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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, November 15th

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HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area high school assistant principal told officials that she wanted to try marijuana for her 50th birthday, so she got some pot-laced cookies for her birthday.
Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said Tuesday that 50-year-old Donna Lynch Haff overdosed on cookies made with cannabis oil on Monday. Doll says Haff's daughter, Allison Haff, got the cookies from a co-worker and brought them home. Her mother was taken to a hospital after the overdose.
The sheriff's office says both mother and daughter have been arrested and released on Monday
Haff has worked for Anclote High School in Holiday since 2008.
She has been placed on administrative leave due to the incident.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An 18-year-old is expected to take office in January as Forrest County's next District 1 election commissioner.
Local media reports that teenager Tyler Wood beat out incumbent Charlie Phillips during the Tuesday balloting.
Wood, who's a student at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, says he'll be up to the job despite his age. He says it's not about how old you are, it's about having the "integrity, the knowledge and the experience" to do the job.
Wood says he got interested in the job while helping out during Forrest County's recent primaries.
Gwen Wilks, the county's circuit clerk, says the unofficial results show Wood with about 300 votes more than his opponent. Affidavit ballots are still being counted but she said it's unlikely to change the results.

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Letcher County, KY - An aspiring weatherman in eastern Kentucky has been arrested after admitting he intentionally set a fire to bring attention to his Facebook videos, police said.
Johnny Mullins, 21, faces a charge of second-degree arson for a blaze in Letcher County, Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens told The Associated Press on Friday. The Jenkins Police Department could not be reached by NBC News on Saturday.
Mullins posted selfie videos on Facebook that were recorded in front of various fires, Stephens said. He called them "Weather Outlook" segments and got 2,900 views on his final video, posted on Nov. 6, in which he warned eastern Kentucky residents, "Be extremely careful if you're out there," according to Stephens.
Mullins was charged earlier this week after he told police he started the fire "because he enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff," Stephens told the AP.
"It's really too bad because he's not a bad kid - he's just misguided," Stephens said. "He didn't realize how much danger he was putting other people in."
At least 30 wildfires have ignited across the Southeast since Nov. 4, according to The Weather Channel.
More than 5,000 firefighters from across the nation are assisting to put them out. In Tennessee, one firefighter was hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning after battling a blaze in White County.
Elsewhere in Kentucky, a teenager in Harlan County was also arrested for arson this week, and in Tennessee, a man was charged with setting fires and vandalism that caused more than $250,000 in damage outside Chattanooga.
Authorities in North Carolina and Georgia believe the fires there were started by arsonists as well, but have not made any arrests.
Fires in northeast Georgia's Rabun County forced the evacuation Friday of residents in more than two dozen homes, with residents of another 25 to 40 homes being told to flee Saturday.
Andy Beck, a dispatcher for the Rabun County Sheriff's Office, told NBC News that investigators are still looking for a tan-colored SUV seen Wednesday near the scene of several roadside fires they believe were intentionally set. 

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TREXLERTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Michigan man who reported money stolen from his car while it was being serviced at a Pennsylvania shop committed a crime of his own: marijuana possession.
Upper Macungie Township police say they found an ounce of marijuana and a pipe in 26-year-old Daniel Young's vehicle after they were called to investigate his theft report. The Whitmore Lake, Michigan resident told police he thought someone stole $20 from his car while it was being worked on last week.
When police arrived to search the vehicle, they allegedly found the drugs Young forgot he left inside the car.
Online court records show Young is represented by a Lehigh County public defender, but nobody there could comment on his behalf Monday. He faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 28.

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A bus driver for an upstate New York school district is in trouble for allowing students who would have voted for Donald Trump to exit the vehicle before children who would've voted for Hillary Clinton.
The Canandaigua City School District say the incident occurred two days after Trump defeated Clinton in the presidential election.
Administrators say the bus driver held a mock election by asking elementary school students who they would have voted for last Tuesday. After a show of hands, the driver let the kids who said Trump get off the bus first.
Those who raised their hands for Clinton had to sit back down and wait until the other children got off.
After some parents complained, district officials said the bus driver will write a letter apologizing to everyone involved.

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If you were upset about some recent emoji changes in Apple's latest iPhone upgrade, fear not! Earlier this month, Apple changed its peach emoji to make it look a little more like a peach. But the overwhelming response from peach-emoji-users was the complaint that the peach no longer resembled a human rear end. 
But that's where the good news comes in. Apple's iOS 10.2 upgrade has a whole bunch of new and updated emojis, and low and behold, the peach has been upgraded once again. This time, it arguably looks even more like a butt. 

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A Manhattan woman is suing Spanish fashion retailer Zara after she says she found a rat sewn into a dress she bought at one of their stores.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, 24-year-old Cailey Fiesel says that she not only suffered emotional distress but was diagnosed with a rodent-born disease after wearing the dress.
Court documents say that Fiesel bought two dresses "off-the-rack" at Zara's Greenwich, Connecticut, store back in July and hung them in her closet. In mid-August, she wore the black dress in question for the first time.
While at work, Fiesel says she started to notice a "disturbingly pungent odor" but couldn't figure out where the offending smell was coming from. "She was unable to escape this odor," according to court papers.
Throughout the day, Fiesel says she noticed something that felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing against her leg. She didn't give much thought to it and reached down to try to find the string. That's when she says she made the grisly discovery.
"To her utter shock and disbelief, as she ran her hand over the hem of the dress she felt an unusual bulge and suddenly realized that it was not a string that was rubbing against her leg but was instead a leg rubbing against her leg. The leg of a dead rodent that is," court documents say.
"Paralyzed with fear," Fiesel jumped out of her chair as coworkers gathered around her desk. Court documents claim that when she took off the dress she found a dead rodent sewn into its hem, the bulge of its body hidden beneath the fabric.
Photos of the dress included with the court papers "conspicuously [depict] the dead rodent with at least one of its appendages protruding."
The lawsuit claims that Fiesel "has sustained significant personal injuries and emotional distress" and "a large rash that was diagnosed as a rodent born disease" as a result of Zara's negligence.
It was Zara's duty "to prevent its products from being manufactured and sold with disease causing rodents sewn into them," the suit says.
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Fiesel is seeking unspecified damages.
A spokesperson for Zara USA told NBC 4 New York the company is aware of the allegation and is investigating the matter.
"The brand has stringent quality controls and health and safety standards worldwide that are followed and met in manufacturing, including stitching and pressing," the spokesperson said. "We are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements."

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The sturdy stools and spongy cushions made at a factory in upstate New York are formed with fungus.
Ecovative Design is a business staking its growth on mycelium, the thread-like "roots" of mushrooms. The mycelium grows around small pieces of stalks and stems to create a bound-together material that can be molded into soft packaging for glassware or pressed into the boards used for the footstools they recently began selling.
"It's like growing a tree in the shape of your furniture," said Ecovative co-founder Gavin McIntyre. "But rather than a tree, we're using mushrooms."
The simple stools are organic markers in ambitious efforts by researchers worldwide to commercially grow fungi, bacteria and proteins into clothing and building materials. Proponents see micro-organisms as factories of the future, displacing energy-intensive manufacturing with more sustainable models.
While the young grow-it-all field is still more about promise than actual products, companies are working on making bricks without kilns, leather without cows and silk without spiders.
McIntyre rapped his knuckles on one of their "myco-boards," which look and feel similar to the particle boards that are commonplace in cabinets and big-box store furniture. He was on the floor of Ecovative's hangar-like facility north of Albany where chopped-up farm stuff is steamed and bagged up with mycelium.
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Stacked on high-rise racks, the minuscule white mycelium threads feed on the stalks and woody bits, binding it together. After a week or so, the big clear plastic bags look little like giant pieces of frosted shredded wheat.
"The fungus is literally self-assembling," McIntyre said.
McIntyre and Ecovative co-founder Eben Bayer have been harnessing mushroom power since they were Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students growing fungus under their beds for a class project a decade ago. Today, they employ about 90 people in a business that found initial success selling a compostable alternative to plastic foams used for packaging items like computers and glass bottles.
But Bayer and McIntyre always believed mycelium to be more multifaceted. They figured out a way to create boards by adding heat and pressure and how to make flexible cushions. They sell boards to home furniture makers and recently started offering for sale their own grown-for-home items, like the $199 Imperial Stool.
They see their mushroom boards as a formaldehyde-free alternative to composite wood products and are working with outside mills to ramp up production.
As Ecovative makes boards, bioMASON in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, grows bricks from sand, water, bacteria and some nutrients.
The bricks stiffen over several days with the formation of calcium carbonate between the grains of sand, mimicking the process that makes coral reefs sturdy. The company's bricks have been used to pave a pair of courtyards in San Francisco, and it is working with builders and pavers who could make their bricks on site.
"Traditional brick manufacturing is quite energy intensive, as well as concrete," said company founder Ginger Krieg Dosier.
Bricks and boards created from living organisms are sometimes called "biofabricated" products. An annual "Biofabricate" conference to be held Thursday in New York will feature speakers involved in efforts from everything to growing human tissue into ears to growing leather.
One conference participant, Tsuruoka, Japan-based Spiber, last year was involved in the unveiling of a prototype of North Face-branded "Moon Parka," made with synthetic spider silk fibers. Plans to sell the parka in Japan have been delayed as they improve production.
While many industries see growth potential in growing materials, there are still open questions on whether they will be better than current manufacturing techniques, said Andrew Pelling, of the University of Ottawa.
Pelling, who runs a biophysical manipulation lab, has done work growing human ear cells using the cellulose from apples as a sort of scaffolding. He sees a lot of promise and interest from an array of industries, but he also believes there is a long road ahead for more sophisticated grown products.
"We're living in a biological stone age now," he said. "I think we shouldn't underestimate how much complexity there is in biology and I think there are still a lot of mysteries to figure out before we have real full control to dial in anything you want to grow or make or repair," Pelling said. "And for me, that's the exciting part."

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An air horn that sounds like a train has been terrorizing the residents of El Segundo for weeks, but police in the Southern California city have just arrested a man in connection with the noise - with air horn equipment inside his car, they say.
The bust came early Sunday at 4 a.m. - around the time many of the alarmingly loud incidents would occur.
"The sound is like a train coming through the neighborhood," said El Segundo Police Lt. Ray Garcia.
The noise has been plaguing residents on the west side of the city for weeks. Police have received numerous reports of an extremely loud air horn going off before residents spot a getaway car, a blue four-door sedan driven by a man.
Oftentimes, officers couldn't catch the air horn blower because the person would blare the horn and then "beat feet," police said. At times, officers on the east side of town could hear the noise and would hurry over, only to find that the perpetrator had taken off.
Sunday morning, officers once again heard the noise, then made a traffic stop at Grand Avenue and Main Street directly after. In a blue 2006 Chevrolet Aveo, they spotted air horn equipment inside the car, police said.
The commotion drew several residents from their homes, claiming they were victims of the air horn aggravator. They initiated a citizen's arrest, according to El Segundo police.
John W. Nuggent was then taken into custody by police, police said. He was booked at El Segundo jail on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of disturbing the peace and his car, with horn inside, was impounded. 
Garcia said the air horn aggravator has been sounding his horn almost every single night.
"He's been doing this for weeks, and we've been chasing him for weeks - but we got him," Garcia said.
Garcia said they aren't exactly sure why the man allegedly has an "ax to grind," but believe that he thinks someone in the area has wronged him in some way, and this is his way of getting back at them.

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The McRib has made its seasonal return at participating McDonald's restaurants, and this year, it's easier to find with your smartphone.
McDonald's has launched a new iMessage app called McDonald's McRib finder.
It's free and uses the smartphone's GPS to find the nearest McRib-selling McDonald's.
It also allows users to share that location with friends.
The McRib is a boneless barbecue pork sandwich that typically attracts considerable fanfare when it returns annually for a limited time.
McDonald's allows franchisees to decide whether they want to offer it, but not all of them do.

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