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Zambi was fatally shot July 5 as he grazed in a pasture at HiView Farms outside of Waxahachie, about 30 miles from Dallas, said Lt. Kevin Ketchum of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua Romano and four friends were swimming in a creek but had to leave because of rain. They spotted the zebra as they were driving down a road near the farm. That’s when Mr. Romano pulled out a deer rifle and fatally shot Zambi, Lt. Ketchum said. The animal was worth about $10,000.

Mexican police chief admits to bribes

TUCSON, Ariz. — A police chief in the northern Mexican town of Sonoyta has pleaded guilty to charges that he bribed a U.S. Border Patrol agent in an effort to help a smuggling operation, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.

Roman Robles-Cota, 32, faces up to 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in October.

Robles-Cota admitted offering the agent cash to help a Mexican marijuana smuggling organization bring truckloads of pot into the U.S., according to the plea agreement.

Missing macaw reunited with owner

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — A pet macaw that flew away from its owners on July 7 turned up alive and well in a most unlikely place — 80 miles away at the New Jersey shore.

Robert Daly, 25, said he was driving near his home Thursday night when he spotted the large blue and gold bird sitting quietly by the side of the road.

He called police, who captured the bird and put it into a box. Officers who had seen press reports about the bird’s disappearance notified the owner, Rosalie O’Hara, and the two were reunited Friday.

Sophia vanished after Mrs. O’Hara’s husband lost his grip on the bird while the couple were out for a walk. The couple had been looking frantically for the bird since then and posted a $5,000 reward.

Donor offers reward to find student

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — An anonymous donor offered a $15,000 reward for the safe return of a university student who disappeared when she went out with a man she met on the Internet site Craigslist, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Donna Jou, a student at San Diego State University, has not been seen since June 23, when she went out with John Steven Burgess, a convicted sex offender who is being sought for questioning.

Family members say they last saw her leaving with Mr. Burgess to go to a party. Her mother received a text-message the next day that said her cell-phone battery was dying, but she’d be home soon.

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