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Dallas Police Offer Black Friday Safety Tips 

(DALLAS) -- Just as shoppers are planning to be out early in search of bargains on Black Friday or online for Cyber Monday, the Dallas Police Department is warning that criminals will be out too.

The department is offering ten tips for shoppers to help them shop safely while getting those great bargains throughout the holiday season.

The tips come the National Crime Prevention Council:

  • Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit  card or bank statements as they come in.
  • Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  • Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

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TX Professor Adjusting to Life Inside a Dumpster

(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life. The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February and moved into a used trash dumpster 36 square feet in size.

Wilson is documenting his progress on the website dumpsterproject.org, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

Students, who helped clean the dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan, reports ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas.

The front door slides shut. It’s cold at nights. The walls contain decorative hangings. The home features few appliances such as a washer and dryer, which were added during the current phase of his project. The third and final phase will feature solar panels with a focus on renewable energy.

For Wilson -- who goes by the nickname “Professor Dumpster” -- the second night in the dumpster was scariest. “The trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors,” Wilson told KTRK-TV.

Luckily, Wilson’s new home remained untouched by trash crews. After living in the dumpster for six months, Wilson is proud of the discourse his experiment has encouraged and that it has promoted the idea of living with less.

It’s important to “foster a conversation and keep that conversation going. We don’t know where that conversation is going to lead,” Wilson told KTRK-TV.

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Dallas Police Officer Arrested After Assault Allegation

(DALLAS) -- A Dallas police officer was arrested on Thursday after being accused of assaulting a woman.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to a call involving an injured woman at Charlton Methodist Hospital, who informed them that a disturbance involving herself and Officer Julian Harris resulted in a physical altercation.

Police reported that the woman suffered a "serious bodily injury" while at the officer's Dallas apartment.

Harris reported to the Domestic Violence Unit, and was placed under arrest for aggravated assault. He was also served with an emergency protective order mandating he have no further contact with his accuser.

Harris was placed on administrative leave.

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Police Seek Trio in Vehicle Theft

(DALLAS) -- Police are searching for a trio of suspects involved in a vehicle robbery that took place Wednesday night.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the three suspects approached the victim at about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, one of them brandishing a handgun, and took the victim's vehicle. Police initially feared that a minor was in the car at the time of the theft, but later determined that was not true. It was, however, determined that a dog was inside the vehicle.

Police do not have anyone in custody. The suspects were described only as three black men.

Police say the vehicle in question is a 2004 Dodge Durango with Florida license plates reading DGYX35.

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Second Texas Ebola Nurse to Receive New Engagement Ring

(DALLAS)  --  After having her life turned upside-down by Ebola, Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is getting some help to make things right.

Vinson's engagement ring was incinerated along with most of her possessions, as a hazmat crew tore through her apartment.

“Everything that was on the surface was swiped into a bin for incineration, so my jewelry box being on my nightstand was one of those things that got destroyed,” said Vinson.

Zales Corporation, based in Irving, Texas, has now stepped in and let Vinson and her fiancée, Derrick Markray, pick out a new ring for free.

Chris Nieto, a spokesman for Zales, says Vinson earned it for her perseverance through the entire ordeal.

Vinson's fiancée said he's grateful for the ring but even more grateful that the love of his life is alive and well.

The couple’s wedding is set for next year.

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