police say firefighters responded to the residence Sunday evening and put out a small fire on the living room floor. The 35-year-old woman was arrested after falling through the ceiling tiles while allegedly possessing a methamphetamine pipe and lighter.
Authorities say the woman was able to get one arm free of handcuffs while alone in the back of a squad car and squeeze into the front seat through a sliding window. She allegedly drove off and later led officers on a chase reaching speeds of 121 mph before being apprehended.
No injuries were reported.

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HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A home in Hastings has sustained significant fire damage after a man used a butane torch to light a cigarette.
The Hastings Tribune reports the fire happened Saturday afternoon.
Hastings Fire and Rescue Chief Kent Gilbert says the home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The home was gutted by the blaze.
Gilbert said the man who started the fire escaped the house safely, but then was hurt trying to re-enter the home through a window. He says the injuries were likely caused by broken glass.

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BERLIN (AP) - A retiree in Germany has struck gold in his garden, finding the wedding band he lost three years ago wrapped around a carrot.
Germany public broadcaster WDR reports that the 82-year-old lost the ring while gardening in the western town of Bad Muenstereifel.
The incident happened shortly after the man, whose name was not released, celebrated his golden wedding anniversary.
WDR reported Friday that the man's wife reassured him at the time that the ring would eventually reappear. She died six months before being proven right.

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ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man who evaded police for hours was captured after he fell into a large badger hole.
State police Capt. Bill Fugate says two men and a dog went onto U.S. Bureau of Land Management land after fleeing from a traffic stop in Ontario. One suspect was later found on foot.
Police eventually saw the vehicle in a ravine. Tracks were followed for more than a mile before the dog was spotted.
As police approached, the dog fled into the badger hole and would not come out. After getting the dog out, police heard the suspect screaming. Fugate says Gregory Morrow was stuck 8 feet underground and could not move.
It took police 90 minutes to dig him out and arrest him.
Fugate says Morrow would have likely died from exposure if police had not come along.

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DELTONA, Fla. (AP) - A squirrel attacked several people inside an senior center activity room, injuring at least three.
Multiple news outlets report that the attack happened Thursday at Sterling Court Gracious Retirement Living.
A 911 caller told dispatchers that the squirrel had gotten into the building and was jumping on people, biting them and scratching them. The caller said at least three people were bitten.
During the more than three-minute call, the animal was eventually tossed outside. An ambulance arrived to treat those who were injured.
WESH-TV reports that those hurt were "doing well" as of Thursday night.
It's unclear if the squirrel was captured.

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