Burglar cooked food, slept in bed
SANFORD, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida family told police they returned from vacation to find a burglar had eaten their food and slept in a guest bed before fleeing with their belongings.
Police said the Sanford family returned Friday from a Christmas trip to discover a burglar had cooked and eaten food from their freezer, drank some of their liquor and slept in a guest room before leaving with about $500 worth of gold jewelry and a bottle of Jack Daniels, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Investigators said the thief also took a key to the family's 2007 Cadillac, but left the vehicle in the driveway.
Fingerprints were collected from the scene to help police attempt to identify a suspect.
Richard III descendant dismisses image
LEICESTER, England, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A descendant of British monarch Richard III who gave DNA to help identify what may be the king's skeleton said he wants his ancestor's legacy re-examined.
Michael Ibsen, 55, a Canadian man who gave a DNA sample to experts attempting to determine whether the skeleton found in September beneath a Leicester, England, parking lot belonged to Richard III, said he does not agree with the king's image as a ruthless, power-hungry hunchback, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Ibsen said he sides with historians who say much of the image of Richard, who was killed during his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, comes from Tudor propaganda designed to discredit the king and his family.
"I may be personally prejudiced, but if you prove to be related to a king, it would be nice to be related to a good one," Ibsen said.
Ibsen said he and his family were "surprised" when the bones were found.
"All of us thought, it's really interesting but a bit abstract. I do have my moments when I think this is extraordinary," he said. "But you also think, what if there's an interloper in the 17th century or someone who was adopted, then there will be no DNA connection."
Couple beat the odds with pregnancy
CHURWELL, England, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A British couple who were told their chances of having children were less than 1 percent said it was a "miracle" when they conceived naturally.
Nicola and Karl Medina of Churwell, England, said they spent $65,000 on fertility treatments and underwent five unsuccessful cycles of in-vitro fertilization before doctors told them Nicola's chances of getting pregnant were less than 1 percent, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported Tuesday.
The couple said they were shocked to learn they had conceived naturally on their Aug. 11 wedding night.
"It's a miracle. When we found out the dates, for us to conceive on the wedding night is amazing," Nicola Medina said.
Karl Medina said he was overjoyed at the news.
"I would've married her seven years before if I'd known this was going to happen," he said.
He said he received the news while working at his renovations firm and burst into tears in front of his customers.
"I know you normally leave it until 12 weeks, but I just wanted to scream and shout," he said.
Teachers criticized for 'Gangnam' parody
ACCRINGTON, England, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- An official in a British county has criticized teachers at a high school for creating a YouTube parody of South Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" video.
Peter Britcliffe, a local Conservative district and county councilor in Lancashire, England, said he feared the video created by teachers and staff members at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington would cause students to lose respect for their instructors, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The video depicts the teachers performing the dance moves from the video and recreating scenes, including one of men in a sauna clad only in towels.
"I am not a killjoy but I have looked at the piece, which is being discussed all over Accrington. It is the talk of the town's young people," Britcliffe said. "Having viewed it myself, while most of it is just good fun, there are parts of it certainly that might not improve the respect there should be between teachers and pupils."
Headmaster Xavier Bowers rejected the criticism.
"This kind of thing strengthens the relationship between teachers, pupils and parents who have given us an overwhelmingly good response. This is a spoof, like the one done by soldiers serving in Afghanistan," he said.
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