Chihuahua terrorizes Swedish neighborhood
MALMO, Sweden, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Swedish police responding to a report of an aggressive dog said they were surprised to learn the offending canine was a Chihuahua.
Police in Malmo said they were called to a neighborhood by residents who said a loose canine was acting aggressively toward passersby and had bitten another dog, The Local.se reported Friday.
Officers said they were shocked when they arrived and the neighbors described the aggressive pooch as a Chihuahua, the smallest breed of dog.
"I did think it was going to be a bigger dog than that," Officer Calle Persson said.
Police said they were unable to locate the dog, which fled the scene before they arrived.
"The canine that was bitten is recovering well from the ordeal. We still haven't found the dog either, I guess that could be because of its size," Persson said.
Airline asks passengers for fuel cash
DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Air France confirmed passengers were asked for fuel money when a plane was diverted to Syria, but the cash was ultimately not needed.
The airline released a statement confirming the flight crew asked passengers if they had any cash for fuel because the plane had to be diverted from its intended destination of Beirut, Lebanon, due to security concerns, CNN reported Friday.
"Air France confirms that it asked passengers if they had cash, as payments for fuel can only be made in cash in Damascus," the statement said. "Ultimately, Air France could pay the full amount itself, and passengers did not have to advance any cash."
The airline said the passengers on the Wednesday flight were flown to Cyprus and taken to Beirut Thursday.
"Air France apologizes to its customers for the inconvenience," the airline said.
Plaque marks scene of Obamas' first kiss
CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The owners of a Chicago shopping center have placed a historical marker to mark the spot where the Obamas shared their first kiss in 1989.
The plaque, placed on a 3,000-pound granite boulder near the entrance of the Dorchester Commons shopping center, features a photo of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with a quote taken from an interview the president gave to "O, The Oprah Magazine" in February 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
"On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate," the plaque reads.
Jonelle Kearney, a spokeswoman for Mid-America Asset Management, which manages the shopping center, said the company decided to put up a plaque for the Obamas about 2 1/2 years ago.
"It's a marker for the community, for posterity and tourism, too," she said.
Ma Barker shootout house for sale
OCKLAWAHA, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Florida house where infamous 1930s gang leader Ma Barker made her last stand against FBI agents is being offered for sale.
Carson Good, one of 10 remaining descendants of Carson Bradford, who built the house in 1930, said the family has decided to put the Ocklawaha house up for sale for the first time since it was built, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.
The house was the scene of the FBI gun battle that ended the lives of Kate "Ma" Barker and her son, Fred Barker. The sale includes FBI documents about the incident, which is regarded as the longest shootout in the history of the bureau.
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty, which is handling the sale, said offers are being accepted through Oct. 5.
"There's unbelievable interest around the world in crime memorabilia. People have never seen a property where everything is intact from the time of the event," said Roger Soderstrom, a broker for Stirling Sotheby's. "We think the buyer could be someone who has a passion for crime memorabilia and who wants to build their own house (on the property) and keep this as a collector's house. It could be a bed-and-breakfast. You could have weddings there.''
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