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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, April 24th

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman might want to ask some questions if she tries to borrow someone’s urine again to pass a drug test.
WTOV-TV reports 24-year-old Kiana Wallace was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday, in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County, after submitting a borrowed urine sample that tested positive for drugs. Wallace pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempted tampering with evidence.
Judge Frank Fregiato called the failed urine swap “bizarre” and told Wallace he wouldn’t allow her to make a mockery of the drug and alcohol testing system.
Records show Wallace was sentenced to six months in jail followed by probation in January 2017 for drug possession.
Wallace’s public defender declined to comment Tuesday.

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The robot, known as Michihito Matsuda, is campaigning to win in Tama city, an area in the capital's western district. 
It will run under the slogan "artificial Intelligence will change Tama city". 
The robot has appeared alongside high-profile local politicians.
According to local reports the AI bot is offering "fair and balanced opportunities for everyone".
As mayor it would analyse petitions and break down the pros and cons before being put forward to council representatives. 
Matsuda said: "Tama New Town was the most advanced city in Japan 40 years ago.
"As it stands, the ageing population will only continue to grow, prompting a need for change in the current administration. 
"Let artificial intelligence determine policies by gathering city data and we can create clearly defined politics." 
If elected Matsuda would become the first artificial mayor in the world. 
Its campaign is being financed by two men with links to the biggest tech companies in the world. 
Tetsuo Matsumoto, vice president of software provider SoftBank, and former Google Japan employee Norio Murakami. 
 
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(LA Times) A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection.
The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer's camera. The photographer later published the photos.
An animal rights group sued, charging the monkey owned the copyright because it took the pictures.
"We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement," Judge Carlos Bea, appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act," Bea said.
Naruto, named as the plaintiff, was a 7-year-old crested macaque living in a reserve in Indonesia. The monkey purportedly took several photos of itself in 2011 when wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera unattended.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA, sued Slater in 2015, arguing the copyright belonged to the animal. The group and Slater later settled the case out of court, but the 9th Circuit decided to rule on the matter anyway
Judge N. Randy Smith, in a concurrence, called PETA's suit "frivolous."
"The concept of expanding actual property rights — and rights broadly — to animals necessitates resolving what duties also come with those rights," he wrote, "and, because animals cannot communicate in our language, who stands in their shoes?"
He said the federal courts lack the authority to hear a suit purportedly brought by an animal.

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April 24 (UPI) -- A semi truck crash in China caused a slippery mess when the trailer spilled its load of more than 100,000 duck eggs into the roadway.
A video from the Saturday incident in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, shows police officers and transportation crews working to clean up the mess from the broken eggs.
Police said the truck had been carrying more than 100,000 duck eggs when the driver lost control on a decline and the vehicle flipped over.
No injuries were reported from the crash.

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April 24 (UPI) -- Animal control officers in California said they were called to remove a rattlesnake that turned out to be a harmless rubber cobra.
Palo Alto Animal Services said in a Facebook post that animal control officers said rattlesnakes are common in the area, so officers are frequently called out to remove venomous serpents considered to be a threat to people or their pets.
"Our officers just relocate the snake to a more appropriate area close to where it was found," the Facebook post said.
The agency said a call for a snake in a Los Altos Hills resident's yard Monday was more unusual.
"It's rare that we get called to dispose of a dead snake, EVEN MORE rarely do they turn into Cobras and rubberize themselves," the Facebook post said. "Both rubber snakes and cobras are not native to this area. So it's very unlikely they will cause a threat. But rest assured, this ssssssscary looking guy will be 'disposed' of properly."

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April 24 (UPI) -- A visitor to a Cajun restaurant in Texas captured video of some apparently escaped crawfish making a run for freedom in the parking lot.
Jennifer Traill said she was driving behind BB's Cafe in Pearland on Sunday when she came across a trio of crawfish making a run for freedom after apparently escaping from inside the eatery.
"Here is something you did not see every day," she wrote on Facebook. "I hope they make it. FREEDOM!!!"
Traill said there was a fourth crayfish that appeared to have been run over by a car.
It was unclear how the crawfish escaped the restaurant and whether their bid for freedom was ultimately successful.

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April 24 (UPI) -- The Minnesota State Patrol said a perplexed and amused trooper detained a loose dog and goat found walking together down a stretch of highway.
The state patrol tweeted Lt. Gordon Shank responded to a loose animal call Saturday near Hastings and arrived to find drivers had contained a dog and a goat found wandering together on Highway 61.
"So, this really happened on Saturday," the state patrol tweeted. "Lt. Shank kept the two pals company until the Humane Society showed up."
The origin of the wandering animals was unclear.

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April 24 (UPI) -- A diner at a Greek restaurant in Baltimore captured video of the moment a flaming cheese dish triggered the eatery's sprinklers.
James Hughes, who posted the footage to YouTube, said he and a large group of colleagues from digital media company Oath were at Cava Mezze last week when they ordered the saganaki, a cheese dish that is commonly ignited at a diner's table.
The group ended up ordering several of the dishes, and Hughes' video shows servers igniting four cheeses at once, immediately causing the ceiling sprinklers to spray fire retardant.
"When the sprinklers initially went off, we couldn't stop laughing. It was just so shocking, and we were having such a great time all night that we couldn't help but laugh," Hughes told the Baltimore Sun. "The staff treated us amazing all night, very attentive, and made for a memorable night, even without the sprinkler fire."
Ted Xenohristos, who founded multiple Cava Mezze locations in Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., area, said saganaki is one of the eatery's most popular dishes, but the incident last Tuesday was the first time the sprinklers activated.
"We've always preached safety first with that dish," he said.
Xenohristos said damage from the sprinklers was minimal and the viral video has actually been good for business.
"We've gotten people coming in and asking for it, they're bringing it up, they're talking about it," Xenohristos said.

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April 24 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who won $1 million from the state lottery said it was his third major jackpot -- and his second in only two months.
Charles Neal of Meadowview told Virginia Lottery officials he bought his winning Extreme Millions ticket at Spirit Food Mart in Glade Spring, which received a $10,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the winner.
Neal, who took his money as a $657,030 lump sum before taxes, won a $150,000 jackpot from a Big Bills Scratcher ticket just one month prior to his $1 million jackpot.
Neal said his first brush with major lottery luck came in 2011, when he won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off game.
"I play big tickets," Neal told lottery officials. "You can't win if you don't play."

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Richmond, VA - A pair of American spring-time traditions collided in Richmond, Virginia.
The sign they're holding says it all: "Skipped Prom for NASCAR!" Yes, a young couple skipped their senior prom in favor
of NASCAR.
Yet in the spirit of prom season, they dressed quite formally for the track.
They attended two events at the speedway, where drivers were qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400
and the Xfinity Series race.


 

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