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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 29th

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a couple awoke to find a burglar asleep on their bedroom floor.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the couple escorted the man out Wednesday morning before realizing that wallets, cell phones and a tablet computer were missing. Deputies, aided by the Find My iPhone app, found a 64-year-old suspect hiding under the porch of a nearby home.
Ervin Solomon has been charged with burglary, theft and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
In addition to the items taken from the couple, the sheriff's office says Solomon had jewelry and other items. Deputies are trying to find the owners of that property.

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MAYER, Ariz. (AP) - A man accused of burglarizing a disabled pickup truck in north-central Arizona later called 911 to report being threatened by the vehicle's owner.
Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say 25-year-old Robert Jones of Glendale was booked into the Camp Verde jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.
The Daily Courier reports Jones allegedly broke out the window of the truck and took items out of the vehicle.
Sheriff's deputies contact the owner, who says his truck was left on the side of Highway 69 because it had a flat tire.
When the man returned with a spare tire, he saw the broken window and confronted Jones.
Authorities say Jones denied involvement in the theft although the victim saw his duffel bag and tire iron in the suspect's car.
 
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Prosecutors say two Oklahoma sisters with lengthy criminal histories have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to steal U.S. postage stamps.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old identical twins Birdie Jo Hoaks and Becky Jo Hoaks, both of Choctaw, were sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy. Birdie Hoaks was sentenced to five years in prison and Becky Hoaks received a four-year sentence. Each also agreed to pay $61,993 in restitution.
A federal indictment alleges the sisters opened personal checking accounts at various banks and wrote dozens of bogus checks at Oklahoma post offices to obtain thousands of postage stamps.
Prosecutors say the sisters have extensive criminal histories of fraud spanning more than two decades from New York to California.

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EUSTIS, Maine (AP) - A hunter who had been pursuing deer in the Maine woods just a day earlier has used his boat to save a drowning buck from a freezing lake.
The Bangor Daily News reports Justin Wyman saw the struggling buck in Flagstaff Lake in Eustis on Sunday. The six-point buck had fallen through thin ice and appeared to be about 300 yards (275 meters) from the shore.
Wyman offered his boat to game wardens to try to go save the buck. They got some rope around the buck's antlers and took it back to a boat landing and eventually coaxed it to land.
Wyman says the buck rested a while and later took off into the woods.
Wyman is an avid deer hunter and spent the day hunting Saturday, the last day of the deer season.

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SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Police in New Jersey are trying to trace the source of a loud banging noise that's waking residents and causing dogs to bark.
Sayreville police say they started to receive reports on Monday about noises coming from nearby South Amboy. Police initially thought a private company hired to control the geese population was responsible, but the Middlesex County Parks Department said that was not the case.
The investigation is ongoing.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man suspected of stealing a $300,000 Ferrari was arrested after asking for gas money, authorities said.
Santa Ana police arrested Israel Perez Rangel on Nov. 1. He pleaded not guilty to car theft.
Authorities say the 458 Spider was brought into a Costa Mesa service center and stolen in October after a worker left the key on a passenger seat.
Security video showed a man in a Ferrari jacket walking onto the lot and taking it.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said officers subsequently responded to a report of a Ferrari driving erratically and stopped at an intersection, and to another call that the driver was asking for gas money.
The exotic car was spotted at a gas station, where the driver ran off and was found and arrested behind bushes near a Holiday Inn, police said.
The Los Angeles Times says the car was trashed, with emblems torn from the body, cracked fins and a destroyed gearbox.
The Times said insurers paid the owner, and she used the money to buy a 2018 Lamborghini Huracan.

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A Dallas bar owner is trying to figure out what to do with Lee Harvey Oswald's original grave marker, 54 years after Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
"It's in excellent condition," said David Card, owner of Poor David's Pub on Lamar Street.
Card, 77, showed off the marker, which was tucked in an electrical room in the back of his bar.
"What do I have here?" he asked. "I have here the headstone, the original headstone of the most famous assassin in the history of Western civilization."
It weighs 130 pounds and includes Oswald's name with the dates of his birth and death and a cross at the bottom surrounded by a flowery design. Oswald was killed on Nov. 24, 1963, by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.
If grave stones could talk, this one would tell quite a story.
It sat for four years on top of Oswald's grave in a Fort Worth cemetery before it was stolen by two Oklahoma teenagers. Police later found it and returned it to Oswald's mother, who replaced the headstone with a much simpler marker.
She hid the original in the crawl space beneath her house on Byers Street in Fort Worth.
After she died in 1981, Card's mother bought the house.
A repairman later did some work under the home.
"And he came out and he says, 'There's a tombstone under here!'" Card remembered.
Years later, a relative sold it to a small Illinois museum.
Card said the relative didn't have permission to sell it, and he sued to get it back.
The lawsuit dragged on more than four years. Card won, but legal fees cost him more than $100,000, he said.
Card wants a museum to buy the marker so the public can see it.
"It should be permanently displayed somewhere forever," he said.
The catch? He wants to be reimbursed for the legal fees.
But for now, Card has no takers, and he says he's not sure what to do with the stone.
He said he prefers not to sell it to a collector.
"I mean, it's too meaningful," he said.
After his interview with NBC 5, Card moved the marker to a secret location so it wouldn't be stolen.

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In India, no person - or animal - can escape the law.
A herd of donkeys was thrown behind bars for four days after chowing down on some pricey plants outside the jail compound in Uttar Pradesh, according to local media.
"These donkeys had destroyed some very expensive plants which our senior officer had arranged for planting inside the jail and despite warnings the owner let loose his animals here so we detained the donkeys," the jail head constable RK Mishra told the Indian news agency ANI, according to India Today.
The eight donkeys were detained last Friday, sending their owner into a frenzy to bust them from the joint, according to the news outlet.

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(Huffington Post) A new Justin Trudeau calendar has hit stores, and people are conflicted over it.
The "My Canadian Boyfriend" wall calendar for 2018, featuring 12 images of Canada's prime minister, was spotted for sale at various outlets in the U.S. over the weekend.
The calendar is a "true celebration of the man, the myth, and the meme that is Justin Trudeau," according to Universe Publishing, which lists it for sale on Amazon for $12.98.
The photos are accompanied by a "sweetly off-kilter but well-meaning commentary about his views from his sparkling blue eyes on everything from love, family and of course global affairs and economic growth," it adds.
Some people appeared to love the idea of having a dozen images of Trudeau to stare at over the course of 2018. Others, however, weren't so keen.

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The holiday season began with a bang in a town in southwest England on Friday night, when the annual Winter Festival in Keynsham, near Bristol, took on an adult theme.
Visitors said the way lights were arranged for a fairground attraction made it look like a gigantic penis, and shared photographs of the indecent-appearing display online.
"Now, it could be my eyes but that's an interesting lighting at the festival," wrote Instagram user Lindsey McCullam. "Nothing screams Christmas like a lit-up phallus," said Ben Rogers on Twitter.
Resident Louise Harris, meanwhile, joked that it was "an interesting choice in decoration" that left "little to the imagination."
Keynsham Town Council organized the three-hour festival,  which also featured bell ringing. Residents initially blamed the council for the bawdy surprise.
But in a statement to Somerset Live, the council said a contractor was responsible for the ride and lights. The council had "no choice in what is brought along," and the attraction "does not form part of" the town's official lights display, it added.

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