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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 22nd

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CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem.
The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to the Sunday afternoon accident that he was frustrated law enforcement wouldn't crack down on people running through a stop sign at the intersection.
The driver of the SUV that was hit says Homer pulled out in front of him as he was going through the intersection. The driver says Homer approached him after the crash, telling him he'd run the stop sign and law enforcement "won't do anything until someone dies."
Homer is charged with aggravated battery and reckless driving. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet - and it's also intended as a public safety reminder.
Al.com reports that Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. In a video police posted to social media, the dog raises up and down as the song "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background.
Gulf Shores police Cpl. Josh Coleman said the seven-second video is part of a social media trend - #9PMRoutine - began by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department in Florida. Coleman said the 9 p.m. routine is one way law enforcement agencies are reminding people to remove valuables from cars and lock up at the end of the day.
 
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STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Some house movers in North Carolina thought they were getting a jump on the day. Instead, their day got longer when the house they were moving fell off a trailer and onto a road.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol told local media outlets that the house was being moved on a rural road in Iredell County just north of Statesville around 4 a.m. Wednesday when the rear wheels on the trailer slipped into a hole. When the trailer came out of the hole, the house bounced off the trailer and landed on the road.
Officials said the house had traveled around 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Troutman and was just a mile away from its destination. The Department of Transportation said clean up would take several hours.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say high wind speeds tipped over nine semitrucks on a highway near the border of Wyoming and Colorado.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper reports that 60 mph (97 kph) winds toppled the vehicles Monday on Interstate 25 near the city of Cheyenne.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the interstate was closed for an hour to clean up the crashes.
A wind advisory was issued throughout most of the day, warning high-profile vehicles of the conditions. Semitrucks also blew over on other highways.
Drivers that ignore such advisories could face a $750 fine or face 30 days in prison.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia has raised more than $50,000 to help him.
Kate McClure started the Gofundme.com campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy her some with his last $20.
McClure says she didn't have any money to repay him at the time but she's returned to the roadway several times to give him cash, clothes and food.
After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt.
Nearly 1,700 people had donated to the campaign as of Wednesday afternoon.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.
Pittsfield police say 65-year-old Joseph Van Wert and 45-year-old Randy Lambach have been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Nov. 29.
Authorities say Lambach recruited drug addicts from Pittsfield, took photos of them, and posted ads on adult websites. Police say he scheduled and drove them to and from meetings with men, kept most of the proceeds, and paid the women in drugs.
Police say Van Wert used his apartment at a senior living facility as a place to conduct the prostitution.
Lambach allegedly threatened to turn the women in if they stopped working for him.
It could not immediately be determined if they have lawyers.

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LONDON (AP) - British police say an alleged thief was found covered in Doritos beside a half-eaten pie after he broke into a house and then fell asleep.
Monklands Police in Scotland tweeted: "We all feel tired when we start a shift & a thief who started his shift at 2345 (Monday) was no different."
It said the alleged burglar broke into a house, "decided on a pit stop, ate half a pie and fell asleep covered in Doritos. He woke up in cuffs."
Police Scotland confirmed Wednesday that police were called to a house in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, just before midnight Monday "after a householder discovered a man in his house."
It said the 46-year-old man would be reported to prosecutors.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children.
The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named "Grateful" sitting placidly on a table nearby, demanding to speak to the CEO and shouting "Show us all the barns!"
Video from KUTV showed Herbert's security detail restrained the men and state troopers escorted them away from the afternoon ceremony in Salt Lake City.
Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Todd Royce said the two unidentified men were not arrested but cooperated with troopers and left the Capitol.
The men were demonstrating a day after activists released undercover photos and video showing injured, cramped, and diseased birds at Norbest turkey plant in Moroni.
The group Direct Action Everywhere said the images and including documents showing animals with hepatitis and tumors were horrific.
Norbest president and CEO Matt Cook said in a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune that the images were "disturbing" and said the company's team had ask that farm's to correct violations in the past.
Cook, who was speaking when the men rushed the stage Tuesday, said immediately afterward that "despite what some people may think, we have very clear animal care policies and our growers work very hard to adhere to those."
Herbert did not comment on the incident when he took the stage.
Paul Edwards, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said in a statement that Utah expects farmers to meet the highest safety and humane standards.
"It's unfortunate that people want to disrupt a fun tradition," Edwards said, "but, nonetheless, we appreciate that there are passionate feelings about the serious concerns that have been raised."
Edwards added: "Norbest has assured us that they have proactively addressed these issues prior to the publicity they have received, and we will be monitoring their progress closely."

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A woman was caught on camera stealing presents from a West Harlem apartment building and residents say the only gift she left behind was a bag of dirty kitty litter.
Residents tell NBC 4 New York that the woman seen in surveillance video wearing a black coat followed someone into the building on 119th Street around 9:30 Monday night. When the coast was clear, the woman opened several packages addressed to tenants and stole what she pleased, residents said.
One victim told News 4 that he returned home just minutes later to find a package delivered to him opened and empty.
"It's a little disheartening that you see people especially during the holidays that you see people doing this," the victim said. "One of them was a gift that I was bringing up for my mom for Thanksgiving."
Video from the scene shows the woman walking out of the building with a package in her hands as she leaves behind a white bag that residents say was filled with the dirty kitty litter.

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After six months of dieting and two failed attempts, 58 members of the 'Tornadoes', a motorcycle display team of the Indian Army, climbed onto a motorcycle together to break a world record. The Indian Army broke their own previous world record of 56 people on a moving motorcycle, which they set on December 28, 2013, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
 

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