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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, November 29th

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GARDNER, Kan. (AP) -- Motion-activated cameras intended to capture images of mountain lions in a Kansas park have instead snapped pictures of pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus.
Police said they found the images on the two cameras at the park in Gardner on Monday.
Interspersed among images of skunks and coyotes were photos of people wearing costumes pretending to be lions wrestling, a gorilla, various monsters and an old person with a walker. And of course Santa made an appearance during the three nights of high jinks.
Cpl. Robert Huff said it was "pretty comical" and "creative." The pranksters have not come forward.
The cameras were established this month to investigate reports of mountain lions. No mountain lions were detected.
Gardner is 30 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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EXETER, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire town that said it wouldn't be decorated with holiday lights this season because of code issues with a utility now has a glimmer of hope.
The Portsmouth Herald reports that Exeter town officials have been talking to Unitil and are looking to get an electrician to install a needed meter and utility pole panel so they can set up their lighted garlands.
Unitil installed some new poles this summer that changed the overall electric layout of downtown. Scott Wade of Unitil had told officials that the garlands get close to energized electrical lines; they can't be within 40 inches.
Unitil has offered to do some line work, and the local fire and public works departments are pitching in to get holiday lights up.

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Washington, D.C. - The ice bucket that started the viral challenge a few years ago is now part of history.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History opened a new exhibit on the history of philanthropy today.
Since the ALS ice bucket challenge became a fundraising phenomenon, that first bucket is a showcase item.
In 2014, Anthony and Jeanette Senerchia tied the existing ice bucket challenge to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and it became a viral social media campaign 
Around the world, it raised more than $50 million for ALS research.

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Nashville, TN - The newest Powerball millionaires went public this morning.
The group of 20 co-workers purchased the winning ticket worth $420.9 million from a store in Lafayette, Tennessee.
The group says they play twice a week and spend $60 each time.
They are all employees of the North American Stamping Group in Portland, Tennessee.
Saturday's prize is the 12th largest Powerball jackpot in US history.

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TEXARKANA, Ark. - A baby was ejected during a car crash ends up in a storm drain, 25-feet away. She is found alive, reaching up to rescuers and with only a scratch on her forehead, firefighters said.
A truck sideswiped a car Friday night along Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas, officials told KSLA. The family vehicle flipped over and the 8-month-old girl was thrown from it. Her family were able to get out of their vehicle and looked for her, but could not find her.
Rescuers arrived and heard a sound near a patch of grass. The infant was found inside a storm drain - more than two dozen feet from the roadway, authorities said.
"The baby was sitting and looking up at us waiting to be pulled out," Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore said. "Some kind of divine intervention?"
Authorities think the baby rolled down a hill to the drain. It took three firefighters to get her out. She had a minor injury.
"There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being okay," Moore said.
The child was taken to a hospital along with four other people in the car. All have been released except for the driver who is still recovering.
"So many times, we go out and things aren't okay," Texarkana Fire Capt. Charlie Smith said. "During the holidays, to have a positive thing happen, just feels good."
Police said the child was not properly restrained in the car seat at the time of the accident and that the car seat was also not properly installed, but no citation was issued.
The driver of the truck was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change.

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say a woman tried to use a slice of pizza as a form of identification to get into a college town bar and slapped the bouncer when he refused her entry.
Monkey Bar co-owner Rasif Rafiq tells The Boston Globe the apparent college student had attempted to hand the bar's bouncer a slice of pizza she had purchased at a nearby shop as proof of her legal age last week. She allegedly became aggressive and a nearby police officer got involved.
Police say the woman was issued a trespass notice to stay away from the club.
Rafiq says his phone has been "blowing up" since the early morning incident at the Amherst bar was reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and picked up by other news outlets.

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BALTIMORE -  The American Visionary Art Museum is known for highlighting the work of self-taught artists, as well as mechanical devices, toys and whirligigs with colorful moving parts.
But through Sept. 3, visitors can see an exhibit titled "YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food," which examines the human relationship with food. It includes a 6-foot tall sculpture by Christian Twamley called "Sweepish Chef," which is made out of candy Peeps. The exhibit begins with a 10-foot motorized food mandala by Wendy Brackman, complete with bee pollinators that bob as the wheel turns. Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has a life-sized Gummy Bear self-portrait in the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 3.
The museum will be showing "Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe" through May 28. The exhibit includes about 150 works, including many of the artist's colorful and fantastical depictions of animals and autobiographical paintings with his personalized symbolic icons that recur throughout his work.
The permanent collection includes Vollis Simpson's 3-ton whirligig, which invitingly rotates outside the museum. The wind-powered sculpture, part of the museum's permanent collection, is 55 feet tall. Simpson, a farmer, mechanic and artist, was 76 years old when he made it as a salute to nearby Federal Hill and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Simpson, who died in 2013, built his first whirligig to power a washing machine while he was stationed on Saipan in the Marianas Islands in World War II.
The museum includes three renovated industrial buildings on about 1 acre.

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A South Florida woman has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a Fort Lauderdale bank robbery, FBI officials said Friday.
Chelsea Wilson, 24, of Hollywood, was arrested early Friday morning by the FBI and South Florida Violent Crime Task Force.
Wilson remained behind bars Friday on federal charges, Broward jail records showed. It was unknown if she's hired an attorney.
Officials said Wilson was involved in Thursday's robbery of a TD bank at 1215 Southeast 17th Street. The FBI and other agencies are still investigating.
At the most recent bank robbery, police say Wilson convinced her father to driver her there -- telling him she had a job interview. When she came out of the bank carrying about $300 in cash, he told officers he assumed it was an "advance payment" for her job. 

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LINO LAKES, Minn. - Police hear all kinds of excuses after pulling motorists over for DWI, but Minnesota cops got one last week they hadn't heard before.
Elizabeth Louis Lundberg, 33, is blaming her charge of aggravated DWI on anger over the outcome of the presidential election.
Lundberg was arrested in Lino Lakes after a three-vehicle crash the day after the election. When officers arrived, they found Lundberg had rear-ended a vehicle at a fairly high rate of speed, and that vehicle had crashed into the back of another car.
On the department's Facebook page, a post said Lundberg told arresting officers that  "I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home."
Police say Lundberg's speech was badly slurred, her eyes watery and bloodshot, and she seemed confused. She was argumentative, failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Lino Lakes Police station. While attempting to give a breath sample, she reportedly lost her balance, grabbed the breath testing machine and broke it. 
She was then taken to the Centennial Lakes Police Department, where Lundberg tested a .33 BAC, more than four times the legal limit. 

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A teenager in Brisbane, Australia got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob a noodle restaurant.
The teen walked in and handed the owner a note that read "I have one knife, give me money," so the owner Hunter Hu, pretended to go in the back and get the cash. 
Instead, he came back with two meat cleavers and chased the robber off, reportedly shouting "You have one knife? I have two!"
Hu chased the 19-year-old until police got there and arrested him. 
 

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