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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 19th

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STANDISH, Maine (AP) - A Maine high school has rejected a student's submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun.
Bonny Eagle High School senior Wade Gelinas says he wanted his picture to feature hunting because it is a family tradition.
Principal Lori Napolitano tells WCSH-TV the school in Standish does not allow weapons in yearbook photos because administrators don't want to be forced to decide which images are promoting violence and which aren't.
The photographer says she thought there was "no way" Gelinas would be allowed to use it.
Gelinas says he will submit a different photo but hopes the school will change its policy.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence - all in the name of making a YouTube video.
Curtis Combs of Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful entry. An arrest affidavit says Combs was dressed as Pikachu and told authorities he wanted to become famous and had planned to post a video of it on YouTube.
The affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says Combs jumped a barrier on the outer perimeter of the south grounds of the White House complex and was quickly arrested.
Combs told police he expected to be arrested and had researched D.C. charges and previous jumpers.
Combs pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Combs' attorney, Edward Gaines, declined comment.
 
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A very large bear-about-town was spotted peering into shop windows in a California tourist community on Lake Tahoe.
The Placer (PLAH'-ser) County Sheriff's Office posted video on its Facebook page of the four-pawed prowler early Wednesday.
In it, Deputy Don Nevins shines his car's spotlight on the animal and shouts, "Hey, big boy!" before warning the bear against breaking into any of the shops it's sniffing around.
Shortly after, the bear darts in front of his patrol car and off into a park.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin says deputies respond to bear calls every day because they break into cars, homes and businesses. She said right now they are preparing for hibernation, so they're upping their calorie intake.

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HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area school district has apologized for altering a high school homecoming queen's purple hair in a photo.
Ebony Smith was crowned North Shore Senior High School's homecoming queen last month.
Galena Park Independent School District shared a photo of Smith online last week in which her hair had been altered to appear brown.
Smith says the image was poorly edited and embarrassing.
The school district has apologized for posting the altered photo and has since replaced it with a black-and-white version of the picture.
The district's student handbook says bright hair colors are unacceptable in the classroom, but Smith planned to dye her hair brown after homecoming.
Smith's mother, Tameasha Watkins, says the situation is upsetting because the district changed her daughter's appearance.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Public works crews have repaired a broken water main that caused a geyser to erupt from the ground in front of a New York City home.
The owner of the home in Staten Island's Todt Hill section told the Staten Island Advance that a powerful stream of water began pounding the front of the house Wednesday morning, breaking several windows.
The front lawn caved in and water from the broken pipe shot 15 to 20 feet into the air directly toward the house. The geyser eventually subsided but water continued to pour out of the hole as emergency crews arrived on the scene.
About two dozen homes in the neighborhood were without water.
The office of borough President James Oddo said the repairs were completed by early Thursday morning.

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WASILLA, Alaska (AP) - It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub.
KTUU-TV reports that a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realizing that the more than 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) alligator named Allie couldn't live in a tub anymore.
Rescue group Valley Aquatics took Allie in. Valley Aquatics owner Sheridan Perkins says Allie is a 3-year-old American alligator.
Perkins says she has thought about re-homing Allie in Florida.
The alligator is Wasilla's second run in this year with a large reptile. In May, a 17-foot (5.2-meter) python named Sam went missing for several days before reappearing in his home's living room. He returned through the door his owner left open for him.

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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - Two young men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts by demanding a single dollar in their robbery.
Police say two men entered the Brockton Market and Deli around lunchtime Tuesday while brandishing large hunting-style knives and demanded a single dollar. The men then fled.
The Enterprise reports the two young men were described as Hispanic and possibly between the ages of 15 and 18. One was wearing a red sweatshirt with a white shirt on top of it. The other was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
No arrests have been made.

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PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) _ Police in Louisiana have uncovered a sophisticated, Los Angeles-based identity theft ring, thanks to two men who skipped out on their $7 Waffle House bill, authorities said.
Waffle House employees called police Saturday, saying two men had stiffed the restaurant and driven away in a U-Haul van. Investigators were still taking statements at the restaurant when patrol officers spotted a U-Haul van parked at a nearby hotel, Pearl River police said Thursday.
A passenger ran into nearby woods as officers approached, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Daniel Hunter.
The officers arrested the driver, and a police dog tracked down the passenger, who also was arrested, he said.
Hunter said a search of the van turned up fake identification and credit cards, credit card skimming devices _ and a Waffle House receipt for $7.41.
The investigation revealed "a highly sophisticated identity theft scheme operating out of Los Angeles," he wrote.
He said the driver, Stayshawn D. Stephens, 20, of California, and Richard A. Brown, 18, of Indiana, had flown into New Orleans from different states, rented the van in New Orleans, and had installed credit card skimming devices at multiple gas stations in the area to steal customers' credit card numbers.
Investigators are working with the Secret Service and more arrests are possible, he said in an email.
Hunter said in an email that he did not immediately know Stephens' or Brown's hometowns.
The police statement said both were arrested on charges of identity theft, bank fraud, monetary instrument abuse and theft by fraud. Charges against Stephens also include criminal damage to property, driving with a suspended license, fraudulently acquiring credit cards and forgery, while those against Brown also include battery on a police officer and resisting arrest by flight, Hunter said.
"As long as I am here, we are not going to put up with any of this criminal nonsense, especially from criminals flying in from California and Indiana," Police Chief Johnny "JJ" Jennings said in the news release. "Let this be a lesson on etiquette as well; pay your bill and tip your waitress."

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The organizers of Milwaukee's marathon got the distance of the course wrong _ for the second year in a row. 
The PNC Milwaukee Marathon on Sunday turned out to be 4,200 feet _ or about eight-tenths of a mile _ short. That came after last year's race was measured too long, with runners going at least a half-mile too far.
Joe Zimmerman, president of race owner ROC Productions, emailed participants to say organizers "deeply regret this human error."
Runners are often hoping to qualify for prestigious marathons such as Boston's, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that many runners became alarmed when their tracking devices showed the distance was short.
Organizers last year adjusted race times downward for runners who ran too far, but Boston Marathon organizers didn't accept them.

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He's become Mr. Hawk-tober.
Remember that fan who made the great catch on Justin Turner's game-ending home run at Dodger Stadium over the weekend? Guess what? He did it again.
Keith Hupp came up with his second homer souvenir in the NL Championship Series, corralling the ball Cubs star Javier Baez hit into the bleachers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
"I'm still kind of a newbie at this ballhawking stuff," the retired policeman told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Chicago. "The only thing that's lightning strike-ish about this is that it's two in four days."
Hupp is 54, from Southern California and has rooted for the Dodgers forever. A season ticket-holder, he always sits in the outfield and has gotten 11 home-run balls this year.
But a pair of playoff goodies - hard to imagine anyone is having a better postseason than him.
Fan-tastic!
"I'm old, I've got gray hair and a bum shoulder," he said. "I do have a good glove."
Hupp said the Turner catch was easy. He scrambled toward a railing in the center-field stands and, with no one near him, leaned over to make the snag. The three-run drive in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Dodgers a 4-1 win in Game 2, and Hupp presented the ball to Turner that night.
The grab became an instant highlight and made Hupp an internet sensation. The play he made to get the Baez ball in Game 4, that was more painful.
Hupp was close to the top row of the left-field seats - above the noted ballhawks patrolling Waveland Avenue - when Baez connected in the second inning. The ball hit a back railing and caromed into a swarm of fans, beneath a TV camera stand.
"Everyone was about half my age, but I pounced. I'll pounce if there are no kids around," he said.
"I grabbed the ball and tried to tuck it in, like a football," he said. "I got piled on pretty good, I could feel a couple guys trying to rip it out of my glove. It felt like I got a cracked rib."
Hupp planned to be at Game 5 Thursday night with Los Angeles holding a 3-1 lead. One more Dodgers win and he'd get a chance at the ultimate prize.
"I only started doing this stuff a few years ago, after I retired," he said. "But I do know that catching a home run ball at the World Series, that would be the holy grail."
 

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