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March 5, 2008 at 6:30 AM
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Woman may be world's smallest mom

COVINGTON, Ky., March 4 (UPI) -- A 28-inch-tall new mother in Covington, Ky., says she believes she may be the smallest woman to ever give birth.

Stacey Herald said doctors advised her to consider abortion when her pregnancy was discovered, but despite their warnings she kept the child and gave birth to an 18-inch baby girl, WKBO-TV in Bowling Green, Ky., reported Tuesday.

The baby, named Muhkeyuh, is expected to grow to an average height.

"My whole life I've been told that I wasn't able to have children, I would not live through the pregnancy that with the size of my torso, the baby would grow up underneath my lungs," Herald said.

"I had the biggest belly you've ever seen in your life," she told WAVE-TV in Louisville, Ky. "If I laid down, I looked like a snail. That's how big my belly was. I looked like an Idaho potato with arms and legs. And you couldn't see my feet. You know, my legs are there, you know. But my belly came out so long, that all you could see was a belly with toes."

British soldiers stripped in Norway bar

LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- Eight British soldiers have been sent home to face disciplinary action for reportedly taking off their clothes and urinating in a Norwegian bar.

The soldiers, from the Army's 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, drunkenly stripped at a bar in the town of Harstad and began urinating on each other and other customers while hurling profane insults at one another, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

"They were drunk and there was a problem in the bar but we are quite used to dealing with British soldiers like this," said Gair Pedersen, a Harstad police spokesman.

The soldiers, who were in Norway for an Arctic training exercise alongside Royal Marines and armed forces from several other NATO countries, have been sent back to Britain to face disciplinary action.

"This is taken extremely seriously," a Defense Ministry official said.

Man gets surgery to remove fingerprints

LAWRENCE, Mass., March 4 (UPI) -- A man in Massachusetts had his fingertips removed in an alleged attempt to prevent police from identifying him through fingerprints.

But police in Lawrence said that Gerald Perez, who gave his name as Edgardo Tirado, could have spared himself the trouble. A detective recognized him.

"His story was that somebody cut him with a knife and he was putting his hands up in defense, and the individual happened to be precise enough to cut the tip of every finger where the fingerprints are," Lawrence Police Chief John Romero told WCVB-TV in Boston.

Romero said that all 10 of the man's fingers had been subjected to the crude surgery, which he said could not have been done legally in the United States.

Investigators in the Boston area say that similar efforts are becoming more common. John Dillinger, the Chicago bank robber of the 1930s, tried something similar, using acid to burn off his prints, although FBI agents said enough was left to get a match.

Romero said that fingerprint surgery can make identification more difficult for police but also serves as a "red flag" that someone is up to no good.

Nude ad irks locals

CASTLEBAY, Scotland, March 4 (UPI) -- Residents of the Scottish island of Barra said they were angered when a tourism promoter filmed a scene of naked men running on the island's busiest beach.

Locals said shooting for the video, which London-based agency Seventy Seven PR concocted to promote Scottish adventure tourism company VisitScotland, took place at a time when the beach, which doubles as a airplane runway, was full of people, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

"Two flights had just come and both planes were still on the strand there," The Very Rev. Angus John Provost MacQueen told The Guardian.

The video, which was to be a viral advertisement on Web sites YouTube, Bebo and Facebook, featured a group of male surfers shedding their clothes and running in the sand.

"Many people were there and they were outraged. Would you like people going stark naked running down your runway? We don't want to attract this kind of tourism to Barra. We are overbooked in the summer as it is," he said.

A VisitScotland spokeswoman said the ad was canceled after villagers complained.

"There was some feedback from the local community that they were offended by the filming. As soon as we heard that, we realized we'd misjudged that and destroyed that bit of filming."

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