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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, November 21st

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PRAGUE (AP) - Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat.
Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign earlier this month.
But local police fined them some $68 each for committing minor hooliganism, according to local media.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Baron Cohen says: "To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine."
The swimsuit became popular after Baron Cohen sported it in the 2006 movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
That film offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate.

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A Maine police department is warning residents to steer clear of black market Butterballs.
The police department in Falmouth reports a Hannaford supermarket had to discard frozen turkeys that thawed out because of a mechanical failure. Police say the problem is that someone collected them from a trash bin with the idea of redistributing them.
Police say people should beware of the black market turkeys because they're dangerous to consume. They urge any consumers who came across them to put them in the trash where they belong.
 
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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey family won't have trouble remembering three generations of birthdays.
A newborn, his mother and grandmother were all born on Nov. 19.
Grandmother Clara Gregory said she had a feeling her grandson was going to be born on Nov. 19, even though the baby wasn't due until Christmas. Theresa Dunn gave birth to Micah Lee Dunn at a Princeton hospital Sunday afternoon.
Dunn, of Lawrence, was admitted to the hospital Thursday night and doctors attempted to induce labor. Dunn said her husband kept saying the baby would be born on her and her mother's birthday.
"I finally came to the realization Saturday night that he could really be born on our birthday," she told NJ.com .
Dunn said she was previously diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which causes high blood pressure in pregnant women. She said doctors were hoping to get closer to her expected due date before inducing labor.
Micah is several weeks early but is "doing amazing," Dunn said.
Dunn turned 31 on Sunday and her mother celebrated her 67th birthday.

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OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that's a replica of the hamburger chain's first restaurant.
Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.
The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald's Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant's sign out front.
In a statement, McDonald's says tourist numbers have declined due to repeated flooding of the site since 2008.
The company says the museum will be razed next month and the land donated to Des Plaines.

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LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal.
Police in Long Beach tell Newsday that officers and firefighters were dispatched Monday morning after someone reported a vehicle had crashed into Slices & Ices. Police department officials say they were aware that a movie was being filmed there, but had to be sure a real accident hadn't occurred.
An officer was posted at the location to direct motorists around the scene, which may have led someone to believe that there had been a crash.
Crystal grew up in a Long Beach neighborhood near where the scene was being shot for a comedy titled "We Are Unsatisfied." Another scene was shot Monday at a local coffee shop.

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Firefighters battling a truck fire in Georgia early Monday probably couldn't ignore the elephant in the room - three elephants, that is, standing by the side of the highway.
They'd been evacuated from the truck's trailer when the fire broke out on Interstate 24 on the Georgia-Tennessee border at about 2 a.m., according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.
The trio of huge but well-behaved animals were heading to Sarasota, Florida, and were unharmed, firefighters said on Facebook. The truck's owner gave them some hay to chew while firefighters put out the blaze. 
"They were pretty lucky that it was nothing greater than an elephant," Chattanooga Capt. Wadie Suttles told NBC affiliate WRCB. "Can you imagine what things would be like if it was a lion?"

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A 6-foot crocodile was spotted sun bathing on a Florida beach Monday morning, drawing dozens of onlookers as it sat in the surf.
Police responded to Hollywood Beach near N. Surf Road and Haynes Street after witnesses reported seeing the crocodile walking along the shore around 7:30 a.m.
Officials said marine patrol earlier saw the crocodile near the Dania Beach Pier.
Video footage showed the croc lying on the shore line, its head facing toward the sky as waves rolled over its body. 
At one point it moved further into the water before returning above the surf. 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the scene as Beach Safety officials kept beachgoers and onlookers away from the animal.
Officers were eventually able to capture the croc on the beach.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - How would you like to drive a tank, and run over and crush an empty car?
It may sound like a strange question, but a few business partners in Melbourne had the idea to buy a couple of tanks and let people drive them over old junk cars.
The owners of Tank America on Ellis Road said there are plenty of people who will pay to do it.
It costs $350 to drive the tank around the wooded trail.
To crush a car, the price is $595
"Say your wife buys it for you for Christmas or your anniversary. She's really cool if she does that. That gives you an opportunity to do something you just haven't done before," said Troy Lotane of Tank America.
Inside Tank America is a tactical laser battle layout modeled after an Afghan village.

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Did you ever think you would have a chance to win a baby? Well, the chance is yours.
A local radio station is making a lucky Southwest Florida couple's dream come true by giving away a chance for them to get pregnant.
When you hear "radio contest," you may automatically think of a pair of concert tickets, a free vacation, or maybe even a car.
But local radio station B 103.9's latest giveaway is all about giving the gift of life just in time for the holiday season.
"Every woman wants to have a baby," said an emotional Natasha Brewster of Fort Myers.
Brewster often has a tough time accepting reality.
"When you reach a certain age, it gets harder and harder, I don't want anything more to be more complicated," Brewster added.
Natasha and her husband Frederick have been trying to have a baby for more than five years.
"I have POSD which is a woman's cycle is way off, so I don't menstruate like normal women every 28 days," Brewster described.
But now, with the help of radio station B 103.9, there's a light at the end of the tunnel for a lucky couple like Natasha and Frederick.
"We have decided to give away a free IVF cycle in hopes of making somebody a new mom and dad for the holiday season," said Big Mama, morning show host of B103.9.
Big Mama came up with the idea after doing IVF while his wife struggled to get pregnant.
"You do the egg retrieval and the transfer and you're like ugh I hope this works," Big Mama said.
Now, they're expecting their bundle of joy this July.
"The gift of IVF is an amazing giveaway, the biggest we've ever done, and the one that brings me the most joy," Big Mama said.
Couples like the Brewster's are ready and waiting to receive that same joy.
"It would just be overwhelming through the roof; dreams come true to win it. Right now I have a pregnancy test. I buy one every month," Brewster said.
If you or someone you know want to enter the contest, all you have to do is submit a video.
You have until Friday at midnight to enter.
Ten finalists will be announced Dec. 4.

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Amman, Jordan - A rescue cat in Jordan is finding a new life -- and social media fame -- as the top diplo-cat assigned to the British Embassy in Amman.
Meet Lawrence of Abdoun, a distinguished feline who has become the first "Diplo-cat" to be appointed to the British Embassy in Amman.
Rescued from an animal shelter in October, Lawrence spends his days as the Chief Mouse Catcher and updating his Twitter account for his growing fan base.
"So what he does," explained Laura Dauban, the British Deputy Ambassador to Jordan,
 apart from his mousing duties, he reaches out to followers on Twitter. What's quite interesting is the British public are seeing the UK embassy in Jordan in a different light. Normally in the UK when you think of Jordan, they think of the Middle East, they might think of Syria or Iraq, but now they're thinking of Lawrence of Abdoun, and through Lawrence's Twitter account we're trying to show a different side to Jordan."
The black and white fur-ball is named after T.E. Lawrence - also known as Lawrence of Arabia - a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs in the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the first World War. 
Abdoun is the neighborhood where the British Embassy is located.
However, Lawrence is also learning that with fame comes a potential down side--- several followers have noted his recent weight gain and the embassy may put him on a diet soon.
Embassy officials also hope Lawrence will inspire more Jordanians to adopt stray cats and other animals who need homes.

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