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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 25th

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NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City mayoral candidate says he's "shocked" that so little attention has been paid to his arrest for trying to hijack an airliner at gunpoint 17 years ago.
In July 2000, Aaron Commey (KOH'-may) boarded a National Airlines plane in New York and ordered the pilots to fly to Argentina or Antarctica. It never took off and nobody was injured.
He was acquitted by reason of insanity in 2003 and was released from a prison medical facility in 2015.
The Libertarian candidate tells the news magazine City & State New York that it's reasonable for voters to wonder if he's suited for office.
He says he has fully recovered and is "committed to nonviolence."
Commey says he has experienced and witnessed injustice and wants to change the system.

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Republican candidate for mayor is campaigning on a broken foot after tripping over her Chihuahua.
State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (mal-ee-oh-TAH'-kihs) tells the Daily News that she ran into a table leg while trying to avoid stepping on the little dog, named Peanut.
Malliotakis says Peanut "gets really excited" whenever she's home, and is always following her around.
She calls him "a little rascal" and says she doesn't hold a grudge.
Malliotakis is hobbling around with a medical boot but vows that it won't slow her down.
She even joked at a campaign appearance Tuesday that she's ready to give "the boot" to Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio.
 
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a Utah man who was hiding from police and fled arrest had to call 911 to be rescued after getting stuck in his hiding spot.
Salt Lake City police say 46-year-old Shane Paul Owen called dispatchers for help on Tuesday, more than six hours after he accidentally locked himself in a church's boiler room.
Officers were looking for Owens on Monday because he is a suspect in a string of burglaries and had warrants out for his arrest.
Police say an officer spotted him and attempted to pull his vehicle over, but Owen fled, got out of his car and ran into the church.
A SWAT team held a standoff at the church until Owens called to be rescued.

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GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) - The president of a New Jersey university is using his culinary skills and his hot sauces to help raise money for student scholarships.
Rowan University president Ali Houshmand has been making hot sauces for years. He began doing it in his free time, providing the sauces to family and friends. In recent years he's been selling his sauces online and on campus.
He's been working with experts at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and turning the various peppers he grows in a garden at Rowan's South Jersey Technology Park into three types of hot sauce. All proceeds from the sauce sales go to Rowan's Student Scholarship Fund.
The three sauces are Ali's Nasty, Nasty-licious and Nasty-vicious. They'll be featured Tuesday during the fundraising competition Wing Wars, being staged at a Glassboro restaurant.

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins - and one gourd - are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed SUV that Capt. Scott Will says was "top-to-bottom orange."
The next day, officers snapped a picture of the abducted decor and posted it to Facebook . Will says police have been "inundated" with people coming to track down their Halloween pumpkins. About a dozen remained unclaimed Tuesday. None are carved.
Two 18-year-olds are charged with misdemeanor stealing, while a 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile court.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Police say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else's cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation.
Portland police say the shopper was mortified when he realized his mistake but didn't bother to alert anyone on Friday. Instead, the shopper left the cart in another part of the store and retrieved his own cart. Police say store video backs up his claim.
Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says grocery store staff quickly locked down the store. Police determined the conduct didn't warrant criminal charges.
The baby was restrained in a car seat and slept through the entire scare.

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BERLIN (AP) - A baby in Germany won't be named Lucifer after authorities intervened.
A registrar in the central city of Kassel sought clarification from the local district court after a couple sought to give their son the name. Court official Matthias Grund told news agency dpa Wednesday that the registrar suspected the name could endanger the child's well-being.
The parents, who were not identified, were persuaded to relent during a closed-door hearing at the local court and decided to call their son Lucian instead. That saved the court from having to decide whether Lucifer was acceptable.
Authorities in Germany can decide not to accept names for children though there is no outright ban on any specific names.

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) - A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named A Beautiful Mess, causing extensive damage.
Owner Jeri Flack says he received a call from police on Monday informing her that a garbage truck rolled away from a gas station in Henrietta, traveled across the street and crashed into Flack's retail store.
WHAM-TV reports that gas station workers say the truck driver parked there to use the bathroom and the truck had rolled away by the time he returned.
No one was injured, but the truck's impact caused serious structural damage to the 200-year-old brick building.
Flack says she doesn't know if she'll be able to reopen in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo's popular baby hippo, Fiona, has drawn a lot of love but perhaps none quite like this moment: From her exhibit, she got a front-row seat to a wedding proposal between two of her fans.
A snapshot shared on Instagram shows the hippo underwater with her face near the glass, watching as Nick Kelble got down on one knee in front of her with a ring box for his smiling girlfriend, Hayley Roll.
Roll accepted the proposal and shared the photos earlier this month, noting that she and her fiance are glad the hippo was part of their special day.
Fiona was born premature in January, weighing only about 29 pounds (13 kilograms). She overcame early health scares and now weighs more than 500 pounds (227 kilograms).

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BERLIN (AP) - Police say a stretch of autobahn in central Germany was temporarily shut down after a beer truck hit a guard rail that ripped its side open and spilled 30,000 bottles across the highway.
Police in Friedberg, north of Frankfurt, said the accident took place Wednesday morning on the A45 highway when a driver lost control of her car and hit the right guard rail, then swerved back into the road against the truck.
The truck then collided with the middle guard rail, which ripped its side open. Some 1,500 cases of beer spilled across the road, leaving broken glass and a sudsy mess along a 200-meter (yard) stretch.
The driver of the car has been taken to a hospital for observation.

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