Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, Jan 2nd

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It was a foe opposite a cackle as California Highway Patrol officers scrambled to rescue scarcely 20 chickens that ran by highway lanes nearby Los Angeles.
The group says a birds blocked a apportionment of Interstate 605 in a Norwalk area Tuesday morning after their enclosure fell from a behind of a truck.
The group tweeted photos and video of a chickens on a highway and a motorcycle officer collecting them.
Officers managed to rescue 17 birds. Two died.
One twitter asked: “why DID a chickens cranky a road? Because they apparently did not wish to turn ‘fast food’ on an LA area freeway, of course!”
The motorist transporting a chickens was unknowingly that a birds fell off a lorry and did not stop.

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MOSCOW (AP) – The Russian Armed Forces has denounced a latest cutting-edge arms in a New Year’s greetings video: cuddly puppies.
After a year of display off a troops competence in Syria, a Defense Ministry has taken a softer proceed in a one-minute video display dozens of puppies pity food and cuddling with any other. Older dogs are shown personification with unclear officers.
In a Chinese calendar, 2018 is a year of a dog, so many Russians are regulating dogs in their holiday greetings this season.
Over 3,000 dogs are employed in a Russian armed forces.
Dogs from a 470th Dog Breeding Center outward Moscow are among a many flashy in Russia. The core won an general foe final summer opposite a dog army of Belarus, Egypt, Iran and Uzbekistan.
 
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In early 2017, inspectors were anonymously alerted to a fact that Gik, a makers of a neon wine, disregarded a Spanish law that says that blue is not a legally authorized booze color. As a result, Gik was fined €3,000 by a Spanish supervision and could no longer tag a product as wine; a labels now review “99% booze and 1% grape must.”
The almost-wine is now sole underneath a “Other Alcoholic Beverages” difficulty in Spain, yet in a U.S., it will be sole as blue wine. Its initial launch in late Sep is holding place in Miami, Boston and Texas, yet a group hopes to get to New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington, California and Nevada shortly thereafter. The normal cost per bottle will sell between $12 and $14.
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A new splendid cobalt blue booze launched in Spain finally has a U.S. recover date: this October. The “vintners” who make this blue libation make no explain to any wine-making imagination – they’re only perplexing to do something “fun” and “different.”
“We are not vintners. We are creators,” a 6 Spanish twentysomething entrepreneurs announce on their website, observant they intentionally sought out a many “close-minded attention out there” in an bid to make booze “sweeter and easier to drink.”
Hate to mangle it to you, kids, yet it’s been done. Heard of booze coolers?
But that hasn’t stopped a blue booze from aweing a internet.
The 11.5% ethanol calm booze is done by Spanish association Gik Live and is a mix of red and white wines from Spanish and French vineyards.
Now, as we know, red and white does not equal electric blue. Gik’s colourful stain purportedly comes from organic pigments found in grape skin (indigo and anthocyanin) and a “non-caloric sweetener” (“because additional of quick carbs leads to overweight”).
Most importantly, how does it taste? We haven’t gotten a hands on a representation yet, yet a founders explain they’ve already sole 80,000 bottles after rising progressing this summer.
Gik co-founder Artiz Lopez charity his take on a taste. “For me, it is a booze that is not formidable during all. It tastes honeyed and uninformed and has no heritage,” he told Vice’s Munchies. “Surprisingly, when we did a blind tasting, only one of 15 people pronounced it was a wine. Among a reactions we found some people even observant it was a soothing drink!”

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Police outward Rochester, N.Y., couldn’t assistance yet giggle while they attempted to detain an purported cookie-eating, trespassing squirrel from a woman’s home.
The Brockport Police Department, who held and common video of a occurrence on Facebook on Friday, pronounced dual of a officers were responding to a home of a lady who claimed a squirrel “had damaged into a house” and was “reportedly eating cookies in a kitchen.”
“Officers Sime and Dawson arrived on stage yet were not during all awaiting a comfortable acquire they would accept from a squirrel,” a post said.
Police entered a residence to a sounds of blustering song from a radio, that a homeowner claimed a squirrel had incited on.
Moments later, a thieving critter jumped down from a stealing mark nearby a roof and hurtled toward a entrance officer, crashing into things along a way.
The officer fell behind as he was strike with a handful of squirrel and incited to shelter with his partner. The dual were listened shouting hysterically as they done their approach out and a unapproachable rodent scurried behind by a kitchen, presumably to find some-more snacks.
Police pronounced a “uninvited guest” eventually was held and expelled unharmed.
“Brockport Police will always go a additional mile to assistance their residents,” a dialect wrote.

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A baby sign that wandered distant from home has been returned to a sea after military officers discovered a puppy from a highway in Massachusetts.
Police officials contend they speckled a sign waddling down Route 6A in Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod late Friday night.
Police, assisted by Amazing Animal Ambassadors, were means to put a sign in a enclosure and reason onto it until wildlife officials arrived.
The sign puppy was given a purify check of health and expelled behind into a sea Saturday, according to a Yarmouth Police Department.
They named a baby sign Houston in respect of Kevin A. Houston, a U.S. Navy Seal from Cape Cod who was killed in Afghanistan.
They trust a puppy done a tour from a sea to a highway after travelling adult a solidified rivulet in a area and creation his entrance “Navy Seal style.”
“Thank we for visiting us and stay comfortable and protected out there, buddy,” officers said.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Thousands of marchers have braved bone-chilling temperatures and breeze chills to take partial in Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade, a oldest continual folk march in a country.
Organizers had deliberate postponing a eventuality given of concerns over a heartless continue conditions. But they voted to go forward with a New Year’s Day parade, that featured performers dressed in colorful costumes ornate with sequins and feathers marching down a city’s categorical north-south thoroughfare.
Temperatures were in a singular digits when a march started. Concerns had been lifted a wintry temperatures could be dangerous for march participants and some instruments used by marching fibre bands.
Heating tents and comfortable buses were set adult along a track for a Mummers.
Philadelphia has hosted a Mummers Parade given 1901.

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FRANKFURT (Huffington Post) – Did we meant Birkenstock?
A German justice has systematic Amazon not to captivate internet shoppers to a online marketplace when they incorrectly hunt for “Brikenstock”, “Birkenstok”, “Bierkenstock” and other variations in Google.
The statute is a feat for a German sandal maker, whose attribute with Amazon has grown increasingly antagonistic. It assured a district justice in Duesseldorf that Amazon requisitioned variations of “Birkenstock” as keywords by Google AdWords.
Any of those variations would furnish hunt formula for Birkenstock boots sole on Amazon.com, a justice pronounced in a statute antiquated Dec. 20. Birkenstock sought a claim given it feared gullible shoppers competence buy low-quality counterfeits by Amazon that would erode a reputation.
Earlier this month, Birkenstock pronounced that it would finish a sale of a products over Amazon in Europe after Amazon “failed to proactively prevent” a sale of tawdry Birkenstock goods. A year ago, Birkenstock finished a attribute with Amazon in a United States.
The claim was initial reported by a German repository Der Spiegel on Friday.
“For us, Amazon is complicit,” Birkenstock’s arch Oliver Reichert told Der Spiegel.
A orator for Amazon declined to criticism on a justice record yet said: “Amazon prohibits a sale of feign products.”
“We work diligently with vendors, sellers and rights owners to detect and forestall feign products reaching a marketplace,” he added.
A orator for a justice declined to comment.

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The motorist of a semi-truck was apparently during error in an collision Wednesday afternoon involving a driverless convey train handling in Las Vegas, military say.
The unconstrained automobile had been put into operation in a Freemont East area of a city reduction than dual hours before a incident, that was widely reported due to a high form of a event.
The lorry was subsidy into a expostulate when one of a tires strike a shuttle, causing no poignant repairs or injuries. The motorist was cited for bootleg backing.
“The convey did what it was ostensible to do, in that it’s (sic) sensors purebred a lorry and a convey stopped to equivocate a accident,” a city pronounced in a statement. “Unfortunately a smoothness lorry did not stop and grazed a front buffer of a shuttle. Had a lorry had a same intuiting apparatus that a convey has a collision would have been avoided.”
The oval-shaped convey that can ride adult to 12 people has an attendant and mechanism monitor, yet no steering circle and no stop pedals. It uses GPS, electronic quell sensors and other record to make a way. It was grown by a French association Navya and was tested in Jan in Las Vegas.
At a phenomenon ceremony, officials promoted it as a nation’s initial self-driving convey commander plan geared toward a public.
Before it crashed, dozens of people had lined adult to get a giveaway outing on a 0.6-mile loop in downtown Las Vegas. City orator Jace Radke pronounced a convey took dual some-more loops after a crash.
NASCAR motorist Danica Patrick and sorcery twin Penn and Teller were among a initial passengers.
The travel association Keolis is handling a shuttle. Its clamp boss of mobility solutions, Maurice Bell, pronounced a train will bestir by Las Vegas during no some-more than 15 mph. AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, that is sponsoring a one-year commander project, expects that 250,000 people will use a shuttle.
Las Vegas proprietor Stacey Gray and her dog Socrates were among a initial to house a train Wednesday. She pronounced a expostulate was so well-spoken that she couldn’t even tell she was in a car, yet entrance a intersection done her a tiny nervous.
“A tiny bit of that looking around and we know wondering if it was going to stop, and ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a automobile behind us, kind of tiny hesitation,'” she said. “But it stopped and it was fine.”

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Multiple babies were innate opposite a Lowcountry Monday, some of a initial babies of 2018. One tiny lady has a birthday for a books. Her relatives told News 2 a whole knowledge seemed like a stage out of a movie.
Little Anastasia came into a universe in a whirlwind. Her relatives live in St. George, yet designed to broach a baby during MUSC in downtown Charleston. The baby motionless to come about 3 weeks early, so her relatives strike a gas on a widespread to speed adult a hour prolonged expostulate to a hospital.
The baby’s mother, Tiffani Von Glahn, says, “He was going about 90-95 and a military officer came adult behind us to lift us over. And he was like, ‘Do we wish me to stop?’ And we was like, ‘No don’t we stop’, given we felt her coming.”
Baby Anastasia’s relatives were disturbed about not creation it to a sanatorium in time given there was a possibility of complications with a delivery.
Von Glahn says, “I was told she was a high risk pregnancy and a approach she was sitting during a time, she would’ve gotten stranded and we would’ve had to have a C-section. So we was meditative there was no approach we could have her naturally.”
Because a automobile was not pulling over for law enforcement, they switched gears meditative it was a automobile chase.
Von Glahn says, “I demeanour behind and there’s like 20 military cars, and they had a exits blocked off and everything. Eventually it got to where they had to box us in to stop us.”
They stopped a automobile in a core of a interstate, during a Cosgrove Avenue exit. The cops sprang into action.
Von Glahn says, “They finished adult putting him in handcuffs, only for reserve reasons, given they were observant there are people out there that will feign carrying a profound wife.”
But baby Anastasia couldn’t wait any longer. With a assistance of police, she was innate right there in a core of a interstate.
The baby’s father, Carl Alewine, says, “I’m sitting there, examination her innate on a hood of a car, fireworks going off in a credentials given it’s New Year’s, and afterwards they let me out of handcuffs, and a cops started clapping and congratulating us.”
The relatives contend once law coercion satisfied what was happening, they rubbed it flawlessly.
Alewine says, “It happened so quick and a man that delivered her was only there.”
It’s still tough to trust how Anastasia was innate into a world. Her relatives contend a initial hour of 2018 had adequate fad to final a rest of a year.
Alewine says, “When you’re going to a sanatorium to have a kid, we suppose high speed, cops around you, yet yeah that happened”.
Even yet there were concerns about complications with this pregnancy, both mom and baby are doing great. The tot was innate during a healthy 6 pounds 2 ounces.

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Wigtown, Scotland, UK – A tiny encampment in Scotland has turn a ideal environment for vacationers looking to work and play out a book lovers anticipation for a brief run.  
A book emporium in Wigtown, is charity vacationers a possibility to run a place while staying in a unit on a second floor. 
Book aficionados are flocking to a AirBNB website to book their dream vacation during a emporium called Open Book. 
The reservation allows adult to a dual week stay and entrance to a group of volunteers to classify book readings and other events. 
Open Book is requisitioned for a subsequent 3 years.
This new approach of vacationing has intensity to turn a trend in Wigston.
There are 14 bookshops in a city that’s been designated Scotland National Book Town. 
 

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