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By United Press International  |  April 7, 2005 at 6:00 AM
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Twisted knickers theft tale shocks court

CORNWALL, England, April 6 (UPI) -- Eleven embarrassed British women testified Wednesday at the trial of a man accused of stealing and hoarding their underwear and sex toys.

Andrew Stephan, 41, is charged with 16 charges of burglary, four of theft and one of witness intimidation over a 15-year period from 1989 to January 2004, The Guardian reported.

Stephan was arrested after a man living in a house Stephan built began discovering stashes of women's underwear and toys hidden under the floorboards and in other secret spots in January of last year.

Prosecutor Iain Leadbetter told the court Tuesday the 11 witnesses had agreed to testify against Stephan despite their "considerable embarrassment."

"For many of these women, it was extremely embarrassing to tell the police, 'Oh, by the way, that's my vibrator,'" Leadbetter said. "Over time, more stashes were discovered around the house, consisting of G-strings, personal photographs, vibrators and even a wedding video," he said.

Stephan has pleaded innocent to all the charges.

Fans line up for 'Star Wars'

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Fans are lining up at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood for the new "Star Wars" movie, but it isn't booked to play there.

Fans began gathering outside Grauman's Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard Saturday, 46 days before the May 19 opening of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," Daily Variety reported Wednesday. However, 20th Century Fox plans to open the film at the ArcLight, a few blocks east of the Chinese.

"Star Wars" fans also pitched camp on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese in 1999 and 2002, when the fourth and fifth of George Lucas' "Star Wars" movies were released. Sarah Sprague, a spokeswoman for the group, fans heard rumors those movies would open somewhere other than the Chinese -- rumors that turned out to be unfounded.

Fox and the ArcLight were still working on their deal, but executives expected the movie will play the ArcLight.

No matter what happens, Sprague said her group would stay put.

"This is still the epicenter for 'Star Wars' fans," she said.

Man drills for oil based on Bible passage

AFULA, Israel, April 6 (UPI) -- A Texas Christian has invested millions in an oil well near Afula, Israel, based on a biblical passage, reported Wednesday.

John Brown said a prophecy of Moses in the Old Testament states the tribe of Asher will "dip his foot in oil." Brown said the southern tip of the tribe's land in Israel resembles a foot.

Brown's Zion Oil Co. was hauling equipment Wednesday to the edge of Kibbutz Ma'anit, near Afula, Several investors, many of them wealthy evangelicals, are expected to attend the dedication ceremony later this month.

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