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Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 11th

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ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.
The Bangor Daily News reports Rockport’s 1978 statue of Andre the Seal is undergoing $14,000 in repairs. Two local organizations have raised most of the money, but $2,000 is still needed.
Residents recall fond memories of the orphaned seal pup, which was rescued in 1961 by local tree surgeon Harry Goodridge. Goodridge cared for the seal until it was old enough to be released into the ocean.
Andre went on to spend his winters in southern New England and his summers in Rockport for the next 25 years. The friendly seal was the subject of the 1994 film “Andre” and the book “A Seal Called Andre.”

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who disappeared in New Mexico 35 years ago has been found in California after using a false name for decades, authorities said.
William Howard Hughes Jr. was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a statement.
He told authorities after his capture Wednesday that he was depressed about being in the Air Force and decided to leave, saying he created a fake identity and lived in California since he vanished in 1983.
Hughes was charged with desertion and is being held at Travis Air Force Base in California. He could face up to five years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay and dishonorable discharge from the Air Force.
He had been involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO's control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.
Hughes, a captain at Kirtland Air Force Base, was 33 and single when he vanished, according to news reports from the time of his disappearance. He was last seen withdrawing more than $28,000 in Albuquerque in summer 1983 after returning from a two-week vacation in Europe.
He had just completed a stint in the Netherlands, where he worked with NATO officers on the Airborne Warning and Control electronic surveillance aircraft. He was supposed to be back in Albuquerque by August 1983.
An Office of Special Investigations spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal that there's no indication Hughes was involved with the Soviet Union or that any classified information was leaked.
It's unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Several other fugitives are on the Air Force's wanted list, including others who have been on the run since the 1980s for various reasons that stem from drug charges to security issues.
Last year, investigators caught a fugitive in Florida who had been living under another identity since 1972.
 
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SINGAPORE (AP) — A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump.
The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who uses the name Howard X, is in the city-state for summit-related promotions by a mall and seafood restaurant.
He said the police officers who stopped him at Singapore's Changi Airport searched his bags and questioned him for about two hours before letting him go. He said he was told to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La Hotel.
Kim and Trump are to meet Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island and Trump is expected to stay at the Shangri-La during his visit to Singapore.
The impersonator, whose real name is Lee Howard Ho Wun, said police asked if he had been involved in protests around the world, including those by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. He said he told them he had been at the scene of Hong Kong demonstrations as a musician playing the drums.
"However, I never rioted and don't plan to ever riot. I told him (police officer) that I ... would never do this in Singapore because it is against your rules to protest," Lee told The Associated Press.
In a statement, Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said Wun was interviewed for about 45 minutes.
"As part of the immigration clearance process, travelers to Singapore may be subject to additional interviews and/or screening. These procedures are conducted at all Singapore's checkpoints," the authority said.
Demonstrations in Singapore can only be held in a designated area, the 2.4-acre (0.9-hectare) Hong Lim Park, and require park approval. All other gatherings require a police permit.
Later Friday, Howard X and Dennis Alan, a Trump impersonator, held hands and walked around Merlion Park, a popular tourist destination. They posed with mock chili and black pepper crab dishes and took photographs with curious passers-by.
"I'm here to stay. I don't think they will try and kick out the president. It wouldn't be good press for Singapore," Lee said.
"Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics," Alan added, referring to their appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.
"It all started with us. If there's a peace prize that anybody should get, we should get it," he quipped.
Indonesian Janette Warokka thought the impersonators were the real deal.
"It's so shocking for me. I don't know why those two famous guys come here," she said.
Raul Rio, a teacher from Texas, managed to take a selfie with the pair. "They certainly look like the real ones. It was fun to see them," he said.

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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. - An employee at a Home Depot store in Florida was injured when a customer's pet monkey got loose and attacked her.
According to an Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office report, Tina Ballard left her pet spider monkey in her truck while she went inside the store. She said the monkey was on a leash but managed to get out of the truck and attacked one of the employees outside the store.
The victim, Marilyn Howard, said she was in the break area outside when she heard a co-worker yelling about a monkey and "thought it was a joke." 
"She suddenly saw the monkey walking down the parking lot towards her and noticed it had a leash," the report said.
Howard said she grabbed the leash, but the monkey climbed on her back and bit her twice.
Eventually, Howard walked the monkey to the front of the store to see if she could find the owner. When the automatic doors opened, "the monkey got scared and bit her on the arm and hand." The monkey also scratched her on the left side of her face.
Howard refused medical treatment, but said she would take herself to a hospital to be evaluated.
Okeechobee County animal control officers and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were notified.

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Consider them "strands of history."
An auction house sold what it deemed a "substantial" portion of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's hair over the weekend. 
The blond lock went for $12,500 at auction on Saturday.
Custer was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, and his troops were quickly overwhelmed in what became known as Custer's Last Stand.
Heritage Auctions said online that there are more than fifty hairs in the lot - and that each is two to three inches long.  
The lock, it said, came from the collection of Glen Swanson, who spent decades amassing artifacts related to the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Swanson said in a document that he had been given the chance to examine Custer's uniform and sword, the latter of which he said was placed in a case. 
"The sword and uniform were captured by Southern troops at the battle of Trevellian Station in June of 1864," he wrote. 
"He writes to Libbie about his loss," Swanson added. "Libbie, his wife, requested that he save his hair when he went to the barber and to send it to her as she was making a wig from it. Inside the case was evidence that he did so. A large envelope with his hair was found, ready to send."
Swanson wrote that he was given permission to take some of the hair. 
History.com described Custer's Last Stand as "the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War."

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June 11 (UPI) -- A man navigating the flooded streets of a Chinese city managed to keep dry by strapping plastic stools to his feet.
A video recorded during the weekend in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, shows the man rising above his water-logged compatriots by using stilts made of plastic stools to stay over the water.
The scene earns laughter from onlookers.
"We all had the same nine-year compulsory education. What made him so outstanding?" a man says in the video.

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June 11 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman who found a fortune cookie in her house used the numbers from the slip of paper inside to win a $100,000 lottery jackpot.
Loraine Simon Henry told Virginia Lottery officials the numbers she played in the May 26 Cash 5 drawing, 3-4-16-24-26, came from the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie she found while dusting her home.
The numbers earned her a $100,000 top prize.
"This is unbelievable!" the lucky winner said.
Henry, who bought the ticket from City Mart in Stafford, said she plans to use her winnings to pay bills and possibly go on a cruise.

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June 11 (UPI) -- A security camera at an New Zealand store captured a pair of thieves taking some outdoor furniture -- and stopping to take a break on a pilfered bench.
The security camera footage from Woodrocks in Nelson shows two people carrying pieces of wooden furniture across a road about 3 a.m. Sunday.
The store shared the video with the Nelson Snippets page on Facebook.
The video shows the two people stopping before carrying a bench across the street and sitting on the piece while a car goes past. The pair wave to the vehicle as it passes before carrying the bench across the road.

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STAFFORD, Va. - A family got the scare of a lifetime when they found a 6-foot-long snake slithering up the window inside the children's play room.
Kelly Blumenthal of Stafford, Va. posted video of the unwelcome visitor to her Facebook page and told WAGA that it happened last week in the room where her two young sons play.
In the post, Blumenthal said seeing the snake inside her home has always been one of the biggest fears of her life.
"I am very, very shaken up and upset," said Blumenthal. "I haven't been back into the house in hours and I don't know how I will."
She said a crew was called out to get the snake, which was identified as a King snake. King snakes are not poisonous, but can bite.
Even more frightening, Blumenthal's 3-year-old son Finn, who was born with a heart defect, had just come home after having his second heart surgery.
The Blumenthal's have set up a GoFundMe page to help with their rising medical bills and get updates on Finn.

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June 8 (UPI) -- A Florida family woke up confused to the sounds of workers tearing the roof off their home -- and they weren't supposed to be there.
Pearl Northrup said her family woke up at their Lehigh Acres home to the loud banging of the roof being removed from the house.
"Somebody is banging on my roof," Northrup told WFTX-TV. "I thought I was getting a new roof."
Northrup called her landlord, Sarah Fritchey, to ask why she wasn't warned about the project, and Fritchey revealed that no such work had been ordered.
"I didn't OK this, I didn't ask for anyone to do the roof," Fritchey said. "They just came on our property and began ripping the roof off."
L.B. Skaggs, owner of roofing company NASTAR, said workers put the wrong address into their GPS.
Skaggs said the workers repaired the damage to the house, but Fritchey and Northrup said they are not satisfied.
"I'm looking forward to meeting them tomorrow or whenever is convenient for them to make sure they're happy," Skaggs said.
A Michigan man faced a more severe version of a similar situation when a demolition crew mistakenly tore his house down instead of a neighboring home that was slated to be demolished. Police told Mike Anderson, the owner of the incorrectly demolished house, that someone had taken the numbers from the house slated for demolition and nailed them to his home.


 

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