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June 9, 2009 at 6:00 AM
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Police: 'Body' actually mannequin

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 9 (UPI) -- Connecticut State Police said a discovery on the side of a cliff that was thought to be a human body turned out to be a mannequin.

Lt. Paul Vance said the object was first spotted and identified as a body Saturday night in West Rock State Park but a specialized ropes team dispatched to the scene Sunday morning discovered the "body" was actually a mannequin, WTNH-TV, New Haven, Conn., reported.

Vance said the State Police Major Crimes Squad was on the scene for about 2 1/2 hours Saturday night and three hours Sunday morning.

Baby born at side of highway

OMAHA, June 9 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Omaha said a baby born at the side of Interstate 80 in the Monday morning commuter hours was dubbed "The Rush Hour Baby."

The firefighters said Patricia and Juan Salas, who have five previous children, were on their way to Bergan Mercy Medical Center Monday morning when the impatient baby decided it was time to get on with it, KETV, Omaha, reported.

"It was no surprise, not their first rodeo," firefighter Brad Philippi said. "They've done this before -- obviously not in a vehicle on the side of the road."

Another firefighter, Todd Tevelde, said the baby boy was blue-skinned when firefighters arrived on the scene, but he "pinked up" after his airways were opened and an oxygen mask was placed over his head.

"It wasn't as big of deal as I thought it would be, but I'll let the docs do it next time," said firefighter Brian Jones.

Jones said the family was sent along to the hospital after they told the firefighters the new baby's name.

"They named it Brian," Jones said.

British boy finds seven-leaf clover

SALISBURY, England, June 9 (UPI) -- A British 9-year-old said he discovered a seven-leaf clover while hunting for the four-leaf variety with his father in a nature reserve.

Alastair Barnes said he was walking in the Coombe Bassett nature reserve, near Salisbury, England, when he came upon the seven-leaf clover, a variety experts said are even rarer than the traditionally lucky four-leaf clovers, the Daily Mail reported.

"I was really hoping to find a four-leaf clover when I spotted one with seven leaves," the boy said. "I was amazed and I immediately shouted to my dad: 'Daddy daddy, I've found a seven-leaf clover.'

"He didn't believe me at first but then he came over and had a look for himself," Alastair said. "I picked it and took it home. It was amazing to find something so rare -- I was so happy."

The boy said he is keeping the clover in a book to keep it safe.

House boarded up with resident inside

MINNEAPOLIS, June 9 (UPI) -- A Minneapolis man said he was preparing to leave his foreclosed home for the last time when contractors boarded up the house while he was still inside.

Ted Poetsch, 53, said he was finishing packing and loading his cat into its carrier May 12 when he heard drilling coming from the frame of his front door, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Poetsch, who walks with a cane, said he descended the home's stairs to find the contractors had already completed boarding up the house without making sure there was nobody inside.

City officials said Poetsch had been warned the contractors were coming that day, but they admitted boarding him up inside was a mistake that was unprecedented for the city.

Poetsch said he escaped his with the help of his one-time lawyer, Josh DuBois.

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