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Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 12th

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PARSONSFIELD, Maine (AP) -- Authorities say a Maine man used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son's mobile home during a family dispute and only stopped when he learned his 7-year-old grandson was inside.
The York County sheriff's department says 50-year-old John Bubar was involved in a dispute with his 27-year-old son, Michael, on Sunday over rent payments and debris in the yard.
The son and his family live in a mobile home on John Bubar's property in Parsonsfield.
Authorities say the elder Bubar damaged the mobile home with a front-end loader and backhoe.
Bubar was arrested on a charge of domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. His grandson wasn't hurt.
It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian firefighters got out the axes to rescue a freezing almost 500-pound (225-kilogram) female moose from the ice on the weekend.
The Shediac fire department in Canada's East Coast province of New Brunswick got a call Saturday morning from a homeowner on the Shediac River who spotted a moose stuck in ice.
"We had all the boys dispatched to retrieve him," Firefighter Jos LeBlanc said Monday.
He said the moose first appeared agitated by firefighters but then calmed down and simply watched them work. He took a video of the rescue that involved three firefighters on the ice with axes and three more on the shore with ropes and life jackets.
LeBlanc said they smashed a path to the shore, but the animal seemed reluctant to mount the riverbank.
So they returned to scare the moose, which responded by mounting the bank before running off.
The rescue took an hour and a half. He said it is unclear whether the moose was otherwise able to recover from its time in the frigid river.

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BOSTON (AP) -- Voracious squirrels are going nuts for Christmas lights in Boston.
The Boston Globe reports the furry rodents have chewed through electrical wires for the colorful, festive lights strung in trees on Boston Common.
City parks officials say they've received numerous reports about holiday light outages on the city's online reporting app. One recent visitor noted nearly half the lights on the Common's 47-foot Christmas tree were out, an issue the city says has since been addressed.
The lights are hanging in about 60 trees, the visitor's center and other buildings in the historic downtown park.
The contractor hired to string and maintain the lights has turned to using an animal repellent derived from hot peppers to deter the animals. A parks department spokesman says the squirrels appear to have a fondness for copper.

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an orangutan couple who are expecting a baby.
The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is requesting several items on the Target registry, including the movie "Zootopia," stuffed animals, a musical crib mobile, SpongeBob SquarePants bubble bath, books and a Dolly Parton CD.
Several items on Mei and KJ's registry have been purchased. Mei is due in late January.
Zoo curator of exhibits and programs Terri Cox says each of the items on the gift registry was selected to help provide enrichment for the new arrival and other zoo animals.
The zoo is also planning to host a baby orangutan shower on Dec. 18 near the orangutan exhibit. Human guests will be able to enjoy cake.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over the wrong motorist: a real police officer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 20-year-old Nicholas Keeton was charged Thursday with false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.
Police say Keeton was driving an Impala equipped with a siren and flashing lights when he pulled up next to another vehicle Thursday at an intersection and allegedly identified himself as a police officer.
The driver of the other vehicle - an actual city officer in his personal vehicle - then arrested Keeton.
Online court records don't list a lawyer for Keeton.

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According to Billboard, the biggest selling CD act of 2016 isn't on tour. A massive boxed set of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's records had the biggest-selling year.
The Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition sold 1.25 million total CDs in five weeks since its October 28th release, Universal Music Group announced.
Now the catch is the box set holds every single composition written by the musician in 200 CDs - running a staggering 240 hours. And technically, that means only 6,250 box sets have sold in total.
It's pretty impressive for a man who did sing, dance or play guitar.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - The Romanian prime minister's tieless look has become a talking point before the parliamentary election, applauded by some, but also a reason for disapproval in the conservative Eastern European country.
Dacian Ciolos, is the first prime minister, after Petre Roman, a university professor who played a key role in Romania's 1989 revolution, to provoke public debate for not wearing a tie in formal public appearances.
A former European Union commissioner, Ciolos was appointed premier in Nov. 2015 to head a government of technocrats, after Victor Ponta was forced to resign over massive anger about a nightclub fire that killed 64.
Roman became famous for his red jumper and dazzling smile. He fought in the revolution where more than 1,100, died and donned his famous red jumper as he was named provisional prime minister during the revolt, after Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown and executed After he was formally appointed prime minister, he began wearing ties.
Ciolos' decision to go tieless during the electoral campaign is perceived as a political gesture, not a fashion statement.
"It shows that he is relaxed and doesn't want to create a distance between himself and the average person," said Lia Galic, an English teacher.
However, others said the lack of neckwear, was irksome.
"It is a lack of respect. How can he appear without a tie? Even crooks wear ties. He mocked us," said Valentina Lupan, an architect.
In contrast, Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social Democrats who are expected to come first in Sunday's election, has worn a plain red or blue tie in pre-election appearances.
Ciolos gave an interview to The Associated Press this week in a room where the photos of former Romanian prime ministers adorn the walnut-paneled walls. Prime ministers of the 19th-century wore uniforms. In the early part of the 20th century, a couple wore black ties, including all-black bow ties.
The first Romania prime minister to make a bold statement with his tie was Communist Prime Minister Petru Groza, who came to power in 1945, and wore a striped tie.

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EDGEWATER, Colo. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy is in big trouble after taking his mom's Mercedes on a joyride early Saturday and crashing into a parked car.
Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey says the mother left the keys to her car on a table and was unaware her child was missing until she was contacted by police.
Mackey says police saw the car moving slowly without its lights on and tried to stop it. The car ran a red light and went several blocks before making a sharp turn and hitting a parked vehicle.
The boy and two companions in the car were not seriously injured. They have been returned to their parents while the district attorney looks into possible charges.

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CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) - A dispatcher for a Vermont county sheriff's office faces charges after police say she let her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the facility, where they stole prescription medication and other property and evidence.
The Valley News reports that 25-year-old Sonya Lowe, of Barre City, a dispatcher for the Orange County sheriff in Chelsea, will face nine charges stemming from three incidents in November.
The two men, 25-year-old Jeremiah Sadler, of Barre, and 23-year-old Kyle Larrabee, of Washington, allegedly engaged police in a motor vehicle chase on Thursday in Williston, Vermont. The chase ended in Moretown when the vehicle Sadler was driving crashed into two full-size state Agency of Transportation plow trucks.
It could not immediately be determined if the three have lawyers.

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Kansas City, MO - A beloved family cat that went missing seven years ago, has been reunited with her family, more than 1,000 miles away.
"Sky" the Siamese cat arrived in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday on a flight from Orlando, Florida.
Sky disappeared when her family lived in Naples.
She recently snuggled up to a couple at a convenience store in Florida, where they gave her a bath, fed her and had her micro-chip checked.
It turns out her family was now living in Kansas City, and they were thrilled to find out Sky had been found.
Sky got back to Missouri thanks to a traveler who heard her story, and offered to take the kitty with her on a flight she was taking from Orlando to Kansas City.
 

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