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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 16th

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Police say the carcasses of what appeared to be several dead hogs tumbled off a truck in one Florida city, snarling two lanes of a busy interstate during the morning rush hour until the mess could be cleaned up.
Authorities say drivers backed up six miles on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Sarasota after the stinking animal remains scattered over two of the three northbound lanes.
Lt. Gregory Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol said Wednesday that the two affected lanes were closed nearly two hours while emergency crews mopped up. He said by phone: "We had a mess, basically. The smell was very strong."
He says gawking drivers slowed as they passed, which didn't help ease congestion.
Bueno says police are seeking the truck driver, who didn't stop.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say a woman who asked them if it was legal to keep tigers at home in rural Nevada was arrested after police found three of the animals in her backyard.
The Nye County sheriff's office says 34-year-old Trisha Meyer had called for information on a permit to have tigers.
Days later, a resident reported the tigers, and deputies went to the home. They also had learned she was wanted in Texas on a felony burglary and theft warrant.
Sgt. David Boruchowitz says deputies found the big cats in the backyard surrounded by a 4-foot fence, and eight monkeys in the home.
A Nevada court official said Tuesday that Meyer wasn't held on local charges. She agreed not to fight extradition to Houston at a court appearance Nov. 9.

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HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania State Police are hoping to prevent a detergent thief from making a clean getaway.
Troopers say an unidentified man loaded up his shopping cart with more than a dozen 150-ounce bottles of laundry detergent early Tuesday then left the Giant Food Store in South Hanover Township without paying. Police say the man drove away in a dark gray sport-utility vehicle.
Police say that happened about 3:20 a.m. at the store near Hershey. Police believe the same man stole detergent form the same store on Nov. 3, too.

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ROME (AP) - Six years of excavations have given Rome a new tourist attraction in Circus Maximus , the sprawling valley where chariot races once delighted the ancient city's denizens.
The archaeological ruin has long been a vast muddy, grassy field, lately used largely by dog-walkers and joggers.
But starting Thursday, the public can see ancient latrines, chunks of what was once a triumphal arch honoring the Emperor Titus , and learn about a winning horse dubbed Numitor, which ran on the oval track some 2,000 years ago.
Rome's newest tourist site comes as a counterpoint to Italy's often discouraging cultural developments, like the erosion by pollution or the crumbling of parts of monuments that can't be adequately protected by Italy's chronically lean budget for its enormous catalog of historical and artistic heritage.
For decades, Circus Maximus was littered with syringes from drug users who used to shoot up there at night. The expanse also hosted political rallies and mega-concerts, like those for The Rolling Stones or Bruce Springsteen.
Claudio Parisi Presicce, Rome's top official for archaeology and other monuments, said Wednesday that Numitor the horse will become the logo for Circus Maximus, which sits in a valley between the ancient Palatine and Aventine Hills.
Decorating the bottom of an excavated glass goblet - the only fragment found of the vessel - is the gold figure of a proudly prancing horse, with a palm branch symbolizing victory in its mouth and the name Numitor emblazoned below.
Archaeologist Marialetizia Buonfiglio told the AP the image is the only documentation found so far of the horses involved in the ancient entertainment that captivated bettors. The goblet's precious fragment, along with some of the 1,000 bronze coins that were dug up, will eventually find a home in a museum.
Excavated areas include the outside upper tiers, where the rank-and-file entertainment-goers once cheered wild animal hunts or charioteers, whipping around a low stone wall that ran down the center of the oval track.
Also visible is a latrine once used by spectators. An explanatory panel, in Italian and English, tells how urine was collected via pipes in ancient Roman times to be used to launder cloth.
The excavation helped archaeologists understand the various reconstructions that the Circus Maximus underwent, including one after its wooden timbers helped feed the great fire in Rome during Nero's reign in 64 A.D.
Visitors can climb inside a restored 12th-century tower for a commanding view down the 600-meter (2,000-foot) long field, capturing the imposing dome of Rome's main synagogue in their sights.
At the foot of the tower are excavated chunks of what was once the 10-meter (33-foot) high Triumphal Arch of Titus at the field's the south end. The arch, fashioned from Carrara marble, was built to honor the emperor's conquest of Jerusalem.
Thanks to a written record left by an anonymous pilgrim in the 9th-century, when the arch still stood, experts were able to make sense of fragments they discovered of the arch's inscription in bronze letters.
Circus Maximus' excavation will be open every day through Dec. 11. After that, opening hours will be reserved for weekends, although visitors can call City Hall (+39-06-0608) to make an appointment to see it on weekdays.
Rome isn't the only Italian city with ancient roots boasting of new archaeological possibilities for tourists.
At Pompeii, near Naples, officials on Wednesday inaugurated a 60-room residential complex that had been buried by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Newly restored so tourists can visit it, the Geometric Mosaics Domus boasts terraces with breathtaking views of Capri, an island in the Gulf of Naples.

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Tucson, AZ - A man is back home after accidentally driving to Louisiana.
Tucson Police Department issued a Silver Alert for Albert Caviglia Sunday evening. One of Caviglia's nephews, Armando Gonzalez, flew to Louisiana to bring his uncle home.
"A wonderful woman at Circle K realized that he was a little confused and called the Port Allen police," Gonzalez said. "And they brought him in and took him down to the Baton Rouge General Hospital. And all I can say is, folks in Baton Rouge General Hospital and the folks at Port Allen Police Department were just amazing."
He said Caviglia had no cell phone or credit card. He filled his gas tank $20 at a time and slept in his car.
"There are a lot of good people out there, recognized something was going on and took the time to make a phone call," Gonzalez said. "It was in God's hands, and he came back safe and sound. As you can see his whole family is so happy to have him back. So just never give up hope."
Another family member also flew to Louisiana to drive the car back to Tucson.

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TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) -- A burglary suspect who broke into a pizza restaurant in Towson took his clothes off inside the business before damaging property and robbing the cash registers, according to investigators.
The robbery was reported on Nov. 10. Police say it took place at the Slice Pizza restaurant on West Pennsylvania Avenue around 6 a.m. According to police, the suspect broke in through a roof vent, damaged a vent hood and several registers and took cash from the registers before fleeing on foot.
Surveillance images of the suspect were released by police on Tuesday.
Detectives say the suspect did not put his pants back on before leaving and did not eat any pizza while inside the business.

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BEIJING (AP) - Chinese websites are censoring "Kim Fatty the Third," a nickname widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts.
Searches for the Chinese words "Jin San Pang" on the search engine Baidu and microblogging platform Weibo returned no results this week.
The nickname pokes fun at Kim's girth and his status as the third generation of the Kim family to rule the world's only hereditary communist dynasty. It's especially popular among young, irreverent Chinese who tend to look down on their country's would-be ally.
Relations between China and North Korea have been strained by the North's nuclear weapons program, which China has condemned along with South Korea, Japan, the United States and Russia. But Beijing continues to support the Kim regime with limited trade and diplomatic backing.
North Korean officials, fearing that Kim would find out about the nickname, lodged a formal request with China recently to prohibit names disparaging Kim from appearing in the media, according to Hong Kong newspaper reports.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that reports of the banning of "Jin San Pang" didn't "comply with facts."
"The Chinese government stays committed to building a healthy and civilized environment of opinions," he added. "We disapprove of referring to the leader of any country with insulting and mocking remarks."
"Kim Fatty the Third" is such a widely used term in China that it is sometimes suggested by auto-complete algorithms on web portals such as Baidu, China's leading search engine. While searches for "Jin San Pang" returned no results this week, Baidu left untouched results for other versions of the nickname, such as "Kim Fat Fat Fat."
Baidu spokeswoman Tracy Hu declined to comment.
The Beijing-based company has typically said that its policy is to provide accurate search results while also complying with Chinese regulations.

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LANTANA, FL - Scorned lovers. Millions of dollars of missing artwork. It was part of a bizarre investigation to say the least for police in the quiet town of Lantana, Florida.
Now one police officer is finally speaking out about how his team cracked the case.
Nicholas Zoullas, 80, of New York City, kept about 200 pieces of very expensive artwork in a home he bought for his mistress on Hypoluxo Island. After a falling out with his girlfriend, at least $15 million worth of paintings, relics and statues from the home disappeared.
Lantana Police officer Eddie Tavcar says it was like something out of a movie.
"It was overwhelming. An ex-girlfriend, flashy cars, a couple of Bentleys, two Ferraris," Tavcar told NBC affiliate WPTV-TV. "She was upset. The ride was over. The good life was coming to an end."
Police tried to get the ex, 43-year old Stacy Cliett, and her new boyfriend, 52-year old Todd Stephens, to turn over the missing items, but they refused to reveal their location. Police eventually tracked the suspects to a warehouse in Florida where the couple had stashed the art.
"We got her in the knick of time because if that U-HAUL full of that artwork would have gone, we probably never would have found it," Tavcar told WPTV.
Tavcar spent countless hours cataloging all 200 pieces of stolen art, much of it exotic in nature and too graphic to show. The pieces are now heading back to the owner in New York.
Cliett and Stephens both face charges in the case. Their trial date is pending.

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Bob Dylan won't be coming to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature at the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy said Wednesday.
The Academy says Dylan told them that "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible."
The 75-year-old American singer-songwriter was awarded the prize on Oct. 13 "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
The literature prize and five other Nobel Prizes will be officially conferred upon winners in Stockholm next month on the anniversary of award founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.
The Academy said it "respects Bon Dylan's decision," adding it was not travelling to the Swedish capital to personally pick up the prestigious award was "unusual, but not exceptional."
Literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a social phobia.
"The award is still theirs, as it now belongs to Bob Dylan," the Academy said. "We are looking forward to Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture, which he must hold, according to the requirements, within six months" from Dec. 10.

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Saitama, Japan - A factory in Japan is struggling to cope with orders for rubber masks of US president-elect Donald Trump.
The executive director of the mask factory north of Tokyo says they're working non-stop to catch up with a flood of orders to produce masks of Trump following the US election.
The factory is trying to produce as many as 350 masks a day, up from 45 before the election.
The rubber mask emphasizes Trump's characteristic hair style and costs around $22.
The factory is the only one in Japan that manufactures rubber masks.
It also produces masks of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, current US president Barack Obama, as well as famous Japanese and international politicians and celebrities.

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