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Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 11th

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HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire lawmaker wanted by police for failing to show up for a court hearing was re-elected and arrested on the same day.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports that Republican state Rep. Dick Marple was sitting outside a polling place with his campaign signs on Election Day when an officer recognized him. Marple was charged with driving without a valid license in December 2014.
Authorities had issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court hearing in October.
Police say Marple drove himself to the police station and was arrested.
He also was re-elected to a fifth term.
Marple said Friday he is being targeted as a troublemaker because he strictly interprets the state constitution.

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Half-dressed, panting and disheveled, the lawmakers jolted awake by a middle-of-the-night vote were applauded by colleagues as they raced into an Australian state Parliament.
The Queensland lawmakers were quite the sight as they ran onto the floor of Parliament in Brisbane in bare feet, shorts and T-shirts on Thursday. One lawmaker managed to throw on a jacket but lacked a shirt.
The vote was called suddenly about 2:30 a.m. because opposition lawmaker Jeff Seeney was refused permission to give an unscheduled speech.
Several lawmakers caught unaware rushed back to the chamber from a nearby accommodation block in various stages of undress.
Lawmakers who were not caught napping laughed and applauded their panting colleagues while a government minister questioned Speaker Peter Wellington whether the shirtless man in a jacket complied with dress regulations.
Wellington allowed the irregular attire and advised lawmakers to get to the chamber to vote as quickly as possible.
Seeney lost his motion to speak before Parliament was adjourned at 3 a.m.
Seeney said he wanted to speak because a deputy speaker had denied him and other opposition lawmakers opportunities to debate a bill hours earlier.
The government holds a minority of seats in Parliament so the opposition hopes to highlight its tenuous grip on power by winning the occasional vote.

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McINTOSH, Fla. - Marion County Sheriff's Deputies have made one arrest in an armed robbery at a Dollar General store, where two robbers left employees bound with duct tape. 
The two men were wearing dark clothes and masks when they held up the store and got away with cash. Oddly enough though, when deputies got there, they found a bag filled with the money. 
About 300 yards away, they found a car with 19-year-old Tranquail Lamont Fort in the front seat. Deputies say he wasn't wearing any clothes, he was covered in vomit, and he was sweating profusely. Clothes in his car matched what the robbers had been reported as wearing. 
During questioning, Fort said he had been visiting a woman, and got sick from a Xanax he had taken. 
Deputies arrested him for robbery and kidnapping among other charges. 

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Sun City, South Africa - On a golf course in South Africa, a herd of mongooses decided to sun themselves on the 16th green.
But the critters woke from their naps, then stampeded across the green while the players stepped back to watched nature's spectacle.
Just in case you might be wondering, the plural of mongoose is mongooses, though mongeese is accepted. Just know that a mongoose is not a creature to mess with.
They're known for their ability to fight and kill venomous snakes, especially cobras.
The lesson learned here?
If you see a herd of mongooses come up behind you on the golf course... let them "play through"!

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Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China - A Chinese hospital has regrown an outer ear on the arm of a man who lost it in a traffic accident.
Doctors in the hospital in the central Chinese city of Xi'an took costal cartilage from his ribs and cut them into the shape of an ear, before they implanted it under the skin of his right front arm.
The regrown ear will be cut off when it grows to the right size. This is the first time in China that an ear has been regrown.
The regrown ear will be transplanted onto the patient's head in about four months.

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A 23-year-old man was being held on felony assault charges after he threatened a bouncer with a homemade spear and then slung a Batarang into the car of the cops who were chasing him, Seattle police said Wednesday.
You read that right: a Batarang. As in, one of Batman's boomerangs.
The suspect, who wasn't identified but who clearly appeared to have a thing for superheroes, first swung his improvised spear - a knife attached to a metal pole - at a bouncer Monday night at a bar on Capitol Hill, north of downtown, police said.
Police responded and started chasing the man - who produced a "sharp, black Batman-style throwing star" and flung it at the cop car.
His aim was true: The Batarang flew into the SUV's lower front end.
Police said they were requesting further charges of weapons violations and obstruction of justice against the man, who they reassured residents is 

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A Japanese company has unveiled life-sized, human-controlled robotic dinosaurs, at a 'Jurassic Park'-like dinosaur theme park. But telling you about it doesn't do it justice. Check out a video here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5206670327001/?#sp=show-clips

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(Fox) Prom season is here and one fast food chain came up with a surefire way teens will make memories of a lifetime.
KFC is teaming up with a Kentucky florist to make chicken corsages for prom. Yup, you read that correctly. Teens can replace pretty smelling flowers for a drumstick strapped to their wrists.
In the bizarre TV ad, above, a girl snacks on her chicken corsage while dancing with a boy at prom.
The kits cost $20 and come with a $5 gift card for a drumstick. According to KFC's website, prom goers can customize the arrangement with Original Recipe, Extra Crispy or Kentucky Grilled Chicken.
Fellas, line up quickly - only 100 of the corsages will be produced. We're sure your dates will be impressed. 

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Miami, FL - Students from Florida International University are competing in the 27th annual Walk on Water Competition.
The school's Department of Architecture hosted the aquatic event, where 50 architecture students construct their own water shoes and walk across the 175-foot-wide lake behind the campus library.
Each year the students improve their created design. This year the competition will be split into two races - one for students form other universities and the other for only FIU students.
First place finishers in each race win $1000. Second place gets $750, and third earns $500.
But the FIU participants also hope their efforts will earn them an "A" in their Material and Methods of Design Class.

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Two eagles that became trapped in a storm drain in central Florida have been rescued.
The eagles were reported trapped in a drain in Orange County near Goldenrod Road and Curry Ford Road, WESH reported. One of them was reported injured.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the scene and the eagles were eventually freed.

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