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Husband delivers baby on highway shoulder

CINCINNATI, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman gave birth on the shoulder of a highway with her husband serving as obstetrician.


"Whatever I do for the rest of my life, nothing will top this," Jason Davis of Fairfield told The Cincinnati Enquirer Friday. "It's wild."

Janice Davis gave birth to the couple's third child and first daughter Thursday evening on Interstate 75. The couple were about halfway to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati when she realized she and her husband had run out of time.

Her husband pulled over, called 911 and then helped his wife deliver baby Julianne as he crouched along side their sport utility vehicle.

Mother and daughter were in Christ Hospital and doing well Friday.

Colorado couple buy 'Wonderful Life' car

JOHNSTOWN, Colo., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The car George Bailey drove in "It's a Wonderful Life" has pulled into Colorado.

Keith and Marilyn Smith of Johnstown bought the 1919 Dodge from the beloved 1946 movie and added it to their collection Friday, the Greeley Tribune reported.

The fender of the Dodge, which was dented when Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, crashed it in the movie, has been fixed. Keith Smith, an antique car buff, repainted it in the early 1990s, and this month the couple bought it from a California collector.


The Smiths have the original title to the car, which lists the matching motor number from 1946. The owner is listed as 20th Century Fox, which made the film.

The California collector had owned the Dodge for 38 years. It appeared in a few car shows and once on "The Lawrence Welk Show."

The Smiths would not say how much they paid. The couple also own a 1928 Nash, a 1948 Lincoln Continental and pickups made in 1953 and 1956, among others.

Marine sends ice statue home for Christmas

NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan arranged to have a 7-foot statue of himself, sculpted in ice, made for his sister's 11th birthday.

Neil Bucken, 27, a 1st lieutenant, has been in the Marines for two years and in Afghanistan for the past nine months. He made arrangements long distance with Nuzzolese Brothers Ice Corp. in Hicksville, N.Y., the New York Post reported.

His sister, Sullivan, said she was thrilled when the ice statue arrived at a relative's house in Staten Island.

"I was telling him that all I wanted for my birthday and Christmas was him, so he was thinking how to make that possible," Sullivan told the Post. "It's so sweet."


Vincent Nuzzolese said when he found out where Bucken was he supplied the statue for free. Normally, he said, one that large and elaborate would cost about $1,000.

"It was a given as soon as I got the phone call -- I said this is something I want to do," Nuzzolese said. "It's a special Christmas for us on this end, too, that we could help somebody else like this."

Town's claim to fame is straw goat

GAVLE, Sweden, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Police in Gavle, Sweden, say they protected a straw goat in the town's main square on Christmas Eve but won't rest until it is properly dismantled next month.

The Gavle Goat was first erected in 1966, and while about half of the town takes pride in its existence, the rest want to burn it down, Swedish news agency TT reported.

So far, the straw goat has burned down more frequently than not.

Heavy security may be the reason the goat has survived this Christmas, but a security guard was reportedly offered $7,000 for access to the creation.

The 40-foot creation will be dismantled Jan. 3 -- if police can keep it secure.

"We'll see if it's still standing for New Year," said Goran Lyrberg, a police spokesman.


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