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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 12th

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator.
Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a 10-second video on Facebook.
Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t return to the taxiway.
Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told The Associated Press that such sightings are infrequent, even though 280 acres (110 hectares) of the airport’s land are covered in water.
Fennell says the alligator’s presence didn’t impact any other airport operations.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who ran from a traffic stop and then found himself clinging by his hands to a window ledge has been literally caught by police waiting below.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports Youngstown police say 21-year-old Dai'ryon Mitchell jumped out of a car and fled on foot Sunday afternoon when officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots having been fired.
Police say officers chased Mitchell into a home and, while hanging by his hands from a window ledge, tried to pull himself inside when he saw two officers beneath the window. Mitchell instead lost his grip, fell into the officers' arms and was arrested after a brief struggle.
Mitchell has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding. Court records don't indicate if he has an attorney.
 
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SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — “Roof! Roof!” He was practically begging to be rescued.
Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park on Friday managed to help a 180-pound (82-kilogram) Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side door of his home.
The homeowner’s mother was housesitting when Whiskey pushed out a window screen and jumped onto the second-story overhang.
She and police tried to coax him back inside with dog treats, but to no avail, so firefighters with a ladder truck were summoned. One firefighter on a ladder and two inside eventually managed to pull Whiskey safely into the house.

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In an apparent attempt to seem friendlier to the hundreds of international guests traveling to the upcoming World Cup, Russian workers are reportedly learning the art of the smile.
Train conductors and those employed by FIFA are being taught how to smile, the BBC reported.
Elnara Mustafina, a psychologist, told the BBC that "Russian people usually don't smile."
"That's why when other people come to Russia, they think Russians are not friendly. We need to teach them how to smile. We need to change their attitude," Mustafina said.
TASS Russian News Agency reported the country expected more than 1.5 million tourists to attend the World Cup in Russia.
Yulia Melamed, a film director, told the BBC that smiling in Russia could be dangerous. She was stopped by a police officer once who was suspicious that she was smiling while walking down the street. 
"He said to me 'because you were smiling,'" she explained. "Because it is strange for a person to walk on the street and smile. It looked alien and suspicious."
The World Cup begins on June 14 and will end on July 15. Eleven cities in Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, are hosting matches.

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June 12 (UPI) -- Country Time Lemonade announced a "Country Time Legal-ade" program to pay fines and permits for kids whose lemonade stands get them into trouble.
The lemonade brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, announced the new program will cover fees of up to $300 for lemonade stands owned by kids under the age of 14 who were fined for operating their small businesses without a permit.
The company said it will also cover the cost of permits purchased this year for lemonade stands.
"Life doesn't always give you lemons, but when it does, you should be able to make and share lemonade with the neighborhood without legal implications," the company said. "That's why we're here to take a stand for lemonade stands across the nation."
Officials said the program was inspired by news coverage of kids whose lemonade stands were shut down by local authorities for operating without a permit.
"When we saw these stories about lemonade stands being shut down for legal reasons, we thought it had to be an urban myth. After looking into it and seeing even more instances, we realized these weren't myths, they were real stories," Adam Butler, Kraft Heinz's general manager of beverages and nuts, told CNN. " A very real response seemed the best way to shine a light on the issue."

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WALLAGRASS, Maine (AP) — A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine.
WMTW-TV reports Wallagrass resident Shannon Lugdon and her dog, Leo, spotted the week-old moose alone on Sunday. Wardens told Lugdon to not make contact with the young moose because its mother was probably close by eating.
Lugdon says the next morning she let Leo out for a bathroom break. She says the dog and the abandoned moose quickly became friends. She says the moose followed her and Leo around all day "begging for attention" and she named it Maggie.
Wardens and a biologist picked the 27-pound (12-kilogram) moose up and took it to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of where it was found.

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June 12 (UPI) -- Domino's announced it is partnering with U.S. cities to fill potholes and stamp them with the company's logo to avoid letting "bad potholes ruin good pizza."
The pizzeria chain, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., announced it is partnering with cities across the country to repair potholes and is seeking recommendations from customers for more cities.
Domino's said the "Paving for Pizza" campaign is already under way in Athens, Ga.; Bartonville, Tex.; Burbank, Calif.; and Milford, Del.
"Potholes, cracks and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino's," the pizzeria said in a news release.
Photos shared by Domino's show the company's logo stamped on the former potholes, along with the message: "Oh yes we did!"
The company's website calls on customers to nominate their areas to be the next to receive pothole assistance.

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A South Texas man says he was cleaning the bathroom at his home when his 6-year-old son alerted him.
A five-foot long snake was slithering out of the toilet and climbing toward a window.
Wade Velock tells San Antonio TV station KSAT he ran so fast he knocked down his son.
Bee County sheriff's deputies were called.
In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office says Deputy Lindsay Scotten retrieved the snake in the bathroom vanity, then released it into the brush.
It was identified as a non-venomous blue indigo.
Vielock says Scotten told him she has trouble dealing with cockroaches, but is OK handling snakes.
Bee County is about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?
A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver's castor sacs.
Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called "generally recognized as safe."
The distillery says on its website castoreum "exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma," common among barrel-aged spirits.
Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.

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FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to break the world record for largest paper airplane.
The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg is revealing a nearly one-ton (0.9-metric ton) plane Tuesday at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport. Volunteers have spent more than three years planning and building the plane.
Organizers say they don't plan to fly the 64-foot long (19.5-meter), 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) contraption. A construction crane will instead hold it aloft. An independent monitor also will be on hand to measure and document the plane on behalf of the Guinness World Record organization.
The plane project is meant to spotlight Fitchburg's history as a major paper producer.
Guinness World Records says the largest paper aircraft was built by students and employees at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany in 2013.


 

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