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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 11th

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma woman wakened by animal sounds in her home turned on a light to find a coyote chasing her cat in her bedroom.
The Bixby woman said she thought her cat and dog were fighting around 4 a.m. Sunday, but when she turned on the light she discovered her cat was being chased by the wild animal.
The woman said she tried chasing the coyote out of her house with a golf club, but the frightened animal timidly cowered in a corner.
Police used a catch pole to capture the coyote and take it to the woods, where it was released.
The woman said the coyote likely followed her cat inside the house through the back door.
The homeowner and her cat were not injured in the encounter.

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Aurora, CO - A Colorado woman was stunned when a letter sent to her almost 70 years ago showed up in her mailbox last week.
"This is just a few lines to let you know that I love you very much," read Diana Frederick. 
This letter is from Diana Frederick's grandmother.
She sent it to her 9-year-old granddaughter in 1950.
Diana had no idea it existed until a week ago.
A distant cousin living in Wyoming found the letter in an old family desk that has been passed down for generations.
The cousin sent Diana the letter letting her reconnect with a grandmother she loved deeply.
"Grandma was practically my mom in seeing me off to school and braided my hair and took care of me," Diana explained. "Yes it's brought back a lot of memories. It's been fun"
Diana says she plans to have her special keepsake framed. 
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A wild police chase in Florida ended when authorities apprehended two suspects and seized large amounts of drugs, a loaded gun and a "sweet puppy."
The Marion County Sheriff's Office released body-cam and dash-cam footage on Tuesday of an attempt by police to stop a speeding vehicle on Sept. 2.  
Police said when the speeding black Mitsubishi failed to stop, officers initiated a pursuit. They followed the vehicle into the parking lot behind Ocala Fire Rescue Station 7 where the passenger, 40-year-old Daniel Jones, threw a large bag out the window.
Once at a stop, the driver, 39-year-old David Lolley, and Jones were instructed to exit the vehicle. Jones can be seen holding a female pit bull puppy as he comes out of the car.
Police said the "sweet puppy" spent time "cuddling with deputies" before being handed over to Marion County Animal Control.
Police searched the car and found "a trafficking amount of methamphetamine along with cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and marijuana. They also located a loaded .32 caliber Kel-Tec firearm under the front passenger seat.
Lolley also was found with several syringes with heroin residue on his person. He claimed to be a diabetic.
According to authorities, Lolley was charged with fleeing to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license. Jones was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a concealed firearm.  

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(Huffington Post) An Indiana judge has ruled against the First Church of Cannabis, an Indianapolis church seeking to offer its members marijuana as a holy sacrament.  
Judge Sheryl Lynch of the Marion Circuit Court decided Friday that the state of Indiana had a "compelling interest" in preventing marijuana possession, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Allowing religious exemptions for marijuana use would have an overall negative impact on society, Lynch said. She also argued that an exemption would put Indiana's police officers in the difficult position of having to evaluate the sincerity of a marijuana user's religious faith.
"The undisputed evidence demonstrates that permitting a religious exemption to laws that prohibit the use and possession of marijuana would hinder drug enforcement efforts statewide and negatively impact public health and safety," Lynch wrote in a summary judgment. 
The First Church of Cannabis first filed its lawsuit in 2015 in response to Indiana passing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The measure, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence (R), reaffirmed that the government can't substantially burden a person's exercise of religion. Civil liberties and gay rights groups criticized the measure, arguing that business owners could cite their religious beliefs to deny serving LGBTQ people.
The First Church of Cannabis, which says it is a religious entity with its own sacred texts, rituals and holidays, sought to use RFRA in another way. The church claimed that Indiana's laws against possessing marijuana have substantially burdened church members' right to freely exercise their religion.
The group considers marijuana to be a "healing plant" that "brings us closer to ourselves and others," according to the original complaint filed in 2015. "It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group," the complaint reads. 
The First Church of Cannabis is recognized as a nonprofit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.
Indiana's attorney general, Curtis Hill, called the church a "pro-marijuana political crusade that turned into a legal stunt."
"Indiana's laws against the possession, sale and use of marijuana protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers statewide," Hill said in a statement released to the Indianapolis Star. "When the state has justifiable and compelling interests at stake, no one can evade the law simply by describing their illegal conduct as an exercise of religious faith."
The group's attorney, Mark Small, told HuffPost that he disagrees with Lynch's decision and is seeking to take further action. 
"We shall pursue the appropriate 'next step' procedurally," Small wrote in an email.

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Police in New Orleans snapped photos when they came across an unusual sight -- a group of zebras out munching grass.
The New Orleans Police Department, Seventh District, shared photos to Facebook showing the zebras enjoying a grassy snack next to a city street.
"Last night, Seventh District Officers Koeller and Washington were on routine patrol when they encountered three zebras grazing on Lake Forest Boulevard!" the Facebook post said.
Police later explained the zebras were actually being supervised by trainers and were preparing for a performance with the Universoul Circus, which was setting up nearby.

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Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Police in Louisiana said early morning school traffic hit an unexpected snag when an escaped kangaroo hopped out into the road.
The Grayson Police Department said officers responded to Louisiana Highway 126 during the morning school traffic on a report of a kangaroo in the road.
Assistant Chief Freddy Mercer captured the marsupial and Chief Mitch Bratton was able to return the escaped animal to its owner.
The department shared photos to Facebook, where commenters suggested the animal might actually be a wallaby, a smaller cousin of the kangaroo.

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(Mirror News) Lots of people imagine what their first baby might look like - and some showbiz fans might even imagine what it would be like to have a child with their favourite celebrity.
A sperm bank in Los Angeles offers a rather odd celebrity look-a-like service where this dream is nearly a reality, as women can choose a donor based on the famous people he resembles.
California Cryobank is one of the only clinics around that offers such a bizarre service.
The company's website reads: "Researched and selected from the limitless expanses of the internet, CCB Donor Look-a-Likes™ can be actors, athletes, musicians, or anyone else famous enough to be found on the web."
Details of donors are listed with information such as height, eye and hair colour listed for women to take their pick from, as well as which celebs the sperm donors look like.
Women can filter their sperm donor down to those who resemble men such as Prince Harry, David Beckham or Leonardo DiCaprio. Company reps told the Sun that Ben Affleck is a popular choice.
"It's really interesting what people are looking for and it's one of the reasons we have so many donors - because there's a wide range of preferences out there," Scott Brown, vice president of communications for California Cryobank told the newspaper.
"Sometimes we'll have celebrities listed that aren't necessarily traditionally handsome - and that's because the donor doesn't look like a Hollywood leading man and we want to make sure you know what you're getting."

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(Mirror News) Doesn't look like much, does it?
From the outside, this run-down old warehouse doesn't look particularly interesting and most people would probably just walk straight past without giving it a second glance.
But in the perfect example not to judge a book by its cover, this modest looking building hides an incredible little secret - and it's just sold for $1,230,000 as a result.
The warehouse has been transformed into a very cool two-bedroom home , complete with a modern kitchen, dining area and a very stylish bathroom.
The property, in Brisbane, Australia, is decorated like a hipster's dream with exposed ceilings, steel beams and concrete beams.
The online advert states: "Inner-city living doesn't get any cooler than this.
"You can search all of Brisbane but you won't find anything like this industrial-style warehouse conversion that perfectly captures the trendy street-style of Melbourne.
"From the fresh red bathroom to the exposed ceilings, concrete floors and steel beams, this a must-have home for the stylish. An open floorplan offers flexibility so you can create any kind of living space you want.
"There are two bedrooms, one bathroom and lots of open-plan living. Step up to the sunny courtyard where you can sip your Barista-made coffee while soaking up the sunshine."
The building has fronts on two roads, which adds a significant amount of value to it.
There's also some outside space in the form of a small courtyard and two parking spaces.
Agent Zac Tully told the Courier-Mail there was a huge variety of potential buyers interested in the property.

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(Sky News) A woman who pranked her husband over a £250,000 lottery win last month has scooped £1m for real.
Having fallen for the initial trick, Daniel Peart, 27, did not believe wife Charlotte, 28, when she called him at work last week to reveal they were millionaires.
Mr Peart, a self-employed carpenter from Cambridgeshire, was so sceptical he passed the phone to his brother.
"I didn't believe her at all because we like to wind each other up," said Mr Peart.
It was only when she sent him a screenshot of the winning message that he realised it was true - and he was "stunned".
Admin worker Mrs Peart said: "He didn't believe me. Actually, he said 'I can't talk to you right now love' and ended up putting his brother on the phone. It was definitely crazy and not a normal day."
The couple, who met at secondary school and have been married for five years, have three children and own a three-bedroom home in Whittlesey near Peterborough.They are planning to use their windfall to buy a larger house in the area.
"With a family of five it gets a little cramped, a little tight. All the kids have earned their own bedrooms, they're all excited about that and we're looking forward to the next adventure in our lives," said Mr Peart.
Their children have already been treated to hoverboards and a Nintendo Switch.
Mrs Peart used the last £1.50 in their online lottery account to enter the 28 August draw.

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(Mirror News) When it comes to a tasty fast food treat, Burger King is one of the most popular with people across the world.
Whether it's a bacon double cheeseburger or the chain's famous Whopper, there's a whole host of flame-grilled goodness to choose from.
There are also other options available, including fish dishes and healthy salads, but there's another big section of the menu people often don't even consider - chicken.
Burger King UK's CEO Alasdair Murdoch admits the chain's chicken burgers aren't always such a big hit, so has taken extreme measures to launch its newest sandwich - the Crispy Chicken Burger.
The company is offering one lucky person £20,000 to be the first person to taste the new addition to the menu.
Yes, you read that correctly, £20,000 just to bite into a burger.
Even though it sounds too good to be true - the promotion is real (we checked, and double checked) and is just for customers in the UK.
Announcing the news, Alasdair said: "This might be the most ridiculous thing I've ever done.
"I'm about to offer a real person £20,000 to have a bite of a chicken burger.
"Why? Well think about it.
"Right now who would, A, try and find a Burger King , B, actually walk into one, and C, order something that isn't beef, isn't flame-grilled, and isn't spelt Whopper.
"We weren't born yesterday. We know full well about our checkered chicken past.
"So we had no other option. We're going to pay 20,000 to have the first bite of the Crispy Chicken Burger.
"We need you. Desperately."
It's really easy to enter the competition, and all you need to do is record a video of you pretending to take a huge bite out of a burger.
You then need to send it to the judges by sharing it with the company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts using the hashtag #BK20bite.


 

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