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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, November 22nd

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A Christmas tree selected for the Rhode Island Statehouse rotunda has been removed after staff decided it was too puny.
The 14-foot-tall tree was donated by a tree farm. Workers put it up Tuesday but then realized it was too small and didn't fill the rotunda.
The governor's office says the little tree was moved outside to the statehouse steps and will be decorated and displayed there.
The office has gotten a 20-foot-tall tree to replace it.
There have been a few mishaps with Rhode Island's Statehouse tree in recent years. In 2005, the tree shed all its needles after it was doused in fire retardant.
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee refused to call it a Christmas tree, calling it a holiday tree instead. That led to angry protests.

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VIENNA (AP) -- This robbery failed before it began. The bank was closed.
Austrian police have arrested a man who they say tried to rob a bank in Vienna - but arrived too early.
Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer says the 45-year old suspect entered the bank foyer Tuesday armed with a gas pistol and with a hood drawn over his head but 15 minutes before opening time.
He says that passers-by alerted police after the man hid his weapon under newspapers and paced nervously as he waited for the main doors to open.
The man wasn't identified in line with Austrian privacy laws. Police say his planned getaway vehicle was a stolen scooter.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- An 86-year-old man who just picked up knitting during the summer has woven more than four dozen caps being delivered to premature babies born at Atlanta hospital.
WAGA-TV reports retired engineer Ed Mosely was encouraged by the staff at his assisted living facility to make the caps to mark World Prematurity Day. Mosely and several other residents took up the challenge, knitting more than 350 unique caps, for babies at Northside Hospital. Mosely knitted 55 of them.
The caps were delivered to the hospital on World Prematurity Day last Thursday, but Mosely says he'd be happy to continue the project.
He says making the caps is easy to do and he has "a lot of time."

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LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - A legal motion to dismiss a case against some women who went topless at a New Hampshire beach and were ticketed has been denied.
Three women supporting the Free the Nipple movement were cited by police for appearing topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia over Memorial Day weekend.
Police say the women violated an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless.
The women said their constitutional rights to freedom of expression were being violated and filed a motion to dismiss the case against them early last month. They argue there's no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don't have to cover their nipples.
NH1.com reports a judge's order dated Sunday says protecting "the public sensibilities" is an important government interest based on the difference between the sexes.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Major League Baseball has honored a Philadelphia Phillies fan for making a wife-saving catch.
Dennis Pollock caught a foul ball May 16 at Citizens Bank Park just before it hit his wife's face.
Philly.com says Major League Baseball has named Pollock's barehanded grab the Best Fan Catch of the Year. The honor was announced Friday.
The Phillies were playing the Miami Marlins when Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis fouled off a pitch that was headed right toward Louise Pollock.
Dennis Pollock says he reflexively grabbed for the ball and is now getting recognized in public as "the guy who caught that foul ball."

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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a trucker dumped a load of corn on a southeast Nebraska highway after reading a text telling him he'd been fired.
Court records say 36-year-old Darren Walp, of Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, is charged with felony criminal mischief and a related misdemeanor. The records don't list the name of his attorney.
A court document says Walp was driving the load from Reynolds, Nebraska, to Hanover, Kansas, on Aug. 8 when he exchanged texts with his boss. The document says that soon after Walp read that he'd been dismissed, he stopped the truck on Nebraska Highway 8 near Odell, got out and opened the grain trailer's bottom hatch doors.
The document says Walp then drove down the highway, spilling out nearly 1,000 bushels of corn - nearly $3,100 worth.

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A young bull escaped from a Philadelphia slaughterhouse Tuesday afternoon, leading police on a chase past a city high school and down Interstate 95.
The bovine broke free from a truck outside the Saba Live Poultry meat processing facility along the 2100 block of North Hancock Street in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
A worker at the plant, who refused to give his name, told NBC10 that staff were were preparing to unload the bull from a truck when it charged them and scampered off.
The man placed blame on the truck driver, saying he failed to properly pull the truck into a loading dock.
The animal then began a more than 4-mile trek through several city neighborhoods and onto two highways.
One of his first stops was at Kensington High School along East Cumberland Street. Witness Pete Colon said the bull darted in front of his car before walking up to a door at the school.
The bull then made its way toward the Delaware River and onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, heading against traffic.
Stunned drivers stopped their cars as the scared steer meandered through the jam.
A woman, who did not want to give her name, said at first she thought a horse was running at her car.
I thought it was going to trample over and smash me and my car," she said after tweeting a photo of the bull staring at her through the windshield.
From there, the bovine made its way back onto city streets in Chinatown. It ducked into some brush and trees next to the Interstate 676-95 interchange at 7th and Vine streets. Police and state conservation officers cornered him there.
Concerned about the public's safety, a Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer fired on the animal three times using a 12 gauge shotgun, killing it.
No humans were injured in the incident, police said.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A Rhode Island ballet company says its annual production of "The Nutcracker" will go on as scheduled despite the theft of the title character's mask and costume, the Sugar Plum Fairy's tutu and other costumes.
The Festival Ballet Providence's costumes were discovered missing from a Pawtucket warehouse last week.
Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric (muh-HY'-low JUHR'-itch) says while "a significant blow," the theft has made the dancers determined to make this year's performance extra special.
He has contacted ballet companies across the nation to see what is available to borrow, and several have stepped up.
The value of the stolen costumes hasn't been determined, but is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars. Police are investigating.
The company has been performing "The Nutcracker" for nearly 40 years. The show opens Dec. 16.

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Jacksonville, NC - Some people who watched a weekend Christmas parade in one North Carolina city say one of the floats belongs on the naughty list.
Studio 360 decorated its float with poles for dancing during Saturday's Christmas holiday parade in Jacksonville.
Some viewed the float as a legitimate form of exercise, but others felt the entry was inappropriate for families who bring children to the parade each year.
Studio 360 manager Brianna Owens says people on the float were fully clothed, and there was nothing bad going on.
"I did exactly what I set out to do," she said. "Which was to get people talking about pole fitness. Because once they're talking about it. They're willing to be educated."
But parade viewers like Sharon Reagan disagreed. 
"I don't agree with that type of pole dance in a family parade, in a military parade," she said. "You know this is something for our community."
The parade is put on by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, but they're not talking about the dispute and whether any changes will be made before next year's parade.

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Boston, MA - Watch out -- there's a new wall decoration that just might leave you 'burning' for more.
The 2017 Boston firefighters calendar has been released.
It features 12 hunky firefighters from different stations within the Boston Fire Department.
The calendar costs $20, but it's all for a good cause.
100% of the proceeds go to the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation -- a non-profit that provides emotional and financial support to burn victims and their families.
The firefighters say while they work for their big muscles... they all have big hearts.
"It's all for the Burn Foundation," said firefighter Elliot Chefitz. "We give 100% of the proceeds to them. We help raise money to keep families close while they're rehabbing. It takes a really long time to rehab from burns, so we just pay for a lot of expenses they incur."
"I lost a lot of 'love weight' right before the calendar," explained another firefighter, Jack Giordano. "I got out of a relationship, and I hit the treadmill, hit the weights, and my buddy didn't want to do the calendar, so I said let's go for it."
Firefighters say they raised more than $30,000 from the calendars last year, and they hope to raise more than that this year.
 

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