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Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 13th

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READING, Pa. (AP) - Police captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a Pennsylvania city.
Reports about the spotted feline started coming in on Nov. 3 in Reading, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia. When officers tracked it down, they initially thought they'd found a cheetah.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says they got a call from the city's police department about the big cat on Saturday.
When staff responded, they found a cat called an African serval. The cats are illegal to own in Pennsylvania without a license, and the state's game commission says no one in Berks County has such a license.
The 1- to 2-year-old female was declawed and very friendly, leading animal workers to presume it had been a pet, raised in a home since it was a kitten.
The animal could be worth $20,000 to $30,000 on the black market, said Tom Hubric, the animal rescue league's interim executive director.
He speculated the owner may have wanted to breed the serval with a domesticated cat to create what's called a Savannah cat. Those are legal to own, he says.
The cat was transported Thursday to a big cat rescue facility that can give it the special diet and extensive exercise it needs.
"She's just a magnificent animal and she's captivated everyone who has seen her," Hubric said.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offenses ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect's excessive flatulence.
A detective reported that when asked for his address, 24-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. "leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering."
The Kansas City Star reports that Sykes "continued to be flatulent" and the detective was forced to quickly end the interview.
Sykes appeared in court Monday, charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine. The charges stem from police traffic stops this month and in September in Kansas City, Missouri.
The federal public defender's office hasn't responded to an Associated Press email seeking comment Friday.
 
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EAGLE, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge.
The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca was standing next to two other defendants at an Eagle County District Court podium when he took his hat off and a square of folded paper fell out. A police officer watched the paper filled with cocaine fall to the floor, and after reviewing surveillance footage, authorities determined it fell from Bibriesca's hat.
Bibriesca was then walked to the county jail. He was charged with narcotics possession and another bond violation.
Booking documents don't indicate if he has hired an attorney.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A city clerk in Maine is looking for the owner of a set of dentures left behind in a polling booth.
The Portland Press Herald reports the false teeth were discovered during Tuesday's election. An election clerk found the teeth in an auditorium that serves as a polling place in Portland.
The dentures are now in a plastic bag in the city clerk's office in Portland City Hall, just a few steps away from the polling place.
Residents voted on City Council races, a school rebuilding project, a state Medicaid expansion drive and other issues on Tuesday.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh property manager who's also a part-time boxing coach recognized and tackled a man suspected of repeatedly stealing packages from apartment buildings and held him until police arrived.
Mike McSorley took down the suspected thief early Wednesday.
Pittsburgh police say they arrested 42-year-old Samuel David in connection with the thefts. No lawyer was listed for him in online court documents.
McSorley trains professional boxers at a nearby gym. He says he recognized the man from surveillance footage of prior thefts.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Home sweet home is more than just a warm and fuzzy saying for one Omaha couple.
Becky Reilly told Omaha television station KETV that thousands of honeybees had invaded her and her husband's home attic and produced so much honey that it dripped down the side of the house.
They called in roofers to clean up the mess, repair the damage and install a new roof.
Takoda Green Roofing owner Jason Starkey estimated Thursday that he recovered 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of honey Oct. 26 as he removed the bees and their hive before making repairs.
A beekeeper acquaintance of the Reillys, John Gebuhr, has the bees in his garage but is pessimistic about their survival over the winter. He hopes some can be returned to pollinate the Reillys' garden.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Police say a man threatened to blow up a bank in South Carolina when he wasn't able to open an account with a declined check.
The Herald reports Rock Hill police arrested 28-year-old Brian Ritter at a BB&T Bank on Tuesday shortly after 2:30 p.m.
According to a police report, a bank employee said Ritter got angry and yelled, "Maybe I should blow up this place." He was applying to open an account with a check the bank had declined. Patrons and employees became alarmed and called police.
Ritter also has a drug court warrant in Ocean County, New Jersey. He was cited for disorderly conduct and placed on hold for Ocean County officials, who told police they would move to extradite him.
It's unclear if Ritter has a lawyer.

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.
Police say a woman who lives in South Burlington called them after she says she accidentally dropped her yellow gold and diamond eternity wedding band into a trick-or-treater's bag.
She said others have reported that someone posted on social media about finding the ring but she couldn't find the post.
The woman lives in the Butler Farm neighborhood and police are asking parents to check their children's candy bags if they visited the woman's neighborhood.
Officials say to contact South Burlington police if parents find anything.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department says it wants to question a woman caught on video mailing stolen art back to the Museum of Modern Art.
Police said the woman was seen on surveillance video at a shipping store Thursday as she mailed two stolen photographs valued at $105,000. They were packaged in a large box she carried into the store.
Police say the two print photographs were found to be missing from the midtown Manhattan museum around midday Monday. There were no signs of forced entry into the building.
The pictures arrived by mail back at the museum Friday.
Police say the woman who mailed the pictures is in her 20s. She wore a dark cap, glasses and a black overcoat at the store.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy is investigating a slapping incident near San Diego that left a SEAL candidate in a coma.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the candidate was injured on Oct. 12 during a study session at the Naval Special Warfare training complex in Coronado.
The paper says as an incentive to answer questions correctly, the sailor and a friend had agreed to slap whichever one got an answer wrong.
One candidate was slapped and fell to the floor, striking his head. Surgeons placed him in a medically-induced coma.
SEAL spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids says the sailor is now in good condition and is recovering.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and members of the warfare center are reviewing the incident.

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