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ARGYLE, Texas (AP) -- An 8-year-old bison named Bullet has outgrown its Texas home and the owner wants to find a new place for the 1,000-pound pet to roam.
Karen Schoeve, of Argyle, told WFAA-TV that Bullet is occasionally allowed inside the family's house but needs more space and grassland. She says the bison is tame and housebroken.
The family has posted a Craigslist ad listing Bullet as for sale for almost $6,000, as long as the new owner will allow the bison to continue interacting with people.
Schoeve says Bullet is used to being around people but warns that the big animal should never be left alone inside a house or with children.
Argyle is 30 miles northwest of Dallas.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down even when the snake bit him three times.
In short, Haus is a hero.
"It shows you that a rescue dog, for us, paid it forward by protecting my family," said Adam DeLuca of Tampa.
Now hundreds of donors are coming to the family's rescue, quickly topping the goal of $15,000 Friday on a GoFundMe account to help pay for the antivenin needed to keep the dog alive. By Friday afternoon, $35,000 had been raised for the dog's care.
Haus is still recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Tampa's Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary and Specialty Hospital, and is being treated with anti-venom and painkillers, said Dr. John Gicking.
"Without the pain medication, he's in pain. He's responsive, he's alert, and his leg is swollen and uncomfortable," the doctor said.
Molly DeLuca's grandmother was watching her play with the 2-year-old shepherd in their backyard when the dog suddenly jumped in front of the girl and reared up several times. It wasn't clear what happened at first, but they could tell Haus was bleeding, and brought him to the vet.
When his leg was shaved, three bite marks could be seen - telltale signs of the rattlesnake.
The family lives near a state park that is a habitat for rattlesnakes and cottonmouths, and dangerous critters can slip under their fence from the wilderness, her father said.
The snake's venom damaged the dog's kidneys. Vets now expect a full recovery, but it won't be cheap: Each day in the ICU costs between $1000 to $1500, and each vial of anti-venom costs $618. Haus is averaging 4 or 5 vials per day as the poison leaves his system.
A family friend started the fundraising effort. The response, said DeLuca, has been "overwhelming."
Haus is expected to be hospitalized for another couple of days. The family plans to forward any unused donations to a local rescue organization.
The family adopted Haus just two months ago from a rescue organization, but they already had no doubt he would risk his life to save Molly or her four-year-old brother.
"He just exceeded our expectations all the way around," said DeLuca. "Right away, the kids were hugging and loving on him, he always took it, he never did anything. Whenever anyone came to the door, he would start barking and try to be protective. He has just been an amazing dog. He's the type of dog that when you want to go buy a dog, you pay thousands of dollars and that's the dog you get. But we adopted him and got him for free."

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police officers attached a large Google Maps logo to a surveillance van in an apparent attempt to disguise it as one of the company's street-filming cars.
Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said Friday that no one was authorized by the department to place the decal on the van. He says it appeared officers were "being creative."
The department was made aware of the decal by a news outlet Wednesday and it was removed the same day.
A Google spokeswoman confirms the van was not part of its Street View fleet and says it's looking into the report.
The fleet records panoramic street views. The most common vehicles used are compact cars mounted with cameras and wrapped in the company's logo and mapping graphics.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say a former Endeavor Air flight attendant is charged with stealing nearly 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor from her job and selling them online.
The Shelby County district attorney's office said Friday that 28-year-old Rachel Trevor has been indicted on charges including theft, unlawful sale of alcohol and unauthorized transportation of alcohol.
Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigators say Trevor would put the small bottles of rum, vodka, gin and whiskey in her bag after a flight, then post them for sale on Craigslist.
Investigators said the bottles typically sell for $8 on flights, but Trevor sold them for $1 apiece. Endeavor Air is a regional affiliate of Delta Air Lines. A spokesman says Trevor is no longer with Endeavor Air.
Online records do not show if Trevor has a lawyer.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A man offering "free hugs" in New York's Times Square is accused of punching a Canadian tourist in the face after she refused to tip him for his hug and a photo.
Jermaine Himmelstein was arrested on robbery and fraudulent accosting charges shortly after the Thursday afternoon incident.
Police say Himmelstein demanded a cash tip from the 22-year-old woman, who was visiting from Ottawa, after she took a photo with him. When the woman refused to pay, police say Himmelstein punched her in the face and then ran off. The victim was left with a black eye, cuts and bruises.
As Himmelstein was led out of a police station later Thursday, he told reporters that he "was aggressively asking for tips."

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man who works for a private security company cannot get a permit to carry a handgun because of his driving record.
An appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court that found allowing Rahman Idlett to carry a weapon was "against the interest of the public health, safety and welfare" even though Perth Amboy police said he could.
The judge found Idlett's license was suspended 15 times in the 15 years that he's been driving. He received 16 speeding tickets, two careless driving citations and other charges.
The judge found Idlett had "one of the worst driving records" the judge had ever seen.
Idlett represented himself and did not dispute his driving record or explain how the court had erred.

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Tokyo, Japan - Four stray dogs were spotted near the runway of Tokyo Haneda Airport Thursday, disrupting flight operations and causing delays to some 18 flights over the past two days. According to reports, three of the four dogs have been captured, but one is still on the loose. Footage from NTV showed the dogs running around. Tokyo airport officials said they were searching the grounds and investigating where the dogs had come from.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A 22-year-old college student has been charged with stealing an ambulance while its crew was responding to call on a western New York campus.
Police say a Rural Metro ambulance responded around 2 a.m. Thursday to the University of Rochester to treat an intoxicated man. Officers say a different man got into the ambulance and drove off.
Police say the man drove about a quarter mile before going off the road and getting stuck in a flower bed.
Officers charged the student with grand larceny, criminal mischief, traffic violations and driving while intoxicated.
The ambulance sustained damage and had to be towed away.
Last December, police charged a 22-year-old student with stealing an ambulance while its crew was responding to a call on the SUNY Geneseo campus, 25 miles south of Rochester.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico woman is suing a Santa Fe McDonald's franchise after she said a toilet paper dispenser fell off a bathroom stall door and slammed into her face.
The lawsuit filed last week in Santa Fe District Court alleges that the 2013 public bathroom mayhem left Veronica Espinoza with a damaged retina.
According to the lawsuit, Espinoza reached for toilet paper in the "usual, common manner" when it "came crashing down" on her face, causing damage to her nose, face and eye. The lawsuit says the dispenser was attached to a bathroom stall door.
Espinoza is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and medical bill.
McZ Inc., which owns the McDonald's, did not immediately return a phone call.

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Deltona, FL - Nicole Marie Bjanes was driving on I-4 in Deltona on Monday when a turtle came crashing through her windshield.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said another car hit the turtle while it was crossing the highway and propelled it into the air. Bjanes posted photos on Facebook showing her shattered windshield with the turtle upside-down on her dashboard.
"I really can't even believe it!!! Thanks for all your concern. I am a lucky girl," Bjanes wrote on her post. "All the people who stopped and the EMT and trooper were taking pics....unbelievable, and the guy at the hospital was laughing at how he should word the incident!!! Life is good and sometimes a little crazy....someone is keeping my on my toes and entertained."
Bjanes said she was shaken up but otherwise alright. The turtle was checked out and also found to be in good shape and returned to some nearby water.

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