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May 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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'Amityville Horror' house for sale

AMITYVILLE, N.Y., May 26 (UPI) -- The New York state house that inspired "The Amityville Horror" is back on the market for an asking price of $1.15 million.

The home, where Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed six family members in 1974, and which was supposedly haunted when George and Kathleen Lutz lived there for 28 days, was listed Monday in Amityville by Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, Newsday reported.

The events at the home inspired Jay Anson's 1977 book, "The Amityville Horror: A True Story," which in turn became the basis for several film adaptations.

"It's one of the more beautifully redone houses in the neighborhood," listing agent Laura Zambratto said.


Police: Lack of dinner inspires house fire

SISSONVILLE, W.Va., May 26 (UPI) -- Police in West Virginia said a man burned down his Sissonville home because he was angry at his wife for not having dinner ready.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said Beverly Jones called a 911 emergency operator Sunday night and reported her husband, Guy Jones, 60, had set fire to their home, Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail reported.

Deputy A.J. Miller arrived on the scene just before midnight and Beverly Jones told him she fled to a neighbor's house after an argument about dinner not being on the table and saw her husband exit the house after flames appeared in the basement. Jones said her husband had been drinking.

Guy Jones was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail on a first-degree arson charge.


Guinness crowns new tallest U.S. man

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records said a Minnesota man measuring 7 feet, 8.33 inches has been named the Tallest Living Man in America.

Officials said Igor Vovkovinskiy, 27, traveled to New York to meet with them on the set of "The Dr. Oz Show," which aired in syndication Monday, and he was officially certified as the record holder, beating George Bell of Virginia by a third of an inch.

"Igor had been on our radar for awhile, so we were eager to measure him and see if he was, in fact, the Tallest Living Man in America," Guinness World Records adjudicator Danny Girton Jr. said. "Following stringent Guinness World Record guidelines on measurement, we're pleased to confirm that Igor is now a part of record-breaking history."

Vovkovinskiy said it "feels good to finally have proof that I am the Tallest Man in America. Everyone is always asking me if I'm certain that I'm the tallest and I was never able to prove it. Now that I have this certificate to hang on my wall, I could finally show it."


Toronto woman wins Queen Victoria contest

TORONTO, May 26 (UPI) -- A Toronto woman crowned the winner at a city hotel's inaugural Queen Victoria look-alike contest said her trick was entertaining the judges.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald, 30, winner of the contest hosted by the Fairmont Royal York and Vancouver Island's Victoria Gin, was awarded a hotel package including a night in the Prime Minister's suite, breakfast in bed, a spa package, dinner and a bottle of Victoria Gin, The Toronto Star reported.

"I made the judges laugh," Fitzgerald said of her approach to impersonating the queen. "That's why I won -- I hammed it up."

"I'll probably be wearing this crown around the house," she said.

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