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Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 21st

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rivalry Week is serious business around here.
Ohio State fans' distaste for Michigan is so strong that even the letter M is unpopular in Columbus this week.
Visitors to the Woody Hayes Football Center on Monday morning found that someone used red tape to cover up all the Ms in the official state of Ohio historical marker recognizing the iconic coach. If history is any indication, similar hijinks will follow.
No. 3 Michigan plays No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus with a spot in the national playoff likely on the line. The Buckeyes have beaten the Wolverines four consecutive times. It's the 11th time the teams have played when both were in the top five of the AP Top 25 poll.

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WAYNE, N.J. (AP) -- Toys 'R' Us has pulled a ride-on toy truck from shelves days after a couple says it burst into flames while they were bringing it home from the store.
The couple tells KING-TV the Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck was a present for their grandson. They were taking it to their Bellingham, Washington, home in the back of their pickup truck Friday night when they say it caught fire. Video shows flames shooting high into the air.
Toys 'R' Us spokeswoman Nicole Hayes says in a statement that the incident appears to be isolated, but the New Jersey-based company is pulling the item from stores and its website "pending further investigation."
Hayes says Toys 'R' Us is working with the truck's manufacturer, Dynacraft, to determine a cause.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A noisy rooster's piercing calls will no longer plague Pittsburgh.
Following several weeks on the lam, the male chicken was scooped up on Sunday afternoon by Frank Cantone, who runs a chicken rescue in St. Louis.
Cantone offered to help Henry Gaston remove the bird after he heard that Gaston was facing fines for having a rooster on his property. Roosters are banned in Pittsburgh, and neighbors told a city inspector the bird was waking them up early in the morning.
Cantone failed to apprehend the fugitive fowl on Saturday when it flew up into a tree. He and his two daughters managed to trap it the following day by luring it into a corner with a hen on a harness.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs.
Federal officials say the signs violate signage rules and could distract motorists. Federal authorities are also concerned that the state-run Taste NY stores in highway welcome centers may run afoul of rules governing commercial activity at rest stops.
A spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration says agency Administrator Greg Nadeau is scheduled to meet with state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss the conflict.
The state defends the signs and welcome centers as successful ways to market tourism and locally made products.
The dispute was first reported by the USA Today Network.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Much of the foam that spewed out of a Northern California airport hangar and flooded a city street appears to be gone.
Television news footage late Friday afternoon showed little of the foam from Mineta San Jose International Airport that was several feet deep in spots and had taken up a city block earlier in the day.
The bobbing sea of white foam covered cars and blocked businesses as it cascaded onto a nearby street.
The foam was a chemical used as a fire retardant and was coming from the hangar's fire prevention system, San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow told The Mercury News. Matlow said the retardant discharged accidentally and began spilling out in the morning. All of the foam is released when the fire system goes off.
"The purpose is to prevent a flammable liquid fire inside the hangar from spreading ...," he said. "If there had been a fire, this system would've worked very well."
By the afternoon, the pulsating flow had surrounded two tanker trucks, reached to the bottom of a stop sign and filled a block-long stretch of the street. But much of it was gone several hours later as crews arrived at the scene to clean up.
They were trying to keep the foam in the storm drain, Matlow said. They blocked the drains and tried to break up the bubbles and vacuum the mess.
Crews were asking people to stay out of the foam, but a man on a bicycle pedaled through the fluffy mass, emerging covered in foam to laughing onlookers. The rider, Blake Harrington, said he could not see through it even when he stood up on his bike.
"Someone had to do it," Harrington told San Francisco Bay Area station KTVU-TV, saying the foam felt and smelled like soap.

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WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man sick of the mess seagulls leave at his dock and boat wants the neighbor he says is responsible for attracting the birds to pay up.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Frank Yacino has sued Lisa Pezzella in small claims court.
Yacino lives on Webster Lake in Webster. He says Pezzella feeds the seagulls that hang around his neighborhood, leaving droppings all over his property and making it impossible to enjoy the water. He's asking for $1,500 to replace his boat's seat covers and $500 for the time he's spent pressure-washing his dock.
The town has issued a cease-and-desist order to Pezzella, based on video officials say shows her feeding gulls.
Her lawyer calls the case silly and denies his client feeds the birds.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who posed as a Roman Catholic priest and sold phony trips to see Pope Francis is going back to jail after a Los Angeles judge said he's up to his old tricks.
The Los Angeles Times says Erwin Mena was sentenced Friday to 264 days in jail. He's also barred from coming within 100 feet of an Archdiocese of Los Angeles facility.
Mena was convicted of grand theft in February. Authorities say he officiated at Masses, funerals, confessions, and at least one marriage at a Los Angeles church and sold thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see Pope Francis during last year's U.S. visit.
Mena was released from jail in July but rearrested on Nov. 2 for posing as a priest at another church.

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A woman driving a car with "police" written across the side has been snapped being pulled over by WA officers.
The unusual scene was captured by Anna-Marie Gibbs during her lunch break on Monday at The Esplanade outside Elizabeth Quay.
"I thought it was hilarious," she said.
The 33-year-old driver was not fined for the unique paint job, but will face court for traffic offences including driving an unlicensed vehicle.
Other social media users who saw the car over the weekend and on Monday joked they could not spot a difference between the vehicles.
Shail Vekaria wrote on Facebook: "New undercover cop car."
A police spokesman said there would have been an issue if the police crest was used.
The decorated car has been impounded for 28 days.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A katana sword that was missing from an Anchorage card shop has been returned.
KTVA-TV reports surveillance video shows a person dressed as a ninja leaving BOSCO'S Comic, Cards & Games with what looked to be the Japanese-style sword.
Employee Eric Helmick said in an email that a man bought the sword from the thief and brought it back to the shop Thursday after hearing on the news that it was stolen.
Helmick said the man waited at the shop for Anchorage police officers to arrive and told them what happened.
The sword was slightly damaged.
He said the shop's staffers are thankful this odd situation wasn't worse and that they all got a chuckle out of it.

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KOSTAJNICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Pretty much any soccer match played at the Kostajnica field is an international: The grounds were split between Croatia and Bosnia after the dissolution of Yugoslavia and players now cross in and out of the EU throughout the match.
A third of the field ended up in one country, the rest in the other. If the ball is kicked deep into a nearby grove of trees, that's when one of the staffers of the local Partizan club springs into action.
"The logistics manager always has a passport with him and then goes and gets the ball," said Zoran Avramovic, the club's vice president. However, the manager is rarely challenged, fans from the two countries mingle freely and the border isn't marked on the field.
In former Yugoslavia, borders of the six republics did not matter much and many towns, villages, roads and even airports developed over time, spreading over the administrative boundaries.
But as the republics declared independence in the early 1990s, those administrative lines became international borders which zig and zag through towns, villages and roads, creating problems for the residents.
One town like that is Kostajnica, where the border now cuts through the river Una over 20 times in the outskirts and then runs straight through town.
"Our sewage system as well as the electricity grid is split," said Aleksandar Pasic, the spokesman for the Kostajnica municipality in Bosnia.
"A number of residents now have their gardens in Croatia and must cross the border to get to them," he added.
Since Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, it had to enforce strict import rules, making it difficult for residents of Bosnian Kostajnica to do something as simple as hauling manure to their fields in Croatia.
So if Sead Ikanovic wants to work on his land or harvest his crops in Croatia, he first has to wash his tractor as one cannot enter the EU with dirty tires. Then he drives to the nearby border crossing to show his passport and then to his field. Bringing manure can be complicated.
"Ten years ago, I did not know I had to do all this and the Croatian police came as I was working in the field and took me in for questioning. I had to go to the court in Sisak and pay two fines and I was banned from entering," Ikanovic said. Sisak is a city in Croatia.
The rules have since changed, allowing Ikanovic and others like him to work on their fields in Croatia after presenting their passports.
"Now there are no problems if I show my documents but I wish the two countries would reach an agreement that would make it easier for us living here," Ikanovic said.

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