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Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 5th

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A good deed could turn into a $50 tip from Jackson law enforcement officials who will dole out donated money ahead of the holidays.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen says anonymous donors have contributed enough for deputies, officers and troopers to give $50 to $100 gifts.
Whalen said the money could be given out for almost anything, including good drivers or people who are simply down on their luck.
He said the cash gifts are about spreading goodwill.
Donations last year helped officials run a similar effort.
Whalen said all of this year's donors were Jackson Hole residents. The area has a number of wealthy residents who own large estates.

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LONDON (AP) -- An 89-year-old army veteran who made national headlines in Britain with a newspaper ad seeking work has started his new job.
The Cantina Kitchen & Bar in the seaside town of Paignton in southwestern England announced on its Facebook page that Joe Bartley was starting work Sunday.
The widower, whose wife died two years ago, placed the ad because he was "dying of boredom." He says his building has a community area but "not a soul comes in," and when he returns home, there's "nobody to talk to."
The local cafe made him an offer and the Herald Express newspaper posted a video of Bartley walking in to applause.
Bartley told the BBC he was "overwhelmed by all the attention" and was looking forward to "getting down to the job."

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BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Police in one Pennsylvania town have sent an armed robbery suspect a message on Facebook, and it's not because they want to be friends.
Bridgeville police say 32-year-old Robert Watkins III has been identified as the suspect in the Thanksgiving Day robbery of a Gulf station.
The police post, which includes the message, "It's only a matter of time before we find you" shows several pictures of Watkins, and says he's been identified through surveillance video at the scene.
The police believe Watkins may be headed to his hometown of Meadville, about 100 miles north of Bridgeville, in western Pennsylvania.
Online court records show police were still looking for Watkins on Monday on an arrest warrant for robbery and other charges.

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SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Transit officials say a passenger pulled the emergency stop on a train so he could retrieve the cellphone he dropped on the tracks.
Authorities say Eric Jones, of Harlem in New York City, was riding on a North Jersey Coast Line train when he accidentally dropped his phone onto the tracks while he was between cars.
The train was stopped around 8:20 a.m. Monday near the Secaucus Junction. The stoppage caused travel delays of up to 15 minutes on several lines during the morning commute.
NJ Transit issued a statement criticizing Jones' "reckless behavior," noting that he risked injury to himself and hundreds of others aboard the train.
A telephone number for Jones could not be located Monday afternoon. He is charged with defiant trespass and interfering with transportation.

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Two suspects in a weekend break-in at a Massachusetts convenience store had a fowl accomplice.
Northampton officers investigating a robbery in progress at a store at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday quickly found two men and a live rooster in a nearby car.
The men were arrested on breaking and entering and other charges, and the stolen property was recovered.
The rooster was not charged, but was taken to the station for safe keeping.
Police said on their official Facebook page that while they have provided temporary shelter for a variety of animals before, this was the first rooster.
There was no word on why the suspects had the bird. Their names were not released.

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- One juror in a Central Texas robbery trial apparently forgot to tell her family she'd be working late deliberating in the case, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.
The juror had been working late Thursday evening with fellow jurors in the McLennan County Courthouse and apparently had failed to let her family know about it, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Saturday.
Her family filed a missing person report with Waco police, which sent two officers to the courthouse to check on the woman's whereabouts and to make sure she was still on jury duty.
Jurors were still working at 11:45 p.m. when the officers interrupted their deliberations.
The officers were told the juror was fine and was inside the jury room with other jurors.
Judge Ralph Strother said in his 21 years in the criminal justice system, this was the first time someone had filed a missing person report for someone on jury duty.
The jurors got absorbed in their deliberations but officials don't want them to "take it so seriously that they forget their families," he said.
"We knew everything was OK, and I'm sure the family member was quite concerned, and I don't blame them. But from our perspective, it kind of brought a bit of comic relief from a very intense trial," Strother said.
The jurors continued deliberating until early Friday morning when the defendant in the case, 23-year-old William Trevunte Brown, pleaded guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors for robbing a smoke shop.

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SHELDON, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences.
Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their home recently and found a female moose in the pasture with their two Belted Galloway cows, Precious and Primrose.
The Abbotts told NECN the moose, dubbed "Molly," looked healthy.
"I think she was looking for companionship," Tim Abbott said.
In the late 1980s, a moose nicknamed Bullwinkle became a worldwide celebrity when it wandered into a Shrewsbury, Vermont, field, befriended a cow named Jessica and stayed for three months.
The Abbotts didn't want the moose to stay that long so they chased it off. But they enjoyed their visitor.
"It was a treat just to see the pictures, and get pictures close, and see how big and massive and tall they are," said Sharyn Abbott.
The Abbots said one of the cows, Primrose, was much more friendly with the moose while Precious was more standoffish.
The Abbotts don't know if the moose will be back.
Said Tim Abbott, "We watch for her every day, thinking she might show up again."

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.
Francis Keller, 56, was arrested by the Boynton Beach Police Department and charged with burglary. Police say they found him inside a post office work room using scissors to open packages.
Police said Keller, a former postal employee for 30 years, gained entry using an old security code for the door.
Authorities also said Keller was extremely intoxicated when he was found beside a cart full of open packages. According to police, he told officers he was planning to steal valuable items to buy crack.
Records show Keller was being held in the Palm Beach County jail.
It wasn't known if Keller has a lawyer.

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CHICAGO (AP) - LeBron James dressed like a champion - a World Series champion.
James made good on a bet with close friend Dwyane Wade and showed up wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform before Friday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.
James made a friendly wager on the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Cubs with his former Miami teammate Wade, a Chicago product who signed with his hometown team in the summer. The Cubs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win their first championship since 1908.
It was quite a sight seeing James in a Cubs uniform on Friday. He wore a No. 23 Cubs jersey with "James" stitched across the back, a Cubs hat partially covered by a Cubbie-blue hoodie, pinstripe pants and long baseball socks. James' uniform even had the 2016 World Series champions shoulder patch.
Wade was waiting for James when he arrived at the arena and took a picture of his former teammate. The two played four seasons together in Miami, leading the Heat to two championships and four straight NBA Finals appearances.
James led the Cavaliers to the title in June, ending Cleveland's 52-year championship drought.

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The so-called Roll Mole is giving Pizza Rat a run for its money.
A rat was recorded dragging a comically large dinner roll on the subway tracks on the Upper East Side, another sign of the determination the city's rats apparently possess when it comes to acquiring food bigger than them. 
Christian Waugh told NBC 4 New York he was waiting for a train home from a Christmas concert rehearsal last Thursday when he noticed a rat trying to drag a large dinner roll along the subway tracks at the 51st Street subway station.
Waugh said as he reached for his phone, the rat seemed to give up and dash away. However, the rat came back moments later to fight for his dinner. Waugh was able to take a quick video on his phone.
"I started recording his actions but noticed that no one else on the platform was paying attention whatsoever," Waugh told NBC 4 New York. "Most were just on their phone with no clue regarding the epic activity that was taking place."
Waugh said the event reminded him of Pizza Rat, but found the furtive antics of the dinner roll rat to be hilarious.
Waugh's friend dubbed the rodent the "Roll Mole."

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