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Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 9th

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A British man flew his girlfriend all the way across the pond to New York City so he could propose to her at the firehouse used in the "Ghostbusters" franchise.
Wearing a hard hat and safety vest, Giles Baugh dropped to one knee at Ladder 8 in Tribeca and asked Melissa Ward to marry him.
Ward, who says she's learned to embrace Baugh's "Ghostbusters" fandom, happily agreed.
The New York Daily News reports the proposal took several months of planning.
A city employee convinced the FDNY to go along with Baugh's stunt so long as the proper safety precautions were taken. The 1903 firehouse is currently undergoing a $6.5 million renovation.
Baugh says he can recite his favorite scenes from the 1984 movie verbatim.

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EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) -- Fisher-Price has taken to Twitter to debunk any notion it has a bar-themed playset for toddlers.
The image of a Fisher-Price "Happy Hour Playset" was created and shared on Instagram by meme maker Adam Padilla. It shows three toddlers standing at a pretend bar, with one posing as a bartender. Two of the kids are holding what looks like plastic beer bottles.
The picture prompted some Twitter complaints to Fisher-Price. The toymaker's account responded that the product wasn't "endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price."
The image was posted just two days after Fisher-Price was the target of a spoof by "Saturday Night Live," which aired a fake ad for toys for sensitive boys, including a wishing well.
Fisher-Price says it appreciates "the suggestions as obvious love of the brand."

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A flock of wild turkeys, long considered menaces to one Oregon town, have sparked new ire after causing power outages in the eastern part of Medford.
The Mail Tribune reports that wild turkeys flying into Pacific Power Lines have been responsible for four morning outages in the last month, each time cutting off power for more than 1,600 residents and businesses.
Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall says the outages are definitely caused by the turkeys, though it's unclear how the utility will resolve the issue.
Unlike in rural areas, it is illegal to shoot or hunt within Medford's city limits. And trapping turkeys is thought to be difficult and time consuming.
State wildlife biologists say the power outages are a new symptom of the old problem of people feeding turkeys, allowing them to establish urban flocks.

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EVERETT, Pa. (AP) - Wal-Mart says a "Secret Santa" paid off 194 layaway accounts worth more than $46,000 at one of its western Pennsylvania stores.
WJAC-TV says the discount chain announced the gift Friday. It was received Wednesday by employees at a store in Everett, Bedford County. That's about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
A company spokesman tells the station that a woman walked into the store on behalf of a "Secret Santa" with a check to pay off the accounts.
Wal-Mart says it's "honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness."
Pamela Foor says she was one of the shoppers employees called with the good news. She says, "Some people really needed that this Christmas and I'm just grateful and thankful that they can do that."

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HONOLULU (AP) - The world's oldest known seabird is expecting - again.
Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest.
She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old. She's also the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's project leader for the refuge, Bob Peyton, said in a statement Friday that Wisdom has been returning to Midway for over six decades.
An ornithologist first put an identification band on her in 1956. She's had a few dozen chicks.
Midway is about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. It's part of the Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH'-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument.

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BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) -- Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.
Kneena Ellis, of Seabrook, and Kelly Eaton of Peabody, Massachusetts, claim in their Dec. 1 suit that they suffered permanent physical and emotional injury as a result of the Aug. 8 incident.
The suit says Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham.
It says the drone collided with the women while they were on the dance floor. The suit says they suffered a concussion.
Billcliff tells the Boston Herald he owns the drone, but wasn't operating it when it crashed. Scott Robb II, vice president of Searles Castle, said he never gave Billcliff permission to fly the drone.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A tribal firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting seven fires on Cherokee lands between 2010 and 2014 - fires he was paid to put out, WLOS reported.
Raymond Neal Swayney, 31, of Cherokee, N.C., appeared in federal court in Asheville Monday and pleaded guilty to intentionally setting fires on Cherokee lands, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Swayney was among temporary fireighters hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The firefighters are paid only for the hours they spend putting out fires or doing related maintenance.
According to information contained in filed court documents, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has the authority to hire temporary Administratively Determined (AD) Firefighters for emergencies in progress within the boundaries of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), including to cope with unexpected emergencies caused by fire or extreme fire potential. The hiring of an AD Firefighter is of uncertain, temporary duration.
Once a fire is assigned a fire code, AD firefighters are paid based upon the number of hours they worked in support of that fire code, which includes not only payment for actual firefighting but also post-fire maintenance of equipment, cleaning trucks, etc.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (WCMH) - A Colorado landlord is facing felony trespassing charges after he was allegedly caught having sex in a tenant's bed.
Logan Pierce says he was at work the other day when he got an alert from a camera set up in his apartment at Skyway Condominiums.
"I opened up the camera and kind of had to like quit the program and like restart it again because I didn't really believe what I saw," said Pierce. "I guess the first thing that went through my mind was like complete and utter disbelief."
Pierce said he immediately called his wife.
"I said honey I think we need to move like immediately," said Pierce.
Logan said the worst part wasn't the invasion of privacy, but that the couple used his wife's wedding dress to clean up afterward.
"To see how upset she immediately got because she was the one that realized that's what that was and they just threw it back and now that's gone because the authorities took it for DNA evidence," said Pierce.
Police said that even though landlords have the right to enter an apartment under limited circumstances for maintenance purposes, this is a clear case of felony trespassing.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sharing your Wi-Fi with a neighbor sounds like a pretty good idea -- you could split the costs, and everyone would be able to get online. But something must have made a woman in Iowa not want to share her password with the man who lives above her.
Police say the woman found 27-year-old Christopher Cummings inside her apartment, where he had broken in through a window. 
Officers say the man had asked the woman for her password in the past, but she told him he couldn't have it. 
When police asked Cummings why he did it, he admitted that he broke into her apartment to use her Wi-Fi. 
Officers booked him into jail on burglary charges. If convicted, he could spend 5 years in prison.

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VIENNA (AP) -- For all those who don't speak German - and indeed for those who do - here is Austria's word of the year, adding to the challenges of reading and speaking the language.
It's "Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung," or "postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election."
The tongue-twister was born of the record time it took to elect Austria's president, and was announced following a poll of 10,000 people carried out by the Research Unit for Austrian German at the University of Graz, in cooperation with the Austria Press Agency.
A first round in April was followed by a May runoff between the two most popular candidates. This was annulled because of irregularities. A new date set for October was then postponed because of faulty absentee ballots to Dec. 4, when the vote was won by Alexander Van der Bellen.

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