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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, October 11th

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve unsolved killings and other cold cases by selling decks of playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners.
The state Bureau of Investigation and state Department of Correction showcased the cards Wednesday. The decks are reminiscent of those distributed in 2003 to help U.S. troops identify members of Saddam Hussein's government during the Iraq War.
Bureau of Investigation Director Stan Florence says similar programs in Florida, Colorado, Connecticut and South Carolina have garnered information that helped solve about 40 homicides.
The cards are being sold at six of the state's approximately two dozen prisons at $1.42 per pack and will eventually be the only playing cards available at the other facilities.
Oklahoma has approximately 27,000 inmates.

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EDGECOMB, Maine (AP) - A Maine teacher who pleaded guilty to shoplifting a $14.99 blouse after winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize is accused of violating her conditions of release by stealing a $28 dog leash.
Wiscasset police tell the Bangor Daily News that Nancie Atwell received a summons for theft Friday.
Atwell had pleaded guilty to stealing a blouse in 2016 in a plea agreement that required her to stay out of trouble for two years.
The 66-year-old Atwell was also charged with theft in a 2014 case that came to light after the 2016 charge. The outcome of that case wasn't immediately clear.
Atwell founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb. She won the Varkey Foundation's teaching award in 2015.
She couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
 
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a New York high school had to be placed on lockdown after a fight broke out among students and another brawl erupted when their parents arrived.
Police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal that at least 10 officers were sent to Poughkeepsie High School just before noon Tuesday after a fight broke out among students.
Police say the students' parents later arrived and got into a fight as well.
School district officials say an external threat required administrators to put the high school under a shelter-in-place warning until the threat was contained.
Police Sgt. George Camacho says he doesn't have details of the two fights or information on whether charges were filed.

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MOSCOW (AP) - Another summit, another dog.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday added a puppy to the litter of canine companions he's received as gifts. This one is a Central Asian Shepherd bestowed by the president of the ex-Soviet nation of Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov presented Putin with the puppy as a birthday gift. Putin, an avid dog lover, turned 65 over the weekend.
Putin cuddled Verny, which is Russian for "loyal," and kissed the pup on the head during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Putin previously received a Bulgarian shepherd named Buffy from Bulgaria's premier in 2010 and an Akita named Yume from a Japanese official in 2012.
Konnie, a black Labrador of Putin's who was famous for terrifying German Chancellor Angela Merkel, died a few years ago. Putin received Konnie as a gift from a Russian official in 1999.
The Russian leader also has been given horses and even a tiger.

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WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey house whose current owners were scared off the property by a creepy letter writer known as "The Watcher" is up for sale again.
Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the Westfield home in 2014, but they didn't move in after receiving the first of four letters from the anonymous stalker. The family tells Nj.com that the letter writer requested information about their children.
The house, which went up for sale on Monday, was previously listed in March 2016.
The Broadduses say they can't live in the house because of the letters, which they say came from someone with a "mentally disturbed fixation" on the home. They say they received the last letter earlier this year.
Westfield police have previously said there's no suspect in the case.

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A California man was arrested on drug charges after he was seen loitering and acting strangely in a nearby nature reserve.
Steven Holley, 55, was loitering in the Miners Ravine Nature Reserve, near Sacramento, last Thursday around 9 p.m., when officers noticed he was "acting bizarrely" and "definitely did not look like he was interested in the beauty that the park offers," investigators said.
Upon his arrest, the Placer County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook that Holley struggled with the law enforcement officers, and urinated on one deputy during the encounter.
Holley eventually was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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(Huffington Post) DENVER - They couldn't find porridge or, for that matter, Goldilocks.
But that was of little concern to the three bears that broke into a pizza shop in Estes Park, Colorado, this week.
Judging from surveillance footage of the early Sunday heist, the ursine family ? unlike Goldilocks ? was perfectly content eating food that wasn't "just right." The mother bear and her two cubs made a meal of cold pizza dough and salami, rifling through a trash can and a prep table to find it.
Antonio's Real New York Pizza shared the video on Facebook. The bears gained entrance to the kitchen by ripping the drive-through window out of the wall, according to the restaurant. They ate more than 40 pounds of dough and caused around $1,000 in damage.
"The bears need help and we need to figure out how to help them," DeSousa told "Inside Edition." "We moved into the woods knowing full well they existed, and the idea they should die because they're starving is ridiculous."
Estes Park passed an ordinance earlier this year requiring bear-proof trash containers. DeSousa speculated the law "forced the bears' paws" and inspired a more creative hunt for food.
DeSousa elaborated on his thinking in a followup Facebook post:
I've been thinking about this all day and am embarrassed by the "rules" in place for the wildlife we've encroached upon. A bear's sense of smell is 2100 times ours. They can smell your blood but don't kill you for it, yet if they are removed from town and dropped off in some random place, then use their sense of smell to return, they are killed. All they want is calories with which to hibernate. Man kills for far less than food to eat. We have to come up with a better set of deterrents than creating rules which ensure their euthanization based on the need to eat.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife didn't immediately respond to a call from HuffPost.
Bears are a familiar concern in Estes Park. So far this year, the town's emergency dispatch has fielded around 170 bear-related calls, reports the Estes Park Trail-Gazette.

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McDonald's is in hot water with a lot of its customers, over a shortage of Szechuan sauce.
Angry customers are even threatening boycotts and a class-action lawsuit over the sauce shortfall.
The trouble began after McDonald's brought back its long-discontinued Szechuan dipping sauce for one day - last Saturday.
But there was nowhere near enough sauce available, enraging customers.
There were even reports of fights breaking out as people competed over the few packets that were available.
Some McDonald's stores were reportedly given as few as 20 sauce packets.
McDonald's first introduced its Szechuan sauce in 19 years ago as part of a promotion with the Disney movie "mulan," but it was then discontinued.
Earlier this year, the Cartoon Network show "Rick and Morty" set off a a cult-like demand for the sauce.
40,000 people even signed a petition asking McDonald's to bring it back.
the company agreed to do that for just one day - and that's what lead to the trouble.
After the ordeal, McDonald's issued a statement on Twitter -- taking blame for the situation and saying it was "not cool."
The chain restaurant also announced it's going to bring back the Szechuan sauce again this winter.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department says a suspected shoplifter jumped through a window of a Times Square comic book store in an attempt to escape security guards.
Police say the man ran around the inside of Midtown Comics Tuesday afternoon before jumping through a window and falling two stories.
Witnesses say the bruised and bloodied man tried to crawl away, but was taken into custody. He's being treated for his injuries at an area hospital.
The comic book store says police are investigating and its staff is safe.
The NYPD says charges are pending.

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Washington state authorities say a Port Orchard man was charged with first-degree theft along with first-degree malicious mischief for allegations that he tried to steal a $335,000 sailboat, and caused more than $5,000 in damage to the boat by trying to unlock a steering wheel.
The Kitsap Sun reports that the 34-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday after he told authorities that he intended to sail to Bellingham to be with his girlfriend.
The suspect is accused of using emergency contact information on the boat to call its owner, who said the suspect told him his boat was "too complicated" to sail.            
Bremerton police say the man told them he was tired of the concrete and wanted to "sail like a pirate."

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