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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, September 13th

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URANUS, Mo. (AP) — Cue the giggling: A small Missouri town has a new newspaper called The Uranus Examiner.
KYTV reports that the newspaper’s launch was announced Wednesday, just days after GateHouse Media said it was shuttering Pulaski County’s local paper, the Daily Guide.
The new publication’s editor, Natalie Sanders, led the Daily Guide before leaving in June to start what she calls a “fun” paper that will include local news and promote the tourist town of Uranus, which is pronounced the way any self-respecting class clown would say it.
Uranus sits along historic Route 66 and is known for quirky attractions, including a fudge shop and the world’s largest belt buckle.
Luge Hardman, the mayor of nearby Waynesville, where the Daily Guide was based, says she thinks the “innuendo” surrounding the new publication’s name will bring “public ridicule.”

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A married couple was arrested and charged in a string of Phoenix-area bank robberies that followed a specific pattern, the FBI revealed Wednesday.
A federal grand jury indicted Seitaro Kline, 39, and Carrie Kline, 34, on Sept. 4 in connection with nine heists that took place between November 2016 and July of this year. They also were charged with one count of conspiracy.
The couple were dubbed the "Criss-Cross Bandits" because each of them took turns carrying out the robberies. Each theft involved a demand note, followed by robber receiving what investigators called "a known amount of money" before escaping.
In a statement, FBI officials said additional charges against the couple may follow.
They added that the Klines recently were taken into custody without incident with help from the FBI in Albuquerque and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, but didn't provide an arrest date or any further details.
 
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(Huffington Post) A high school football coach in Los Angeles has been canned for not telling parents that two students allegedly spiked the water at a team practice with a male enhancement drug.
Luis Barajas was fired Aug. 7 as coach of the Bernstein High School varsity football team in Hollywood after he was investigated for an alleged July 12 incident where two students put the drug in the junior varsity team's water, The Los Angeles Times reported.
An investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District discovered that the coach didn't bother to notify school officials or parents that players had possibly ingested contaminated water until two weeks later, according to the Times.
"No parent complaints were received at Bernstein, school police were not involved, no testing of the alleged contaminated water took place and there were no student illness reports," the district's general counsel's office said in a statement.
A district spokeswoman said investigators "did not find evidence that any student actually drank the contaminated water." In addition, she told the Times, the water was never tested because it had been discarded by the time the allegation was reported.
So far, it looks like there was no enhancement to the team's on-the-field performance. The season record is currently 1-3, according to USA Today.
Officials also said Barajas committed numerous other violations, including failure to secure a practice permit, insufficiently vetting an assistant coach and allowing players to practice before they received academic eligibility, ?according to CBS Sports.

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Connecticut woman's $1 graduation gift turned out to be more valuable than expected when the lottery ticket won her $2,000 a month for life.
Anissa Dellaripa, 22, of South Windsor, told Connecticut Lottery officials her dad bought her the $1 Win for Life ticket as a college graduation gift and she was shocked to discover she had won the top prize, $2,000 a month for life.
"My dad often buys me scratch tickets for fun," Dellaripa said. "He gave me this one and said, 'Here, scratch it.' The ticket cost only a dollar; he didn't really think anything of it. I went to my room, scratched the ticket, and couldn't believe it when I saw the 'WIN FOR LIFE' prize symbol. I thought he gave me a fake ticket as a joke, but I really won!"
Dellaripa decided to take the $2,000 per month payment option over the lump sum, which would have come to $400,000.
"It's a lot of money for me because I'm so young. I just graduated in June with an Associate's Degree. This prize will help me to go back to school for my Bachelor's Degree. It's a gift my father can leave me with for the rest of my life," she said.

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Security cameras at a store in China captured the moment an exploding lighter launched a cup of noodles into the air.
The surveillance footage at the store in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, shows the cup of noodles flying into the air and plummeting back down the counter, causing a mess.
The clerk at the store said he had set the cup of noodles down on top of a lighter that apparently exploded due to the hot temperature of his lunch.
No one was injured in the noodle explosion.

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Boston said officers responded to a radio station building where employees received a package containing 20 bags of marijuana.
The Boston Police Department said workers at the building in Dorchester, which houses several radio stations owned by Beasley Media Group, contacted police Tuesday when they discovered the package filled with suspected cannabis.
"Officers were able to locate the package which contained twenty bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana," police said in a statement. "The package and its contents were forwarded to the State Lab for analysis."
Police said the package, delivered by UPS, was addressed to a specific person who was not known to station employees.
Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but the law only allows for public possession of up to an ounce and sales are only allowed by licensed dispensaries.

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Security cameras at a California dental practice captured video of a black bear attempting to break through the front door while fleeing police.
Employees at Forest Avenue Dental in Chico arrived for work Monday and discovered large gouge marks and mud on the front door of the office.
Dentist Gary Walker's wife, Cathy, said workers decided to review the surveillance camera footage to see if the marks were caused by a large dog.
The workers instead discovered the marks came from a black bear that attempted to force its way through the door while fleeing from a police car.
Bear sightings were reported around the same time at a nearby Lowe's Home Improvement store. The bear eventually left the area on its own.

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said beach visitors were surprised to arrive at the shore to discover a huge package of marijuana washed up in the sand.
Beach safety officials in Ormond-by-the-Sea said a witness reported the large plastic-wrapped package shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate.
Photos from the scene show the package contained 23 smaller packages of marijuana that were sealed with plastic wrap and duct tape.
Beach Safety Patrol Capt. Tammy Malphurs said Hurricane Florence has been creating larger-than-usual surf, which may have contributed to the package's appearance on the beach.
"Typically it happens when we have a large surf and winds on shore. Sometimes, we have a lot of things wash up on shore. We haven't had a lot of things but this is the first thing so far," Malphurs told WKMG-TV.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that multiple packages of marijuana were found washed ashore and floating in the water last week.

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Police in the Long Island town of Coram, N.Y. are looking for the people responsible for putting up vending machines that appear to be crack pipes.
Two of the small blue machines were found over the weekend and angry residents reported them to police, who then removed them. The machines have coin slots where would-be patrons insert $2 to get a pen-shaped device that has the items required to construct a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.
"They were actually repurposed tampon dispensers," said Jack Krieger, Communications Director for the Town of Brookhaven, CNN reported.
"Who in their right mind would even do something like that -- to enable and to encourage somebody to do this?" Tony Gallo, a Coram resident, told WPIX-TV.
Police are now looking for the crack pipe vendors.
"it is not illegal to sell the pens and it is not illegal to sell a pipe, but they are considered drug paraphernalia and they were being dispensed from a machine that was installed illegally per town code," Councilman Michael Loguercio told reporters.

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Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A surprised witness at a farm in Brazil captured video of an animal with an unusual feature -- a cow with three horns.
The video shows the cow wandering amid its two-horned compatriots in a pen at a Brazilian farm.
The cow's third horn is located directly in the middle of its forehead, like a unicorn's spike.
It was unclear whether the horn was a genetic mutation passed down from one of its parents.


 

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