A billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near the Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. (Associated Press/KVVU)

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A billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near the Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. (Associated Press/KVVU)