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UNITED STATES

Target sorry for ‘big’ gaffe

Retailer Target apologized on Friday after a labeling gaffe that saw the color of a plus-size dress named after manatees, the blubbery denizens of the deep found off of Florida’s coast. While the scale of the outrage caused by the blunder was not clear, Target was clearly not taking any chances by swiftly updating the color label for its “Manatee gray” kimono maxi dress. Target moved to address the issue after a sharp-eyed online customer said that the standard-size dress in the same style and color was described as “dark heather gray.” “It is never Target’s intention to offend our guests and we apologize for this unintentional oversight. We updated the color label to ‘gray’ and the dress is only available on Target.com,” a Target spokeswoman said.

UNITED STATES

Museum worker hid tortoise

A museum says an employee hid an African leopard tortoise named Cashew in an elevator after finding the 8kg reptile, presumed stolen, trapped behind the paneling in her enclosure. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, said the employee’s bizarre move was a misguided attempt to prevent further embarrassment after officials announced on Tuesday that they believed Cashew had been taken as a prank. Cashew was discovered in the elevator on Thursday and officials said they supposed the regretful thief had smuggled her back inside. Museum president and CEO Jerry Enzler on Friday said that an employee found Cashew some time earlier wedged behind a wall panel. The employee then put her in the elevator to keep up the impression she had been stolen. Enzler said the employee will be reprimanded

UNITED STATES

Berry expecting second child

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is expecting her second child at the age of 46 with French actor fiance Olivier Martinez, her spokeswoman said on Friday. Celebrity news Web site TMZ reported that she is three months pregnant and that Berry knew it was a boy. “I can confirm that Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are expecting a child,” spokswoman Meredith O’Sullivan told reporters, but added: “We will not be commenting on or confirming any additional details.” Martinez, 47, confirmed the couple’s wedding plans in March last year. The couple met each other in 2010 on the set of the film Dark Tide. Berry has been married twice before and has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.

UNITED STATES

Lil Poopy’s father cleared

Child welfare officials concluded that there is no evidence of abuse and neglect in the case of a nine-year-old rapper in Massachusetts who drew condemnation for appearing in sexually suggestive videos. Brockton Police in February asked state child welfare officials to look into possible abuse after watching videos featuring Louie Rivera Jr, who goes by the stage name Lil Poopy, following a feature story about him in a local newspaper. The videos showed the boy cavorting with scantily clad grown women in nightclubs and singing about drugs and a luxurious lifestyle. A state Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said a thorough investigation into the fourth-grader’s father, Luis Rivera, has been closed after finding no evidence to support abuse or neglect allegations. The family’s lawyer said the finding was a “complete vindication.” The publicity has done wonders for the boy’s career, attorney Joseph Krowski said, with multiple offers to appear on television.

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