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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 12th

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a man pulled over in Des Moines after a car pursuit told state troopers that he wanted to be chased because it was on his bucket list.
Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the man refused to halt a little before 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a trooper tried to stop him over a violation on Interstate 80. The 10- to 15-minute chase ended soon after he left the interstate. He was taken into custody.
That's when the 46-year-old Des Moines resident shared his bucket list story with troopers. Court records don't yet show that he's been charged.
State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright told The Associated Press that he'd never heard such an excuse in his 28 years of policing.

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SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) - A pair of skinny-dippers gave a wedding reception at a scenic Massachusetts restaurant more of a view than expected.
Zachary Tomko tells WHDH-TV he didn't realize there was a restaurant nearby when he and Holly O'Neil jumped naked into the water at Salisbury Beach on Saturday.
Salisbury Police Chief Thomas Fowler tells The Boston Globe his department received several calls about the nude swimmers from both beachgoers and members of the wedding party.
Fowler says police charged 29-year-old Tomko and 20-year-old O'Neil, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, with disorderly conduct.
Bride Leah Allen says the swimmers made for a "really interesting wedding day," and she applauded them for braving the cold water.
 
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ROME (AP) - An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.
Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days' family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.
LAV president Gianluca Felicetti says in a statement that anyone who obtains a veterinarian's certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola's case as precedent.
The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumor and a larynx problem. The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be identified. She had adopted Cucciola, found abandoned in a Rome park.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A city in Nebraska has sold a house for only $43. But that may turn into a bargain for local taxpayers.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports the city of Lincoln paid $675,000 for a land that will be used for a new fire station.
Assistant Fire Chief Pat Borer says a house on the property was recently sold through an online auction for $43. The buyer plans to move the house to another town, which means the city won't have to knock it down to make room for the new fire station.
Borer says that will save Lincoln thousands of dollars in demolition costs.
Public Safety Director Tom Casady says the ranch-style house with a two-car garage will be moved to Shubert, about 67 miles (107 kilometers) southeast of Lincoln.

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LONDON (AP) - British paramedics say a man almost died when a fish he had just caught jumped down his throat.
South Western Ambulance Service says medics were called to the pier in Boscombe, southern England, on Oct. 5 and found a 28-year-old man in cardiac arrest.
They were told he had put the 14-centimeter (6-inch) Dover sole over his mouth as a joke, but it wriggled free and jumped down his throat, blocking his airway.
Paramedic Matt Harrison said he tried to remove the fish with forceps "although the fish's barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up." On the sixth attempt he managed to extract it whole.
The ambulance service said Thursday the man, who has not been identified, suffered "no lasting effects" from the mishap.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Durham veterinarian and two employees are facing charges after authorities say they let three pigs go free in their office parking lot.
Durham County deputies say the owner of the sow and two piglets wanted the animals spayed but tried to retrieve them from Affordable Animal Hospital last month after a dispute over the price. The owner says he had to leave the animals after the office wouldn't let him use a crate to transport them.
That night, deputies say they got a report about livestock roaming free in the office parking lot.
Outlets report Wednesday veterinarian Paula Kay Bullock and employees Sonia Velazquez and Daisee Trejo face three counts each of abandoning an animal and allowing livestock to run at large. It wasn't known if they had lawyers.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 300-pound black bear was killed after it wandered into an Anchorage post office.
Anchorage television station KTVA reports the bear got inside the building Sunday after walking through an open door near the loading dock.
The facility was closed, but U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Dawn Peppinger says about 75 employees were sorting mail when the bear got inside the post office near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Employees notified airport police. The bear climbed on a conveyor belt and wound up in an area where garbage is compacted.
Airport Deputy Police Chief Dave Schulling says several officers responded, and found the animal near several dozen people. The bear was killed when officers' efforts to get the animal back outside failed.

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"An alien made me do it."
That's what a Sheboygan, Wisconsin man said, who's accused of vandalizing and then trying to burn down a home multiple times.
From graffiti to a broken window and a charred back porch, the damage is clear.
The family who is renovating the home, says for a month someone has been damaging their property.
District Attorney Joel Urmanski says it started with someone spray painting the letters D-N-A on the house and then escalated.
Last week, the vandal tried burning the house down by lighting the porch on fire for the second time.
Police say 31-year-old Anouphong Inphachack was first spotted by a neighbor holding a gas can, and last Thursday arrested by an officer on patrol.
His motivation according to investigators -- bizarre.
According to the criminal complaint, Inphachak thought he had been infected with an "alien virus" and aliens had "modified his DNA."
Inphachak told authorities a man who once lived in the home has been trying to "kill him for a while now" and aliens made him do this.
The complaint says the suspect admitted he suffers from Schizophrenia.
His parents later telling police their son stopped taking his meds.
Kate Baer with Mental Health America Sheboygan County says there are lots of resources for people in similar situations.
While not involved in this case -- she reminds anyone who needs help -- to call.
A bail for the suspect was set at $100,000.

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PINELLAS PARK, FL - A 26-year-old man has been arrested for bank robbery in Largo, Florida. When deputies interviewed the man, he admitted to it, saying he was in need of money so he used Google to look up how to rob a bank.
According to detectives, William Joe Johnson entered the Achieva Credit Union just before 11 a.m. last week. Once inside the bank, he approached the bank teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash before taking off on foot.
Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to positively identify Johnson, of Pinellas Park, Florida. Detectives searched for Johnson and found him in a hotel room.
When interviewed, Johnson admitted to robbing the bank, saying he used Google to learn how to do it. Johnson said he originally planned to rob a nearby Wells Fargo,  but changed his mind after he entered the bank and saw the teller was a large man.
Johnson told investigators  he spent all the money he stole from the credit union and he planned to rob another bank on October 10. Detectives say Johnson used the stolen money to pay for rent, utilities and a drug binge.
Johnson was arrested without incident and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, charged with one count of robbery.

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(Fox) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received an unexpected package this week.
A visitor to Enchanted Rock sent back a stone she took claiming it had supernatural powers.
"I'm returning this rock to its owner, Enchanted Rock. I've had nothing but bad luck since I took it. Sorry I did it. P.S. not able to do it in person," the note from a visitor identified only as Maria read.
It's the first time Texas Parks and Wildlife staff have had someone return a stone to them.
"It's definitely unusual. It's one of those stories that are probably going to stick around with us for a while," said Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Stephanie Garcia.
If any stone were to have supernatural powers, Enchanted Rock would be the first place park staff would look.
"We've had Native Americans living here for over 11,000 years, so, of course there's some legends of the mystical powers of Enchanted Rock," said Doug Cochran, park superintendent at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
As for Maria's gem, Cochran said he already has plans for it. 
"We're going to put it in a very special place where nobody knows it except me and one other person," Cochran said.
 

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