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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, April 19th

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — There will be no shortage of hand-me-downs for this Michigan kid.
The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters.
WOOD-TV reports that the boy weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces (about 3.7 kilograms) and is 21 inches (53 centimeters) long. His name wasn’t immediately announced.
As with their last few children, the couple from Rockford, north of Grand Rapids, didn’t want to know the baby’s sex ahead of time. Jay Schwandt said earlier this year that he would have loved to have a girl, but didn’t think would be in the cards. He was right.
Kateri Schwandt has said she’s used to large families, as one of 14 children herself.
The couple’s oldest son is in his 20s.

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MONROE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath.
A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found "a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub."
Washington told the homeowner and police that an unknown male had told her to break into the house. Police found a tall ice chest under a broken window.
It's unclear if she has a lawyer.
 
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.
San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard.
He says it was found on Sunday after falling over the wall while escaping a dog.
DeSousa says the animal's shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians repaired it Tuesday in a three-hour operation.
The $4,000 cost is covered by the county's Spirit Fund. The tortoise will live with a rescue group.
DeSousa says it will take a year to heal but the 35- to 40-year-old tortoise could have many more decades of life.

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The principal of Wilson High School in Northwest D.C. is warning that students are forbidden from bringing baked goods into the building this week due to the date of 4/20, "a globally recognized day in cannabis culture."
The restrictions come after several students were sickened while at school recently and taken to a hospital. Although they have recovered, Wilson High School Principal Kim Martin said in a message to the school community Monday that the incident highlights a need to keep students safe.
"We suspect that next Friday, 4/20, will be another day of risk-taking for our students," Martin wrote. "'Four-twenty' (4/20) is a globally recognized day in cannabis culture, and is often a day when students over-use marijuana."
As a result, school officials are not allowing students to enter the building with any baked goods, or "large quantities of brownies, cookies, or cupcakes," she wrote.
Martin told parents they may make arrangements with the school to drop items off in the main office if their students expect to bring them.
In her message, Martin also warned parents to block access to prescription drugs in their homes and mentioned a school decision to delay revealing the location of this year's prom in hopes that it would make it harder for parents to reserve on-site hotel rooms for their children, calling it a "tacit endorsement of reckless and irresponsible behavior."

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An airman in the Tennessee National Guard has been removed from her position and is facing administrative actions after she appeared to use a dinosaur hand puppet to take her re-enlistment oath.
Master Sgt. Robin Brown, a senior noncommissioned officer with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office, appeared to re-enlist Friday for the Guard by holding a dinosaur puppet in her right hand as she took the oath, according to WKRN-TV.
The video of the oath has been viewed more than 2 million times, according to Stars & Stripes.
The ceremony was reportedly not an official re-enlistment, just something Brown created for her children, according to Air Force Times, which pointed out that in a screenshot of a conversation on an Air Force Facebook forum, someone claiming to be from the Tennessee Military Department said it was "not an official reenlistment."
The person on the forum added that Brown "was trying to create something her younger children would enjoy."
But senior officers weren't pleased when a video of the ceremony went viral on Facebook. 
Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, griped about the video on his own Facebook page, saying it mocked "a cherished and honorable occasion":
This action goes against our very foundation. Tennessee National Guard leadership is aware and addressing the issue. ... This single act does not reflect the selfless dedication and professionalism shown everyday by the outstanding Airmen of our Air National Guard in their service to our great nation.
On Wednesday, Brown was removed from her post at the Tennessee Guard's joint public affairs office, and she could be facing further administrative action, according to Military.com.
In addition, the colonel who administered the oath was immediately demoted to lieutenant colonel and retired, and another senior noncommissioned officer who recorded the oath was removed from his position as a unit first sergeant and officially reprimanded but will stay in the Tennessee Air National Guard.
Terry M. Haston, the adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard, apologized on Facebook, saying that "not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated." 

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April 19 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man visited state lottery headquarters to collect a $1 million jackpot -- his second such jackpot so far this year.
Jason Williams of Methuen visited Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to collect a $1 million prize from a $30 200X scratch-off ticket.
Williams was making his second visit to the facility this year, after having previously collected a $1 million prize from a $30 Ultimate Millions instant game on Jan. 10.
Williams' most recent winning ticket was purchased at the Howe Street Superette in Methuen, which was awarded a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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April 19 (UPI) -- A bison released from its enclosure by flooding in Hawaii was rescued from the middle of a bay by a lasso-wielding cowboy on a jet ski.
Hanalei residents reported seeing buffalo running loose amid flooding this week, and one of the animals was spotted struggling in Hanalei Bay.
A witness captured video of a lasso-wielding cowboy roping the bison and towing it back to shore.
Locals said the bison were released when floodwaters provided a path over the fence surrounding their enclosure.

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April 19 (UPI) -- The Washington State Department of Transportation said "a training error" was to blame for an "inappropriate message" on an electronic highway sign.
Ruslan Kozlov posted a photo to Facebook showing an electronic highway sign over southbound Interstate 5, about one mile before Exit 154B in Jovita, with a message reading "U Suck."
Kozlov said the message appeared at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday.
WSDOT acknowledged the incident in a statement provided to KCPQ-TV.
"This was an inappropriate message and we apologize if anyone was offended. This was due to a training error and clearly a mistake. We are taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again," the statement said.

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April 19 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Montana said a black bear was safely recaptured on the grounds of a wildlife rehabilitation facility after escaping from its enclosure.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the black bear was found to be missing from its enclosure at Montana Wild early Wednesday morning.
The animal was located at about 1 p.m. behind a small hut for raptors.
"She went to hang out near the ambassador owls. Who can blame her? They're owlsome," Montana Wild said in a Facebook post.
FWP officials said the bear managed to crawl through the fence surrounding its enclosure, but did not manage to get past an external fence surrounding the rehabilitation facility.
The female black bear was brought to Montana Wild in February with more than 200 porcupine quills in its mouth. The animal was treated for its injuries and is scheduled to be released into the wild sometime during the spring.

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Asda has apologised after one of its shoppers was charged £930.11 for a single banana.
Bobbie Gordon initially thought the supermarket had made a typo when it had sent the bill via email - not least because the piece of fruit normally costs 11p.
But her credit card company then texted her to say her balance had exceeded £1,000.
Thankfully, the lender's fraud team blocked the payment from going through.
Ms Gordon, from Sherwood in Nottingham, said Asda has called her to apologise, with the retailer blaming the mistake on a computer error.
She added: "I didn't think they would actually charge me until I got an automatic text from my card's fraud department querying the transaction.
"I told my seven-year-old 'you must really enjoy this banana, you must cherish every mouthful'."
An Asda spokeswoman said: "Whoops, looks like we've slipped up here. Whilst our bananas are excellent, even we agree that they are not worth that much and clearly there has been a glitch in our system.
"We would like to thank Ms Gordon for keeping her eyes peeled and flagging this error to us and we are investigating to ensure it doesn't happen again."


 

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