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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, May 24th

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: “That’ll be fun!!!!”
Jim “Mad Dog” Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died Tuesday. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death, saying the Springfield man was 64. He’d lived with a heart condition for several years.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sellars’s older brother, John Sellars, described his brother as a “renaissance man.”
Jim Sellars worked more than three decades for a telephone company, served as a reserve police officer and had a lifelong passion for weather and HAM radios. And for years, he chased storms.
John Sellars says his brother could “look at the radar and just know where the storm was headed.”

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage.
The Springfield News-Sun reports Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames.
No one was injured.
Fire officials learned the man had been trying to eliminate weeds around the garage. They're calling the blaze an accident.
The destroyed garage held tools and appliances. Fire officials estimate the loss at between $10,000 and $15,000.
 
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines.
Cho Hyun-ah on Thursday bowed and apologized for "causing troubles" before entering a Korea Immigration Service office in Seoul for questioning.
Cho and her sister resigned from their executive positions at Korean Air in April following public criticism over their behavior and allegations their family mistreated and abused employees. Investigators are also looking into suspicions that the Cho family, including the company's chairman Cho Yang-ho, evaded taxes and used airline services to smuggle luxury goods.
Cho's sister, Cho Hyun-min, is currently under investigation for allegedly hurling a cup of water during a business meeting.
In December 2014, Cho got angry after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish and her tantrum forced the Korean Air plane to return to a boarding gate at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. She was released from jail in South Korea in May 2015 after the top court suspended her sentence over the case.
Immigration officials suspect Cho and her mother, Lee Myeong-hee, unlawfully recruited and hired about 10 to 20 housekeepers from the Philippines by documenting them as Korean Air trainees. Under South Korean law, foreign nationals must obtain visas given to marriage migrants or people of Korean heritage to work as housekeepers.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them.
WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work Monday to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized. Foam rubber gold bars featuring the company's logo were strewn about.
A rock was used to break through a window around 2 a.m. Sunday. The burglar was seen on surveillance video roaming through the shop.
Employee Nick Butler tells WZZM-TV that the thief may have walked past a window and saw the stack of bars and "thought, wow, someone forgot to put these gold bars away."
The squeezable bars are for stress relief. Butler says the company's motto is stress-free flooring.

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JACKSONVILLE - A man in Florida was treated for bleach and chlorine poisoning after finding what appeared to be a detergent pod at the bottom of his McDonald's drink.
Lee Graves visited a Jacksonville McDonald's Thursday and ordered a large Coke.
After being handed the incorrect size drink, Graves told the female employee who handed him the drink it was supposed to be a large.
That's when Graves suspects the drive-thru employee spiked his drink with the detergent pod.
Graves posted about his experience in a now-viral Facebook post explaining that his drink erupted like a volcano in his truck, so he took several large gulps to stop the Coke from foaming.
"It tasted like chlorine. I thought my taste buds were off since I've had a bunch of dental work done this week but when I took the lid off I saw a big clump of blue goo," Graves wrote.
Graves shared photos of his drink with the blue goo, what looks like a possible detergent pod at the bottom of the empty McDonald's cup and IV tubes in his arm at a hospital following the incident.
Read more about this incident on KSAT sister station WJXT.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was pranked by Russian callers who posed as the Armenian prime minister.
The Guardian reported Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.
One of the callers pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, and the newspaper said Johnson spoke to them for 18 minutes, discussing topics like the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
A recording of the call, said to have taken place last week, was posted on YouTube.
In the recording, Johnson says Britain is "almost 100 percent sure" Russian President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin ordered the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow has denied involvement in the incident, which has sparked a crisis in U.K.-Russia relations.
Johnson was also heard lamenting the poor state of U.K. relations with Russia, saying Moscow seems "unable to resist malign activity of one kind or another."
"We will continue to tighten the squeeze on some of the oligarchs who surround Putin," Johnson said.
The Foreign Office said Johnson "realized it was a hoax, and ended the call. We checked it out and knew immediately it was a prank call." The office criticized the pranksters for the stunt.
"The use of chemical weapons in Salisbury and Syria and recent events in Armenia are serious matters," it said in a statement. "These childish actions show the lack of seriousness of the caller and those behind him."
Prime Minister Theresa May's office said "obviously this shouldn't have happened," and announced there would be a government investigation into how the hoaxers got through to Johnson. 
Britain suspects the comedy duo have backing from the Kremlin.
Like Johnson, singer Elton John was also fooled by the Russian prankers. In 2015, Stolyarov and Kuznetsov phoned John pretending to be Putin after the musician criticized Russia's stance on gay rights.

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A 75-year-old woman was arrested Monday after she tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with 17 pounds of heroin, officials said.
At approximately 1 p.m., a 2008 Ford Escape SUV was selected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for a secondary exam, the agency said in a statement. The vehicle was being driven by an unidentified U.S. citizen.
When agents inspected the car using "a non-intrusive x-ray" system, they discovered "suspicious bundles" in the center console. More bundles were discovered in the 75-year-old woman's purse.
Further investigation revealed that the contents of those packages were heroin. CBP reported that the combined weight amounted to 16.75 pounds of the illegal substance.
CBP Port Director at the Marcelino Serna port of entry, Donna Sifford, said that this wasn't the first time they've encountered a "senior smuggler."
"Smugglers will try just about anything, and this case is another example of why CBP must remain vigilant at all times," she said.
There were seven packages in total.
The woman was arrested and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Security Investigations special agents where she is expected to face charges.

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May 24 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man who won a $200,000 jackpot said he had to rescue the winning ticket from the trash after it was thrown away by a family member.
Bryan Cureington, 35, of Monroe told Louisiana Lottery officials that a family member scratched off his $10 Make My Year lottery ticket for him and tossed it in the garbage when they determined it wasn't a winner.
Cureington said he rescued the ticket, purchased from the Muse Food Mart in Monroe, from the trash to double-check it and discovered it was a $200,000 top prize winner.
The lucky winner went home with $142,000 after state and federal tax withholdings.

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May 24 (UPI) -- A witness who spotted some mischievous monkeys on the streets of a Thai city captured video of the primates stealing from the back of a pickup truck.
The video, filmed Friday next to a road in Lopburi, Thailand, shows a group of monkeys investigating a pickup truck parked on the street.
The monkeys climb into the truck and make off with durian fruits.
"These monkeys were stealing durian from this truck bed," the filmer wrote.

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May 24 (UPI) -- Police in Indiana are warning residents to be on the lookout for a 14-foot Burmese python that escaped from its owner's home.
The Beech Grove Police Department said the python, named Vine, escaped from the home of owner Benny Tarplee last week, but he didn't report the serpent missing until earlier this week.
Tarplee said the 8-year-old snake escaped when someone left her cage door unlocked.
"She's a sweetheart, she's really a sweetheart, and she's the biggest baby on the face of the Earth," Tarplee told WXIN-TV. "It's a snake, she's not the devil. She's not here to hurt you, as a matter of fact, as long as you leave her alone, she will leave you alone."
Jake Woods, a zookeeper at the Indianapolis Zoo, said Vine is likely somewhere close to home.
"It's hard to imagine a 14-foot snake could have gone 20 miles without someone seeing it," Woods told WRTV.
Police recommended anyone who spots the snake keep their distance and call 911.


 

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